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Memorial for Donna McElroy

February 10, 2014 in brook park by brookpark

One of our beekeeping team and a stellar volunteer has transitioned from this world.

Donna Mc Elroy and Joseph Mc Elroy with their special honey!

Donna Mc Elroy and Joseph Mc Elroy with their special honey!

Our condolences go out to her partner Joseph and her family and friends.

Donna was ever keen to share the honey from the hives in Brook Park she and Joseph started and maintain. And always glad to share the wonders of the apiary way with children and adults from our community that saw her dressed up in her tell-tale bee-keeping suit.

Donna moved on from this Earth on January 23rd of this year.

There is a Memorial for her wonderful life on February 15th at 2pm,
at 20 West 44th Street in Manhattan – at

She will be remembered for the wonderful things she has shared.


Canoe Video, Orchard Beach Lagoon

February 1, 2014 in brook park by brookpark

An exciting Nature excursion to the far reaches of Northern New York City with young adults from our Summer Youth Employment Program and other initiatives.
In Orchard Beach Lagoon, Pelham Bay Park.
Summer 2013
Friends of Brook Park
Join us. We welcome supporters and creative partnerships.

All of our services are free for local schools and youth groups. If you are a for profit entity or a group of friends that want to engage our services, click here to learn more. Your support allows us to provide free programming for hundreds of youth every year.


Port Morris Gantries one of 33 Nominations for State & National Registers of Historic Places

January 23, 2014 in brook park by brookpark

South Bronx Waterfront Site one of 33 Nominations for State and National Registers of Historic Places

The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the addition of 33 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

“I applaud the owners and stewards of these historic properties for taking part in New York’s preservation efforts,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Placing these landmarks on the State and National Registers of Historic Places is an important tool in their long-term survival and helps communities embrace their history and culture.”

State and National Register-listing can assist property owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. See the Gantries Nomination Form here.

“Our community is excited about this latest step in a many year effort to preserve the Port Morris Ferry Bridges as a public resource. Just as the Queens waterfront has benefited enormously from a modest investment in the Long Island City Gantry State Park as a focal point for a waterfront neighborhood renaissance, Port Morris deserves the same shoreline access and opportunity. This will be an ideal location for an educational and artistic resource to serve the existing community who have been deprived for too long, and attract greater interest and opportunity.” said Harry Bubbins, Director of Friends of Brook Park. “We are grateful to partners like the Historic Districts Council and their Six to Celebrate project which highlights important community initiatives such as this. We are grateful to the New York State Board for Historic Preservation and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for including a precious resource in our South Bronx for this prestigious honor.”
The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.
Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.


Bronx County

Port Morris Ferry Bridges, Bronx – constructed in 1948 at the 134th Street ferry terminal, the structures were used to hoist ferry boats in and out of the water to assist embarking and disembarking passengers, and built primarily to serve a jail, hospital and emergency veterans housing on Riker’s Island and North Brother Island.

More on the Port Morris Gantries here.

More on the Six to Save project here

More on the Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan here.

See the NYS Parks Press Release here and all the other recommended sites.


Check out the new Mulchfest 2014 Video

January 20, 2014 in brook park by brookpark

Join us next year for all the fun!

Thanks to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Partnerships for Parks and all our volunteers.