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Free Public Kayaking Doubles Visitors

Summer 2014

The second season of our public kayaking program at Great Kills Park executed in partnership with the National Park Service, reached over 2000 participants in 2014. Sponsored through a National Recreation Foundation grant, it provides visitors on summer weekend daysŚMemorial Day through Labor DayŚwith free paddling and water safety instruction as well as access to kayaks for use on the bay. The initiative, enthusiastically received by residents of Staten Island's North Shore, was again featured in the Staten Island Advance. See article. Group taking kayaking instruction at Great Kills Park beach.

Harbor Conservancy Youth Camping

Summer 2014

Elsie McCabe Thompson, Harbor Conservancy board director and New York City Mission Society President, was featured on NY1 in a story highlighting the partnership between the organizations that enables youth from low-income families, to camp, kayak and experience other national park recreational activities at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. The program is made possible through a grant from the National Recreation Foundation to the Harbor Conservancy, with additional support from the National Park Service, and is expected to expand in summer 2015. Watch video. Teens pitching a tent at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island.

Dancing to Connect at Fort Wadsworth

Summer 2014

Click for Dancing to Connect video. The Harbor Conservancy piloted a camping and creativity program with the Battery Dance Company—renowned for their work in promoting healing through dance across the globe—designed to foster healing for teens impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Students from Staten Island's Curtis High School camped and rehearsed in-residence for one week at Fort Wadsworth, where they examined their relationship to the surrounding environment and waterways and created choreography based on this introspection. The program culminated in a final performance for the community on July 26. Watch video.

Successful Campaign to Keep Osprey's Journey Going

September 5, 2014

The Harbor Conservancy dipped its toe in the crowdfunding scene this summer for its beloved Osprey tracking project. In five short weeks, $22,057 was raised and the entire campaign goal was met. Many thanks to the generous souls who contributed. Watch the campaign video below and follow C2's migration here.

Restored Statue of George Washington Unveiled

April 30, 2014

The historic John Quincy Adams Ward bronze statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall Street, received a makeover courtesy of a $75,000 grant to the Harbor Conservancy from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The project's completion was marked by the National Park Service on April 30th, the date of George Washington's 1789 inauguration at the site. The monument was restored by the pioneering firm CSOS Inc., and is one of the first times that laser technology was used to clean a statue in New York City.

Annual Benefit Gala

April 18, 2014

This year, the Harbor Conservancy celebrates its Eighth Annual Benefit Dinner beneath the iconic dome of Federal Hall. The evening will feature a cocktail reception, three course seated dinner and keynote speaker Richard Ravitch, author of So Much to Do.

Please join us on April 30, 2014 as we celebrate the unveiling of the newly restored statue of George Washington on the 225th anniversary of his inauguration. For those who honor New York City's rich past and look forward to its vibrant future, it will surely be a night to remember.

Invitation Here's your invitation. Tickets are available to the public but space is extremely limited. Please contact the Harbor Conservancy at (212) 668-2369 for additional information.


The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy is a public-private partnership with the National Parks of New York Harbor and sanctioned as its primary partner under a U.S. Department of the Interior Friends Group Agreement.