New York, NY

New York Restoration Project

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit dedicated to transforming open space in under-resourced communities to create a safer, healthier, and happier New York City.

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New York Restoration Project

From the Executive Director

Investing in NYRP is one of the most impactful and cost-effective ways to reduce crime, improve health, and forge stronger communities in New York City. Our expert staff cares for our gardens and parks to make sure they are safe and clean year-round, educate over 10,000 young people annually about environmental science, nutrition, and nature, help our garden group members to grow thousands of pounds of organic, nutritious fruits and vegetables annually, support community-centered public programs, and strengthen social infrastructure citywide.

Our work goes far beyond our own parks and gardens. Each year, we help over 25 schools, community-based groups, senior centers, and public housing associations transform their own spaces. For example, in East Harlem, NYRP has greened more than one million square feet of the neighborhood. We recently commissioned a study to evaluate the relationship between our work and wider quality of life conditions and the results were staggering: In neighborhoods like East Harlem, where NYRP is highly active, there are 213 fewer felonies per 40,000 residents every year compared to similar neighborhoods in which we have not invested.

Many thanks to all our supporters who make this life-changing work possible.

Deborah Marton

New York Restoration Project

What we do

Program 1

Create and Renovate Community Green Spaces

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is New York City’s largest private land trust, protecting and preserving community gardens and other green spaces throughout underserved communities in all five boroughs.

NYRP owns and manages 52 community gardens, maintains over 80 acres of parkland, and works with city agencies and other partners to transform green, open space at NYCHA housing developments, community centers, schools, and other places in need.

Program 2

Partner with Neighborhoods and Communities

New York Restoration Project partners with local communities, public agencies, and the private sector to program public open spaces through garden workshops, supporting urban agricultural activity, and educating thousands of K-8th grade students on the environment, nature, and nutrition.

We also produce hundreds of public programming events that include fitness and art and culture programs reaching over 3,000 individuals citywide every year.

Program 3

Build a Safer, Healthier, and Happier City

New York Restoration Project aspires to expand our footprint and impact in all five boroughs to make a safer, healthier, and happier city through distributing hundreds of free trees to be planted each year, planting thousands of shrubs and perennials, removing tons of trash, and producing thousands of pounds of compost.

We are also building new public space on a waterfront site and creating a living shoreline, returning waterfront access to under-served neighborhoods in the Washington Heights/Inwood community and the South Bronx.

Did you know?

NYRP led the MillionTreesNYC initiative with NYC Parks, accomplishing their goal to plant and care for one million new trees across the city’s five boroughs.

New York Restoration Project


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Deborah Marton
New York, NY
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New York Restoration Project


3 days ago - @nyrp

This park has it all: waterfront access, a mountain bike trail, and a gorgeous urban jungle feel. For years, Highbridge Park was used as an illegal dumping ground but through hard work it has transitioned into the high quality green space we believe every New Yorker should have access to. This week, volunteers from Capital One blew us away with how much they accomplished, planting over 50 shrubs and hundreds of perennials along the edge of Highbridge Park across from Dyckman Houses. These plants will help absorb stormwater runoff that floods the sidewalks along Dyckman St. creating hazardous conditions in the winter. Thank you for helping NYRP’s mission to make communities safer, healthier and happier! #nyrp #nycparks #nycha #parks #mountainbiking #greening

3 days ago - @nyrp

Today's the big day for the Williams Avenue Community Garden opening in #Brooklyn! Join us for this jam-packed event where community members will enjoy an assortment of activities including dance and music, along with BBQ from 10am to 3pm! LINK IN THE BIO

3 days ago - @nyrp

There’re only a few weeks left to get a free tree NYC! Check out our Tree Giveaway page to find #freetrees near you! LINK IS IN THE BIO

5 days ago - @nyrp

Join us this weekend for a free outdoor, garden performance with our partners at @leimayfoundation ! On Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, participants from the Tadashi Endo’s LEIMAY LUDUS Performance Lab will dazzle spectators with their free Butoh presentation @ 2pm at the Dorothy Strelsin Memorial Garden in the #LowerEastSide! See you there! #weekendgoals #LEIMAYPROGRAMS #tadashiendo #dorothystrelsinmemorialgarden #nyrp #communitygarden #freeperformance #butoh #nycbutoh #arts #culture #dance #happyhumpday

6 days ago - @nyrp

Take a glimpse into Seagirt Boulevard Community Garden in #FarRockaway #Queens where being a community gardener means soaking in the sun, skipping the gym, and working out in a garden with great people who are changing communities in all the right ways! #gardenworkout #gardenwork #gardenworkday #NYRPCommunityGardenersRock

1 week ago - @nyrp

Last week NYRP had the pleasure of revamping the tenant community garden at Rutgers Houses with an amazing group of volunteers from HPS Investment Partners and Leticia, the longtime manager of the garden. The unwavering enthusiasm of the volunteers, even in a rainstorm, and Leticia’s dedication to the space made the work an absolute joy. We’re so excited to watch this community and its garden grow! #nycha #communitygardens #urbanagriculture #greennyc

1 week ago - @nyrp

Last week, our Ops Team and our amazing partners at @homedepot rebuilt 12 raised vegetable beds at Curtis @50cent Jackson Community Garden in Jamaica, Queens. Thanks to donors like you, this work is possible.

1 week ago - @nyrp

Are you looking for a free tree NYC? Check out some of these photos from recent Tree Giveaway events throughout the 5 boroughs and check the LINK IN OUR BIO to find #freetrees near you!

1 week ago - @nyrp

NYRP has reclaimed, restored and revitalized more than 400 acres of the city’s most-needed public green spaces and their adjacent communities. Photo: Sherman Creek Park's Cherry Tree Esplanade

1 week ago - @nyrp

Join Team NYRP! We're currently on the lookout for an outstanding Marketing and Communications intern! If that's you, and you're a dedicated and green-minded individual, APPLY AT THE LINK IN THE BIO! Our staff includes experts in the field of horticulture, landscape architecure, environmental education, community relations, and administration.

City Limits

Want to fight crime? Invest in parks!

Jose Reyes is an unlikely community crime-fighter. The 65-year-old retired mechanic is the de facto mayor of the El Cataño Garden, an East Harlem community garden that is part of a growing network of green spaces maintained by New York Restoration Project. Jose sweeps the paths and shovels snow. He plays dominos with his brother Raul and neighborhood friends.

He is also helping to prevent more than 200 felonies per year in his neighborhood. That’s according to a new study, commissioned by New York Restoration Project, that shows transforming derelict lots into green space lowers crime rates. The study compared similar neighborhoods side by side, those with green investment from NYRP, and those without, and the difference was striking.

New York Restoration Project

Where your money goes


Helps plant a small caliper tree that can sequester around 2 pounds of carbon a year.


Helps remove 20 pounds of trash from abandoned lots, gardens, and parks.


Helps educate four K-8th grade school children about nature, nutrition, and the environment using our community gardens and parks as outdoor classrooms.