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Hands on NY Day

Saturday, April 24, 2010
09:00 AM - 03:30 PM

Red Hook Park
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Cross Streets: Clinton, Bay and Creamer Streets

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Selima Jumarali

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New York Cares is looking for 5,000 volunteers to give our city's public spaces a good spring greening on the 16th Annual Hands On New York Day. Please join us as we clean and revitalize 100 parks, gardens, playgrounds, community centers, and schools citywide and plant 20,000 trees in partnership with MillionTreesNYC.

Hands On New York Day also helps raise critical funds to support New York Cares' year-round volunteer projects. Like a walk-a-thon, we encourage volunteers to ask family, friends, and co-workers to pledge donations in honor of the service they will perform. Top fundraisers are eligible to receive fabulous prizes. Volunteer with Hands on New York Day... Now that's something to be proud of.

The City acquired the first piece of land for what is now Red Hook Park on October 10, 1913, originally to provide terminal facilities for the marginal freight railroad. The property was not assigned to the Parks Department until June 27, 1934. The other parts came under Parks jurisdiction between 1935 and 1947. In recent years, the persistence and inventiveness of Red Hook residents has sparked a comeback. The first sign of renewal was in the 1970s on the west side near the waterfront. There in “the Back,” painters and sculptors discovered they could buy inexpensive row houses through a City program that subsidized housing for artists. The influence of these new residents is seen each spring when a warehouse at the end of historic Beard Street Pier hosts a show featuring exhibitions, performances, and films.

For more information, please refer to the Partnership for Parks website at