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From the Archives:

Fill Out Our Park Survey!

Building on the input we received from our Community Forum in January we are gathering more input. How do you use the park? What would you like to see improved? Give us less than five minutes of our time and let us know!

Our President, Brad Taylor, submitted testimony pleading for sustained funding of parks during this pandemic in the NYC City Council's virtual budget hearing on May 21. Here is video of his verbal testimony. Please add your voice to this campaign by signing the New Yorkers For Parks petition.

May 22, 2020 News Alert! Our organization was featured in a major new article on the park community in The Nation. Read all about it.

Did you miss our Jane's Walk Virtual Park Tour?

As you may know we've led well attended tours of the park for a number of years. This year while we couldn't lead tours in person, we had a great time developing a virtual tour for #JanesWalkNYC organized by the Municipal Art Society using resources from Urban Archive

Community Forum

We co-sponsored this community forum with the Borough President's office to bring everyone together and keep focus on moving the community forward with planning, programming, safety and resource sharing after the murder of Tessa Majors

Community Forum on Morningside Park Jan. 29, 2020 6:30pm at the Harlem PAL Center

Season's Greetings

Following the horrific murder of Tessa Majors in our park we are so grateful to our amazing park community for coming together with us to recommit to our mission to continue the park's revitalization. On the Winter Solstice more than 200 gathered around this beautiful tree at 121st Street for fellowship and strength. We've posted these videos and pictures of the event.

20 Anniversary Tree Lighting tree decorated with the expert assistance of Focus Lighting.

As 2019 comes to a close, we are thrilled to announce that we are funding an additional park worker in the park. Thanks to our generous donors Friends of Morningside Park is providing employment for Alonzo Lewis (pictured below) to continue his work with Gardener Ben Shupp.

Friends of Morningside Park is pleased to be funding the employment of Gardener's Assistant Alonzo Lewis'

Update Feb 12, 2019. An Addendum to the Morningside Park Cafe RFP has been issued today and is available for download from Parks or at the link further down this page.

As stated by Parks, the addendum "includes additional and clarifying information pertaining to the RFP, adjusting the amount of the proposal deposit, and to notify proposers of an additional new date for the recommended proposer meeting and site tour. Parks will be holding a second recommended proposer meeting and site tour on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 2 PM at Morningside Park at 112th Street and Manhattan Avenue." Proposals are now due Friday, March 8, 2019 at 3:00PM. All questions related to the RFP should be directed to the Parks Dept. Project Manager listed in the RFP document.

Exciting News!

Our Advocacy Has Been Successful Again

We are thrilled that the Parks Dept. has listened to our desire that an RFP (Request for Proposals) be reissued for a cafe at the overlook at 112th and Manhattan Ave. We think this is a great opportunity for the right concessionaire and hope the RFP will generate lots of interest from the Harlem business community. The RFP and Feb 12, 2109 Addendum are available for download on Parks' website. You may also download the Addendum and RFP from our server.

We are providing this download to facilitate dissemination of the document ONLY.

Again, all questions related to the RFP should be directed to the Park project manager listed on page 2 of the document. If you are going to submit a bid you should also register with Parks to be kept up-to-date on any changes or announcements related to the project by visiting and clicking on the "Concessions Opportunities at Parks” link.

Thanks For Your Support!

Our Fundraiser Was A Huge Success

We had a wonderful event at the Columbia University Faculty House overlooking the park. Thank you to all who came out and who sent in their support even if they couldn't attend. Here are some pictures.