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Archived Articles 2006

  • Groundbreaking Ceremony. The Parks Dept. held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the work at the Morningside Park Ball Fields Friday, May 5. The ceremony was a huge success and a fitting tribute to this project and all the work that has been put into the park over the years. Here is a photo album.
  • Friends Respond To Comment About The Park's Negative Image. In response to a comment quoted in the Columbia Spectator that conjured up an negative image of the park, Friends president Brad Taylor wrote this letter to the editor.
  • Morningside Park's Wild Turkey Gets Wide Press Coverage. After “our” turkey went missing for a few weeks, we got a message that a wild turkey had been found roaming the Riverton Houses on East 135th Street. Parks officials named the found turkey Hedda Gobbler and released her in Morningside Park. Whether or not she is the same turkey that disappeared earlier is open to debate but Morningside Park, with it's rocky slopes and wooded areas, offers a urban home for wildlife that's hard to beat. Here is an article from the New York Times about the turkey.
  • Morningside Park Featured In Citywide Daffodil Map. Originally conceived as a way to commemorate September 11, The Daffodil Project has provided our park with 100,000 bulbs over the past five seasons. Planted by volunteers and Parks crews the bulbs transform the park with colorful Spring vistas. Our park is one of five prime Manhattan viewing spots featured in this year's Daffodil Project Map.
  • Friends of Morningside Park Speak Out To Counter Outdated Perceptions. We have been strong and early supporters of legislation that will break out crime statistics for parks. Accurate statistics will highlight the downward trend of crime in our park and promptly alert us of any recurrence in problems that need to be addressed. This story in the Columbia Spectator 02/17/06 takes a look at the gap in perceptions vs. reality with regards to crime in parks.
  • Friends of Morningside Park Advocates for Better Park Signage For The Disabled. Given its steep topography, the thought of venturing into Morningside Park in a wheelchair is especially daunting. The steep rock outcroppings and stairs leading up them are an integral characteristic of our park. Yet, given a well designed signage program, wheelchair users could be guided to entrances that offer access to a surprisingly large portion of the park. In this Columbia Spectator article 01/23/06 we stress the importance of accessibility signage in our park.

Archived Articles and News Items 2005