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In this issue:

presentThanks For Your Support

As this is the last issue of our Newsletter for the year it seems an appropriate time to wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season and Best Wishes For The New Year! We're especially grateful for all the support you have given us and we look forward to another busy year of events and advocacy on behalf of our park. If you've been meaning to donate but haven't, it's not too late to make your charitable contribution for the year! Click here to donate online.

FMP Takes Action To Halt Destructive Use Of Our Park

Saturday morning a group Friends volunteers gathered to attach chains to trash cans in the southern end of the park. Unchained cans have been thrown in our pond and used and abused as markers for football games on our playing field. The football games in particular have caused tremendous damage to our lawn. We are meeting with the Parks Department next week and will continue to ask that these games be disallowed in our park. Click here to see some pictures of our hard working "Chain Gang"smiley.

FMP Advocates For Safety

With your help our park has improved so much over the past few years that it's easy to forget how far we've come. A homicide of a homeless man in our park in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, December 11th reminds us of the potential hazards of walking alone after dark. Of course a single crime does not signal a trend but advocating on behalf of our park also means that we take every incident seriously. A necessary first step in combatting crime is getting an accurate picture of the extent of the problem. To that end we urge you to join us and other park advocacy groups in supporting Intro 470 which will require the NYPD to break out park crime as a separate statistic in crime reports to the City Council. The proposed legislation is co-sponsored by our local Councilmember Bill Perkins. We encourage you to read more about it on the New Yorkers for Parks site and click here to take action. Park security is always one of our top priorities and will be on our agenda at a previously scheduled meeting with Columbia in early January. As always, we welcome your feedback on this issue.

Send Us Your Favorite Park Images

Have you taken some great photos in our park? You may have noticed that our header image changes with each issue of the newsletter. This issue's image by Jacquie Connors is an artistic reinterpretation of the lights of our park holiday tree. You can see the entire image in our gallery. If you have park photos that you'd like us to feature please email them to

Holiday Event A Success In Spite Of The Weather!

The weather did not cooperate fully on the day of our tree lighting and holiday celebration. Despite the cold and drizzle, a resolute group gathered for an enjoyable bit of socializing with candlelight carols, an explanation of the holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, and homemade refreshments. Our tree at 116th St. and Morningside Ave. will remain lit throughout the holiday season.

We Welcome A New Neighbor

Before or after your trip to the park be sure to check in with the friendly folks at the recently opened Crepes On Columbus eatery on Columbus Ave. between 108th and 109th Streets. The food is delicious and there is something on the menu for everyone.

Meeting and Newsletter Update

Our next general meeting will take place from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Thursday, January 13, at the Church of the Master, 85 Morningside Avenue (at 122nd Street).

Our hardworking newsletter crew ;-) will be taking a break for the holidays. We will resume publishing the week of January 17, 2005.


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Brad Taylor
Newsletter Editor and
VP II, Friends of Morningside Park

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