May 22, 2014
Raising Funds For Hudson River Park
My offices in the historic Starrett Lehigh building in New York City, overlook the mighty Hudson River and the beautiful Hudson River Park. As a neighbor of the park, I see first-hand the rich diversity of activities the park has to offer. I enjoy walking through the park and visiting the park’s playgrounds with my grandchildren. Many of my employees use the bike paths to commute to work. It’s also a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch on pleasant days. I think Hudson River Park is so special that I even joined the board of the Friends of the Hudson River Park to help keep this wonderful space available to the public.
The Friends were looking for a unique way to raise some funds and to highlight all of the ways you can use the park. They asked board members and supporters to auction off some time - sharing in their favorite activities. I’m offering a two-hour walk, exploring the park and what is growing there. These items are available to bid on until Thursday afternoon. Please visit charitybuzz now to bid!
1 Take a stroll with me for a few hours and talk about gardening or baking or whatever you want along Hudson River Park's scenic waterfront!
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8 The Hudson River Park spans five miles along the west side of Manhattan.
9 This is a photo from two years ago. A group shot with Hudson River Park Trust’s Matthew Post - Director of Horticulture, Madelyn Wils - President, MSLO's Heather Kirkland, and Friends of Hudson River Park's Blake Beatty - Director of Development
10 My offices are located in the landmark Starrett-Lehigh building. Dating from 1932, this amazing and massive structure occupies an entire city block and was constructed so that freight trains and trucks could enter the vast ground-floor freight yard to load and unload freight for the businesses located in the floors above.
11 If you don’t have a bike of your own, you can also rent one in the park. Bike education classes are also offered to those who don't know how to ride.
12 The paths along the river's edge are great for joggers.
13 At the entrance to the Chelsea section of Hudson River Park is the Display Garden, designed by Lynden B. Miller as a four-season garden. With its Knockout Roses and colorful foliage, everyone loves it!
14 These piles are the remains of an old pier and will be kept like this to benefit the underwater wildlife. The river has been slowly re-vitalizing and now has 70 varieties of fish, including white perch, striped bass, sturgeon, and eels.
15 This is the Aids Memorial in Greenwich Village. The quote engraved into the black granite bench reads: 'I can sail without wind, I can row without oars, but I cannot part from my friend without tears.'
16 Stone Field, located at 22nd St. at Pier 63, contains large boulders from quarries in New York State and Pennsylvania, that were chosen for their special shapes.
17 This is a lovely garden on the south end of the park.
18 These are vibrant gardens near Pier 62.
19 A beautiful allium, one of my favorite.
20 Last spring, employees from my company volunteered on planting day in the section of the park nearest our offices.
21 They had a lot of fun and really added a lot of nice color and beautiful touches.