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October 14, 2014
Sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach begins
The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach in Gateway National Recreation Area has begun. The beach sand replacement project will provide approximately 200,000 cubic yards of sand for the one-mile shoreline segment. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, (Corps) has partnered with the NPS to design and implement the project, which is expected to return Riis Beach to its pre-Sandy condition

August 26, 2014
General Grant National Memorial to return to winter hours
The National Park Service (NPS) announces that beginning Sept. 21, 2014 General Grant National Memorial will be open Wednesdays through Sundays for our visitors’ enjoyment and closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

August 06, 2014
Experience Life During the ‘War Between the States’ at Governors Island National Monument’s Civil War Weekend
On Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10, visitors to Governors Island National Monument will step back in time when they disembark the ferries from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. They'll see Union and Confederate troops acting out scenes from a typical day in the life for soldiers of the garrison and military prisoners on the island during the Civil War.

July 22, 2014
Tourism to National Parks of New York Harbor creates $341.6 Million in Economic Benefit in 2013
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 10,989,480 visitors to the 10 national parks in and around New York Harbor in 2013 spent $341.6 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 3,753 jobs in the local area.

July 17, 2014
Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay awarded $3.6 Million to support research on resilience in urban coastal ecosystems
The Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRI), a research consortium led by the City University of New York (CUNY), has been awarded $3.6 million from the Department of the Interior’s Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Funding to support research projects that will advance knowledge of resilience in urban coastal ecosystems.

June 27, 2014
Celebrate Independence Day at Federal Hall
The National Park Service (NPS) will commemorate Independence Day with a special all-day event at Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Gen. George Washington (portrayed by a local living historian), hear period music, and take part in a special reading of the Declaration of Independence.

June 10, 2014
Celebrate Pinkster with African Burial Ground
African Burial Ground National Monument and the African American Pinkster Committee of New York (AAPCNY) will hold a commemorative celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The celebration will feature the pouring of libations, lectures, songs, performances, reading of proclamations, and the laying of flowers on the burial mounds.

April 14, 2014
Join the celebration of America’s first President on the 225th anniversary of his inauguration
The National Park Service will commemorate the 225th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States on April 30. The all-day event will take place at Federal Hall National Memorial at 26 Wall Street, the location of the first inauguration.

April 07, 2014
Students to tackle Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest
Nine high school students will come to Federal Hall National Memorial on April 10 for the finals of the Theodore Roosevelt ® Public Speaking Contest, which which is organized annually by the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA).

March 11, 2014
Cherie Butler to Become New Deputy Superintendent for Park Operations at Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
Cherie Butler, a 21-year National Park Service veteran, has been selected as the next Deputy Superintendent for Park Operations at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Butler replaces Frank Mills who retired in 2012. She will begin her new assignment in early May.

March 04, 2014
NPS 2012 economic benefit report released
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that in 2012 12,073,658 visitors to national parks around New York Harbor spent $394,399,300 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 4,395 jobs in the local area.

March 02, 2014
African Burial Ground extends memorial closure through March 31
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced that the outdoor memorial at African Burial Ground National Monument will remain closed through March 31, 2014 due to the unusually cold and snowy weather and the accompanying prediction of a prolonged inclement winter season. The memorial originally was closed from November 17, 2013 through March 3, 2014.

December 09, 2013
Dr. Joy DeGruy to speak at African Burial Ground
Dr. Joy DeGruy will speak at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at African Burial Ground National Monument. Her topic will be Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – the residual effect of slavery on African Americans today.

November 01, 2013
Piltzecker selected as Superintendent of Statue of Liberty NM and Ellis Island
John Piltzecker has been selected as the next superintendent of Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, according to Joshua Laird, commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor. Piltzecker will replace David Luchsinger who will retire Jan. 3.

October 24, 2013
Gateway receives grants for Science & Resiliency Institute, habitat mapping, elevation study
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Interior and local officials have announced that $162 million will be invested in 45 restoration and research projects that will better protect Atlantic Coast communities from future powerful storms, by restoring marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuilding shorelines, and researching the impacts and modeling mitigation of storm surge impacts. Gateway National Recreation Area will benefit from three grants that total $7.6 million.

2008 Press Releases



Dec. 11, 2008

The American Chestnut Tree Returns to New York City in Time for the Holidays



Dec. 9, 2008

Celebrate a Day of Purpose (Nia) during Kwanzaa at African Burial Ground



Nov. 21, 2008

Media Advisory: New York City's "Lost Holiday" to Be Celebrated Again



Nov. 6, 2008

Veterans Day in the National Parks of New York Harbor



Sept. 26, 2008

Passing the Torch -- Youth Week 2008 at African Burial Ground



July 28, 2008

Revolutionary, Civil wars come to life at Governors Island



July 10, 2008

Liberty Harbor Cruise to dock at Governors Island



July 1, 2008

Kids can play a part in history at Governors Island



June 7, 2008

Hamilton Grange finds a new home



May 21, 2008

National Park Service investigation leads to recovery of stolen Lincoln and Washington letters



May 16, 2008

Immigration project wins Save Our History Preservation Award



May 1, 2008

Harbor Sides is a bimonthly compilation of park happenings and story ideas from the National Parks of New York Harbor.



April 24, 2008

Federal Hall National Memorial hosts New Associated Press Photo Exhibit of American Presidents



April 24, 2008

First National Park Service Centennial project coming to New York



January 16, 2008

Governors Island National Monument Releases Draft General Management Plan: 60 day public review and comment period begins



2007 Press Releases



November 29, 2007

National Parks of New York Harbor Ornaments Displayed on the Official White House Christmas Tree



October 5, 2007

Memorial Dedicated at the African Burial Ground National Monument



August 23, 2007

New York Harbor Centennial Proposals Eligible for Matching Funds



August 18, 2007

Ellis Island Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month



August 8, 2007

Civil War Weekend at Governors Island



July 26, 2007

Visitor Services and Experiences to Improve and Expand Under New Ferry Service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island



July 19, 2007

New Tour Explores the African Presence in Early New York

 

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