Press Room


For press inquiries, contact:


James Yolles
646-676-4488 x300
On deadline (cell): 202-997-4559
james@risaheller.com

Recent press highlights:

The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge Park
August 1, 2014
The New York Times

New Advocacy Guide Maps Path to Improved Parks
July 30, 2014
Gotham Gazette

Ask Real Estate: Strategies to Spare the Trees

July 26, 2014
The New York Times

Secret Parks of Chelsea
July 17, 2014
Chelsea Now

Pedestrian Bridge From Bronx to Randall's Island Should Open Soon
July 17, 2014
DNAinfo

What Donors Do for (Some) City Parks
June 30, 2014
Capital New York

Report Decries Slow Project Delivery by NYC Parks Department

June 26, 2014
Planetizen

BK Live: Park Equity
June 24, 2014
Brooklyn Independent Media

Report Assails Parks Dept. Over Slowness in Finishing Projects

June 23, 2014
The New York Times

New York City Leaders Reach Accord on $75 Billion Budget
June 20, 2014
The New York Times

Budget Deal to Boost Parks Funding by $15.5 Million
June 19, 2014
New York Daily News

Bronx Students Call for Better Programs and Safety at St. Mary's Park
June 11, 2014
DNAinfo

A Roadmap for Faster Parks Projects
June 6, 2014
Capital New York

Bronxites Call for Access to Locked St. Mary's Park Baseball Fields
June 5, 2014
DNAinfo

New Parks Commissioner Vows Transparency in Park Funding

May 28, 2014
Staten Island Advance

For Richer & For Poorer: Tying the Park Equity Knot
May 26, 2014
Gotham Gazette

Van Nest Park Breaks Ground/Other Parks Forgotten?

May 25, 2014
Bronx Times

Flea or Flee? Food Fairs and Music Fests Are Great Until They're Not
May 21, 2014
The Village Voice

St. Mary's Park in Mott Haven Needs Improvements
May 16, 2014
News 12 The Bronx

Report: Less Than Half of Mott Haven Residents Have Adequate Access to Public Green Space
May 15, 2014
NY1

Report: Parks in Mott Haven Are in Bad Shape
May 15, 2014
CBS New York

Report Finds Bronx Parks Need Attention

May 14, 2014
The Wall Street Journal

Report: Bronx Parks Need Lots of TLC
May 15, 2014
The Associated Press

Brooklyn Influentials: Tupper Thomas
May 14, 2014
New York Observer

Mayor Continues City Parks-Funding Policies, for Now
May 9, 2014
Capital New York 

Focusing on Lesser-Known Open Spaces in New York

May 6, 2014
The New York Times

Pols Looking to Businesses to Redevelop Ailing East River Esplanade

May 6, 2014
DNAinfo

Daffodils Help Cheer Up Queens Community Still Reeling From Sandy
May 6, 2014
NY1

City Park Advocates Fight to End Green Space Inequity
April 27, 2014
amNewYork

Elected Officials Propose Reallocating Funds to Improve Neglected Parks

April 27, 2014
amNewYork

Inequality Seen in City Parks

April 23, 2014
The Wall Street Journal

Hunter College's Private Park May Reopen to the Public

April 21, 2014
DNAinfo

Park Equity Begins with a Better Public Budget
April 17, 2014
Gotham Gazette

New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project
April 15, 2014
NBC New York

How to Fix New York City's Parks
March 28, 2014
The New Yorker

De Blasio Backs Away from a Parks Redistribution Idea
March 24, 2014
Capital New York

Advocates Discuss de Blasio's Pick for Parks Commissioner
March 21, 2014
NY1/"Inside City Hall"

New Parks Dept. Leader Shares de Blasio's Goal of Addressing Inequities
March 21, 2014
The New York Times

Mayor Introduces New Parks Commissioner

March 21, 2014
Crain's New York Business

New Parks Commissioner Has Staten Island Experience
March 21, 2014
Staten Island Advance

De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver New Parks Commissioner
March 21, 2014
The New York Observer

New Parks Head With Urban Cred
March 20, 2014
The Wall Street Journal

Anxiety Builds as New York City Parks Await a Leader
March 14, 2014
The New York Times

Biggest New York City Parks See Increase in Felonies

March 12, 2014
The Wall Street Journal

Debate Over Park Eateries Is Older Than Aged Wine
March 8, 2014
The New York Times

Despite Outcry, Eatery Will Open in New York City Park
February 20, 2014
The Wall Street Journal

'Too Perfect' Job Offer Lures a Parks Expert Back to Work
February 18, 2014
The New York Times

New Yorkers for Parks Releases Daffodil Project Maps
February 11, 2014
Curbed New York

High Line Frequently Forced to Close Due to Winter Storms
February 5, 2014
DNAinfo

Parks Advocate Offers Recommendations for Next Commissioner
January 6, 2014
NY1/"Inside City Hall"

Upper East Side Parks Littered With Trash, Locals Complain
January 6, 2014
DNAinfo

NY Parks Advocate Lands Big DC Job
January 3, 2014
Crain's New York Business

New Yorkers for Parks' Holly Leicht Heads to HUD
January 2, 2014
New York Observer

City Parks Advocate Goes to HUD
January 2, 2014
Capital New York

Researchers Study New York City Park Usage

December 11, 2013
The Wall Street Journal

Securing Help for a Park at Site of World's Fairs
November 29, 2013
The New York Times

Parks Advocates Tear Into a de Blasio-Backed Parks Proposal
November 22, 2013
Capital New York

Parks Advocates Spar Over Shared-Funding Scheme

November 21, 2013
The New York World

Editorial: Leave Green Parks Alone
November 16, 2013
New York Daily News

De Blasio Pressed to Continue Parts of Bloomberg's Legacy With City Parks

November 14, 2013
NY1

Hudson River Park Gets Financial Lifeline
November 14, 2013
Crain's New York Business

Broken Park Path Points to Bigger Budget Problem
November 13, 2013
Bronx Bureau/City Limits

Swedish Architects to Design Storm-Resistant Community for Far Rockaway

October 23, 2013
DNAinfo

Editorial: Promising Plans Down by Flushing Bay
October 22, 2013
amNewYork

New Chief Envisions Performances on High Line
October 17, 2013
The Wall Street Journal

Willets Point Deal Approved With More Housing Rooftop Farm, $17M for Park
October 9, 2013
DNAinfo

Big Plans for Willets Point Finally Clear the Council

October 9, 2013
Capital New York

Council OKs Mall Development on Citi Field Parking Lot
October 9, 2013
New York Daily News

City Gives GoogaMooga the Boot(a)

October 4, 2013
Crain's New York Business

Hope for Hurting Hudson River Park
October 2, 2013
The Wall Street Journal
 
Park Festivals Draw Scrutiny
October 2, 2013
The Wall Street Journal

Safety Concerns Due to Cutbacks in Tree Trimming
September 28, 2013
WABC-TV

Op-Ed: Don't Plunder Parks Conservancies' Cash
September 16, 2013
Crain's New York Business

With Doubled Fees, Tennis Court Permit Sales Plunge

September 12, 2013
The New York Times

IBO: Fault! NYC Tennis Court Fee Hikes Drove Away Players, Didn't Raise Much Cash

September 12, 2013
New York Daily News

Fee Hikes at City Fitness Centers Drove Away Members, Failed to Raise Cash
September 12, 2013
DNAinfo

Report: City Hikes Tennis Fees, New Yorkers Play Less Tennis

September 11, 2013
Capital New York

Park Advocates Call on NYC Mayoral Candidates to Speak Up
August 15, 2013
WFUV
 

A
dvocates Accuse Mayoral Hopefuls of Ignoring Major Issues

August 14, 2013
The New York Observer
 

Preservationists Have Concerns About Plan to Sell Hudson River Park's Air Rights

August 11, 2013
The New York Times
  
Patchwork Upgrades Move Ahead as East Side Waits for Complete Greenway
August 8, 2013
Streetsblog

  
Parks Advocacy Group Index Says East Side Lacks Green Space
August 7, 2013
Curbed New York

  
Manhattan's East Side Starved for Open Space: Report
August 7, 2013
The Real Deal
  
Report Finds East Side is Jealous of West Side's Sweet Parks
August 7, 2013
Curbed New York

 

East Side Appeals for More Open Space

August 6, 2013
The Wall Street Journal

 
Falling Tree Kills New Yorker, Many Point to Budget Cuts
August 5, 2013
WFUV

 
Bronx Park Advocates Try to Spruce Green Spaces with Few Private Donations

August 1, 2013
DNAinfo

 
USTA Pledges $10M to Park for Expansion
July 25, 2013
Queens Times Ledger

 
City Council Approves Tennis Stadium Plan in Queens

July 24, 2013
The New York Times

 
NYC Council OKs National Tennis Center Expansion
July 24, 2013
The Associated Press
 
Under Pressure, the USTA Agrees to Support Flushing Meadows Corona Park
July 24, 2013
Capital New York

 
Queens Tennis Center Expansion Nets Millions for Park

July 24, 2013
Crain's New York Business

 
City Council Approves USTA Expansion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
July 24, 2013
DNAinfo
 
Matchpoint! Queens Tennis Center Expansion Gets City Council Approval, But Not Without Concessions
July 24, 2013
The New York Observer
 
Letter in response to Daily News Editorial ("Tennis Racketeers")
July 24, 2013
New York Daily News

Tennis Center Expansion Faces Crucial Hurdle
July 23, 2013
Crain's New York Business

A Council Vote Looms, and the USTA Holds Out on Conditions for a Tennis-Center Expansion
July 19, 2013
Capital New York

Where's a Working Fountain When You Need One?

July 16, 2013
amNewYork

 
Why Do Some Parks Suffer? It's Complicated

July 15, 2013
City Limits

 
Bill de Blasio Calls for More Private Money for Public Parks
July 14, 2013
Capital New York
 
New York City's Parks Grow with Private Funds
July 7, 2013
The Wall Street Journal

 
Sounding Off On Parks
June 27, 2013
"Road to City Hall"/NY1

City Council Takes Issues with USTA Groundstrokes
June 20, 2013
New York Daily News

Designed for Democracy: When Public Goes Private a Park Loses its Heart
June 19, 2013
Huffington Post

A Little-Known Reason for Disparities in New York’s Parks
June 16, 2013
The New York Times

40 Secret Gardens, Parks and Green Spaces Hidden Across NYC
June 14, 2013
Curbed New York

Advocates Eye Levy to Save Hudson River Park
June 2, 2013
Crain's New York Business

Quinn to Children's Garden Developer: Tear Down This Fence!
May 30, 2013
The Villager

Bronx Gets 17 New Parks Enforcement Patrol Officers
May 27, 2013
Bronx Times

Gotham: Reducing Some City Parks to the Status of Beggars

May 27, 2013
The New York Times


Op-Ed: Can a Tree Grow in the Bronx?
May 24, 2013
The New York Times

City Planning Commission Approves USTA Expansion Plan in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
May 22, 2013
New York Daily News

A Team Is Born, but Not All Cheer
May 21, 2013
The New York Times


Yankees, Man City to co-own NYC MLS Team
May 21, 2013
The Associated Press

'Not the Only Place': Bloomberg and MLS Back Away From A Flushing Stadium
May 21, 2013
Capital New York

Yankees Shock Queens with Soccer Switch
May 21, 2013
Crain's New York Business

The Heart of a New York Park Is for Sale in Stadium Deal
May 17, 2013
The Atlantic Cities

Critics Slam MLS Plan to Swap 13 Acres in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for Flushing Airport

May 16, 2013
New York Daily News

Advocacy Groups Protest MLS FMCP Stadium Plan
May 16, 2013
Queens Tribune

Pointing to an Old Airfield, Bloomberg Says Soccer Arena Parkland is in Fact 'Replaceable'
May 13, 2013
Capital New York

Major Parks Advocacy Group Opposes Soccer Arena on 'Irreplaceable Public Space'

May 13, 2013
Capital New York

Be Our Guest: Major League Soccer Stadium Would Pollute Flushing Meadows Corona Park
May 13, 2013
New York Daily News

The Murky Ethics and Uncertain Longevity of Privately Financed Public Parks
May 13, 2013
The Atlantic Cities

Queensbridge Park Waterfront Long Blocked by Chain Link Fence Will Receive an Upgrade
May 10, 2013
WFUV

USTA Gives Land Back, Will Keep Using It
May 9, 2013
Queens Chronicle

Land Swap in Flushing Meadows Draws Ire of Park Advocates
May 7, 2013
New York Daily News

Ferry Point Park's Synthetic Field Is Still Closed Six Months After Sandy

April 29, 2013
DNAinfo

Green Spaces in Short Supply on Upper East Side

April 25, 2013
Crain's New York Business

Community Weighs Flushing Meadows' Future
April 26, 2013
Queens Times Ledger

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras Proposes Public-Private Alliance for Flushing Meadows
April 24, 2013
New York Daily News

Brooklyn Teachers to Be Honored for Teaching Kids About 9/11 Through Daffodil Project

April 22, 2013
New York Post

Claremont Park Blooms With Help from Longtime Volunteer
April 23, 2013
DNAinfo

Parks Group to Salute Snug Harbor, Ignizio
April 22, 2013
Staten Island Advance

Metropolitan Diary: A Decade Later, an Appreciation for the Daffodils
April 19, 2013
The New York Times

9/11 Daffodil Project to Honor Hurricane Sandy Advocates
April 19, 2013
DNAinfo

Advocacy Group Assesses NYC's Parks
April 18, 2013
WFUV

NYCHA Tries to Transform Mott Haven With Federal Grant
April 16, 2013
DNAinfo


The Price of Flushing Meadows Corona Park
April 15, 2013
The New York World

Queens Borough President Supports USTA Expansion – With Caveats
April 12, 2013
New York Daily News

Parks Want 'Space' in the Mayor's Race
April 11, 2013
Crain's New York Business

How Should NYC Parks Money Be Spent on Staten Island? Input Sought at Meeting Thursday
April 8, 2013
Staten Island Advance

The USTA is Now Open to Replacing Parkland for its Tennis Center Expansion

April 5, 2013
Capital New York

On the Beaten Path: Fort Greene Park Trails Are Walkways to the Danger Zone

April 2, 2013
Brooklyn Paper

FMCP's Incredible Shrinking Trust Fund

March 28, 2013
Queens Chronicle

St. Nicholas Worst Large Park in Manhattan, Says Advocacy Group
March 28, 2013
Columbia Spectator

Mixed Grades for Bronx Parks

March 27, 2013
Bronx Times Reporter

Report Shows Riverside is One of City's Best-Kept Parks
March 22, 2013
New York Press

After Damage from Sandy, Report Proves a Park's Comeback
March 22, 2013
New York Press

Battery Park Playground Fails Safety Test, But Wins First Place For Mascot

March 22, 2013
New York Press

At the Head of the Class - Juniper Valley Park
March 21, 2013
Queens Forum

Long-Awaited Repairs on Queensbridge Park Seawall to Begin This Spring
March 19, 2013
DNAinfo

Uptown Parks Score High Grades in Watchdog Report
March 15, 2013
DNAinfo

Broken Water Fountains Leave Astoria Parkgoers High and Dry, Report Says
March 15, 2013
DNAinfo

Fort Greene Park's Pathways Worst in NYC, New Report Says
March 13, 2013
DNAinfo

Storms Swiftly Claim Trees, but Stumps Stay for Years
March 12, 2013
The New York Times

A Tale of Two Harlem Parks Reveals a Strain on Resources

March 12, 2013
DNAinfo

Some Large Bronx Parks Have Improved While Others Suffer, New Report Says

March 12, 2013
DNAinfo

B-Plus for City's Parks, But Problems Remain
March 10, 2013
The New York Times

City Park Patrols Will be Bolstered
March 7, 2013
The Wall Street Journal


In Shift, Durst Wants Piece of Pier 40
March 1, 2013
Crain's New York Business

Battle for the Soul of a Park
February 27, 2013
The New York Times

Crime Spikes in Prospect Park, Led by Uptick in Robberies
February 27, 2013
DNAinfo

Maintain It: A Key Official Presdents a Condition for Supporting Flushing Meadows Projects
February 26, 2013
Capital New York

First Concept Pics of Queens Soccer Stadium
February 26, 2013
Crain's New York Business


Flushing Meadows Corona Park: Lots of Land, Little Upkeep

February 20, 2013
Capital New York


New York Parks in Less Affluent Areas Lack Big Gifts

February 17, 2013
The New York Times

February 15, 2013
The New York Times

'There is no reason to be intimidated by the USTA'
February 12, 2013
Capital New York


Queens Residents Slam Proposed US Tennis Center Expansion
February 12, 2013
DNAinfo


So, How'd He Do?

February 2, 2013
The New York Times

Young Adults to Receive Reduced Recreation Rates

January 30, 2013
The Wall Street Journal


A Tennis-Center Expansion in Queens Requires a Tricky Definition of 'Public'
January 22, 2013
Capital New York


Rec-Center Use Down 7 Percent

January 19, 2013
New York Post


New 'High Line' on Track
December 21, 2012
The Wall Street Journal

Parks and Wreck: The Fight for Pier 40 and the Myth of Public Parks
December 18, 2012
The New York Observer

Tennis Expansion in Queens Nets Locals a Royal Headache 
December 16, 2012
Crain's New York Business

Major League Soccer to Present New York City Stadium Plans
November 29, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek

Coney Island Is Still Devastated, From the Boardwalk to the Neighborhood Parks

November 20, 2012
The New York Observer

East Harlem Lacks Open Space But Not Options to Increase It
November 16, 2012
DNAinfo.com

Storm Lends New Fervor to Daffodil-Planting Drive
November 15, 2012
The New York Times

Measuring a Neighborhood's Green Spaces So They Can Grow
November 13, 2012
The Atlantic Cities

Letter to the Editor: Private Charity for Parks
November 8, 2012
The New York Times

East Harlem Parks Report Recognizes Value of Livable Streets
November 8, 2012
Streetsblog

October 25, 2012
WNYC/"The Brian Lehrer Show"

El Barrio's Secret Gardens: East Harlem Has Some Unexpected Parks, But It Still Needs Better Ones
October 25, 2012
The New York Observer


$100 Million Gift to Benefit Central Park

October 23, 2012
The Wall Street Journal

Mother Nature Helps Students Pay Tribute to 9/11 Victims
October 22 2012
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Daffodil Project Grows in DeWitt Clinton Houses
October 19, 2012
Harlem World


Elevated Portion of Marcus Garvey Park Is Hotbed for Drugs, Illicit Sex

October 17, 2012
New York Daily News


New Parks Chief Is a Voice for Expansion
October 12, 2012
The New York Times

A Call for More Transparency When It Comes to Park Crime

September 26, 2012
Metro New York

Mayor's Report Shows Mixed Bag for City Quality of Life

September 20, 2012
NY1


Sports Plan Faces Fight
September 12, 2012
The Wall Street Journal

Astoria Pedestrian Plaza Pits Merchants vs. Residents
September 6, 2012
New York Daily News

Jackson Heights Getting Year-Round Pedestrian Plaza on 78th Street
August 30, 2012
DNAinfo.com


Jackson Heights' Dunningham Triangle to Be Revamped
August 27, 2012
Queens Courier


Parks and Revolution: Toronto Residents Take Back Their Green Spaces
August 25, 2012
The Globe and Mail


What Parks Need to Make the Grade
August 15, 2012
WNET Thirteen
/MetroFocus

High Time for the High Bridge Pedestrian Bridge
August 1, 2012
The Architect's Newspaper


Lowline Generates Excitement, Despite Lingering Concerns About Cost
July 24, 2012
The Huffington Post

NYU Near Deal on Growth
July 16, 2012
The Wall Street Journal

Our Newly Lush Life
July 14, 2012
The New York Times


After Accidents and Lawsuits, More Money for Tree Care
July 5, 2012
The New York Times



At Fireworks, Not All Seats Are Created Equal 
June 26, 2012
The New York Times

Budget Breakdown: Limited Green a Concern for City Parks Dept.
June 22, 2012
NY1

Editorial: Keep Staten Island's Faber Pool Open
June 22, 2012
Staten Island Advance

Jackson Heights to Get More Park Space
June 20, 2012
Queens Courier

Just in Time for Summer: Water-on-the-Go Comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park
June 18, 2012
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

His Domain Transformed, Parks Chief is Leaving
June 18, 2012
The New York Times

City Hall to Replace Outgoing Parks Commissioner
June 18, 2012
NY1

Meet the New Parks Commissioner, Veronica White
June 18, 2012
DNAinfo.com

Behind Those Cool Squirts in Summer, Many Plumbers
June 14, 2012
The New York Times

Jackson Heights Creates New Park Space
June 18, 2012
New York Daily News

Pool Advocates Sweat Over Possible Closing of Faber Pool
June 5, 2012
NY1

Pols and Patrons Plead: Don't Cut the Parks Department
June 5, 2012
The New York Observer

NYC Parks May Close a Staten Island Pool, Raising Questions About Chronic Budget Cuts
June 5, 2012
Staten Island Advance

June 1, 2012
"Inside City Hall"/NY1

Training to Spot Tree Decay is Urged for Parks Workers
May 30, 2012
The New York Times

Letter to the Editor: Dangerous Trees
May 23, 2012
The New York Times

The Powers of New York: Parks
May 5, 2012
The New York Times

April 9, 2012
New York Daily News

Oddo Calls Bloomberg's Parks Commissioner Disgraceful, and Says Rudy Would Have Fired Him
March 22, 2012
Capital New York

Coney Island Boardwalk Faces a Vote
March 12, 2012
The Wall Street Journal

Controversial Coney Cement Boardwalk Plan Facing Vote Today
March 12, 2012
New York Post

A Hard Stand on Hard Top: In Defense of the Coney Island Concrete Walk
March 9, 2012
The New York Observer