Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Friends Have A New Website

Thanks for visiting! But the Friends of St. Nicholas Park have a new website with up-to-date information.

Go here for more information about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities in the park

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Parks Lecture: Alexander Hamilton and the National Triumph of New York City

In celebration of the Hamilton Grange’s recent move into St. Nicholas Park, come join historian Warren Shaw for a discussion of New York’s formative influence on the nation, through Alexander Hamilton.

Thursday, February 26th 7pm

East 54th St. Recreation Center (348 East 54th St. Between 1st and 2nd Aves.)

Map to recreation center

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Abandoned Dog Needs a Home!

Dear Friends,

This email came in from Yasmin (Nina's Mom). A nice female pit bull mix pup was found and needs a home. Details and more photos below:

From Yasmin Lauz

I found this dog this morning and I had to turn her in to ACC. (Database record can be found here online) or go to and look up dogs that were found yesterday. She is listed.

If anyone is interested they have 72 hours in the lost and found. And then depending on how many dogs are there and if they cant get a rescue to take them they may euthanasia within 3 days. She has had a litter maybe a couple of months ago. She is no longer lactating though so maybe they'll be kinder to her.

I or should I say my dog found her in Jackie Robinson in the bushes right by the gates by the hand ball court rolled up in a small ball and shivering. She could barely walk she was shivering from the cold.I brought her in to ACC cause I couldn't leave her at home. She seems to be gentle and wanted to sniff with my dog Nina but Nina was nervous around her so I can't take her. She is a medium sized dog, extremely emaciated. She was very gentle with my dog, when I fed her she ate from my hand. I put down a food bowl and when I took it from her there was no food guarding issue. I wiped her down and cleaned her feet and there was no issue touching her in any way. And the male worker at the ACC had no issue picking her up or putting a leash on her. She seems confused but she began to relax when I brought her home. She didn't do her business in my apartment this morning either so she may be housetrained.

I fed her and gave her some water and warmed her up some before I brought her to ACC . I've been trying to contact Stray from the heart. Posh pet rescue and animal haven to see if they can pull her. Posh pets responded right away they keep a look out for her. If anyone can foster posh pets will pull her. I gave north shore a call and they were going to forward the info to whoever is in charge of adoption area I also left a message and emailed animal haven. Bide a wee NY is full but their wantagh shelter will be going there this week but no one is answering their phones. Most likely she'll get kennel cough for being there.

They tested her at ACC and I'm enclosing the listing. They said she is timid, and nervous but otherwise there are no behavior issues she is 35LBS she should be 50lBS. They haven't tested her with other dogs but they don't think that it may be an issue since she didn't react to any of the other dogs there and she did well with my dog . She does have a Mange and they are treating her for it its on her forehead she may have been scratching that may account for some of the scratches.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Wintry Grange

Another Photo of the Grange in winter. Expected to open in Fall of this year, the Grange will be landscaped with plantings and trees which were found on Hamilton's original estate. If you are interested in volunteering with the Friends or have an idea for an event at the Grange (concert, lecture series, etc.) please contact us at

The Veiled Grange

After last night's snow showers, the Hamilton Grange's veil is more defined. The Grange, under going renovations, should be opened to the public in the Fall of this year.

Snowy Day in St. Nick's Dog Run

St. Nick's Dog Run
Originally uploaded by stnickpark
The dog run was crowded today with a few people and dogs enjoying the little snow the area received overnight.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

St. Nicks Dog Run: Happy 2009 - Coffee Bark to continue in Spring - Tips for Winter

Happy New Year's! The Friends want to thank the St. Nick's Dog Run community in helping keep our dog run one of the best in the city. Our popular St. Nick's Dog Run Coffee Barks will continue in the Spring. Look out for our emails announcing the first one for 2009!
During the winter, fewer dogs and owners may use the dog run but it still sees a lot of action. Below are some tips for what you can do to help us maintain our beautiful dog run.

Help keep the dog run clean and neat by:

- Bringing extra poop bags to fill our dispensers.

- Picking up trash (even if it's not yours).

- Picking up poop (even if it's not your dog's).

- Picking up stray cigarette butts.

- Picking up glass whenever you see it

- Volunteer on a Clean-up Day. (we always send out notices when we schedule them). Email us at if you like to be added to our list.

- Respect the rules of the Dog Run and work with other members of this great dog- owning community.

Contribute financially to support ongoing maintenance as well as future improvements to the dog run.

* TO DONATE to St. Nick's Dog Run:

Step 1: Write a check made out to: City Parks Foundation

In the memo of the check be sure to write "Friends of St. Nicholas Park"

Step 2: Mail the check with a cover letter describing your donation to St. Nicholas Park to:

Friends Of St. Nicholas Park
P.O. Box 195
New York, NY 10030

Thursday, December 11, 2008

RIP Kansas

St. Nick's Dog Run is sad to learn about the passing of Kansas. Kansas and his Dad were one of the Dog Run regulars who helped plan, create and built our dog run. We will miss Kansas dearly. The photo above was sent by Kansas's Dad. He says "I love the attached picture of him in the dog run. Looks like he is about to get in trouble."

Josh Greenberg, Kansas's Dad, write us a message below:


It is with much sadness that I am writing to let you all know about the passing of Kansas. For those of you that don't know him, Kansas was the happy yellow Lab, that had a passion for searching the run for all things that dogs aren't supposed to eat and trying to be romantic whenever he could. About a month and a half ago he was diagnosed with what the vet thought was cancer and unfortunately that turned out to be correct. Kansas was great up until about last week but as is true for most of us the illness caught up with him. Earlier this week I made the decision to have him put to sleep and of course being the stubborn Lab that he was, he decided to trump me by passing away this morning, a mere 4 hours before our vet appointment.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has asked about Kansas recently. You and your dogs were all key in making his life more enjoyable, especially near the end. I know he is in a better place because he deserves to be.

Thanks again.


Monday, December 08, 2008

Holiday Tree Lighting brings Cheer During Chilly Evening

On Saturday night the Friends of St. Nicholas Park hosted their annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. Below is a link to some of the photos of the event. By the time our entertainment and activities ended, we had a brilliantly lit tree and very little cider or hot chocolate left.

Click here to view more photos of the event!

We want to call out a few individuals who helped make our event happen.

Special thanks to:

Risa Rottenberg who organized this year's event.

Michael Jones, who played Santa Claus.

Our Arts and Crafts staff, Laurel Peacock and Susan Mende.

Waldron Rick who entertained us with his brilliant trumpet playing.

The Dorothy Maynor Singers, and Byron McCray at Harlem School for the Arts.

The members of the Friends of St. Nicholas Park who volunteered and helped make this event possible including Julia, Carola, Josh, Adrien and William.

St. Mark's Church for providing their kitchen and tables. Without St. Mark's our events could not happen.

Tamara Tunie for giving another inspiring performance to get everyone into the Holiday spirit.

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and all those who have made donations to the Friends of St. Nicholas Park throughout the year.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

December Coffee Bark - warm coffee helps the winter chill!

Eventhough it is not officially winter, the crowd at St. Nick's Dog Run were mighty chilly this morning. The dogs didn't seem to feel the winter in the air as there were lots of playing, etc.

Pictured above: Josh with Kansas