November 14, 2012 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Since Hurricane Sandy blew in and out, many people have asked about the city’s green areas–the parks and gardens. Many of the city’s parks and public gardens suffered great losses in the storm. The High Line appears to have weathered it pretty well, perhaps having been shielded by the surrounding buildings.
City Parks and Botanical Gardens
Following is just a sampling of some of the city’s major parks and gardens. Fro a complete listing, visit
Conservancy staff currently estimates that more than 800 were destroyed or damaged by the storm. There has also been damage to the Park’s benches, fencing and ballfield equipment. Conservancy staff continues to work with twelve teams of contractors, paid for and supervised by the Conservancy, to expedite restoration of the Park.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
We lived by Prospect Park when our son was born. The park and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhood still hold a special place in my heart. The Prospect Park Alliance reported that the damage to the park from Hurricane Sandy far exceeded what any storm has done to the Park in the 25 year history of the Park Alliance. Over 300 trees are down or so badly damaged that they will be taken down for safety, and there were over 100 hanging limbs and almost 1,000 large branches and limbs down or damaged.
New York Botanical Garden
100 mature trees in the forest, including some of the “ancient and most magnificent” oaks, were destroyed.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Dozens of trees were affected, many of them near the western perimeter, where a line of 80-year-old little-leaf lindens was felled. A significant Chinese parasol tree was destroyed, and several large pin oaks were damaged or destroyed.
How to Help
NYC Service lists links to parks in each of New York City’s five boroughs.
Sign up for Go Pass, a initiative offering nonprofits a simple, easy and reliable screening process for volunteers, to help reduce costs and enhance safety and security.
Contact Green Thumb about volunteering for garden cleanups, for creating or joining a community garden, or for additional resources.