New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization, is the private partner of Michael Bloomberg's MillionTreesNYC campaign to plant one million new trees in New York City by 2015. Founded by Bette Midler in 1995, NYRP's original goal was revitalizing neglected neighborhood parks in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of New York City.
Today, the organization has expanded its focus to three primary objectives: planting one million trees by 2017 in partnership with NYC Parks through the MillionTreesNYC initiative successfully completed on November 20, 2015, two years ahead of schedule; revitalizing all 52 NYRP-owned community gardens, and supporting the creation and restoration of other green spaces throughout the city to enhance social and environmental resiliency; bringing back to life under-resourced public parks and transforming a formerly neglected stretch of upper Manhattan water-front into a stunning new park with direct public access to the Harlem River.
"NYRP creates clean, safe, and beautiful green spaces in New York City’s high need neighborhoods, to grow resilience both socially and environmentally. Urban Offsets’ innovative model nurtures our sustained partnership with communities. It provides resources to ensure families enjoy the many benefits of a healthy urban forest for generations to come, and enabling us to share those benefits with our donors, volunteers, indeed the whole city. Working with Shawn and the UO team has been terrific.”- Deborah Marton (Executive Director)