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Ram Review: “It’s My Park”

STAFF WRITER

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 02:04

 

Over 14 percent, or about 29,000 acres. of New York City is park land, but beyond local and famous parks, most New Yorkers are unaware of the land and resources available in their city.  By watching “It’s My Park,” New Yorkers and visitors can learn about parks across the City and special features each has to offer. Adrian Sas, the creator, producer and director of “It’s My Park,” established the program to highlight different parks throughout the five boroughs. The goal of the series is to help New Yorkers become acquainted with their parks and with the events and opportunities offered by the Parks Department.

Each episode features one park, the special features that the park offers and the park’s users.  Recently, two segments of “It’s My Park” have been selected for the Queens World Film Festival, in the Documentary Short category: “Long Island City Boathouse: Moonlight Voyage” and “New York State Pavilion.”

“Long Island City Boathouse: Moonlight Voyage,” is one example of an episode in which viewers are provided with a look into moonlight kayaking.  Long Island City Boathouse members paddle from Queens, down the East River to Brooklyn Bridge Park, watch the sunset and then paddle back up to Queens.  This episode was created to acquaint New Yorkers with waterfront parks. 

On May 12 and 13, the Bronx Week Film Festival at the Bruckner Bar and Grill will showcase two episodes: “Concrete Plant Park” and “Origination of Hip Hop at Cedar Park.”

Concrete Plant Park is a former concrete factory along the western shore of the Bronx River that was transformed into a waterfront park.

Cedar Park is the home of hip hop. In the episode, DJ Kool Herc, “the founding father of hip hop music,” visits the park to talk to the local park goers about hip hop music.

Other episodes include parks around Fordham, such as Poe Park, located just off of Kingsbridge Rd.

The series airs on NYC Life, which is available on Channel 25 on Time Warner, Channel 22 on Cablevision. Those without cable can watch it on Channel 25.1. Segments from the series also stream online at www.youtube.com/nycparksdepartment.

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