Theodore Roosevelt, the namesake of Roosevelt Park, was a veteran of the Spanish-American war. In 1898, he formed The Rough Riders, a volunteer cavalry group, and led them to victories at Kettle Hill and San Juan heights in Cuba. In 2001, Roosevelt was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the war.
On July 4, 1903, President Roosevelt gave a speech to veterans in Springfield, IL. He told them, “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.”
Why is this dog run named Bull Moose? Bull Moose was another name for the Progressive Party, the political party of President Theodore Roosevelt, the namesake of Roosevelt Park. The Bull Moose party advocated the direct election of U.S. senators, women’s suffrage, tariff reductions, and many social reforms.
There is also a series of books by J.F. Englert called, “The Bull Moose Dog Run Mysteries.” The detective in these stories is a black lab named Randolph.
Regardless of where the name comes from, the Bull Moose Dog Run in Roosevelt Park is the best dog run west of Central Park! Dogs of the Upper West Side gather here year round. Bring your dog to make some new friends.
AMNH is one of the most popular museums in New York City, and it stands at the center of Theodore Roosevelt Park. Many people mistakenly think the park is part of the museum, but it is separate. It is a New York City park, managed by Friends of Roosevelt Park together with The Museum and New York City’s Department of Parks.
On Sunday, September 16th, vendors and shoppers filled Columbus Avenue from 68th to 86th Streets for the Columbus Avenue Festival. This street fair raises money for grants awarded by the West Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
Goodies in the garden
It wouldn’t be a street fair without street food, and many visitors took advantage of the beautiful day to enjoy scrumptious festival food. Roosevelt Park’s shady trees and benches provided perfect spots to relax with an end-of-summer brunch!
Labor Day started in the 1880’s, when individual states began passing legislation to create a holiday to honor workers. In 1894, Congress made the first Monday in September a legal holiday, Labor Day.
Theodore Roosevelt’s Labor Day speech
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt, Roosevelt Park’s namesake, gave a speech that linked the prosperity of laborers to the prosperity of the entire country. He said, “If circumstances are such that thrift, energy, industry, and forethought enable the farmer, the tiller of the soil, on the one hand, and the wage-worker on the other, to keep themselves, their wives, and their children in reasonable comfort, then the State is well off, and we can be assured that the other classes in the community will likewise prosper. On the other hand, if there is in the long run a lack of prosperity among the two classes named, then all other prosperity is sure to be more seeming than real.”
GreenLife was created 15 years ago by Friends of Roosevelt Park in conjunction with the Rudin Foundation and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who was our City Council member at that time. These paid interns are students at the nearby Urban Assembly for Green Careers high school, and they work in Roosevelt Park for nine months a year under close supervision.
How do interns benefit from the GreenLife program?
The internship teaches students three job disciplines:
Show up on time
Be a team player
The 2018 Urban Assembly graduation included four GreenLife alumni, all of whom are going on to four-year colleges!
Park visitors can now enter two of Roosevelt Park’s previously closed lawns: one on the southwest side (77th Street and Columbus Avenue), and the other on the northwest side (81st and Columbus). The lawns are open to passive recreation only, so you won’t be able to play sports in these areas, but you can sit right on the grass! Dogs are also not allowed on these lawns, but they are welcome in the Bull Moose Dog Run.
The Parks Without Borders sections are currently open in good weather only, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., from June through September.
Hosta is native to China, Japan, and Korea. It’s a shade-loving, rhizomatous, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial, with lush, sensuous foliage. Hosta varies in size from dwarfs, which are inches tall, to giants of five feet. Leaves come in a variety of colors, shapes and textures: blue-green, dark green, chartreuse, bronze, red, variegated, crinkled, smooth, wavy, concave, oval, round, heart-shaped, elongated, narrow, and twisted.
New York City is ideal for Hosta plants
With a relatively cool climate, and sun that isn’t too strong, New York City is a great place for Hosta plants. In Roosevelt Park, sweeps of magnificent hosta grow luxuriantly in front of the Bull Moose dog run.
The origins of Roosevelt Park’s Hosta plants
We planted Hosta in the park in 2014, and they are now mature, rich in color and large. Hosta bloom in late spring, so June is a great time to visit the park and see them.
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Conceived by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was intended to increase awareness of threats to the environment.
Twenty years after the first Earth Day, The Friends of Roosevelt Park were a newly formed group, dedicated to the restoration of Roosevelt Park. The park had been neglected, resulting in stretches of bare dirt broken interspersed with dead plants. It was a stressed environment.
Today, Earth Day has become an international observance, and Roosevelt Park has been restored to a welcoming slice of nature in the city. Its 10 acres are filled with trees, grass, and flowers. This Earth Day, come sit on one of our benches and celebrate how far the park has come!
Norman E. Borlaug was born on March 25th, 1914, in Cresco, Iowa, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. His name appears on the Nobel monument in Roosevelt Park, which lists all of the American recipients of the Nobel Prize. The monument is located near the park’s Columbus Avenue entrance.
The Green Revolution
Norman Borlaug was referred to as “The Father of the Green Revolution.” Borlaug was a geneticist and plant pathologist who found a high-yielding short-strawed, disease-resistant wheat. He then arranged to put the new cereal strains he had found into production to feed the world’s hungry people, thereby reducing some of the environmental and social problems that cause international conflicts. His efforts improved wheat yields in Mexico, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Near and Middle East, and in Africa.
Dr. Borlaug then became director of the International Wheat Improvement Programat the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), an international research training institute created by the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations in cooperation with the Mexican government. Here he trained scientists from a variety of countries in research and production methods.
Nobel Peace Prize
Dr. Borlaug’s received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for contributing to world peace by increasing the food supply, particularly due to his work in eliminating food shortages in India and Pakistan. In 1997, in an Atlantic article called “Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity,” author Gregg Easterbrook, estimated that Borlaug’s work had prevented a billion deaths. Dr. Borlaug was 95 years old when he died, on September 12, 2009.