Margaret Mead Green

Roosevelt Park’s Margaret Mead Green was named for anthropologist Margaret Mead, who was born on December 16, 1901. The Margaret Mead Green is located next to Columbus Avenue, near 81st Street.

Margaret Mead’s Time in New York City

Margaret Mead graduated from New York’s Barnard College in 1923, where she earned a BA in psychology. She continued her studies in New York at Columbia University, where she received a PhD in anthropology. She later lived and worked on NYC’s Upper West Side.

Margaret Mead’s Importance to the American Museum of Natural History

Mead studied and wrote about adolescent girls in Coming of Age in Samoa, and younger children in Growing Up in New Guinea. The American Museum of Natural History has many exhibits based on Mead’s work. She later worked at the museum as a research fellow and curator of ethnology. The museum holds the Margaret Mead Film Festival annually.

Veteran’s Day

The Veteran Honored by Roosevelt Park, NYC

Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders

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.”


Top 5 Things to See in Roosevelt Park

#5: Bull Moose Dog Run

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.

#4: Knock Out® Roses

Located in the southwest corner of the park, these cold-resistant roses bloom until the first frost. Stop by in the next month to see them!

Nobel Monument

#3:Nobel Monument

The Nobel monument stands near the western entrance of the American Museum of Natural History, near Columbus Avenue. The monument displays the names of all the American winners of the Nobel Prize. These include William Faulkner, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature, Carl D. Anderson, who won for his work in physics, Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Roald Hoffman, Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King, Jr., and Theodore Roosevelt, who won the Peace Prize in 1906.


American Museum of Natural History#2: The American Museum of Natural History

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.

#1: Seasons Up Close

Do you like fall foliage? Starting in October, watch the colors change on Roosevelt Park’s oak leaf hydrangea and ginko biloba.

Not only is the park beautiful when covered with snow, but it’s a great place to see plants that thrive in winter. These include Nandina Domestica and Sedum.

After a long, cold winter, many plants begin to bloom in the spring. As you stroll through the park, look for hosta, tulips and daffodils.

Are you looking for a place to cool off in the summer? Theodore Roosevelt Park is the place to be, with shaded benches, water fountains, and lawns that you can walk on.

Columbus Avenue Festival

Columbus Avenue Festival

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.

Columbus Avenue Festival outside Roosevelt Park

Columbus Avenue Festival outside Roosevelt ParkGoodies 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

Theodore Roosevelt by John Singer Sargent, 1903Labor Day

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.”


2018 GreenLife Interns in Roosevelt Park

GreenLife Interns in Roosevelt Park
Top, l to r: Keith, Christian, Christopher, Bry, Luis, Ada (Parks Supervisor), Kareem. Bottom, l to r: Eloy, Adrian, Gurdy, Gabriel.

GreenLife Job Readiness Program

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
  • Take instruction

The 2018 Urban Assembly graduation included four GreenLife alumni, all of whom are going on to four-year colleges!

Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District Breakfast

Columbus Avenue BID breakfast
Board members (l-r: Heather Russo, Michael Broomfield and Peter Wright) at the Columbus Avenue BID’s annual breakfast meeting.

Friends of Roosevelt Park board members Heather Russo, Michael Broomfield and Peter Wright joined the community in supporting the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District at its annual breakfast meeting. The Columbus Avenue BID is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services for the blocks adjacent to Columbus Avenue between 67th and 82nd Streets.

Parks Without Borders on the 77th Street Lawn

Visitors sit on the lawn in Roosevelt Park at 77th St
Parks Without Borders on the 77th Street lawn – so far so good!

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.

Take a seat on the lawn!

Hosta in late spring

Hosta Blooming at the Bull Moose Dog Run

Hosta in Roosevelt Park

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.