Theodore Roosevelt Park, New York City

3.8
#52 of 76 in Parks in New York City
Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park was established in 2016 after the American Museum of Natural History released plans for the Gilder Center building expansion into the park that significantly reduced public green space and threatened the community-centered character of the neighborhood.

Since then long-time residents and relative newcomers alike have banded together to pursue our guiding mission of protecting every square inch of public parkland from private development.

We have never wavered from our goal. Our rallying cry is, "Not one tree and not one teaspoon of dirt shall leave our park in the museum's expansion!"



The museum’s proposal calls for an extensive and enormous project. Recommendations made by our members who are architects, builders, landscape designers, physicians, and educators that would meet the museums objectives without devastating the park have fallen on deaf ears.



We respect the museum’s contributions to scientific knowledge and education, but we will not trade our beloved park – a precious resource and treasured landmark in it’s own right – for a glossy, brochure-ready building.



Theodore Roosevelt Park is a place where children learn to ride bikes, neighbors talk under the soaring trees, and dogs play. Its sidewalks have been marked with the chalk drawings of future artists, its gardens a shelter for birds, and people have rested on its graceful benches for generations. It cannot be replaced or recreated once the cement is poured and the steel girders go up.



Please join us to save our park!
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  • It is the park that develops around the museum. I did not find it very interesting, also because the museum itself depletes all energy. I don't think it's very important. In front we still have the great and much more interesting Central Park.
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  • Theodore Roosevelt Park, is a small and beautiful park located next to the Museum of Natural history and at the same time in front of Central Park. We find ourselves on the way to that Museum, and gave us a short walk by himself to thus get to know it. It is a very quiet Park, which invites you to stroll and relax. A well-kept Park, which you can visit and meet road to the Museum of Natural history.
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  • An oasis, in a middle of the "concrete jungle". Great place for seating by the water or just walking around but does gets crowded especially on warm days. Usually a few food carts around if you need water or a quick bite to eat. Friendly squirrels will be happy to trade a picture for a fancy treat.
  • Actually, we went to the museum of natural history, within the park. The museum, by far, was one of the most amazing places I have EVER been to. It really does make you appreciate history, how small we are, and how cool this planet really is!! Looking forward to when our planet is made new again. Isaiah 11:6-9
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