Sustaining and enhancing the Greenbelt's
open space in Staten Island, NY through education, conservation, research and prudent recreation

Posts by Michael Dominowski

The broken bench

vandalized bench beside a woodland trail

  By MICHAEL W. DOMINOWSKI The Greenbelt Conservancy The little bench was nearly as old as the Greenbelt path it sat beside. To most who came to visit, the bench had always been there, almost like the forest. And though it was small and rather homely, the bench came to have many friends. Serious hikers…

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High Rock Park: The Elliot Willensky years

By A. MAE SEELEY A garden for the blind was just one of the many innovative outreach programs launched at High Rock Park during the 1970’s when the famed architect, author and city chronicler Elliot Willensky served as education director. A city boy himself, Elliot understood that a visit to High Rock’s untamed and unpaved…

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Protecting the Greenbelt is a job that’s never completed

By ELLEN O’FLAHERTY PRATT For me it all began on December 26, 1979 when the Staten Island Advance headline read “Mayor Koch to sell SeaView.” The semi-abandoned hospital between Staten Island’s Brielle Avenue and Manor Road was built in the early 20th century as a tuberculosis sanatorium. By the 1950s it had fallen into disuse…

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