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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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When High Rock Park was home

Stone house headquarters of the Greenbelt Conservancy in High Rock Park Staten Island

By DOROTHY REILLY In 1912, what we now know as High Rock Park, was comprised of several privately owned parcels of land. The Tonking family purchased 12 acres to establish a poultry business they called “Mayroyd Farm.” Other parts of Staten Island’s central highlands were owned by the Vanderbilt, Walker and Ebbit families. In 1921,…

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When the Greenbelt was welcomed to the family of parks

Ohrback lake in th eStaten Island Greenbelt

By KATHLEEN VORWICK In George Orwell’s book “1984,” the world as depicted, would have been a very depressing place. However, in the actual year 1984, a wonderful thing happened. After many years of hard work and studies… The Greenbelt was officially born. Its parents were the farsighted individuals who saw the value and necessity, and…

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