Grantees In The News
LLF Grantee, American Bird Conservancy, Fights For Bird-Safe Wind Power
The Associated Press (as published in The Washington Post), May 14, 2013
“CONVERSE COUNTY, Wyo. — Wind farms in this corner of Wyoming have killed more than four dozen golden eagles since 2009, one of the deadliest places in the country of its kind. But so far, the companies operating industrial-sized turbines here and elsewhere that are killing eagles and other protected birds have yet to be fined or prosecuted – even though every death is a criminal violation….
It’s a double standard that some Republicans in Congress said Tuesday they would examine after an Associated Press investigation revealed that the Obama administration has shielded the wind power industry from liability and helped keep the scope of the deaths secret….”
Grant To Human Rights First Helps Underpin Immigration Program
The New York Times, November 27, 2012
A task force organized by Judge Robert A. Katzmann, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, has developed a plan to create a network of legal service providers to represent all low-income immigrants in the region who have been detained and face deportation. The network would be the first of its kind in the country.
LLF Grant Leads To “Revitalization” Of Brooklyn Park
New York Observer, October 19, 2012
The first phase of the historic restoration of Prospect Park “led by a $10 million grant from lead benefactress and native Brooklynite, the inimitable Ms. Shelby White…” takes a great leap forward with the return to the original form of the formal concert area known as Music Island.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Opens
Tina Moore, New York Daily News, October 17, 2012
On the beautiful morning of October 17, former President Bill Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Governor Andrew Cuomo cut the ribbon for the long awaited park on Roosevelt Island dedicated to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
“Prospect Park Renews Ties With Its History”
Lana Bortolot, Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2012
Prospect Park, a designated landmark, opens the first phase of Lakeside, a historic restoration of the 26 acres which includes rebuilding the shoreline, the recreation of Music Island among several other improvements intended to “return the most formal portion of the park to the original vision for its design”.
“An Island of Tranquillity is Reclaimed in Prospect Park”
“Everyone who has worked on this project would get seduced by it”.
The dedication of the recreation of Music Island and the Esplanade at Prospect Park, the first phase of their historic restoration, will be held on October 19, 2012. The Music Island is being named in honor of Trustee Shelby White’s father and the Esplanade in honor of Shelby White and Leon Levy.
In his City Room blog, David Dunlop’s highlights the concepts and and scope of this project.
Rebirth for Cave Buddhas: ‘Echoes of the Past’ Chinese Buddhist Cave Art in New York
New York Times, September 13, 2012 by Holland Cotter.
“Regret and hope alike run through the multifaceted exhibition “Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan” at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World on the Upper East Side. The show is, at heart, a salvage operation, an effort — and a moving one — to reassemble a specific body of art now scattered, revivify a place of origin beaten down by depredation, and point to a plausibly upbeat future. In important ways it meets these goals and reboots history.”
The exhibition can be seen through January 6 at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 East 84th Street.
Monet’s Garden at New York Botanical Garden
In his gardening column for the Financial Times Robin Lane Fox writes glowingly of the current exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden.
Testing Ways To Prevent Birds From Flying Into Buildings
National Public Radio, Aug. 8, 2012
“…as more glass buildings go up, more birds are dying. So a group of biologists and architects is trying to do something about that. You’ll find some of them at the Powdermill Avian Research Center in western Pennsylvania. They’re catching birds….today the catch is for Christine Sheppard [at left in the photo], an ornithologist with the American Bird Conservancy. Her mission is to stop birds from flying into glass.
…Sheppard is testing various coatings on and in glass that are visible to birds, but not to people…”
NPR continues the story with Part Two: Building For Birds: Architects Aim For Safer Skies.
Leon Levy Foundation Project Preserves History of Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 2, 2012
“…The small, fragile square of paper—which [in 1864] helped raise $400,000 for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, a precursor to the Red Cross—is among the tens of thousands of items to be scanned and posted online in a $1 million cataloging and digitization project now under way. The archive, to be complete by 2016, will trace the institution’s history as a focal point for culture, the arts and current events….The archives project, which began last month, is funded by a grant from the Leon Levy Foundation. …More than 20,000 items are expected to be part of the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive…”