Park it Here: Stuyvesant Cove Park Gives SVA an Urban Oasis

January 31, 2003

The SVA community will be pleased to learn that the College has a newly refurbished park in its midst, and it’s an art-friendly park at that. That’s right, Stuyvesant Cove Park, which runs along the East River from 23 Street to 18 Street, has been working to establish its unique identity through the tireless efforts of the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association, especially executive director Joy Garland. The association assists in programming and in recruiting volunteers for the park. The Community Environmental Center, Inc., which leases the park from the N.Y.C. Economic Development Corporation, is also responsible for programs in the park. They are planning to erect a solar powered classroom in the north end of the park by spring and would like to develop an East River School of Painting (using as a model the well-known Hudson River School). Given sufficient interest, they would also like to have an outdoor art exhibit there in the summer. A few intrepid students have already discovered this glittering jewel of the East River, visiting the park to paint, sketch, and imbibe the inspiration that flows freely from this urban oasis. For more information, visit the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Web site,

Image: Stuyvesant Cove Park (2002), by Joy Garland

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