Volunteer Opportunities with Central Park Conservancy

An associate with Rosen & Associates and a resident of New York City, Nancy L. Kourland seeks out many opportunities to improve her local community. One of the organizations that Nancy L. Kourland supports is the Central Park Conservancy. This organization largely depends on support from donors and volunteers to achieve its coal of protecting and preserving the 843 acres that comprise Central Park. Individuals can volunteer on a drop-in basis or commit themselves to long-term positions.

Volunteer opportunities with the organization allow individuals to capitalize on their skills. For example, people with a green thumb can participate in the Horticulture Program to keep the landscape beautiful by planting and pruning. Volunteers also serve as greeters and guides for the 40 million people who visit Central Park each year. Central Park Paws allows individuals to volunteer their time to organizing and operating dog-friendly programming at the park.

Specialized opportunities exist for youth, families, and companies. The Day in the Dirt program, for example, allows corporate groups to build camaraderie while making a positive impact on the community.

CHN Supports Landmark Designation of The Church of St. Thomas More

Nancy L. Kourland handles bankruptcy litigation cases as a senior associate at the New York-based law firm of Rosen & Associates, PC. A dedicated member of her community, Nancy L. Kourland supports several organizations, including the Carnegie Hill Neighbors.

Since 1970, Carnegie Hill Neighbors (CHN) has been improving, preserving, and protecting the Carnegie Hill neighborhood in New York City. Widely regarded as one of the city’s most varied neighborhoods, it features a range of architectural styles, from Civil War-era houses to pre-war apartment buildings. Recently, CHN began a campaign to have the Church of St. Thomas More designated as a landmark. When the New York Archdiocese announced that the church would be closed, many parishioners actively stopped the closure and the CHN followed up by requesting that the church be evaluated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in late December 2014.

The organization plans on presenting its recommendation for the Church of St. Thomas More before the LPC. Its main points are that the church is a great example of Gothic Revival architecture in the city, that the complex contains Carnegie Hill’s oldest building, and that it was designed by Hubert, Pirsson & Co., a respected architectural firm that is known for its design of the Chelsea Hotel and many other buildings. CHN asks that neighbors who support the landmark proposal send letters to the LPC chair insisting on the landmark designation.