Central Park Conservancy Keeps Grounds Looking Beautiful

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Central Park Conservancy
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A lawyer with nearly 30 years’ experience, Nancy L. Kourland is a Chapter 11 bankruptcy litigator in New York City. As a longtime New Yorker, Nancy L. Kourland supports a number of city groups and nonprofits, including the Central Park Conservancy.

The Central Park Conservancy is a nonprofit created in 1980 by residents who were concerned about the care and improvement of Central Park, an 843-acre urban park on the island of Manhattan. After witnessing two decades of steady decline, the first thing the Central Park Conservancy did was raise money from city residents, businesses, and foundations to go forward with projects aimed at the upkeep, maintenance, renovations, and restorations of the park facilities.

Today, Central Park is one of the most frequented parks in the United States. It’s also a highly popular setting for paintings, movies, television shows, and novels. Lined with public art, the park features walking and biking trails, gardens, a castle, and a carousel. Also home to the Central Park Zoo and the Central Park Ice Skating Rink, the park plays host to concerts and many more programs aimed at children, families, and adults. The Central Park Conservancy maintains the world-class beauty and history this park brings for the millions of the people who visit each year.

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What Are the Differences between Bankruptcy Types?

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Nancy L. Kourland is a longtime lawyer in the New York City area. In the almost 30-year span she’s worked in law, Nancy L. Kourland has earned recognition as a bankruptcy litigator, focusing in large part on Chapter 11 bankruptcies.

In bankruptcy law, there are several different chapters for which you can file depending on who’s filing and the amount of debt. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is used by people and businesses with no disposable income to get rid of debt. Debtor most likely lose their property in liquidation. Chapter 13 bankruptcy applies to people with a regular income, and it is used to renegotiate the debt in order to pay it off over time. In this case, debtors may be able to keep their property. Chapter 12 is another type of bankruptcy that applies only to commercial fishing vessels and farmers.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy typically involves large business partnerships or corporations. A business that has a substantial amount of debt but wants to reorganize its debts to stay in business will usually file Chapter 11. Creditors would get paid over time, and the business is still active. Sometimes if the debt for a married couple is over a certain amount, a Chapter 11 bankruptcy might be filed. It is the most complicated of the choices, and fewer law firms handle Chapter 11 cases.

National Survey Reflects PBS’s Value and Trustworthiness

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Nancy L. Kourland leverages expertise in Chapter 11 reorganizations and bankruptcy litigation to serve as a senior associate at Rosen & Associates, PC, located in New York City. On top of her professional pursuits, Nancy L. Kourland supports a wide range of organizations that serve the public, such as Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

In a recent press release, PBS announced that PBS and PBS member stations ranked first place in trustworthiness among the nation’s most established institutions, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the nonpartisan research organization ORC International. The January 2015 poll also revealed that the American public deemed PBS an “excellent” application of tax dollars for the 12th consecutive year. Along with trustworthiness and economic worth, the research found that PBS KIDS is the leading educational media provider for children, the safest digital media platform, and the safest television destination for kids.

The recent survey was part of PBS’s annual effort to solicit feedback on its value and performance from the American public. In the press release, PBS’s CEO noted that the positive survey results indicate that PBS continues to meet the needs of its consumers and stakeholders.

Internship Opportunities with the Central Park Conservancy

For more than 23 years, Nancy L. Kourland has focused her legal practice on bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation. As an associate with Rosen & Associates, P.C., she represents chapter 11 debtors and distressed companies as well as unsecured vendors and creditors. Apart from her professional responsibilities, Nancy L. Kourland supports a number of charitable organizations in her area, including the Central Park Conservancy.

Established in 1984 by a group of New York citizens, the Central Park Conservancy now raises more than 75 percent of the park’s annual budget. Among the organization’s numerous community outreach and educational programs is a summer internship program for high school students. The full-time, paid internship is available to high school students wishing to gain experience with the Conservancy’s horticulture, visitor services, and public programs departments. Any high school student age 16 and older is eligible, although students who have previously participated in Central Park Conservancy programs receive priority.

For more information about eligibility and application requirements, email youth@centralparknyc.org.

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.

The Basic Differences Between Chapter 7 and 11 Bankruptcy

A graduate of New York University School of Law, Nancy L. Kourland practices at Rosen & Associates, PC, in New York. Nancy L. Kourland has largely focused her career on bankruptcy litigation, and she often represents banks, debtors, and distressed companies dealing with Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In the United States, there are several types of bankruptcy, including Chapter 7 and Chapter 11. These may seem somewhat similar, but there are actually significant differences between them. Both can be filed by individuals, businesses, or married couples, but the average person tends to use Chapter 7, while businesses often use Chapter 11.

Chapter 7 is also called liquidation bankruptcy. The debtor does not have any additional obligation to most debts by the end of the process. However, it will typically not eliminate mortgages or car loans, school loans, child support, or tax debts, though there are some exceptions. During the legal process for this type, a trustee is given the responsibility of securing any assets and selling those that are not exempt.

When it comes to Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a debtor’s assets are not sold, nor is any of the debt wiped out. Sometimes called rehabilitation or reorganization bankruptcy, this type is often more involved than Chapter 7, resulting in debts being restructured so that a company or individual can stay afloat while paying back any loans. While a trustee is also assigned during Chapter 11 processes, the trustee simply helps debtors create a manageable repayment plan instead of selling their assets.