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Board of Directors

Marian S. Heiskell
Chair & Co-Founder

Marian S. Heiskell, among many accomplishments, is a former newspaper executive, lifelong conservationist, and a leader in numerous public and philanthropic activities. She was a member of the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company from 1963-1997, and also served as its director of special activities from 1963 to 1977. Mrs. Heiskell was a citizen founder of Gateway National Recreation Area and is chairman of the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy. She is a former trustee of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and a former director of Ford Motor Company and Merck & Co., Inc.

In addition, Mrs. Heiskell is honorary chairman of GrowNYC; chairman of The New 42nd Street, Inc.; a member of the Board of Directors of Audubon New York; a member of the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Development Corporation; and a member of the Board of Managers and the Executive Committee of The New York Botanical Garden.

Mrs. Heiskell is the recipient of several honorary degrees and awards. She has been honored by former Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus, New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, Gateway National Recreation Area and the Council on the Environment of New York City. She is a recipient of the Wirth Environmental Award and was honored by Mayor and Mrs. David N. Dinkins at Gracie Mansion for her work as chairman of the Council on the Environment of New York City from 1970-1992.

Mrs. Heiskell and her late husband, Andrew Heiskell, a former chairman of Time Inc., hold many honors, including being recognized in November of 1999 as "Living Landmarks" by The New York Landmarks Conservancy for their efforts towards preserving New York City. In recognition of her years of service to the city and her efforts to make its neighborhoods green, vital and more humane, the Marian S. Heiskell Garden was opened in September 1997.

Floyd Bennett Field
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"Floyd Bennett Field. There is enormous potential to give children the opportunity to learn about nature."
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The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy is a public-private partnership with the National Parks of New York Harbor and sanctioned as its primary partner under a U.S. Department of the Interior Friends Group Agreement.