NNYN was founded on the occasion of The Gates, the extraordinary work of art by Christo and Jeanne Claude, which transformed Central Park, and changed New Yorkers' and the world's experience of that great city.

Ted Kheel (1914-2010) worked for twenty-five years to help make The Gates possible. When he ultimately succeeded, Christo and Jeanne Claude granted his newly founded nonprofit, NNYN, a royalty free license to produce events and make products relating to The Gates, to further his purpose and theirs of improving New York's environment.

Promoting Environmental Solutions in New York City

Nurture New York's Nature (NNYN) was founded as a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to creating public awareness of the importance of developing and promoting environmental solutions in New York City. In July 2013, NNYN merged with the Nurture Nature Foundation (NNF), which was also founded by Theodore Kheel, and is currently headed by Robert Kheel, Jane Kheel Stanley, and Edward Peck. As a program of NNF, NNYN continues to seek ways to enhance New York City’s sustainability by helping to develop environmentally friendly solutions for the city’s ongoing urban challenges. A primary focus at present is on the achievement of a balanced transportation system for the city through transit reform.
 

Christo and Jeanne Claude's first meeting with Ted Kheel (1914-2010) in 1979 is commemorated in an HBO documentary and resulted a quarter
century later in both The Gates and the founding of NNYN. To read an excerpt from Christo and Jeanne Claude letter dated January 23, 2003, thanking Ted Kheel (1914-2010) for his help in obtaining permission for The Gates, and expressing their support for his new nonprofit, NNYN, click here.
 



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