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HAVE YOU HEARD? Julia Boland sets up her own charity; Putting others first at Crown Penthouse

CORCORAN’S Julia Boland has founded a new non-profit to help strengthen her local community.

Boland, who has lived in the Mount Morris section of Harlem since 2004, recently received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for The Morningside Park Conservancy (MPC).


The new group will work to preserve, enhance and promote Morningside Park, strengthening community and volunteer involvement, fund raising and creating new opportunities for all Harlem residents as well as tourists to enjoy the Park.

“Manhattan’s parks are some of our greatest treasures, and it’s vital to have groups dedicated to supporting and nurturing them to better our communities,” said Boland.

“As a long-term resident of the area, I’m so excited to get the Morningside Park Conservancy started and work to enhance our park and neighborhood.”
The Morningside Park Conservancy will work side-by-side with The NYC Parks Department to care for the 30-acre park between 110th and 123rd Streets. Board members include Boland, developer and founder of Isen & Company R|E|A Jeffrey Berger, Corcoran agent and longtime neighborhood resident Deborah Heineman, and marketing executive Monique Ware.

The MPC will be celebrating its new official status with a Tree Lighting in December.


Madison Equities has been putting its $62.8 million Crown Penthouse to good use, raising awareness — and money — for good causes.

The 15,000 s/f home at 212 Fifth Avenue has been the venue for a host of charity events while it sits primed for a potential buyer.

Last month, the International Chamber Orchestra of America (ICOA) was in the penthouse for a fundraiser to support music development for children.

And earlier this month, photographer Gavin Bond hosted a cocktail party to reveal a new collection of images designed to raise awareness for Eduardo Serio’s Mexico City animal sanctuary.

Guests, including NYC Real Housewife Kelly Bensimon, got the chance to buy some of the images shot by Bond at the sanctuary over a four-year period.

Nikki Field and her team at Sotheby’s are listing the exclusive home.

Check out photos by Samantha Nandez,, from the Gavin Bond and the Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation event here.

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