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Your Rights as a Citizen

Civic engagement is an essential part of our democracy.

Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. Learn more about what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated from the American Civil Liberties Union

Protesting or reporting a hate crime? Visit AAPI Emergency Response Network and Black Lives Matter for resources. Amnesty USA can help you be prepared. Download the free NY Civil Liberties Union Stop and Frisk Watch app. Learn more about the Directory of Community Bail Funds.

COVID-19 Update - Visiting the Old Stone House

As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the health and well-being of our community is our highest priority. The Old Stone House is open for public visitation by appointment, Friday – Sunday from Noon – 3 pm, although we are still splitting our time between the office and working remotely. Masks and hand sanitizer are required – OSH will provide them, so you can fully enjoy the exhibit.  Reserve your visit here.

When you visit the park, please wear a face covering and observe social distancing!  If you need a mask, we have some available – just call 718-768-3195, or find one of our Parks’ staff members.

Sam Lewis, OSH’s Director of Gardens, is back on site full time!  Sam works with volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  If you’re interested in joining the crew, email info@theoldstonehouse.org.  Watch our garden video series and learn more about the gardens and what you can look forward to here.

We are also accepting permit requests for the North Garden, the Game Tables, and the 5th Avenue Garden.  Apply on-line.

We will continue to monitor information from NYC Parks, the Center for Disease Control, the New York City Department of Health, and the New York State Department of Health, and will provide ongoing updates as necessary.

Please call us at 718-768-3195 or email us at info@theoldstonehouse.org if you have any questions.  We appreciate our community so much, and hope you can find joy in the gardens and the park. Kindest regards from all of us at OSH.

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