All posts by Bob Leonard

Planting Even Prep Day

We had a great day last Saturday prepping the tree beds on the site – W. 97th St. between Columbus and Amsterdam.  Plus, we got about 80 new signatures to add to our petition campaign. Yay!

Our planting event is scheduled for Saturday, May 10th. Come on down and say hello to the Stryker Park team.

We’re looking for volunteers to help make Stryker Park a reality.  We also need to raise money to support our planned projects.  Click the link below if you’d like to get involved or make a contribution. Thanks!

www.ioby.org/project/stryker-park

Solar-Powered Streetscape Could Spruce Up Columbus Avenue

An unsightly fence on Columbus Avenue between West 76th and West 77th streets is on track to be replaced by a row of trees, solar panels and rainwater-purifying channels.

The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, after years of “saving our nickles,” has come up with a plan with the Department of Transportation, to create a streetscape that will feature up to five new trees, five new metal benches, expanded tree beds and plantings and possibly a free bike station.

Wider Sidewalks Will Keep Pedestrians Safe at Wall Street Bull

Tourists standing in the middle of Whitehall Street to take pictures of the Wall Street bull will no longer have to worry about getting hit by cars.

The Department of Transportation announced plans Wednesday night to create new pedestrian plazas around Bowling Green to accommodate the crowds of commuters, residents and tourists who are now often forced out into the street.

“All the pedestrians are encouraged … to walk in the roadway, particularly at the bull,” said Sean Quinn, planning coordinator for the DOT, describing the current narrow sidewalks. “People are trying to take photos and they’re in the road.”

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“De-central” Park in the City – Richard Louv talks about spreading green in the city

From the Ampleen blog -

Walking down the tree-lined 18th street in NYC, my street, I was thinking how beautiful the street is with my deep gratitude.  Gratitude for being a part of this beautiful Gramercy community.  Gratitude for trees on the street.  Right now, trees entertain my eyes with blooming flowers and touch my soul with their overwhelming energy bringing back life after long cold months.  Even in winter, I enjoyed the tree’s presence in front of my apartment.

East 18th Street in NYC

“Why Trees Matter”, the most emailed article of New York Times on 4/12/2012, says: “We take them (trees) for granted, but they are a near miracle.”   As a matter fact, I wonder if we underappreciate our limited nature in the city or underestimate the power of trees.

This week, I was invited to attend to a lecture “Richard Louv on “Nature-Deficit Disorder” hosted by Columbia University, School of Continuing Education, Master of Science in Landscape Design.  Richard Louv is the author of eight books about the connection between family, nature, and community.  “Last Child in the Woods” is his landmark bestseller that became an international force for change.

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New Green Playgrounds Will Capture Stormwater Throughout NYC

Playgrounds may be a favorite place for New York City children, but they have also become an ideal environmental solution for city officials. With a possibly rainy summer season ahead, the Department of Environmental Protection is teaming up with the Trust for Public Land to create unique water run-off solutions inside 10 new playgrounds throughout the city. The green public play areas will be equipped with the latest in rainwater capturing tools, including barrels, raised gardens, porous pavement, and underground storage layers.