New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Spring Has Sprung with New Planters Adorning Second Avenue Bike Islands in East Nineties Thanks to Public-Private Partnership Funded by Council Member Kallos

Spring Has Sprung with New Planters Adorning
Second Avenue Bike Islands in East Nineties Thanks to
Public-Private Partnership Funded by Council Member Kallos

New York, NY – Previously empty bike islands in the east nineties along Second Avenue have just got a little greener to match bike islands with a tree following a public-private partnership between Horticultural Society of New York and the office of Council Member Ben Kallos. New planters have been installed on traffic islands that will be maintained through the season.

Council Member Kallos provided $50,000 in discretionary funding through the Greener NYC initiative for Fiscal Year ending in 2020 to fund this partnership which was approved by the Department of Transportation for new planters on previously empty bike islands on Second Avenue at:

  • 95th Street
  • 93rd Street
  • 92nd Street
  • 91st Street

“We’re greening bike islands that were previously empty with planters to beautify our streets,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “Thank you to the Horticulture Society of New York for their partnership and help beautifying our streets.”

Additional work by the Horticultural Society of New York will include.

  • Tree pit maintenance such as pruning, weeding, and mulching for 92nd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • Support for horticultural maintenance, planting, mulching and weeding at the Stanley M. Isaacs Houses at 403 East 93rd Street

The improvements of these streets with these planters was a collaborative effort between Council Member Kallos and the Horticultural Society of New York.

The planters were placed on traffic islands that do not have tree pits. This plan will instead offer planters with small evergreens as center plants coupled with seasonal colorful annuals.

About the Horticultural Society of New York: The Hort's GreenTeam provides these services through our unique workforce development program, which provides transitional employment and job training to disadvantaged New Yorkers. Participants in the program are mentored by The Hort's professional horticultural staff and receive training in areas such as general urban horticulture, green roof/rain garden installation, street tree and container plant installation and maintenance, and other urban greenspace/beautification projects.

 

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