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De Blasio, Bloomberg Share a Few Laughs at Tree Planting

The Wall Street Journal
It took eight years and more than one million trees to get them there, but as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg planted an American linden together Friday in the Bronx, they were all smiles.

“The visionary stands to my right, in the stylish yellow sweater,” Mr. de Blasio said of Mr. Bloomberg.

The pair celebrated an initiative to plant one million trees across the city, a project started by Mr. Bloomberg and singer-actress Bette Midler that has continued under Mr. de Blasio. The public-private initiative, which began in 2007 in conjunction with New York Restoration Project, has increased the number of trees in the city by 20%.

Bette Midler and Michael Kors Help Celebrate Hulaween

The New York Times
Bette Midler shared the stage with Nile Rodgers and Jerry Barns during her annual Hulaween Party on Friday night. The party benefited the New York Restoration Project, which celebrated its 20th year of helping plant community gardens and other green spaces.

Greening the Big Apple: New York plants millionth tree ahead of schedule

The Guardian
A million trees
As we’ve discussed before, urban trees have a number of environmental, social, health – and even economic – benefits. So it’s positive to hear, from Fast Co Exist, that the goal of New York’s MillionTreesNYC campaign, to plant a million new trees in a decade, has been achieved two years ahead of schedule.

As Adele Peters writes: “While the city planted the majority of the trees (750,000) in parks and along streets, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) filled in the gaps on other public land – places like housing projects, libraries, airports, churches and synagogues, and hospitals. They also gave away trees to anyone with a yard who wanted one.”

Impressive stuff – though as usual looks like London is trying to go one (million) better than New York, with mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan promising to plant 2m trees should he be elected.

Looking Up

New York Social Diary
Moving along. Last Thursday, Andrew and Ann Tisch hosted a special reception for Bette Midler’s Restoration Project to celebrate the culmination of MillionTreesNYC, a public-private partnership between New York City Parks and Ms. Midler’s New York Restoration Project which one 1 million trees have been planted and cared for throughout the five boroughs.

Bette Midler on Her Star-Studded Halloween Party
All bow down to the Queen of Halloween, Bette Midler.

Not only did Midler bring the wickedly funny Winifred to life in 1993's Hocus Pocus, but she's also been at the helm of her own star-studded Halloween party for 20 years now. This year, she's bringing a "Hell Night of Hulaween Island" theme to New York City's famed Waldorf Astoria – and you're invited.

"It's going to be weird," Midler, 69, tells PEOPLE of the famed bash, which will include performances by Nile Rodgers and Chic. "I don't know what's going to happen this year."

Million-tree program’s unheralded partner

Crain's New York Business
Most of the credit for the city’s million-trees project has rightly gone to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who introduced it and budgeted much of its funding.

But when Bloomberg, Mayor Bill de Blasio and actress Bette Midler plant the program’s millionth tree in the Bronx, alongside them will be Deborah Marton, executive director of the New York Restoration Project, the program’s nonprofit partner. (The event, scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed because of the fatal shooting of a police officer Tuesday night.)

While the city’s Parks Department was responsible for planting 750,000 trees, Marton’s group (founded by Midler) was tasked with the remaining 250,000. In some ways, its job was harder, because it didn’t have vast expanses of city-owned land in places such as Staten Island to install huge numbers of trees, as Parks did, or a $60 billion-plus city budget at its disposal.

Bette Midler to Be Honored for Environmental Work at Annual Hulaween Party

Rolling Stone Magazine
Bette Midler's annual Hawaii-themed Halloween masquerade benefiting the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) will not only be celebrating its 20th anniversary, but will also bestow the "Green Goddess" Award upon the gala's founder. Hell Night on Hulaween Island: A Night to Dismember will take place on Friday, October 30th at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

"I am so proud of our part in changing the face of the city, in cleaning parks, highways, and vacant lots, in saving and supporting community gardens and in pointing out that the citizens of the greatest city in the world deserve a healthy, clean, sustainable environment," Midler said in a statement. The "Green Goddess" Award will celebrate the actress, singer and NYRP founder's environmental efforts.

Bronx Planting Caps Off a Drive to Add a Million Trees

The New York Times
In a park named for the poet who wrote the poem “Trees,” New York is planting its one millionth tree on Wednesday, capping a campaign that reflected the city’s determination to be in the vanguard of fighting climate change.

The tree, a lacebark elm that is eight years old, 25 feet tall and 6,500 pounds, was installed on Tuesday at Joyce Kilmer Park in the South Bronx. Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in a rare joint appearance, will be there on Wednesday to finish the planting.
The final planting in the campaign begun by Mr. Bloomberg, a political independent, in 2007 punctuates a broad environmental initiative by him in which he worked to create new parkland, make the city more resilient and gird against climate change. Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, built on those efforts with his pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 80 percent by 2050.

Green Space and Health Linked in Vision for South Bronx

The Wall Street Journal
Near the East 132nd Street pier in the South Bronx, where passersby see a trash-strewn, chain-link fence, Casey Peterson envisions a waterfront trail.

If the initiative she is working on comes to fruition, the pier and surrounding neighborhoods will house not just industry, but green spaces and recreational paths—and make residents measurably healthier in the process.

“I kind of joke that hospital systems will prescribe access to the parks,” said Ms. Peterson, a project manager at the nonprofit organization New York Restoration Project.

Dubbed the Haven Project, the initiative is part public space and part public-health experiment: a network of parks, pedestrian paths and streetscapes planned for a 1.3-square-mile area in the Mott Haven and Port Morris neighborhoods of the South Bronx. It would link up with the Randall’s Island Connector, a pedestrian bridge between the South Bronx and Randall’s Island, whose $6 million rehabilitation is being led by the city’s Economic Development Corp.

Building a better Bronx

Crain's New York Business
According to prominent news outlets, the Bronx is back. One piece this year declared, "The Bronx burns no more," and noted that the South Bronx has been rebranded "SoBro," replete with "sushi bars, lofts and boutique hotels attracting European tourists." Investors are scrambling to snatch up a piece of the red-hot real estate market.No doubt the borough's brawny tenacity has finally produced today's upswing. But there's more to revitalizing the South Bronx than upscale dining. To truly transform the borough, we need to get beyond the headlines and improve the quality of life and the health of families who live there.
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NEW YORK, NY, September 2015 – This fall, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) will give away 3,000 trees at 22 events across New York City. NYRP, supported by TD Bank, has partnered with 14 local community organizations throughout the five boroughs for the giveaway events.


THE BRONX, NY, JULY 8, 2015 – Today, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) unveiled a transformative master plan to design, build, and fund a new network of connected open spaces that will improve quality of life and deliver measurable health benefits for South Bronx residents with parks, tree-lined streets, public art, bike lanes, and waterfront access.

NYRP and Bronx Museum Team Up to Bring Second Annual, Free Arts in the Gardens to Bronx Gardens

New York, NY, May 2015 – New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and The Bronx Museum of the Arts are partnering for the second year to present a season of free arts programming in three NYRP community gardens in the Tremont, Mott Haven and Highbridge neighborhoods of the Bronx. With the goal of raising awareness and further activating NYRP’s wider network of public green spaces, the Arts in the Gardens series will bring communities together to enjoy performing arts in a natural, outdoor setting. From June through August, the event series will feature a mixed line-up of family-friendly events, including movie night series; hip-hop, music, and break-dancing performances; ice cream socials; poetry readings; mural installation, and more.

NYRP and BAM Team Up to Bring Second Annual, Free Arts in the Gardens to Brooklyn Community Gardens

New York, NY, May 2015 – New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) are partnering for the second year to present a season of free arts programming in four NYRP community gardens in Bed-Stuy and Gowanus, Brooklyn. With the goal of raising awareness and further activating NYRP’s wider network of public green spaces, the Arts in the Gardens series will bring communities together to enjoy performing arts in a natural, outdoor setting. From June through September, the event series will feature a mixed line-up of family-friendly events, including a movie night series paying tribute to the late Brooklyn-bred leading lady Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart; dance and music performances; story-crafting workshops; a month-long art installation; and more.

New York Restoration Project to Plant 825 Trees in the South Bronx

Starting this month, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) will plant the first of 825 trees as part of a large-scale tree planting and maintenance project in the South Bronx.

MillionTreesNYC Launches 15th Season of Tree Giveaways

As part of MillionTreesNYC, the initiative of planting and caring for one million new trees in New York City, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is launching the 15th season of the country’s largest municipal tree giveaway program. Thanks to support from lead sponsors, TD Bank and Toyota, and supporting sponsor, JetBlue, NYRP is partnering with 62 local community organizations to host 65 giveaways throughout all five boroughs to give out 8,750 trees. From March through May, New Yorkers can attend a giveaway to pick up a tree to plant in their front or back yards, gardens or commercial property.


On Friday, October 31, the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue was transformed into a center of ghostly, ghastly and ghoulish delights as Bette Midler presented New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) 19th Annual Hulaween Gala. Hosted by two-time Emmy winner Judy Gold, with a costume contest judged by fashion icon Michael Kors, and a performance by the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, guests were invited to unleash their imaginations for the costume party of the year – and the biggest annual fundraiser for NYRP.

NYRP Partners with TD Bank to Plant Trees throughout NYC’s Five Boroughs

October 1, 2014 – New York City, NY – New York Restoration Project (NYRP) staff and volunteers will be joined by employees from TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, across New York City to participate in TD Tree Days, a cooperative effort to plant new trees in local communities in need.

NYRP Celebrates Renovation of La Casita Community Garden in East Harlem

NYRP is celebrating the completed renovation of its La Casita Community Garden in East Harlem. Accompanied by NYRP Founder Bette Midler, Executive Director, Deborah Marton, representatives from the garden sponsor, The Geraldine Stutz Trust, local community members, and elected officials, NYRP will officiate a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the public garden. The renovation, which includes a raised stage for performances; a chalkboard and projection screen for educational activities; added seating to the front and back to accommodate visitors, and more, will enhance the space as a community resource. As one of nine NYRP community gardens in a network of green spaces in East Harlem, La Casita will strengthen the social and environmental resilience in this area.

NYRP Celebrates Renovation of Willis Avenue Community Garden in South Bronx

New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the Bette Midler-founded non-profit that transforms open spaces in under-resourced communities, is celebrating the completed renovation of its Willis Avenue Community Garden in Mott Haven, South Bronx. Accompanied by local community members, elected officials, NYRP Founder Bette Midler, and garden sponsors and supporters, NYRP will officiate a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the public garden. Generous support from the Perlman Family Foundation endowed a transformation of the approximately 9,100-square-foot space, which includes the construction of a new pergola, shed, steel picket fencing, ADA-accessible raised planting beds, expanded butterfly garden, and more. In addition, NYRP’s partnership with TEN Arquitectos, Buro Happold and Urban Air Foundation, generated a unique kit-of-parts design for a modular casita. The first of its kind, the design of the casita provides a scalable, environmentally efficient and sustainable structure. The casita serves multiple purposes as a resting, dining and gathering spot; a stage for dance, theater and musical performances; and in the future, a free-standing energy center for charging stations with Wi-Fi. The new garden features aim to fortify the environmental and social resilience in the community, celebrate the heritage of local residents and demonstrate how well cared for green spaces can improve civic engagement, public health, and other quality-of-life measures.
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