State Senator Dan Squadron joined Chinatown community leaders last Friday to launch the month-long Chinatown Trees Initiative. Squadron is asking community groups, schools, P.T.A.'s, business groups and individual Chinatown residents to nominate locations where trees should be planted. He'll then work with the Parks Department's Million Trees Program to turn viable location proposals into planted trees A.S.A.P. Said Squadron at the kickoff at Pell and Mott Sts.
I write to invite you to participate in the Chinatown Trees Initiative, a project I have launched to bring more green space and fresh air to Chinatown. If you would like to participate, please use the attached form to recommend a location or multiple locations where you think Chinatown could use more trees. I will compile your suggestions and forward them to the New York City Parks Department, which will evaluate proposals and determine eligibility.
Now it’s official: The Gowanus Canal is a real stinker.
The feds today declared Brooklyn’s long-polluted industrial waterway a Superfund site, which fast tracks a much-needed cleanup of the canal and surrounding land — and also kills a massive luxury housing development slated for its banks.
After months of negotiations, the state on Wednesday handed the reins of Brooklyn Bridge Park over to the city, while remaining to ride shotgun.
The deal came with two major caveats - an agreement that the Bloomberg Administration contributes $55 million to finish the $350 million park in the next fiscal year, and the city will explore other options for funding the parks mandate to be self-sustaining.
The city on Wednesday officially took over development of — and funding for — Brooklyn Bridge Park, an agreement that supporters say “guarantees” that the waterfront development will indeed be completed.
The takeover plan, offered in part by state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights), includes a commitment from the city to complete construction of the $350-million park, a long-delayed 1.7-mile strip of green from John Street in DUMBO to Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill built partially on the former Port Authority piers under Brooklyn Heights.
Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather Friday morning, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and state Senator Daniel Squadron shot some hoops on the Lower East Side while announcing their hopes to redo a rundown park.