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Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Bette Midler Brings Trees to the Bronx

Call it the "Wind Beneath Our New Trees."

Performer Bette Midler, who founded the NY Restoration Project (NYRP), Mayor Bloomberg and a slew of other city officials and characters (including two deputy mayors, the cast of Wicked and Big Bird, to name a few) made their way to the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx to plant trees as part of a new city initiative.

Backed by public and private money, the Million Trees NYC iniative is part of the city's PlaNYC, which is designed to make Gotham into the Big "Green" Apple. Bloomberg says the trees initiative will increase the city's "urban forest" by 20 percent.

"To walk under the branches of a tree that you have planted connects you to the roots of our past and the aspirations of our future," Midler said, according to a press release.

At the event, where Bronx officials were scarce (save Bronx Parks Chief Hector Aponte), workers planted about 50 trees at the intersection of 164th and Teller.

Just 999,999,950 to go.

Update: Whoops. Make that 999,950 to go. (Still a rough road ahead though, according to reader Nick.)


  1. Your countdown is off by 999 million.

    Is there going to be money and energy by the Parks Dept. or another city agency to care for these trees once they are planted? Having trees that die off after a few years in unmaintained tree wells is only slightly better than no new trees at all.

  2. Thanks for the math tip Nick. We journalists aren't as good at numbers as we should be.

  3. What a crock. Bloomie's chopped down hundreds of mature trees in Van Cortlandt and Macombs. And he's sending millions of gallons of water into the sewer in the huge hole he's dug in a Bronx golf course. And it's news because he's planted ONE tree? And we're all supposed to applaud that he has PLANS to plant more? This mayor has a pathetic environmental record and he would need to be in office for 50 more years to get the score settled back to square one. And i'm signing this anonymous because I'm worried that Adolfo might get me fired like he did with those Community Board people.


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