2004-12-16 / Front Page

Marshall Plants Tree In Queens Plaza

Borough President Helen Marshall planted the first of 1,000 street trees at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City last Wednesday, launching a $2 million beautification campaign to make major shopping corridors around the borough more attractive with landscaping and street lighting improvements.

“These living trees symbolize the revitalization of Queens Plaza and other streets that are thriving in our borough,” Marshall stated as the first Japanese Zelkova tree was planted in front of 22-09 Queens Plaza North. “Our commercial corridors are the backbone of our local economy and deserve all the support we can provide.”

At the turn of the century, more than 300,000 trees lined Queens streets and another million more stood in its parks. Urban trees, however, had short life spans and planting replacement and new trees along streets became a high priority. “Trees contribute to cleaner air and help to beautify our streets,” said the Borough President.

Locations for the tree plantings were chosen from recommendations made to Marshall by the county’s 14 community boards. The planting project will continue in the spring and through the fall planting season, she said. However, Marshall did not disclose the locations.

Last Tuesday, Marshall also told some 100 standees at the second Queens Tourism Summit about additional steps she has taken to attract tourists and shoppers to Queens. Last week, a series of upscale shops opened at Kennedy Airport’s Terminal 4 in an effort to capture more tourism dollars.— John Toscano

Borough President Helen Marshall, Parks and Recreation First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh r., and Community Board 2 Chair Joseph Conley l., help to plant a Japanese Zelkova tree at the announcement of an almost $2 million planting project to take place in corporate corridors throughout Queens. The project will begin in spring 2005. Photo Dominick Totino

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