2011-05-04 / Features

Gianaris Wants More Trees

As part of his continued commitment to improving the quality of life in Western Queens, state Senator Michael Gianaris sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg requesting the planting of trees along various avenues in Sunnyside and Woodside. Gianaris is requesting that trees be planted along Queens Boulevard, 48th Avenue, 47th Avenue and 43rd Avenues between 38th Street and 48th Street.

“New trees would beautify our neighborhood and help rid the air of dangerous pollutants, allowing our community to breathe a little easier,” Gianaris said. “I am hopeful the mayor will move swiftly to give Sunnyside and Woodside the benefits that scores of new trees would provide.”

In his letter to Mayor Bloomberg, Gianaris wrote: “This initiative would dovetail nicely with your PlaNYC program, which includes a plan to plant one million trees in parks and public spaces such as sidewalks and streets. I respectfully request that the streets mentioned above be considered among those to receive trees as part of this exceptional program.”

Bloomberg’s initiative, PlaNYC, aims to plant one million trees in parks and public spaces such as sidewalks and streets. The initiative started in 2007 as an effort to prepare New York City for one million more residents, strengthen New York City’s economy, combat climate change and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Gianaris is calling on the mayor to consider the Sunnyside and Woodside streets as locations to receive trees as part of PlaNYC.

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