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12,000 Free Trees Available – Here’s Where To Get One

I wonder if there's a policy about taking trees on the subway... (Source: NYRP/Flickr)
I wonder if there’s a policy about taking trees on the subway… (Source: NYRP/Flickr)

The New York Restoration Project, a non-profit dedicated to building greenspaces and the lead partner of the MillionTreesNYC initiative, is going all out this spring with a huge giveaway of 12,000 trees distributed directly to residents throughout New York City.

Here are some details from the group:

NYC home and property owners can choose from over 90 events where they can pick up trees to bring home and plant in their front or back yards. Participants can visit www.nyrp.org/treegiveaways to check out dates and locations and find out more. They can register online approximately two weeks in advance, to reserve a tree. If registration is full, a limited number of trees is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the event. We’re offering popular tree species, including various dogwood, fig, magnolia and serviceberry trees to New Yorkers. Aside providing cleaner air, planting trees has many benefits, including enhanced curb appeal, offset of climate change, cooler temperatures, and more.

Giveaways are scheduled between March and May for Marine Park, Coney Island, Gravesend, Borough Park, Bay Ridge and elsewhere – so there’s no shortage of nearby locations to pick one up in the coming months. Just check their schedule and register in advance.

The MillionTreesNYC program is a public-private initiative. Seventy percent of the trees will be planted in parks and public spaces, while 30 percent are being given to private organizations, homeowners and community groups. More than 800,000 trees have been distributed to date.

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  1. the city planted 3 trees in front of our building about 4 years ago, they busted up a brand new sidewalk our landlord just had done weeks ago. The tree pits were filled with mulch that went all over the place. Cigaret butts filled the pits, as did any other little litter that blew in there. the super was constantly cleaning.

    So now the LL installed wood around the pits to stop the litter from drifting in, and the he had iron rails put around so people would not step in it. We have since planted ivy to hopefully let it take over. This has been one complete headache for the LL, because now the super has to keep cleaning the three pits as to not get a litter violation.

    Funny how it is the city that breaks your concrete, picks the tree out for ou and plants it, the leaves, and you have to get stuck caring for it for the rest of your life.

    this is NOT a free country, because if it was, the LL would have the three trees removed and re cemented and it would be nice and clean like it was for the last 20 years of my tenancy.

  2. yup, that’s basically the way our unfair system works here, then someone falls and you get sued, lovely…..can you imagine?????


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