Plan To Cover East Village, LES With Tree Canopy

From Patch:
“Wins Backing A fledgling effort to fill empty tree pits across the East Village, Lower East Side, and Chinatown is in the works.”

“Wendy Brawer, who has lived on Rivington St. for three decades, first started this specific street trees effort last October, asking herself, “What is something that is a benefit to all?”

“Brawer hopes a community-based street tree program can be a way to increase community resiliency and mitigate at least some of the impacts.”

“It’s a concrete climate mitigation action,” Brawer said.

“The Parks Department street tree map says the East Village, Lower East Side, and Chinatown gain $600,000 of annual benefits — whether from stormwater reduction, energy conservation, or carbon dioxide emission reductions — from around 5,000 trees across the neighborhoods.”

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