Last Monday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and representatives from the City Parks Foundation, Partnerships for Parks, the Greening Western Queens Initiative and civic leaders planted a tree on 43rd Street and 47th Avenue in honor of Earth Day.
The ceremonial planting began the process of replanting more than 70 downed trees in the two neighborhoods this spring.
Following the superstorm, Van Bramer’s office coordinated with the Greening Western Queens Initiative to locate trees that were damaged or ripped out as a result of the intense winds.
The storm toppled more than 7,000 trees in the borough; among them were seven of the mature trees that gave Andrews Grove in Long Island City its nickname, Shady Park.
Since the storm a friends group has formed to decide how the park will look in the future and Van Bramer helped secure $10,000 from Warner Bros. and JetBlue to buy larger trees than the ones the Parks Department would be able to provide.