Greening up Woodhaven Boulevard 1

On Woodhaven Boulevard, the first of 15 eggplant-colored planters brimming with juniper, yucca, ivy and annuals were installed this week.

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), center right with red tie, who steered funds to the $40,000 revitalization project, recruited the Queens Botanical Garden to provide the new planters that are being placed on the Woodhaven Boulevard median strips for several blocks north and south of Jamaica Avenue.

“We wanted to add some green to the concrete jungle,” said Ulrich at the unveiling.

The new planters replace the old cement ones that had not been replanted in years and had become receptacles for litter, said Raquel Olivares, second from right, executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, which will take over maintenance of the planters after next year.

Ulrich said he is negotiating to bring similar planters to Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach and Lindenwood.

— Michael Shain

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