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PHOTOS: Building Benches (and Bridges) on Washington Avenue

Longtime merchants and new arrivals got together to build benches and tree guards. Help fill them with flowers on Saturday.


Here are some great photos from WAPHA’s Street Beautification Committee, which built tree guards/benches along Washington Avenue last Saturday. (More photos here.)

Tomorrow (June 9) they're going to fill them with herbs and flowers. And they want you to join in. (Volunteers will meet at noon at the intersection of Park, Grand & Washington). 

The tree guards were paid for by business owners who wanted them in front of their shops and a grant from MillionTreesNYC. In all, 11 guards were installed, half that double as benches and the other half that are posts connected by chains.

Businesses that have signed up for the guards were /(one tree in front of both shops), , , , Pilates with Balls/, a new restaurantby the owners of  at the corner of Washington and Sterling, , , the empty storefront at 695 Washington (paid for by the property owner), United Deli, and  (which already has a tree guard but is getting the plants). 

This is one of several projects planned planned by the group. In March they cleaned up the strip, and there are plans in the works for watering and bulb planting events. 

The goal is to get people to have a sense of ownership of the avenue, said  Douglas Amport, co-owner of Bitter & Esters and the committee's co-chair.

"Our real goal is to not just make stuff look better, but to get the community involved," he said. 




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