Columbus Avenue Streetscape Project, for the block between W.76-W.77 Sts. & Columbus Avenue
Our sustainable Streetscape project for the block between W.76-W.77th Streets and Columbus Avenue is finally scheduled to begin construction on or about March 1st. The plans include the following:
- 6 benches
- 5 new tree beds in front of the schoolyard fence which will be planted with new trees and seasonal plantings
- An expansion of the existing tree beds with new tree guards to protect the plants
- In-ground solar lighting, to add safety to the street as well as a means of way-finding
- A BigBelly solar-compacting trash container (already in place and sponsored by Shake Shack)
- A bioswale (This is a storm-water collection area that looks like a tree bed, but functions very differently, collecting and reusing water that would normally go into the sewers. It will have a tree and seasonal plantings that can survive with lots of water. This will be the first one in Manhattan.
Funding for this project, with the exception of the BigBelly solar-compacting receptacle, which was sponsored by Shake Shack, has come exclusively from our revenue from New Taste of the Upper West Side. It has taken 5 years to be able to finally move forward with this. We are hopeful of receiving a grant from Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal to continue these sustainable elements down the rest of the Columbus Avenue BID area.
Last year's New Taste of the Upper West Side recipient included the Greenhouse Classroom's hydroponic farm at the O'Shea School complex, which received $15,000 from the Columbus Avenue BID to get the project off the ground. February 12, 2013, the Greenhouse officially opened with a ribbon cutting attended by Council Member Gale Brewer (center), whose office also contributed to the project; Henry Zymeck, Principal of The Computer School; and Barbara Adler, Executive Director of the Columbus Avenue BID. Delicious hors d'oeuvres made from the beautiful school-grown herbs and vegetables were served, as the children's chorus performed. Truly a lovely event to kick off a very exciting new living classroom. Citymeals-on-Wheels was another 2012 recipient from last year's event, and received $10,000.
|Wellness in the Schools
We have pledged the funding to provide for year-round operation for this valuable program, inspiring healthy eating, environmental awareness, and fitness as a way of life for our school kids.