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Patricia A
Corner of Varick St. and Franklin
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the project

In Tribeca where Varick Street meets West Broadway, there is a one-tenth-acre triangle called Finn Square. When the neighborhood was first becoming residential in the late 1970s, it was a stretch of pavement bearing four honey locust trees and little else. In 1998, the city's Greenstreets program remade the space, adding soil and shrubs, and a small group of volunteers became the Friends of Finn Square. 

For twenty years, the Friends of Finn Square have planted flowers, cared for the trees and bushes, and picked up trash. We have raised funds and added a low cast-iron fence and a water stanchion and irrigation system. Each fall we plant bulbs for a spring display of daffodils, hyacinths, and brilliant tulips.

Finn Square provides an island of color and shade in an increasingly overbuilt neighborhood, where all sorts of people stop to rest, eat lunch, or literally smell the roses.

the steps

May 1         

Hire an irrigation specialist

Buy topsoil 

Continue to pay for monthly rat extermination


May 15       

Spread it over gardens 

Pay irrigation specialist


June 1         

Find volunteers to help weed and maintain gardens over summer


June 1-July 15 

When New York City turns on water, follow through with inspection of existing hoses, and repairs when necessary


Through September 15

Continue irrigation inspections through summer  



Plant bulbs for spring flowering



Monthly extermination services

why we're doing it

We believe that gardens are things of beauty that add to the world's insufficient store of peacefulness, harmony and optimism.  


Disbursed Budget 6.26.18

Raised = $200.00
less ioby Platform Fee waived
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $5.83
Total to Disburse = $194.17

Original Budget

$650.00 Watering Services

$350.00  Topsoil

less check received for $100

ioby Platform Fee waived
Donation Processing Fee (3%) $27




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