project leader
Amy S
location
Miles Davis Way, West 77th St. between WEA and RSD
(Upper West Side)
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Planting days are here

the project

Now entering our seventh season, we once again plan to beautify our block by planting in our expanded and fenced tree beds, and maintaining them throughout the year. In addition to giving volunteers of all ages the opportunity to connect with nature and nurture growing things, we are also promoting environmental stewardship. Larger tree beds divert storm runoff. Denser and healthier tree canopies keep temperatures down during the summer and reduce CO2 emissions. Our work serves as a model for other buildings and blocks.
 

the steps

January 2022 — tree bed repairs and repainting by Curb Allure

March and April — Produce and replace donor plaques, replace battered "no dogs" signs

April and May -- Purchase plants, soil, mulch; recruit volunteers 

May and June — Publicize and hold planting days

May through October  -- Maintain tree beds through regular watering, trash removal and weeding

December — Leaf cleanup 

January 2023 — Participate in Mulchfest: drop off Christmas trees in Riverside Park and spread the resulting mulch in the beds

why we're doing it

In 2015, Rob decided it was time to improve our beautiful block’s sad look. He recruited Amy, who lives across the street, who in turn recruited her neighbor John, who had independently been eyeing improvements to the long-neglected tree bed in front of their building. In the course of exploring how to effectively and responsibly beautify our block, we learned from the Parks Dept. that the most important thing we could do was expand the size of our tree beds and put tree guards around them, thus helping ensure the long-term health of our trees.

In 2016, we raised close to $30,000 from residents of the block for tree bed expansion, custom-made tree guards, and tools and materials for planting in our newly enlarged and protected tree beds. We raised funds again in 2018 and, now, we are asking you once again to support our annual tree bed planting and maintenance efforts. (We have also received generous in-kind support from our friends at Curb Allure and a matching grant from Con Ed's Power Up program.)

Now entering our seventh season, we continue to attract new volunteers and see the cumulative benefits of our work. Not only has the curb appeal of our block improved dramatically, we have:

  • Promoted environmental stewardship
  • Facilitated important social ties among neighbors who otherwise would never have met
  • Welcomed volunteers from 4 years of age to 90+
  • Served as a model block for the Parks Dept. by promoting best practices for tree bed planting and maintenance
  • Inspired neighboring buildings to enlarge, protect and beautify their tree beds
  • Brought beauty and joy to passersby
  • Reduced the dog waste and trash in our tree beds
  • Created thriving ecosystems that include earthworms, lady bugs, caterpillars, and slugs -- in formerly inhospitable soil -- which have in turn attracted  blue jays, robins and sparrows in search of food 

budget

Disbursed budget 5.13.2022

Overage from 2021 (Actual) $540

Tree guard repairs (actual) $501

Tree guard replacement parts (actual) $468.15

New plaques (10@119, 4@$230) $2207.63

New 'No Dogs" Signs (13) $568.71

Plants $1,100

Soil and mulch $100

Tools $200

Additional tree bed fencing $500

Plants Soil and Mulch $1200

Tools, signage, and tree guard parts $439.26



TOTAL RAISED = $8,400.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $420.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $155.25
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $7,824.75

Updated budget 3.28.22:

Overage from 2021 (actual): $540 
Tree guard repairs (actual): $501 
Tree guard replacement parts: $140 
New plaques: $570 
New "no dogs" signs: $530 
Tools: $80 
Tree bed fencing: $500 
Plants: $1,200 
Soil and mulch: $100 

TOTAL: $4,161 



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $4,161
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $223
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$67
TOTAL TO RAISE= $4,450

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

Original budget:

Overage from 2021 (actual): $581 
Tree guard repairs (actual): $501 
Tree guard parts: $250 
New signage/plaques: $400 
Tools: $50 
Tree bed fencing: $400 
Plants: $900 
Soil and mulch: $72 

Total: $3,154



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $3,154
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $169
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$51
TOTAL TO RAISE= $3,373

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

updates

Planting days are here

We’ve stocked up on beautiful annuals. Our first planting day will be Saturday, May 7, from 11:00 am to 2 pm. Meet at the service entrance to 50 RSD or look for us on the block. Next date Sunday, May 15. Other dates TDB. 

Wow! Thank you, donors!

In less than a week, we have raised $3,325 from our generous donors and another $3,225 in matching funds, for a total of $6,550 as of 3/31. This takes us comfortably beyond our revised goal of $4,450 and gives us enough money to take us through 2023. We are keeping the campaign open for another few weeks, so there's still time to give. The more we raise now, the longer we can go without asking you for money again. Thank you for your support!

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • The Arnsten Foundation, Inc
  • Anonymous
  • 312 West 77th Street
  • Andrew S.
  • Alan and Anne
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Katie Lacey & David Berson
  • Louise & Jerry Kerner
  • Jonathan Bach & Alexandra Shapiro
  • Love our block!
  • Annie K.
  • ilene and ED vroom
  • Swasi
  • Gloria Phares & Richard Dannay
  • Olshin Family
  • Nancy S.
  • Anonymous
  • Nicholas B.
  • Jeremy W.
  • Amy and Jonathan Bergner
  • Gloria Phares & Richard Dannay
  • Anonymous
  • Robert / Melissa S.
  • Diane Englander and Mark Underberg
  • The Shire Family
  • John A.
  • Rob Whitman & Jeff Munger
  • Patti & Jeffrey D.
  • Beryl Abrams
  • Sybil Pollet
  • John Dunn Michael Fields
  • Russell C.
  • Diane E.
  • Amy Solas and Richard Klein