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Stefanie S
Malcolm X Boulevard
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the project

Greener BedStuy is facilitated by LIVIN NYC, a local plant design and care studio, and the Friends of Jackie Robinson Park Playground in an effort to bring safety to, beautify and extend an element of nature from the park to the street. The addition and care of trees and plants helps turn our landscape into a place of pride. Local residents receive the benefits of nature, are hired and trained in horticulture and deliver an impactful service to the area, improving our collective experience. We will continue the program and refine the inner workings in order to engage more people and businesses.  The plantings from last year will be refreshed, new planters, trees, plants and flowers will be added.

Three local residents will be trained in horticulture and serve as community stewards, engaging with local businesses and homeowners, keeping the blocks clean of trash and graffiti and helping to promote events happening in the park and around the neighborhood.  

We are looking forward to continuing our success from last year and your support will help us reach our goals.  

the steps

May 2024:  Purchasing planters, plants and materials; hiring and training 3 local residents to be community stewards; continue to build relationships with local businesses and homeowners; solicit community members to volunteer for planting day May 18th.

June through December:  weekly watering and maintenance of the Greener BedStuy blocks, including graffiti removal, decorating the planters, picking up trash, etc. 

July 27th:  Art & Culture Crawl in collaboration with STooPS Art & Community.  Celebration of Greener BedStuy and recognizing volunteers, horticulture leaders and community stewards

September:  Art & Culture Crawl to welcome the fall season. 

November - December:  preparing plants for winter.



why we're doing it

Greener BedStuy is part of a larger initiative to combat gun violence in the Malcolm X Boulevard corridor and create a safer, more equitable, thriving community for everyone.  We are doing this through a number of initiatives:  Support for tenants living in substandard housing; creating a safe community space at Jackie Robinson Park Playground; working to improve local public schools; engaging and supporting underserved youth through a variety of local organizations, including HQ Tennis and B.R.O. Experience, and engaging local businesses, including landscaping and plant design company LIVIN NYC; centering Bailey’s Cafe as a place for grounding, resources, arts, culture and wellnesses programing; create and nurture an economic ecosystem that serves everyone.  

We know that by making our corner of Bed-Stuy greener we will continue to have a positive impact on our corner of the neighborhood as well as create a movement toward similar efforts throughout the larger community.



Final budget


$4000 Plant Refresh

$2800 2 community stewards @ $140 per week for 10 weeks x 2

$1259.64 for materials, soil and tools

Final budget


TOTAL RAISED = $8,384.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $324.36

Original budget

$4000 for plant refresh

$4200 to hire and train three community stewards at $35 per hour x 4 hours per week = $140 x 10 weeks

$1800 for materials, soil, and tools



ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee N/A $0.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee 4% $416.67
TOTAL TO RAISE $10,416.67
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.  





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