Urban Granny

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Apr-27-2009

Hands On New York Day, New Yorkers Help Out

 

Hands On New York Day Begins

Hands On New York Day Begins

Saturday April 25th was Hands on New York Day for New York Cares. Thousands of volunteers worked on revitalizing parks and schools throughout New York City.

I was privileged to be a site captain for a project of 70 volunteers representing three teams, American Express led by Allan Sih, EquiLend led by Lisette Martin and Barclays Capital led by Sean Gordon.  We were assigned to the Hudson River Park Trust’s stretch of newly opened park which runs along the Hudson River waterfront from Watts Street to Debrosses Street. We pruned, raked, weeded and bundled from 9:30am until 2pm. The HRPT staff told me that we used over 300 bags for the debris we collected and saved them perhaps two weeks worth of work.

The Hudson River Trust’s most capable and professional Director of Horticulture, Lee White, was our “real” leader for the day. Lee and his staff worked long and hard helping us complete our tasks. They were caring, appreciative and very knowledgeable about all things pertaining to this gem of a park.

Though the HRPT and New York Cares Volunteers were not responsible for the glorious weather and fantastic setting, they were responsible for, in the true sense of citizenship and volunteerism, bringing together people with the purpose of improving the lives of our fellow New Yorkers. New York can be very proud.

 

Registration with the perfect setting

Registration with the perfect setting

 

Work begins

Work begins

 

Raking and Bundling

Raking and Bundling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a Back Drop!

What a Back Drop!

 

300 Bags, Job Well Done

300 Bags, Job Well Done

 

 

 

 

 

 

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