The Boulevard of Life?

April 22, 2008 at 7:44 am 4 comments

What an Earth Day this is shaping up to be: The Daily News has an article today about new trees along Queens Boulevard, thanks in large part to Stephen Melnick, head of the Queens Boulevard Restoration Group. Glad to know this is finally, finally happening, and may it be a first step toward so much more that needs to be done to reduce Queens Blvd.’s bad rep.

New trees are beginning to dot the median along Queens Blvd. after the city recently removed and replaced dozens of stumps – some of which had been there for as long as 20 years.

Throughout Forest Hills and Rego Park, starting at 78th Ave., 48 tree stumps lined the roadway, said Stephen Melnick, founder of the Queens Blvd. Restoration Group.

“It was becoming an eyesore,” said Melnick, a Forest Hills resident and self-proclaimed tree lover. “People were calling them the ‘Boulevard Stumps.'”

Since the inception four years ago of his organization, which monitors issues concerning Queens Blvd., Melnick has been urging City Hall and the Parks Department Forestry Division to remove the stumps.

But because there were so many of them and the cost of removal and replacement was large – up to $2,000 per tree – a plan was not implemented until last November. The replacement project began in earnest about two weeks ago.

As part of his PlaNYC initiative, Mayor Bloomberg has set a goal of planting one million trees in the city by 2017. This new project along Queens Blvd. is part of that initiative, Parks Department officials said….

About 100,000 vehicles roll down the boulevard each day.

As portions of Queens Blvd. are set to mark 75th anniversaries, the new trees will add greenery that once flanked the roadway years ago, Melnick said.

“We wanted to bring life back to the area,” he said.

Image Jeff Saltzman


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JayCee  |  April 22, 2008 at 8:18 am

    How great! How about also reducing the speed limit to a crawl? Crossing the blvd where it intersects Yellowstone is one of the scariest things I endure on a regular basis.

  • 2. karbeth  |  April 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    JayCee, I have to agree–the speed at which cars drive unnerves me. Fixing that would go a long way toward preserving life around Qu. Blvd.

  • 3. joe  |  April 24, 2008 at 11:17 am

    They were planting trees this morning out side my apartment builing. 🙂

  • 4. Visionary  |  April 24, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    The total number of trees planted between the LIE all the way up to 78th Av should be 52- the most ever planted on QB in one season. Two are still missing from the triangle at Yellowstone and QB (northside).
    A few dead ones need to be replaced and most likely will be done in the Fall. Olsen’s Landscaping of LI is responsible for keeping the green gator bags filled with water and replacing any tree that does not make it over the next 2-years, as per city contract. If you notice any vandalism, neglect, or dead trees, please call 311. Thanks for your support.


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