The Bowery Gets 11 New Cherry Blossom Trees
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While not quite the same level as in our nation’s capital, the Chinatown Bowery has a Cherry Blossom Festival of its own. Right in the shadow of Confucius Plaza. The festivities went down this past Saturday.
The day before, local electeds spent Earth Day last week planting some new trees along the green Bowery median by the Manhattan Bridge approach. Senator Daniel Squadron joined the Parks Department, Councilmember Chin, and Justin Yu for a
political stunt media friendly presser to announce the eleven new cherry blossoms.
“This year the community can welcome the Cherry Blossom Festival and celebrate Earth Day with some great news — 11 new cherry blossom trees coming to the Bowery,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “I thank Manhattan Borough Parks Commissioner Castro and the Parks Department, as well as Justin Yu, the Chinese Chamber, and the Confucius Plaza community for continued efforts to improve the Bowery.”
The tree planting is also part of the larger effort to bring additional “traffic calming” measures to the Lower Bowery. Department of Transportation is still working on the project on beautifying Division Street with elements like sidewalk improvements and extensions, additional planters, and reconfigured parking. That’s still on the horizon, though, having been approved by Community Board 3 last November.