June 21, 2011 By Christian Murray
State Sen. Mike Gianaris is holding a meeting on Friday with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and civic leaders to determine those areas of Sunnyside and Woodside where trees need to be planted.
The meeting comes after Gianaris sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg urging him to plant trees in the neighborhood arguing that there was a lack of trees in many parts of the area—particularly on the south side of Queens Blvd.
Gianaris, shortly before he sent the letter to the mayor, visited Sunnyside and Woodside and looked down 48th Ave and said: “It’s rare to have such long stretches without trees. The city has done a good job in planting trees throughout the city, but I think there have been some parts of Sunnyside (and Woodside) that have been overlooked.”
The political and civic leaders will be focusing their efforts on a tree planting campaign on Queens Boulevard, 48th Avenue, 47th Avenue and 43rd Avenue, between 38th and 48th Streets.
The city responded to Gianaris’ letter and said it would provide the trees. The number of trees has not been finalized, although the number is expected to be generous.
This Friday’s meeting will be held in Gianaris’ office and leaders from Sunnyside Shines (BID), Community Board 2 and the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce are expected to attend. They will determine the pinpoint location of the trees.
However, in the interim, Gianaris is open to accepting recommendations from residents and requests that they e-mail him with their suggestions at: [email protected]