Bushwick park gets ‘tree’-mendous boost

Workers began replanting trees in Maria Hernandez Park on Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick on Wednesday, replacing dozens that were destroyed in the September tornado.
Photo by Paul Martinka

If scores of trees fall in Bushwick — eventually city officials and volunteer groups will replace them.

Parks Department workers joined the New York Restoration Project to plant 74 trees in Maria Hernandez Park, which was decimated by the Sept. 16 tornado.

After the tempest, the park was closed for two weeks as Sanitation workers chopped up the four dozen trees that had been damaged. The park was left almost entirely barren.

The New York Restoration Park spent $150,000 to replant the trees, which are about eight to 16-feet tall. But several mature trees were added, too, including 16 mature yellow woods, pin oaks, dawn redwoods and silver leaf lindens that should add much-needed shade come summertime.

In addition, two Manhattan-based groups, the Bryant Park Corporation and the 34th Street Partnership coughed up $100,000 for the park’s maintenance and landscaping.

The September tornado decimated trees in the park.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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