Ribbon Cutting Today for Rooftop Garden at Astoria’s Bryant High School

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Today, the Horticultural Society of New York, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Senator Mike Gianaris, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and the local students at Bryant High School unveiled the school’s new rooftop garden and green space. The roof garden features 57 green roof modules with perennial shrubs, flowers, herbs and seasonal vegetables. It’ll be used primarily for classroom instruction. Bryant High School is one of the first public high schools in Queens to receive its own rooftop garden, and the garden is one of four new educational green spaces available to students in Western Queens.

Senator Ginaris stated today, “The Bryant High School rooftop garden will not only help our young people develop an appreciation of the environment from a young age; it is also a testament to our community’s resiliency. The funding for this green space, and five others like it throughout western Queens, is a result of our efforts following the July 2006 blackout. I am proud to see that we have used a dark time in our past to make such a positive impact, and I thank the Horticultural Society, Global Kids, and everyone at Bryant for helping make this happen.” Here’s one more photo from the ribbon cutting event. GMAP

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