Our quality of life initiatives are designed to maintain our streetscape and improve the resiliency of our environment, through our long standing beautification programs.
Clean Streets Team
For more than a decade, our Clean Streets initiative has been improving the beauty and quality of life for residents of Carnegie Hill. Our Clean Streets manager walks the neighborhood daily looking for damage, graffiti, potholes and other nuisances that need repair.
CHN regularly sees to the repair of all municipal property – from lamp posts to benches – and we work with building managers and property owners to facilitate repairs to private property. Examples include 3 new trees planted on 95th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues, repainted lamp posts and mailboxes and new tree guards and sidewalks installed along the south side of 90th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues.
If you see an issue that needs resolving, please contact us. Also, you should contact 311. From there, you will be directed to the appropriate agency and will receive a code number for the relevant issue. Please call us with that number and we will work on a resolution.
Graffiti Removal Team
Our Clean Streets team of interns removes graffiti, errant stickers, and unauthorized postings from Carnegie Hill public spaces to combat urban vandalism. Our special blend of street-level maintenance, tree care, and other beautification efforts provides on-the-job training and the extra clean-up and care in Carnegie Hill that the city does not provide.
Graffiti removal is an effective weapon we use to fight for our neighborhood’s beauty and calm and detract from our historic landmarks and pedestrian thoroughfares. We welcome other organizations to try our methods and publish our protocols online to benefit from this important work.
View participating buildings here.
Tree Care Team
The Tree Care committee co-chairs are Julia Bradford, Suzanne Goldstein, and Virginia Pitman. Carnegie Hill residents see their team on Saturday mornings in the spring and fall pruning trees. However, they do a lot more where their hands are not so visible. CHN surveyed empty tree sites in Carnegie Hill as well as on an almost barren Third Avenue and applied for new trees through MillionTreesNYC. As a result, there are more than 180 new trees in the Carnegie Hill area, both in newly created and formerly empty beds. More empty tree beds in Carnegie Hill will be filled in the near future.
Tree guards are the best way to protect street trees. The NY Tree Trust, now offers an option to provide guards through a tax-deductible contribution to the Trust. These guards are attractive, and help protect the trees from damage.
Park Avenue Malls
For many years, the malls along Park Avenue were unkempt, beds of sod that residents frequently used as an ill-advised place to run and relieve their dogs. In 1980, ten years after its founding, CHN initiated improvement plans for the avenue, transforming every median between 96th and 86th streets into lush green lawns, bookended by flowerbeds boasting a seasonal flowering display at each pedestrian crossing.
For over 40 years, CHN has managed and underwritten the care and maintenance of these malls with participation from the co-ops and condos facing the avenue, as well as a few other generous donors in the vicinity that joined CHN's "Conservancy" style efforts in the late 2000s.
In addition to the seasonal plantings and flowering trees, the CHN constantly waters, weeds, and conditions the lawns and beds, manages trash pick up and repair of all guard railing and signage from the north side of 86th Street, to the south side of 97th Street where a little garden caps the mall before Metro-North takes over the midline of Park Avenue.
A recent, significant donation made in 2017, from a Park Avenue resident, replaced every single Taxus hedge on the mall; much needed and appreciated upgrade.
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