… to Bette Midler for having the vision and inspiration to beautify New York one community garden and park at a time. Tired of the trash she saw along one of the city’s highways, Miss M stopped her car one day 15 years ago and began to pick up garbage – and thus, her non-profit, the New York Restoration Project, was born. The fruits of her labor (along with countless neighborhood volunteers!) can be seen throughout the city – from the 600 flowering trees planted along the Hudson and Harlem Rivers (as part of the MillionTreesNYC project) to peaceful green havens in Bed-Stuy.
Bette’s ultimate goal is to make the Big Apple a “cooler, greener, healthier, happier, more all-around beautiful place to call home”… Can’t argue with that!
Photos via Cottages & Gardens