Thursday Thank You

Miss M - One in a Million

Miss M - One in a Million

… 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.

500,000 Trees and Counting!

500,000 Trees and Counting!

McLeod's Community Garden - Brooklyn, NY

McLeod's Community Garden - Brooklyn, NY

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!

To find out more about these worthy causes and get involved, click here and here.

Photos via Cottages & Gardens

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11 Responses to “Thursday Thank You”

  1. pve says:

    Just think if we all had an ultimate goal like that for our world….I love it!

  2. Couldn’t agree more! The spaces she has transformed are amazing! xx

  3. StyleLinx says:

    I love this post and these photos! Thank you, thank you Bette! If anyone gets a chance to look at photos of what these parks and gardens used to look like I highly recommend it! Their transformation is breathtaking. Great post!

  4. The Zhush says:

    Great post! One more reason why I LOVE Bette!

  5. Stitchfork says:

    Community gardens and flowering trees – all’s good!
    xo Cathy

  6. Kelly Dunn says:

    Reminds me of the lyrics of The Rose when she sang “I say love, it is a flower…”. What a beautiful act of kindness that keeps on giving! XO, Kelly

  7. I had no idea that the divine Miss M did this….it’s a wonderful idea. So many great people out there in our world. warms my heart! thanks for sharing.

  8. Here, here for the talented and thoughtful Ms M!!!! NYC is looking better than ever!!
    xoxo e

  9. quintessence says:

    What wonderful causes helping our city to be a more beautiful happier place to live and visit!!

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  11. I love Bette Midler and now love her even more! What a wonderful crusade she started. Great post….everyone has to do their part…one step at a time. Everyone has a job to do in this world..I truly believe that. Thanks for sharing with us what shes been up to besides dazzling us on the big screen with her ginormous talents!!

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