Thursday Thank You

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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  • Reply pve April 21, 2011 at 3:59 am

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

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources April 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

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

  • Reply StyleLinx April 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

    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!

  • Reply The Zhush April 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Great post! One more reason why I LOVE Bette!

  • Reply Stitchfork April 21, 2011 at 8:25 am

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

  • Reply Kelly Dunn April 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

    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

  • Reply sharon from Layers & Layers April 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    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.

  • Reply pretty pink tulips April 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

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

  • Reply quintessence April 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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

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  • Reply The enchanted home April 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    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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