Thursday, June 18, 2009

Little Progress on Forest Park Greenhouse Renovation...

There has been little visible progress on the Forest Park greenhouses - nearly one year - since the glass has been removed. This seems to be quite normal for the Parks Department under Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. See photos below taken July 16th, 2009. One would think a building over one hundred years old would treated with more care.

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Previous coverage: Lost in the Ozone...: The Secret Gardeners of Queens by Lisa J. Colangelo - NY Daily News

Quotation from Daily News article 20 May 2008:

This summer, the greenhouse will get its first major overhaul since the facility was built almost 100 years ago. Several of the buildings were designed by greenhouse experts Lord and Burnham.

The renovations will allow gardeners to better control the environment inside the buildings, allowing them to grow more flowers and plants. A classroom space will be added for educational programs.

"The Forest Park Greenhouse represents more than a century of botanical knowledge and education, right in the heart of Queens," said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

Photos by Manny