Queens Botanical Garden awarded $20K TD Green Space Grant

Photo courtesy of Queens Botanical Garden

To support an innovative urban greening and tree planting project, TD Bank Group and the Arbor Day Foundation awarded the Queens Botanical Garden a $20,000 grant last week.

QBG will partner with students from John Bowne High School’s agriculture program to help fight urban heat island effect by planting trees ad installing green infrastructure in the Cherry Circle of the Garden.

QBG staff and interns, as well as students from John Bowne HS and Cardozo HS, led a mulching demonstration on the newly-planted trees.

According to the garden, here are the new trees planted:

Golden Raindrops Crabapple

Malus transitoria

AKA ‘Golden Raindrops’


Japanese Snowbell                     

Styrax japonicus

AKA ‘Emerald Pagoda’


Japanese Tree Lilac

Syringa reticulata                                                 


Green Hawthorn

Crataegus viridis

AKA ‘Winter King’                        


Pink Mountain Silverbell

Halesia tetraptera var. monticola

AKA ‘Arnold Pink’             


Pagoda Dogwood

Cornus alternifolia                                                           

Mountain Silverbell

Halesia monticola


Elizabeth Magnolia

Magnolia x

AKA ‘Elizabeth’

Flushing Library begins to-go services on November 16


The Central and Flushing branches of Queens Public Library will begin offering to-go services beginning Monday, November 16 at 10 a.m.

That means customers can request books in advance either online, using the QPL app, or calling 718-990-0728. Customers can also return materials to locations offering to-go services.

Flushing Library will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with a one-hour closure from 1 to 2 p.m. to cleaning.

It will be open Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m., with closures from 3 to 4 p.m. for cleaning.

More than 20 other QPL branches are also open for to-go services.

Whitestone corner proposed to be named after Monsignor John C. Tosi

Msgr Tosi

Councilman Paul Vallone has put in legislation to co-name the intersection of Clintonville Street and Locke Avenue in Whitestone as “Msgr. John C. Tosi Way.”

Community Board 7 approved the co-naming at their monthly meeting on Monday.

Tosi was a priest for over 45 years, and a monsignor for 23 years in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

He passed away on May 23 after suffering from a coronary condition. He was 73.

Born in Flushing, Tosi attended St. Ann’s School, Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School, Cathedral College, Douglaston and Immaculate Conception Seminary.

Tosi was ordained a monsignor in 1997. In January 2005, he was named pastor of St. Luke’s, where he stayed until he died this year.

“Monsignor Tosi was a man of deep faith and firm commitment to bettering each and every community he served throughout his lifetime,” Vallone said. “His loss is felt profoundly throughout the Whitestone community and I’m proud to propose this street co-naming in his honor.”