The BID now partners with the Horticultural Society of New York to provide plantings,
and other related horticultural services in our plazas. Watering at Venditti Square, Catalpa Ave Planting Area & 71st Avenue Plaza as well as daily cleaning and sweeping of the 71st Avenue Plaza (set-up/break down of chairs, tables etc.) is provided by StreetPlus, Inc.
Due to the pandemic there was no Daffodil Project in FY20.
In prior years, the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association and the New York Horticultural Society along with the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District collaborated in planting over 1,500 daffodil bulbs at Venditti Square and the planting area at Catalpa & Myrtle Avenues. The daffodil bulbs were donated by New Yorkers for Parks; a citywide independent organization championing quality parks and open spaces for all New Yorkers in all neighborhoods.
The Daffodil Project, a living memorial to the events of September 11th, 2001, has been able to beautify every neighborhood by planting daffodils. Led by New Yorkers for Parks, and in cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, this annual volunteer project serves as a symbol of remembrance, and an act of rebirth, that engages New Yorkers in the revitalization of their communities.
Since this project’s inception, over 4 million daffodils have been planted throughout New York City. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg named the daffodil the official flower of New York City in 2007.