Green Resources

Adopt-A-Tree Program

The MillionTreesNYC is a Parks Department affiliated program which has undertaken the ambitious task of planting one million trees in New York City.

For a newly planted tree, the first two years are critical. The level of care a tree receives during this period will largely determine its long term health and viability. You can adopt a tree near your place of residence to help keep the Murray Hill trees green and healthy!

Click the link at the left to visit the website from which the adopt-a-tree process begins: The website has a map of trees that need to be adopted and explains how to care for the tree.

CUNY Building Performance Lab (BPL) / NYC Sustainability Help Center (SHC)

City University of New York (CUNY) Building Performance lab (BPL) is an institutional platoform for research and promotion of high-performance building practices. BPL serves the city in its efforts to reduce building energy consumption through a wide range of programs geared towards industrial, commercial, and multifamily residential properties. 

FREE COURSES (visit for schedules)

Retrofit now! Reducing carbon and complying with Local Law 97, a 14-hour course that provides information to help design deep energy retrofits.For architects, designers, building owners and managers. 

Gas safety training for building operators

Gas safety training for owners and managers

Building operator training (register at

The NYC Sustainability Help Center (SHC) functions as part of the CUNY Performance Lab and provides free one-on-one assistance to building owners and property managers. SHC can provide information and resources pertaining to sustainability laws that impact NYC buildings., 212-566-5584. 

FREE COURSES (visit to sign up for a class)

Building energy compliance seminar I: Crash course on NYC Local Laws 

Building energy compliance seminar II: Project planning and implementation 

How to benchmark your building

Benchmarking refresher for returning users

How to benchmark a campus

Curbside composting summertime tips

Compost your food scraps through the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Curbside Composting service!

It’s summer in the city!

  • To prevent odors from building up in your brown bin, line your bin with a clear plastic bag—not a black trash bag!
  • To absorb excess moisture, place dry materials such as newspaper, leaves, or baking soda at the bottom of the bin.
  • Remember to also close and latch the bin after every use.

For more tips on how to participate, go to

The Curbside Composting Outreach Team
Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability
The New York City Department of Sanitation
New York’s Strongest


The Department of Sanitation launched donateNYC, an online tool designed to make finding and giving second-hand goods easier for New Yorkers. donateNYC provides residents with a website and mobile app to help them search by material and location to find the most convenient place to give or find reusable goods. For local nonprofit organizations in need of donated goods, or businesses looking to donate, donateNYC offers an online materials exchange where they can connect, donate and receive reusable goods.

DSNY Organics Collection Service

Enroll in DSNY’s Organics Collection Service

Instead of sending food waste, soiled paper, and yard waste to landfills, residents can turn them into compost and clean energy by joining NYC Sanitation’s curbside organics program!

All apartment buildings, nonprofits, city agencies, and community based organizations in Manhattan may be eligible for organics collection service. You simply need to request the program online [] to receive free brown bins. Before receiving service, DSNY staff will work with individual buildings to develop site-specific plans; will provide training to building staff, develop outreach and maintenance strategies, and troubleshoot any issues with organics collection service.

For more info on the program visit

The DSNY does not collect any waste from commercial organizations.

Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation

Green Markets

Dag Hammaskjold Plaza, 47th Street at Second Avenue
Open Wednesdays 8am-3pm year round.
Fresh, locally-grown vegetable, fruits and more.
Accept cash, SNAP/EBT/P-EBT, credit, debit, FMNP checks and Health Bucks.

Related Document: 21ah6NFX.pdf

GrowNYC Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket & Farmers Market

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket
47th Street at Second Ave, Manhattan 
Open Wednesdays, year-round
Market Hours: 8am – 3pm
Compost Program (drop off your food scaps): 8am – 12:30pm

Located just around the corner from the United Nations Plaza, the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket brings local food to the Turtle Bay community. From classics like sweet corn and buttery squash to unusual finds such as microgreens and pimientos de padron, the wide variety on offer at this market reflects the eclectic tastes of the neighborhood.
Clothing Collections are cancelled until further notice.
Check their website for updates and information about which farmers are expected each week.

Cash, SNAP/EBT, Debit/Credit, WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted.
New! Changes to Health Bucks in 2021 — Spend $2 in SNAP / EBT / P-EBT, get bonus $2 Health Buck, up to $10 per day.

Help spread the word about this market!  

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Reporting tree problems or requesting a new tree

Call 311 or tap the Park Department link to:

  • Report a damaged or dead tree
  • Request a new street tree
  • Notify NYC Parks of illegal tree damage
  • Submit a report of potentially hazardous trees or branches
  • Let NYC Parks know about an undesirable root, sewer, or sidewalk condition

All requests sent to NYC Parks are given direct attention and will be resolved as soon as possible.

Electrical outages and damaged trees

If you see damaged trees, debris or damaged power lines and equipment after storms, there are a few things you can do: 

  • Report the locations of damaged trees by contacting 311
  • fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment should be reported to 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) immediately
  • NYCHA residents can report any power- or weather-related issues to 718-707-7771.

You can also reach out to Council Members Keith Powers 212-818-0580, and Carlina Rivera 212-677-1077,, and to Community Board 6, Community Board 5, or your local Community Board. 

Street Tree Map: The NYC Parks Department’s map of street trees in NYC

NYC Parks Department map of street trees in New York City

(By neighborhood) Murray Hill-Kips Bay Street Trees
You also can click on each tree and can log in to record activity for the tree, see information about the tree, etc. 

Tree Bed Plantings – Recommendations by the Parks Department

Planting around street trees and yard trees is recommended if done carefully. Aggressive flowers and shrubs compete with the tree for limited resources. Selected perennials (see below list) can also be complementary but, flowers that have shallow roots and die back each year (annuals) are recommended. Please do not plant flowers within 1 foot of the tree trunk. And if you do plant, be sure to provide enough water for the tree, not just enough to perk up the flowers.


Flowers planted around a tree

Perennials, annuals, and bulbs are beautiful additions around a tree, as long as you remember that the tree’s health comes first. Choose plants that require little watering. Key words to look for are “drought tolerant” and “xeric conditions.”

Use small plants and bulbs – large plants require large planting holes, which damage tree roots. In addition, plants with large root systems compete with the tree for water and nutrients.

Mulch is always good for your tree and plants. Mulch keeps the soil moist and prevents weeds from sprouting in tree pits. After planting, put mulch between the plants.

In a street tree pit, never plant bamboo, ivy, vines, woody shrubs, or evergreens. They are all major competitors for water and nutrients and can stunt or kill a tree.

Greenstreets are individually crafted by our landscape designers, and maintained by our gardeners, so please do not add extra plantings to them.

Click the link on the left for a full list of plants recommended by the Parks Department.