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.

Food Scraps for composting Drop-Off Site at St. Vartan’s Park

You can drop off food scraps for composting at St. Vartan’s Park (near the entrance at 1st Avenue and 36th Street). Open Saturdays from 10am-4pm. See flyer at the link below for guidelines on what types of food scraps to drop off. Learn more and volunteer online or email Help recycle food scraps in a way that will benefit our parks and gardens!

Related Document: St_Vartan_composting_Flyer_20210501.pdf

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

NYC Parks Department

Partnership for Parks

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. 

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.