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NYC Green Spaces Get a Boost

Jeffrey Keefer, flickr


Grants for city green spaces are in the pipeline. 

New York City's green spaces are getting a boost.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced private grants to 19 community groups to fund gardening, composting and stewardship of the city's community gardens and other green spaces.

The grants range from $500 to $1,000 each. One will be used to build a chicken coop in Brook Park in the Bronx. The mayor says "chicken deputies'' from local schools will be appointed to monitor chicken and egg production.

The groups applied through a new city-run website,, designed to foster collaboration between community groups.

The funds, totaling $15,000, come from the Campaign for New York's Future and the Rockefeller Foundation, with support from the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. They'll be administered by the Citizens Committee for New York City.