A giant heart, recently mowed into the lawn at New York City’s Bryant Park by Baker & Sons Landscaping and Moe’s Lawn Care, both of Highland, NY, has garnered lots of attention. “Thank you healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers. Thank you to everyone staying home, social distancing, and checking in on their neighbors,” was Tweeted April 21 by Bryant Park officials with the lawn photo. “It’s a message of love to all New Yorkers, especially essential workers, who are weathering the pandemic crisis in a heroic way,” Bryant Park Corporation Executive Director Dan Biederman said in a statement.
New York City has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 134,000 New Yorkers have tested positive for the new coronavirus, with 9,562 confirmed deaths as of April 21, according to the NYC Health Department.
“The Park asked if there was something we could create and we said, ‘Sure, we’ll give it a try,’” Jordan Pascariello, owner of Moe’s told Turf. “We felt it was important with COVID-19 and all the essential workers, especially healthcare workers who are really out there doing what they need to do, to spread a little happiness.” Pascariello, who is hired by Baker & Sons, did the actual mowing of the heart with Tim Baker, owner of Baker & Sons. Tim’s 14-year-old son, TJ, additionally helped, significantly with measuring out the highest radius of the center and working string strains to create the design.
“It was loopy to get all that recognition from one thing so easy,” mentioned Baker. “We do the grading and set up the sod every Spring. We had been scheduled to to offer it the primary mow and we normally do one thing sort of cool. I appreciated final 12 months’s even higher,” he laughed. (Pictured left.)
Bryant Park is a beloved, year-round park well-known for its lush seasonal gardens, free actions, and al fresco eating. Positioned adjoining to the New York Public Library and surrounded by skyscrapers, the Park is visited by greater than 12 million individuals annually. The garden is at present anticipated to reopen because it does yearly in early Might. (This 12 months, new social distancing measures can be in impact.) Every fall, the 1.1 acre garden is reworked into an ice skating rink for the Winter, full with Christmas tree, after which again to grass within the Spring by Baker & Sons.
“We go down every fall, rip up the grass, and transfer it out. Then we now have to grade the sand for the rink,” mentioned Pascariello, who helps within the course of. “However earlier than the rink can go in, we now have to place the ballasts in place to carry the Christmas tree up.” He mentioned within the two earlier years, the tree has been donated from the properties of mates and neighbors of the Bakers. One tree was 85 ft tall and proved fairly a problem. “We reduce the tree down ourselves, deliver it to the Metropolis, set up it with a crane, and enhance it,” mentioned Pascariello.
“In the event that they solely knew what it took to make that tree occur .. largest problem of my profession. From logistics to deadlines … it was no simple process… I can say I couldn’t have finished it with out my group.. subsequent season can be simple …” commented Baker on his Fb web page in 2018. He instructed Turf, “To me the tree is a giant deal.”
Pascariello agrees, and was grateful to Baker for bringing him on to the crew for Bryant Park. “It’s enjoyable. It’s actually nice. It’s an honor. Thanks to all people that’s concerned.”
To contact Baker & Sons Landscaping, name 845-691-4912. To achieve Moe’s Garden Care, name 845-514-0439.