In October, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley called on the City Department of Sanitation to increase garbage pick up on Grand Avenue to combat littering along the commercial strip.
On Saturday, November 12, 2011, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley donated supplies to local civic groups to beautify the tree pits along Grand Avenue.
The pits had become overgrown with weeds and were a common littering ground. More than 50 volunteers from Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET), the Maspeth Chamber of Commerce, and other local residents renovated the pits from 65th Street to 72nd Street.
Council Member Elizabeth Crowley said, “The tree pits on Grand Avenue were a major nuisance to residents of Maspeth by becoming waste bins and housing unsightly weeds. I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time on Saturday to keep our community clean.