August 21, 2018
By Michelle Cohen
New York City non-profit New Yorkers for Parks is getting ready for its annual daffodil bulb giveaway project in tribute to the memories of those who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The annual Daffodil Project distributes 500,000 daffodil bulbs to residents and groups, to be planted in public places throughout the city (h/t AM New York).
Launched just after the 2001 terror attacks, the project has been responsible for the planting of seven million daffodils in the city’s public parks, gardens, plazas and along city streets in what has turned out to be one of the largest volunteer efforts in the city’s history. Lynn Kelly, executive director of New Yorkers for Parks, said, “We are very happy to once again bring The Daffodil Project to New York City, to beautify communities across every borough and bring us together in remembrance. The Daffodil Project is emblematic of so much of what makes New Yorkers great — we’re not afraid to get dirty and work together out of love for our city.”
Participants are urged to register in advance to secure their bulb order as the number of sign-ups grows each year and the bulbs are expected to go fast. You can register for The Daffodil Project through September 5 at 5 P.M.. Distribution days are planned in each borough as follows:
Brooklyn: Sept. 15 at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Queens: Sept. 22 at Forest Park Bronx: Sept. 29 at St. Mary’s Park Queens: Oct. 6 at the Beach 59th Street Rockaways firehouse Staten Island: Oct. 13 at Brookfield Park Manhattan: Oct. 21 at Union Square Bulb distribution begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 12:30 p.m. Unclaimed bulbs will be made available to those on the waiting list and people who did not register between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.