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Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, Inc. (GNA), a 93-year-old neighborhood civic association, recently honored Baruch College for its contribution to the GNA’s neighborhood beautification project.

On Sept. 21, 2005, the Lawrence and Eris Field Building, at 17 Lexington Ave., was awarded 1st place in the commercial category for the outsized planters that front the building along Lexington Avenue. Lush and overflowing with greenery and flowers, the planters provide a touch of color and pizzazz to the lower Lexington Avenue streetscape. The project was part of a campus enhancement program that also included the installation of indoor and outdoor benches, according to Baruch interior designer Elaine Vastardis.

At the ceremony, a big green ribbon was cut on Irving Place between 18th and 19th streets in recognition of the individuals and groups who have contributed to Gramercy Park amenities. In particular, the GNA celebrated the installation of 16 new Bishop’s Crook lampposts in the area between Gramercy Park North and East 17th Street. Each of these historic lampposts features a plaque with the name of the person or business sponsoring it.


Zane Berzins

News Director



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