June 7, 2023
Gothamist: “Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing announces largest-ever philanthropic gift”
Longtime BKSK client, the Queens Botanical Garden was gifted a large sum that will in part fun the new Education Building designed by BKSK and slated to open in 2024.
“The holiday giving season may be over, but the Queens Botanical Garden is getting a big present: the largest philanthropic donation in its history. On Tuesday, the 83 year-old Flushing institution announced an $8 million gift from the Bluestone Foundation. The money will be used to develop and launch environmental education programs for young people in Queens. In return, the names of Joan and Norman Bluestone, who established the foundation, will adorn a new city-funded building to house those programs, for which the Botanical Garden is expecting to break ground this summer. Evie Hantzopoulos, the garden’s executive director, said a meeting with foundation trustees showed a direct connection between the new building’s designated purpose and the Bluestone Foundation’s mission of serving students in all Queens communities.” Read the full announcement here
This past week we joined the Garden and supporters to celebrate the Garden’s 75th birthday, and honoree Joan N. and Norma Bluestone Foundation. (pics below)