The meeting with the Parks Department and others was enlightening and ultimately successful. In short: We will be able to tend and add to the plants in the tree pits on 8th and 9th Avenues!
I am keeping the list of who wants to garden at which intersection so if you haven't signed up, send me an email.
Let's have another meeting, say March 20th (first day of Spring), time and location tba, and we can discuss all sorts of plant ideas and guidelines.
Start planning your pits!