A group of volunteers spent a Saturday morning picking up trash, plucking out weeds and pruning dead branches in Port Morris, an industrial neighborhood in the southwestern Bronx.
The workload was much heavier than they expected. “It’s pretty gross, pretty dirty,” said a volunteer after seeing small bits of trash scattered around a tree.
“For a long time, the Bronx has been neglected,” said Rosemarie Miner, the volunteer programs coordinator for the New York Restoration Project. “I think we need people to feel like their home is a sacred and valuable place. I hope the work we do can make them feel a little bit more at home.”