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Help name a beautiful Ridgewood garden that resident created

BY ANTHONY GIUDICE
agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com @A_ GiudiceReport


George Negoescu is turning to the community to help name the corner garden he created. 
RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice George Negoescu is turning to the community to help name the corner garden he created. RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice The Ridgewood resident who created the beautiful garden on the corner of Shaler Avenue and Cypress Hills Street is turning to the community to help give his garden a name.

Since starting the garden in November 2015, George Negoescu has poured his time, energy and money into transforming the former barren land on the Ridgewood/Glendale border into a place where residents can take a respite from their day and take a moment to relax.

“I did not expect people to be so pleased with the work I’ve done to serve the community’s need for comfort and relaxation,” said Negoescu, a native of Romania. “They were more responsive than I expected. I am happy to see that they’re happy.”

Although the garden area is nearly complete, Negoescu still has some more plans for the space. He plans to make additional cosmetic improvements to the area including fixing up the sidewalk around the garden, leveling off the plaza to prevent any accidents, refreshing the flowers as needed and adjusting the structure of the flower display.

Negoescu is also working with the owners of the garage/warehouse directly across the street from the garden to paint their building so it will fit in better with the more beautified area and make it a more unified area.

“I just love it. I probably pass this garden as much as anybody,” said Gail Grabowski, a Glendale resident. “I always wished someone would take the initiative and fix it up. I was so happy that George made it into such a lovely garden.”

Now that his project is almost finished, Negoescu wants the community to have a hand in giving the space a name. Some of the possible names for the garden include Bridge Garden, Corner Plaza and Cypress Garden.

“We will choose a name together,” he said. “It will be better to be a little more organized.”

Visit qns.com before Monday, June 13, to vote for your favorite potential name in a poll. The results will be given to Negoescu, who will make the final decision on the garden’s name.