Volunteers Clean Up ‘Artists Alley’ Downtown

National Grid employees recently joined others to clean up the alleyway between New York Avenue and New Street in downtown Huntington.

Through a National Grid Project C grant, the alleyway was cleared of debris and weeds. Sections were paved by Asplundh Construction, who also volunteered.

 More than 500 National Grid employees participated in nearly 50 events across Long Island.

The rest of the grant will be used to install planters, murals and safety features such as emergency phones and sustainable lighting. Also involved in the cleanup were the 1653 Foundation, Huntington Arts Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs.

“The National Grid team was diligent and committed to taking what has been a mess for decades, eliminating safety hazards and prepping us for next steps in building a true “Artists Alley” that will become a destination not just for Huntington but for our region,” said Bob Bontempi, chairman 1653 Foundation.

The 1653 Foundation focuses on managing and enhance the parklands and public spaces of the Town of Huntington.

“As a Huntington resident I love walking into town, which is known for its alleyways,” said Lauren Perry, manager of Customer and Community Engagement, National Grid. With more upgrades to come, including safety features and a mural,  this alleyway will become a highlight of town. We are excited to partner on this project with 1653 Foundation and the Huntington Arts Council in beautifying our neighborhoods.”

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