At Spot Where Bus Destroyed Bikes and Plants, a New Garden Grows

In January, a bus driver careened over the curb at 95th Street and Columbus Avenue and smashed a garden bed, a tree and a Citi Bike station. That flower bed has now been restored by Robert Urban, who called it “one of my pet Covid projects.” Well done, Robert!

Here’s what the garden looked like before the crash.

And here’s what it looked like after the incident.

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    1. UWSer says:

      It’s beautiful. Well done!

    2. Robert Urban says:

      Thanks so much!

    3. Nelson says:

      Bravo, Robert. Thank you!

    4. kaylord says:

      So beautiful! Thanks for doing this.

    5. NYYgirl says:


    6. Francesca says:

      Beautiful Robert! Thank you for bringing a feast to our eyes and cheer to our days.

    7. Marina says:

      So nice and beautiful, thank you

    8. lynn says:

      Beautiful work! I used to work on the UES near Park Ave and always marveled at the seasonal floral displays in front of the buildings. Does anyone know if there’s a neighborhood association for the W. 70’s? The only thing I could find online was E. 70’s. I think it might really cheer people up to see something like this on their own block.:)

    9. Glenn Richter says:

      I was the tipster on the original story, and it’s great every day to see the restored mini-garden. But if you look at the very top of the first photo you can see that the curbstone of the northernmost center divider is still broken from the bus’ impact. Wonder what the real reason for the bus going out of control was? What happened to the driver?

    10. UpperBestSide says:

      Such a beautiful gesture. Thank you Robert Urban.

    11. Linda E. says:

      Thank you so much Mr. Urban.

    12. Nydia Leaf says:

      Thank you, Robert. It is a joy to behold every morning.