Family company embellishes Park Avenue in New York

Family business delivers holiday cheer to iconic Manhattan strip

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NEW YORK CITY– The prominent Park Avenue community has a small company to thank for bringing vacation cheer to its streets every year.

City-Scape Landscaping, a family-run operation based in Queens, sets up 120 fir trees delivered from Nova Scotia, Canada, along the opportunity for practically 50 obstructs, from 49 th to 97 th streets.

The company has actually preserved the opportunity’s grassy means– referred to as the Park Avenue Malls– for 50 years. A team of 6 to 7 City-Scape staff members positions the fir trees. The business generates more than $1 million in yearly sales from all its customers, according to Experian BusinessData The fir tree procedure represent near $100,000 of that a year.

Park Avenue has actually been an essential part of the business’s company considering that 1972, City-Scape’s owners stated, assisting pay wages and keep households fed.

City-Scape Landscaping began when late owner Vincent Sofield’s older bros, Joe and Duke Sofield, were worked with by their next-door neighbor Peter Van de Wetering– “the unrivaled tulip impresario of Park Avenue”– to assist his group plant and preserve the shopping centers, Vincent stated.

Christmas tress set up by City-Scape Landscaping on Park Avenue in New York.


Shortly afterwards, Van de Wetering transferred to Long Island to begin Van de Wetering Greenhouses, which continues to keep the opportunity rich with tulips and seasonal plants. He passed off shopping center upkeep completely to the Sofields, and City-Scape stayed in business.

“I don’t think Park Avenue would have quite the same glamour if the median walls weren’t in place,” stated Vincent Sofield’s kid,Dylan “I think it really creates a good contrast with the concrete jungle — kind of softens your eyes up a little bit, makes it less aggressive.”

A half-century later on, City-Scape is keeping business in the household. After ending up being a co-owner previously this year, 26- year-old Dylan is taking control of the operation in the wake of his dad’s current death.

“A lot of people don’t believe me when I tell them I own the company,” he informed CNBC previously this year. “They ask for the boss, and I say, ‘You’re looking at him.’ But they quickly lose that once they realize I know what I am talking about.”

Sofield stated he has actually contributed in business considering that he was young, not due to the fact that he needed to, however due to the fact that he “always wanted to be involved.”

“I was probably pulling a rake before I could walk,” he joked.

Despite the opportunity’s high profile, Sofield stated he has actually felt unphased by it due to the fact that it is “all he knew” maturing. But as he has actually aged, he now acknowledges that Park Avenue is not simply any landscaping task.

“It’s definitely something to be proud of,” Sofield stated. “I see my work all over the place, TV, Instagram. I will be scrolling and think, ‘Oh, there’s my tulips,’ or ‘There’s my lawn.'”

Dylan Sofield, owner of City-Scape Landscaping.


For the majority of the year, City-Scape tends to the shopping centers every Monday ahead of high traffic weekdays. Crews weed, trim the yards and hedges, eliminate particles, water the plants and repair work harmed wood barriers.

The business is worked with by the Fund for Park Avenue– the community not-for-profit accountable for the shopping centers– to preserve the green areas year-round.

The shopping centers alter by the season: tulips in the spring, begonias in the summer season, chrysanthemums in the fall and short-lived fir trees in the winter season.

“It’s people’s front yard, front gardens along Park Avenue,” stated the group’s president, Barbara McLaughlin. “So everyone who’s lucky enough to live on Park Avenue really enjoys it every day, but also, it’s a wonderful place to walk and it’s enjoyed by a lot of people.”

The trees are illuminated at the yearly Park Avenue tree lighting at Brick Presbyterian Church, an occasion that drew 4,000 individuals this year, a church representative stated.

Christmas tress set up by City-Scape Landscaping on Park Avenue in New York.


“It’s such an intimate event for New York City,” McLaughlin stated. “It’s a neighborhood event, neighborhood feel, but all are welcome.”

The trees will be removed in mid-January

“We’d love to have them stay longer, but they’re not planted,” McLaughlin stated. “These trees are installed temporarily, so they do get dry.”

And as the trees mark the altering of seasons, they likewise mark a season of modification for City-Scape It was Dylan Sofield’s very first vacation tree setup running business without his dad.

“I still have the help of my family,” he stated. “My uncle is still around, and he’s been doing this for 50 years; he’s not going anywhere.”