Each plant in the Duarte Square garden was selected by an internationally born New Yorker.
The City Council and Trinity Real Estate altered the plan to transform the lower west side.
The City Planning Commission approved Trinity Real Estate's rezoning request Wednesday.
Some residents believe Trinity Real Estate needs to offer more park space in its rezoning plan.
Trinity Real Estate wants to turn the area above the Holland Tunnel into a residential neighborhood.
Several Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested near Duarte Square in SoHo on Dec. 17, 2011.
The Nobel Prize winner urged Trinity Wall Street to work with protesters.
Occupy Wall Street protesters staged a hunger strike at Duarte Square beginning Saturday.
Prosecutors said over 200 protesters were arrested on Tuesday beginning with the early morning crackdown at Zuccotti Park.
At least six reporters, from organizations including the New York Daily News, the Associated Press and DNAinfo, were arrested in the course of reporting on Occupy Wall Street.
An exhibit that was recently installed on fences along Varick and Canal streets will remain there for the next year, the Alliance for Downtown New York announced.
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