Well, woohoo! We got ourselves a new tree earlier in the summer on W. 102nd Street (outside of 254 W. 102nd St) between Broadway and West End. Terence Hanrahan snapped the whippersnapping beaut, a locust, I'd say. But feel free to correct me. So the city does get around to filling our tree-pits when the need presents. I have to say that walking around San Francisco over the summer, I missed our tree-lined streets. Yes, Frisco has a lot to offer. But shade isn't big among urban assets there. So thank you, NYC Parks. That kind of shade you may throw as much as you please.
Boo! Hiss! The ginkgo, victimized in the wee dark hours of an early Spring night in 2015, when madness hacked at its trunk, is now gasping for life. May shame shine long on the person whose ax killed it. And may the scent of gingko fruit be ever present in that neighbor's nostrils.
Pictures of the nearly departed are at bottom. Join me while I shake my head since any other words I write here I will regret. If only a tree could bite a man (back).
This brings me to a save the date: Mark Schneiderman will be out there for the Block Association's Fall Mulching Day on Saturday, October 14th from 10 a.m to noon. Meet up at 878 West End Avenue to help tidy up tree wells. And when you are there at the curb of 878, look up toward the gingko that is no more.