intersection 05.3.17

Every Person in New York

The cherries get the love but don't forget the magnolias! NYBG and BBG

A worthy tribute by Benjamin Swett to the majestic and venerable Trees of New York City.

In Harlem, where the Aurum condos are now, ACP [131st/132nd], once stood the Lafayette Theatre, a significant legit theatre for African-American performances in the '30s. In the median across the street from the theatre used to stand The Tree of Hope. People leaned against it or rubbed it for the luck it was said to bring. Read here how a piece of that tree has become part of Amateur Night at the Apollo tradition.

The New Yorker writes about "that New Yorkiest of trees," the London plane.

Bette Midler may be spending her time these day at the Harmonia Gardens, but her most lasting gift to NYC may be the work she has long done quietly in New York's own gardens, through the New York Restoration Project. As part of their mission, they've given away tens of thousands of trees (supporting the City's now-completed MillionTreesNYC initiative). But NYRP is still giving away trees at several events this weekend.

There is a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains that scientists say is the oldest living tree in the world, at over 5,000 years old. Pictured above is a bristlecone pine, not the bristlecone pine. The exact location of the oldest tree has not been publicly disclosed.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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