leisure 10.2.19

Every Person in New York

The Overstory by Richard Powers, in which trees are the plot, the setting and the hero, is the rare novel that makes you see the world differently. Mr. Powers won a Pulitzer in April for his work.

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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 1930s. 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 became part of Amateur Night at the Apollo tradition.

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

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. After reading The Overstory, respecting the tree's privacy seems the right thing to do.

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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