When the leaves are gone from the branches the surrounding architecture is revealed. The tall building is the Christodora House, and at 8th Street is the Newsboys’ and Bootblacks’ Lodging House and St Brigid’s Church.
Here’s the area I’m naming “Cherry Grove” on my map. Before the many cherry trees were planted this past year, I called this area bounded by Avenue B and between the 9th and 8th Street entrances “The Great Eastern Forest.” I think “Cherry Grove” is more likely to be used. The largest American Elm in the park was at the northern end of this area, it was felled this year. The huge stump remains and is a wonder.
The upright Krishna tree, an American Elm in the Central Plaza of Tompkins Square Park, and the leaning American Elm next to it are tied together by steel cables. This is probably beneficial in terms of wind resistance for both these great trees.
The area of the park I call Peaceful Grove on my Tompkins Trees map. I like that at this time of the year the architectural details of the buildings along 10th Street are revealed.
The Don Roberts Garden is central in the photo. I was hoping this “first substantial snow of the season” would not be so ephemeral and wet. I caught the park at around ten when the snow was not blowing much and my umbrella could safely keep my camera dry. The sidewalks were somewhat slippery and mostly slush. The park was deserted except for photographers and dog walkers.
The southeast entrance, my favorite. The large gnarled black locust on the right pre-dates the Civil War and the clearing of the central trees to make a parade ground.