I’m offering a free Tompkins Trees map for anyone who can provide me with roof access overlooking the park. I’d like to do this soon, while the leaves are gone and the paths, buildings tree trunks are visible. This is a photo I took from a high balcony of the Cristodora building, during the party honoring Deborah Hulse, back in 2012. Unfortunately it was after sunset and I didn’t have my tripod, so the photos are a bit blurry. I need a high vantage from Avenues B and A, and 7th and 10th, somewhere I can hopefully place a tripod. This map is the same 17×23 inch map I am offering here:tompkinstrees.org/support-tompkins-trees Please pass this on to anyone you know who may have access. They can contact me through the contact form on the website: tompkinstrees.org/about
The Abominable Snowstorm only gave NYC a glancing blow. Most of the entrances to the park were closed. I was glad that the 8th Street and Avenue B entrance was open. I got in early enough to photograph my trees while the snow was largely untrammeled.
Happy Elm news in Tompkins Square Park. Two blight resistant American Elms were planted in the park this morning. Debby the Parks gardener called me this morning to tell me the news and I rushed out to capture the event. According to Wikipedia: The American Elm Ulmus americana cultivar ‘Princeton’ was originally selected in 1922 by New Jersey nurseryman William Flemer for its aesthetic merit. By coincidence, ‘Princeton’ was later found to have a moderate resistance to Dutch elm disease.
Two trees were planted, this one is in the West Lawn. In the background you can see the American Elm whose branch split off last year and crashed down on the benches there, narrowly avoiding killing a bench sitter.
I was talking to the arborist there who did the sonic tomography on the Bendy Tree and he finally convinced me that Bendy had to come down. He promises to share the tomography photos. (James please use the contact form above to reach me.)
I took Boy Scouts Troop 414 from 14th Street on a quest to identify 10 trees for tree identification merit badges. We used the latest version of my Tompkins Trees map (I’ll post it here soon). We met at 6:30 just before sunset and had to use flashlights for most of the walk. They are a great bunch of kids and I had a great time with them.