New York City of Trees

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New York City of Trees

By Benjamin Swett

Quantuck Lane Press, Hardcover, 9781593720520, 152pp.

Publication Date: April 26, 2013

We know that trees improve living conditions in cities by filtering and cooling the air, absorbing excess rainwater, and making neighborhoods more attractive. But little has been said about their role as witnesses to the city's past until now. In this collection of personal narratives, historical observations, and color photographs, Benjamin Swett focuses on great trees with stories to tell, adding a warm and welcome narrative that is unique to the city and its cosmopolitan character. The stories of these trees, from all five boroughs some dating from the Revolutionary era and before link the living with the past in an engaging way not found in other books. A show of the photographs from the book will take place at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, March 6 through April 18, 2013.

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013

People generally don't associate trees with New York City, and if they do, they tend to think only of Central and Prospect parks. But the city is filled with old, beloved trees, some dating back more than 200 years, many of them located in the unsung outer boroughs. More at

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