I was reminded last night that I haven’t posted a new version of my Tompkins Trees Map in a while. I am still not ready to declare it a final version, though I am pretty confident of the tree identifications. If you see any mistakes please let me know. I have several informational features I would like to add and more decorative and design elements to refine. Let me know what you think.
My friend Liz who is the happy companion of three happy Social Tees rescue cats wanted me to do a piece on Social Tees a local no-kill pet rescue organization.
Dennis Edge is a long-time neighborhood resident, birder and a photographer. He’s working on getting his book about the birds of Tompkins Square Park published. His photos are amazing, you will be astounded by the variety and beauty of the birds he has photographed in the park. I interviewed him the other day as part of my project documenting the people and the natural habitat of the park. TompkinsTrees.org
The Swoon mural at Houston and Bowery in the East Village. It’s about people recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The noise from the honking cars, bringing people here to get drunk in my neighborhood on weekend nights, is unbelievable.
I begged the tree cutters to leave this much of this old Black Locust for the squirrels, to no avail. This was one of the few pre-Civil War trees left in Tompkins Square Park. About a month ago it was burned. I knew it would at least have to be trimmed to avoid branches falling on people, but hoped they would leave the main body of the tree as a habitat for the squirrels and as a historical relic.
At least this much of the stump was left. Perhaps it will sprout in the Spring.
Pin Oak in the Peaceful Grove. The colors seem much more intense this year in Tompkins Square Park, more red and orange than last year and the year before. This is the third Fall that I’ve observed in the park since starting my Tompkins Trees project.
More of the Peaceful Grove. That’s what I call the area behind the offices and between the exercise areas. It is often much quieter than the rest of the park. You will find people practicing Tai Chi here in the morning.