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.
My pal Chris lives near this cemetery, we took a walk into it the other day. I love that it is not overly manicured, but not everyone is of that mind. On the way out I remarked to one of the groundskeepers how lovely and peaceful it was. He was appreciative and said they more often heard complaints from those wanting perfect order. more story and photos
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.
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
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.
I got a chance to more closely examine the old Black Locust tree on 7th Street that caught fire on Saturday. I’m pointing the camera down into the trunk. It is in worse shape than I thought. I hope the arborists will leave the burned hulk as a monument and shelter for the squirrels, and it is possible that it may sprout again in Spring. But the structure is compromised enough that the large upright branch should be removed for safety reasons.
Wanting to know about this tree was one of the reasons I started my tree identification map of Tompkins Square Park. The prevalent story I have heard about this tree is that it is one of the few trees surviving from before the 1860′s when the park was cleared of trees to create a parade ground for the militia during the Civil War. The other survivors are the Black Locust on Avenue B near 7th Street, and three large Sycamores, also on the perimeter.