A free play in Tompkins Square Park from Theater for the New City about cleaning up the mess made by Hurricane Sandy.
This is an illustration of a peach leaf for my Tompkins Trees Map. Debby, the Tompkins Park gardener, pointed a peach tree out to me. I had missed seeing it altogether, mistaking it for a shrub as it is out of easy view from outside the fence. I’m trying new techniques in Inkscape. I think this came out well. It is meant to clearly show the pattern of the veins. I’ve been at this identification project for the past two years. I keep adding more and more detail to the map. I’m adding flowers and shrub locations to the map now. Who knows when I’ll ever be willing to call the map complete enough to print. But I hope to have maps of individual gardens online soon.
I’m heading to the park to confirm details on the Central Lawn right now. And I have vague plans for a garden tour or two before the leaves go away.
A garland, attached by devotees, to the Hare Krishna Tree in Tompkins Square Park.
This bit of a street art installation jarred me at first, screwing with my precious trees. But as you can see below it was minimally invasive, being made out of carved recycled styrofoam, form fit to the existing void in the tree. I think I see some white glue, but no nails or hard attachments.
A few days later the bottom teeth were torn out. On the back it read, “You suck if you stole me.”
Bobby Williams, neighborhood photographer and birder. He’s a frequent contributor to EV Grieve.
Sirens and pirates clash in Tompkins Square Park. The Pirates added the dramatic tension. The Sirens sang “go to sleep little baby, go to sleep little baby, go lay your bones on the alabaster stones and be my everloving baby” and the Pirates went right to sleep.
The unveiling of the 6th Portal on Avenue A.
Seductive dancing singing Sirens.
Times-Up provided the pirates. The 5th Portal shown behind him was stolen, this is a printed replacement (which was also stolen the next day). Boxcutter Design printed the replacement shown.
Sewage ends the annual punk concert commemoration the 1988 riot in Tompkins Square Park.
This happened last week while I was out of town camping. On my map I had marked it as the largest diameter elm in the park, estimating its diameter as 5.5 feet. The parks gardener, Deborah Hulse, says she was told that this elm was removed because of Dutch Elm disease. The main early symptom of the disease is yellowing of the leaves in the early summer. I will have to keep a closer eye out for this now. Hollowed out Elm trees were once used as water pipes, and I’m not seeing center rot as a symptom of Dutch Elm disease which is a fungus spread by bark beetles.
Tompkins Square Park still has a large number of American Elms, they were all but wiped out elsewhere, but there were twice as many twenty years ago. The park was leveled of trees in the 1860′s for use by Union soldiers as a parade ground. I have heard that the giant elms that we have here now were planted in the 1880′s, so these trees are well over a century old and are likely succumbing to old age. I need to do a more extensive post on all the American Elms we have lost in Tompkins Square Park recently.