New York City of Trees

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A celebration of New York’s great trees in stories and photographs
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 ...

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Overview

A celebration of New York’s great trees in stories and photographs
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.

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The New York Times - Sam Roberts
While not all of the trees Mr. Swett features still stand, his lavish book offers a timely reminder of what is in store when spring arrives in earnest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593720520
  • Publisher: Quantuck Lane Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 691,475
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The former director of the Parks in Print program at the New York City Parks Department, Benjamin Swett is best known for Great Trees of New York City: A Guide; Bronx River New York; Fort Greene Park Brooklyn; Route 22, and many other publications. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.

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