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Help Create Amazing, Virtual, Mobile Map of Washington Square Park's Trees and Buried Minetta Creek - Contribute Today!

Help Create Amazing, Virtual, Mobile Map of Washington Square Park’s Trees and Buried Minetta Creek – Contribute Today!

January 14, 2014

Washington Square Park Blog has partnered with Local Ecology for this very cool project called Washington Square Park Ecology Project. Washington Square Park Ecology Project will consist of a mobile map that users can use to identify ALL the trees in the Park as well as the buried Minetta Creek which runs underneath the Park! Via a [...]

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Is 10th (11th?) Tree Dying Around the Fountain?

Is 10th (11th?) Tree Dying Around the Fountain?

August 22, 2013

Updated Oh fountain trees, you’ve been hanging in there for a little while now. The tally had been nine dead trees as of last summer tho’ I’ve been told there might have been a tenth. NBC News covered the issue (and interviewed me) in 2011 — at that point, the total was 8 dead trees [...]

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Washington Square Linden Tree No More | Did "Half-Ass" Protection During Park Construction Kill the Linden Tree?

Washington Square Linden Tree No More | Did “Half-Ass” Protection During Park Construction Kill the Linden Tree?

July 2, 2013

Updated 10:03 p.m. Oh Linden tree, so sad to see you go. When I first wrote about the Linden tree in Washington Square Park’s Eastern section in 2011, I discovered all kinds of amazing things about this tree. Earlier this year or maybe even last fall, I started to notice the tree was declining — [...]

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Tree Down Inside Park Along Washington Square North

Tree Down Inside Park Along Washington Square North

May 28, 2013

Saturday. Magnolia Tree. by

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Bubbles at the Arch, Park's Lawn Restoration, Garibaldi in the Spring, and Linden Tree's Decline

Bubbles at the Arch, Park’s Lawn Restoration, Garibaldi in the Spring, and Linden Tree’s Decline

April 26, 2013

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AfterMath of Fire Caused by Torched, Discarded Christmas Trees at Washington Square: Living Trees Now Struggling to Survive

AfterMath of Fire Caused by Torched, Discarded Christmas Trees at Washington Square: Living Trees Now Struggling to Survive

April 16, 2013

A cherry blossom tree, the magnolia tree, and more are struggling to survive this spring at Washington Square in the aftermath of a fire that occurred at the Park in January, when discarded Christmas trees, left prematurely for mulching, were presumably lit on fire. In this first photo, you can see the cherry blossom tree, half [...]

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Should there be Wi-Fi in Parks? Does it harm Trees - and Humans? | NYC Conference addressing Wireless, More - Wed. March 13th and Thurs. March 14th Midtown - Free!

Should there be Wi-Fi in Parks? Does it harm Trees – and Humans? | NYC Conference addressing Wireless, More – Wed. March 13th and Thurs. March 14th Midtown – Free!

March 13, 2013

There is still time to attend the Conference on Corporate Interference with Science and Health which goes today – Wednesday, March 13th – until 5 p.m. and starts again tomorrow, Thursday, March 14th beginning at 9 a.m. in midtown. A friend of mine is there and says it is fantastic. Lots of great information. The [...]

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(Update: Postponed.)Artist Kristin Jones to Present Her "24 Hour Multi-Media" Idea Honoring the Hangmen's Elm for Arbor Day Before Community Board 2

(Update: Postponed.)Artist Kristin Jones to Present Her “24 Hour Multi-Media” Idea Honoring the Hangmen’s Elm for Arbor Day Before Community Board 2

February 5, 2013

UPDATE: POSTPONED; NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED. Back in December 2011, the New York Times wrote about artist Kristin Jones and her idea for Arbor Day 2013:  a “24 hour multi-media project” honoring the Hangmen’s Elm at Washington Square. I wrote about it here. At the time, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe sounded a bit skeptical. I hadn’t [...]

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(Photos) Squirrel Taking a Break on Washington Square's "Hangmen's" English Elm, Oldest Living Tree in Manhattan, More

(Photos) Squirrel Taking a Break on Washington Square’s “Hangmen’s” English Elm, Oldest Living Tree in Manhattan, More

October 24, 2012

It always amazes me (in a good way) how much people at WSP appreciate the wildlife. As I entered yesterday through the North West Quadrant, this sweet squirrel, top, was taking a break on a thin branch of the “Hangmen’s” English Elm. The park’s squirrels, pigeons, and, of course, notably, the red-tailed hawks have many [...]

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And Then There Were Nine: Ninth Tree Dead Around Washington Square Fountain Over Three Years

And Then There Were Nine: Ninth Tree Dead Around Washington Square Fountain Over Three Years

July 17, 2012

Since the Fountain Plaza was redesigned in 2009 and existing healthy 40 year old trees were axed so the Fountain could align with the Arch (sort of), nine young trees have been planted and subsequently died. The latest tree, located right near the Arch, hadn’t looked healthy for awhile and at last succumbed (pictured above). [...]

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