Ten thousand more trees will soon be growing in Manhattan. Give or take one or two.
New trees, shrubs and flowers are giving Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village an ambience that is almost suburban.
Their roots will settle in the grounds of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, the sprawling complexes that stretch for almost 10 blocks northeast of 14th Street near the East River, in one of the largest landscaping overhauls in Manhattan’s history.
The project was undertaken by Tishman Speyer, the developer that bought the two apartment complexes from MetLife in October 2006, for $5.4 billion.
At a Pair of Gigantic Apartment Complexes, a Planting Project to Match
But hey, they aren't doing this planting for the middle class who these buildings were created to house:
On Thursday, Carole Jurman, 64, sat on a shade-covered bench in Stuyvesant Town and watched several gardeners go about the business of beautifying the place she has called home for the past 37 years. Since Tishman Speyer bought the properties, rent increases, Ms. Jurman said, have forced some of the 25,000 residents, including several of her longtime friends and neighbors, to pack up and leave.
Ms. Jurman said that while she was “thrilled to see all the wonderful planting,” she was saddened that so many families had to move, and that they will not be around to smell the roses, not to mention the magnolias and skip laurels, when they bloom.
“I feel bad for all of them,” said Ms. Jurman, who lives in a rent-stabilized apartment but would not reveal how much she paid. “There’s almost no place left for middle-class families to live in New York. It’s a terrible situation.”
Those folks probably live in a world of concrete now.