O.K. So two generous guys named Bloomberg and Rockefeller pledge $10 million between them to plant about 18,300 street trees under the Million Trees NYC initiative. What do you plant? And where?
First, the where. New York City Housing Authority developments will get about 10,700 trees. Playgrounds and school properties will get about 5,600. And other public lands will get about 2,000.
Let 28,300 trees bloom
But wait a minute! Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe plans to do a little subtraction...
Last week, ONE DAY after Commissioner Benepe asserted to me that 14 trees at Union Square would have to come down no matter what because they are “dying,” the City presented in Court legal documents which state of the five “mature” Siberian Elms: “it is likely that two of those five would be removed in the near future for public safety reasons.” Likely. Not definitively. Two trees. Not all.
To NYC Parks Commissioner Benepe: This tree at Union Square Park is not “dying”