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06.23.15 Liam Mathews

A fellow named Jack Kester who lives in an Upper West Side single room occupancy (SRO) building went on a tree-chopping rampage last Thursday, cutting down four trees on his West 94th Street block with a saw while yelling “I’m king of the world” and riding around on a Razor scooter, according to the New […]

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04.13.15 Liam Mathews

CityLab reported on the results of an interesting study that found a correlation between urban tree canopy (UTC), which is roughly the density of trees in a neighborhood, and neighborhood median income. The study, published in the journal PLOS One and led by Kirsten Schwarz, assistant professor of biology at Northern Kentucky University, compared high-resolution […]

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03.24.14 Andy Cush

In the above video interview from Dezeen, self-described designer/artist/architect Daan Roosegaarde describes his latest endeavor: replacing streetlights with genetically engineered glowing trees. A small early prototype was created by merging the DNA of bioluminescent underwater bacteria with that of a houseplant. “When you have a jellyfish, deep, deep underwater, it creates its own light,” he says. “Its does not […]

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01.29.13 Andy Cush

How do you turn a white-walled gallery space into an underground enclave? By hanging roots from the ceiling, if you’re Sicilian artist Giuseppe Licari. Licari’s Humus (not to be confused with hummus) refers to a life-sustaining layer of soil made up of decomposed organic matter. Here’s Licari on the nature of his work: The aim is to […]

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01.14.13 Marina Galperina

Edinburgh University scientist Dr. Ian Woodhouse hates deforestation. You like art. So how’s this… how’s your precious, precious art lookin’ now, with all the trees clear-cut? Ah-HA! Posted on his blog Forest Planet and ArtInfo, Woodhouse had the trees rather skillfully Photoshopped out of Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte (1884-86), John Constable’s The Hay Wain (1821) and Vincent van Gogh’s Olive Trees with […]

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05.24.12 Marina Galperina

There’s a self-proclaimed “bearded freak” going around tending to trees, clearing weeds and targetblogging about the junk he finds. “There’s a lot of fear about the Bronx. People really don’t know what it’s really like.” […]

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05.15.12 Bucky Turco

“The sharp and sudden crack! broke the summer calm. Alexis Handwerker had been sitting on a bench beneath a towering elm in Stuyvesant Square Park in Manhattan — now she was pinned to the ground, bleeding, disoriented and smothered by leaves. One arm was rammed back unnaturally, broken. Panicked parkgoers struggled to free her from […]

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03.28.12 Marina Galperina

The “vandals” in their 20s who violently hacked at two trees in Inwood’s Isham Park have been captured. Apparently, they were “bored” and “throwing the ax at the tree for sportsmanship and fun.” They were charged with criminal possession of an illegal gravity knife, criminal mischief, possession of a graffiti tool and making graffiti. Wait, what? […]

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03.16.12 Bucky Turco

Beginning tomorrow, “New York City will start giving away trees” reports the New York Times. They’ll be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and there’s currently a few variaties available: “Winter King Southern Hawthorne,” “Southern Magnolia Bracken’s Brown Beauty,” “Crape Myrtle Pink Velour,” and “Heritage River Birch.” There’s only one tree per customer, plus some […]

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02.10.11 Marina Galperina

The Getty’s hefty permanent photography collection if full of trees. Their current In Focus series is a forest of branch abstractions, root daguerreotypes and many hues of green. Highlight: photos from contemporary South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee who treats trees to lit-up curtains like they’re very special, as if we need them to breathe […]

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