New York City of Trees by Benjamin Swett

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The photographs show an arresting arboreal variety across the city's five boroughs...
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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 keepers of a city's past. In this collection of personal narratives, historical observations, and color photographs, Benjamin Swett focuses on trees with stories to tell, adding a warm and welcome narrative that is unique to New York City and its cosmopolitan character. The stories of these trees from all five boroughs--some dating back to the Revolutionary era and before--link the living with the past in an unusual, engaging way.

A show of the photographs from the book will take place at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, March 6 through April 26, 2013.

About Benjamin Swett

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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.
Published April 26, 2013 by Quantuck Lane Press. 160 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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