A little green in the Big Apple

A little green in the Big Apple

A forgotten corner of New York is home to one of the oldest trees in the metropolis

Few people think “nature” when they think of New York City. Even fewer New Yorkers do; after all, it’s they who’ve chosen to live in or clustered around that extraordinary vaulting, expensive, artificial superorganism that is Manhattan.

New Yorker David Burg seems to think of nothing but nature. Where other naturalists wouldn’t bother looking, he finds sanctuaries for small patches of wildflowers, fractions of once-grand beaches, and rare birds in the scattered cut-offs of unbuilt land that somehow survive in this most famous of large cities.


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