24,132—that’s how many trees there are in Central Park according to a recent article in the New York Times. Employing GPS technology a company recently hired by the Central Park Conservancy surveyed the trees of Central Park.
For those interested in learning more about those 24,132 trees plus the 2,000 saplings budding in the Park, Edward Barnard’s New York City Trees: A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area will allow you to identify and learn more about the various species and their natural history in the City. Barnard also suggests walks and the best places to see trees in all five boroughs. Where to find a Cedar of Lebanon? Travel to the 72nd Street entrance of Central Park or visit the south edge of the archery range in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Interested in an Austrian Pine? Get over to Wave Hill in Riverdale or the corner of Shore Parkway and 96th Street in Queens.
Aside from New York City Trees, other books that will help you appreciate the natural offerings in this most urban of areas include Riverside Park: The Splendid Sliver by Edward Grimm and The Hudson: America’s River by Frances Dunwell.
It’s Spring! (kind of) so brush up on your knowledge of NYC greenery and head on out.