Last summer I ruminated about whether urban plants are able to “sleep” in the presence of street lamps. (It sure is difficult for those of us humans with a light shining right into our window!) My mind came back to this question as I was taking a few more pictures of plants at night. Above, truckers take their night’s rest next to the trees in the parking lot of a Lowe’s below the Smith Street subway station in Brooklyn.
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If a plant was trying to talk to you, would you know it? Would you be able to decipher the message?
As I passed a giant spread of ivy covering the chain-link fence along Prospect Ave. (betw. 5th + 6th Aves), I noticed shapes made by the ivy in its in-between spaces. Might these shapes be imbued with some sort of meaning? If so, could the length of the ivy-fence be read as a headline?
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Our quiz about plants near Berlin’s U8 subway line is officially over! The poster in the Bernauer Straße station came down last week and it’s time to announce a winner and reveal the answers to the quiz.
If you haven’t tried the quiz, you can still find it here – just for fun, no more prizes will be awarded. If you’re ready to see the answers, read on.
Excited that the topic of discussion had turned to the tree of heaven, I went out yesterday to photograph (in the rain) my favorite specimen of ailanthus altissima so far: a couple of trees growing in a tiny city park that borders the Prospect Highway. Well, actually, describing them as “in” the park isn’t really correct because, typical of this strand of misfit tree, the trunks actually sprout from the ground just beyond the park fence, squished up between it and the wall of the highway! You can see them against the ivy-covered back of the park in the right half of the picture above.
I liked today’s New York Times portrait of Adrian Benepe, the Parks and Recreation Commissioner for all of New York City. The piece focuses a lot on how he relates to the parks outside of work, reminding me of my asking park maintenance workers in Berlin whether they still visit the parks in their personal time.
It sounds like Mr. Benepe loves the parks to bits, but that for him, the line between being in the parks as a private citizen and as a professional is more than blurry. (more…)
Yet more peculiar plants from other places, courtesy of a reader. My sister Phoebe is a frequent flier with an eye for odd details in the streets, including curious plants. Here are a few greens she spotted in Tokyo.
The picture above is from her recent trip to Buenos Aires. She writes:
This is the main street of the San Telmo district. On Calle Defensa, Euro-style mansions of the rich overlook a square where on Sundays there is a bustling antiques market.
On Sara’s block in Brooklyn, two of her neighbors have created a community-oriented art space called Open Source, mixing exhibitions, workshops for kids, potluck dinners and other participatory events. We very much like their idea of providing “a place for art in the midst of daily life.” So happily, they’ve invited us to present an Urban Plant Research exhibition this summer, August 15 – September 2. (more…)
Last week Anke wrote, “Der Frühling ist so schnell. Man kommt nicht hinterher. Man muss genau gucken und sich sagen, das ist nur heute so. Und dann ein Foto machen.” (Spring is so fast. You can’t keep up. You have to take a good look and tell yourself, it’s only like this today. And then take a picture.) (more…)
On the occasion of Earth Day, I present to you a pot of hydrangeas I discovered in an empty storefront window while walking down 6th Ave. in Brooklyn. Please take a moment today to look around at our green neighbors, appreciate their beauty, and recognize how essential they are to our survival. (Of course, readers of Urban Plant Research are always doing this, right?!) Perhaps we can each make a promise to do one more environmentally friendly thing in our daily lives.