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It’s easy to lose track of things like fresh air, wide open spaces and nature while traipsing around congested city streets, but New York actually has an abundance of trees and greenery that you'd notice if you ever slowed down and observed your surroundings once in awhile.  But to get a better picture of exactly how many trees line the city's streets, the Parks Department is crowdsourcing data for its Trees Count! 2015 project, a tech-savvy...
Chalk this one up to "things that the MTA is over-spending on": A temporary ramp at the RFK/Triborough bridge is requiring the MTA to cut down sixteen trees. And the Parks Department is apparently very displeased about it: In a bit of stunning inter-municipal pettiness, Parks is charging $33,000 per tree to remove and replant the saplings. Everyone loses: trees, MTA, and taxpayers. The agency, according to the New York Post, is counting the tree's square...
I don't care what holidays you do or don't celebrate, it's an incontrovertible fact that December is the best month to be in New York City because the normal New York street smells of garbage and urine and shit (dog or otherwise) are vanquished (temporarily, but still!) by the nutty aroma of roasting chestnuts and by the pine-infused air surrounding the borough's ubiquitous Christmas tree stands. You'd have to have a heart at least...