Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer in the City - Bronx Tree Museum

For a fun weekend activity (if it ever stops raining), head up to the South Bronx and check out the trees lining the Grand Concourse. 100 of them are linked, as part of a new project by artist Katie Holten, to the stories of well-known Bronx residents and local historians, including Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx and architect Daniel Liebeskind. Dial the phone numbers posted near each tree to hear the anecdotes, or listen to a podcast as you stroll the 4.5 mile historic boulevard, built starting in 1889 (and completed 20 years later) to connect the northern reaches of the Bronx to Manhattan, and home to the former Yankee Stadium, an old movie theater, classy Art Deco apartment buildings, and one of Edgar Allen Poe's residences, among other sites compiled by Forgotten NY.

With its open spaces and trees, the Grand Concourse was modeled after the Champs-Elysees in Paris. On the right, a close-up of one of the 11-lane boulevard's Art Deco buildings.

-posted by Liana Grey

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