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Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City

, 296 pages

220 color photos, 5 maps, 50 color plates

October 2011



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Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City

Imagine an urban oasis with hundreds of thousands of trees and whose mayor wants to plant a million more. That sylvan place is New York City, and this is a guide to the diverse trees that line its streets.

Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City acquaints New Yorkers and visitors alike with fifty species of trees commonly found in the neighborhoods where people live, work, and travel. Beautiful, original drawings of leaves and stunning photographs of bark, fruit, flower, and twig accompany informative descriptions of each species. Detailed maps of the five boroughs identify all of the city’s neighborhoods, and specific addresses pinpoint where to find a good example of each tree species.

Trees provide invaluable benefits to the Big Apple: they reduce the rate of respiratory disease, increase property values, cool homes and sidewalks in the summer, block the harsh winds of winter, clean the air, absorb storm water runoff, and provide habitat and food for the city’s wildlife.

Bald cypress, swamp oak, silver linden, and all of New York’s most common trees are just a page turn away. Your evening walk will never be the same once you come to know the quiet giants that line the city's streets.

Leslie Day is a New York City naturalist and the author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City, also published by Johns Hopkins. Dr. Day taught environmental science and biology for more than twenty years. Today, she leads nature tours in New York City Parks for the New York Historical Society, the High Line Park, Fort Tryon Park Trust, Riverside Park Conservancy, and New York City Audubon. Trudy Smoke is a professor of English at Hunter College, City University of New York, and a talented writer, photographer, and illustrator.

"This book will be useful for those with an interest in the trees of the region."

"A perfect new book to excite any and all vernal fantasies."

"Elegantly written and informative, the 289-page book includes a wealth of beautiful color photographs. It's a valuable companion for anyone who admires the magnificent beauty of trees but finds identification of many of them difficult or confusing."

"Dr. Day... A sort of Julia Child of nature."

"Dr. Day... A sort of Julia Child of nature."

"This little gem fills you in on everything finned, furred, feathered, or leafed, and how to find it, in all five boroughs."

"Leslie Day ('a child of Manhattan') reveals hidden depths of this urban behemoth... A wonderful guide to the green side of the Big Apple."

"A complete guide for the urban naturalist."

"Describes how to find and explore some of the greener parts of the concrete jungle."

"With wonderful illustrations, photographs, and descriptive text, Leslie Day has given us a handbook for naturalists, sidewalk denizens, apartment dwellers, dog-walkers, and bicycle riders. Pick a tree, introduce yourself, shake a branch, and settle on a park bench with Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City. No New Yorker should be without this book."

"Leslie Day's latest book is a must read for urban, suburban, and rural dwellers alike—her work is at the forefront of a new conservation era that celebrates the incredible biodiversity thriving in the heart of our nation's largest city."

"Leslie Day’s latest addition to the literature about New York City’s urban forest is accessible to everyone and will help people learn more about the often underappreciated environment around them."

"This is an exciting new book that teaches not just how to identify the trees in New York City but also how they interact with the rest of the environment, and where to see these natural wonders in our man-made city."

"We now have a field guide that makes identifying NYC trees easy and meaningful. The book rightly places the focus at the local level—on our city and its natural heritage. This guide will offer neighbors, naturalists, AND students a real opportunity to understand both the trees and the wildlife associated with them."

"Any interested in New York City's nature will find this a specific, lively handbook."

"[An] excellent new book."

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