Number of Manhattan trees growing

Super-luxury condo towers aren’t the only things sprouting up in Manhattan’s new development hotspots — vast numbers of newly planted trees are rapidly changing the city’s streetscape.

The city will soon wrap-up its Million Trees NYC campaign, which added some 160,000 trees along sidewalks, a major factor in the greening of the metropolis, according to the New York Times.

“When I moved here,” John Verni, 68, who has lived on 14th Street for 43 years, told the Times. “there was no trees at all on this block, nothing, not a one.”

Today, Verni is seeing green everywhere he looks.

And while lots of factors, such as diseases, storms and city finances determine how many trees New York can support, experts say they expect the tree population to keep on growing. [NYT]Christopher Cameron

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