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A forest may grow in Times Square

Howard Halle

New York is a city lined with trees, even if they sometimes blow down and crush your parked car. And of course, there are lots of trees in Central Park. But if you really want to experience the forest primeval, you have to hike up to Fort Tryon Park. That is the contention of conservation biologist Marielle Anzelone, who’d like to shorten your trip by planting a “pop-up forest” in Times Square. She’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds.

The project is really a sort of giant planter filled with full-grown trees, wildflowers, and even wildlife like birds and butterflies. After a small test run in Brooklyn, the idea is to install the project on a plaza in the middle of the Crossroads of the World, creating an immersive sylvan oasis within the busiest, most overrun-with-tourists, intersection in the city. It's a good idea even if Elmos might be jumping out of bushes left and right, or the Naked Cowboy and Cowgirl play Adam and Eve.


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