A Tree Grows in Jackson Heights

Perhaps no one else but myself cares about this, but Bette, the tree planted in December, 2007 outside my window as an early holiday present (okay, it was actually part of the million tree plan initiated in NYC by Mayor Bloomberg and Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project) deserves an update. Here, the before, middle and after spanning just under two years:


Just after planting:

First Spring (April 2008), and now with a collar of stones around the tree base:

Full bloom, June 2008, complete with water skirt:

And today (October 2009), sunny and happy:

For what it's worth, this is now the view outside my bedroom window, and I can now see the tip top of the tree while sitting at my desk. Long may she reign!


  1. Roboco on 10/08/09 at 7:46 am

    what a great series of photos!  makes me miss NYC, not that i ever had such a lovely view.  🙂

  2. Armchair News on 10/08/09 at 7:50 am

    Thank you! Getting a good view in Queens can be a challenge, so having a tree is all about WIN for me.