Page 2The City will service them as it does the currentwire mesh. These bins will be a vast improvement.The Greenwich Village Association, an umbrellacommunity organization that serves our area, plansto follow our lead and place these attractive binsalong Sixth Ave. from 14th Street to Ninth Street.
Trees and Foliage
New planters and trees:
Plant-ers and two Bradford pear treesare now in place on the west endof our block, in front of 105 W.13th St. The trees are thrivingand add a nice ambiance. In addi-tion, two planters have beenplaced in front of Cafe Loup (alsoat 105), which helps the look of that end of theblock.
Truck destroys tree:
The City has removed alarge tree in front of the City and Country School.The tree was badly damaged when an illegal tractor-trailer struck the tree. (The trucker was given asummons to court.) Our Block Association is coor-dinating with the school to plant another tree in thesprint.
A tree has died at 128-130 W. 13th St. Itwill be replaced.
John Adams’ wall:
We still need approval fromthe John Adams building (side of Rite Aid) to placefoliage along the back of their building. The plainbrick wall is an eyesore and not in keeping with ourtree-lined block. The John Adams Board of Direc-tors needs to understand that trees are an essentialpart of making life in the City tolerable.
City’s commitment to trees:
The City is commit-ted to trees--so much so that they supply any home-owner
trees. Upon request, the City will estab-lish tree pits anywhere feasible and supply the trees.The Parks and Forestry Departments are available
free of charge
to trim these trees, make sure they arecared for, and assist any in need of help. (Recently,the Parks Department Enforcement Police re-sponded within hours to a reported problem withour street trees. They then followed up to makesure our trees were not being harmed.)
Hope for the future:
We certainly hope that theJohn Adams directors will place foliage in the frontof their building as well as in back to complete thetree-lining of Twelfth & Thirteenth Streets. Wealso hope that the new condo at 65 West 13th St.will place trees and foliage along their frontings on13th St. as well as Sixth Avenue.
10 things we like about trees
(1) Trees add beauty and character to the cityand to the homes where the trees are located.(2) They soften the harshness and angular look of city streets. They can screen unpleasant views.(3) Trees, like all green plants, use carbon diox-ide and convert and release life-giving oxygen. Thisconsumption of carbon dioxide helps reduce globalwarming caused by the “greenhouse effect.”(4) The carbon is used to create wood and otherplant tissues, thereby sequestering carbon for longperiods.(5) Trees help clean the air by trapping dirt, grit,and dust, and by absorbing other pollutants.(6) Trees act as sound barriers thereby reducingirritating and harmful noise.(7) Carefully located deciduous trees can saveenergy by cooling buildings in the summer and al-lowing solar heating in the winter. A home on atree-lined street can save $15 a month on air condi-tioning costs.(8) Trees near a home can increase property val-ues by up to 20%.(9) Trees increase pride in the community.(10) Trees are the only representative of nature tomany city dwellers.
Each homeowner is responsible for repairing andmaintaining the sidewalk fronting his or her prop-erty. There have been a few accidents recentlycaused by faulty sidewalks, one of which was veryserious. The Greenwich Village Alliance has rec-ommended that individual Block Associations in thearea police these repairs on their blocks.Our Association has written to owners with thebiggest problem spots. The owner at 157 W. 13thSt. has repaired his problem and the City & CountrySchool re-did its entire frontage. The co-op at 136