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Explore Local Urban Forestry One Tree At A Time With NYC Street Tree Map

(Photo courtesy Prospect_ Park / Instagram)
(Photo courtesy Prospect_ Park / Instagram)

New Yorkers have a new way to learn about our urban landscape just in time for the last hurrah of the autumn leaves. The NYC Parks Department’s newest tree census data charts our urban forest on a micro and macro scale, so we can visualize the many ways that trees improve our health, shrink our carbon footprint, and prune the city’s budget.

For more than a year, thousands of volunteers surveyed more than 685,000 street trees across all five boroughs, collecting data on species, health, trunk diameter, and GPS coordinates to plant onto an interactive software from the Center for Urban Forest Research.

As the data shows, those trees aren’t just lifting your mood and helping you breathe better. In addition to capturing storm water runoff, reducing energy costs, and cleaning pollutants from the air — they’re also saving the city money every year.

There are 5,816 trees rooted in Flatbush, a neighborhood whose name comes from the Dutch “Flat Woodland”, the most common being the London Planetree. Flatbush’s trees remove 13,045 pounds of air pollutants removed every year and saving the city more than $1 million per year, according to NYC Street Trees data. This begs the question, does money grow on trees after all?

Darker neighborhoods have more trees. (Screenshot from NYC Street Tree Map)

Readers can browse the map by borough, neighborhood, street or individual tree to get a macro and micro view of urban forestry — and celebrate your favorite trees through stewardship guides and sharing street locations with your friends.

Want to learn more? Now you can pine over your favorite tree while learning some advanced care tools here, or root around in the Open Space parks data to create your own project here.

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  1. I hate to say this, but this map can’t be accurate. There is a tree near my house that shows approximately $250 in savings. There is another across the street from my house showing about the same. Except that the one across the street from my house has been dead for years. It puts out only a very small number of leaves, compared to the veritable rainforest canopy of leaves on the one near my house. There is no way these two trees could be rendering similar benefits.

  2. Good morning I love everything about trees and how they benefit the environment. I don’t like how trees are planted and continue to be planted each spring without the Forestry/NYC Dept. of Parks having a maintenance program. If you are not going to prune tree branches and cut tree roots as well as repave sidewalks which is a safety issue, then you need to re-visit What? and Why?, trees again. Concern, Valeria Sowell

  3. I love trees. Just not the one in front of my house. It has cost me tens of thousands of dollars in cracked concrete and broken sewer pipes over the years. Not to mention leeching all of the moisture out of my lawn so that I can’t grow anything in front of my home, except in containers. I literally pulled up my entire dead lawn over 2 years ago, and to this day, not even weeds grow there.

    Yeah, it’s a bit NIMFY (not in my front yard) of me, but it’s reality. If this tree died tomorrow, or went down in a storm, I’d have the stump pulled the next day, cement over the empty space, and throw a party.

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