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Mertz Library Humanities

Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin

Friday, February 1, 2019

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Photo of the cover of Street TreesToday, cities around the globe are planting street trees to mitigate the effects of climate change. However, as landscape historian Sonja Dümpelmann explains, this is not a new phenomenon. In her new book, Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin, Dümpelmann shows how New York City and Berlin began systematically planting trees to improve the urban climate during the 19th century, presenting the history of the practice within its larger social, cultural, and political contexts. Street trees—variously regarded as sanitizers, nuisances, upholders of virtue, economic engines, habitat, and more—reflect the changing relationship between humans and nonhuman nature in urban environments. The lecture is followed by a book signing and viewing of works from the Mertz Library collection.

Please enter the Garden through the Mosholu Entrance, 2950 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458, and check in at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, 6th Floor.