California – Got old relatives on the lower east side?

Did you know that a close relative of the Giant Sequoia tree lives on the lower east side???

General Sherman Tree, Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park

It is called a metasequoia (aka Dawn Redwood) and is planted all over the city. At 100 feet, the tallest one is in the Liz Christy Community Garden on East Houston and the Bowery. Picture courtesy of Donald Loggins who was one of the creators of the garden and inspiration to the community (or guerilla) gardening movement.

I say old because until recently, it was thought to have gone extinct 55 million years ago (with the dinosaurs?), till they found it in China. China, not Chinatown.

Other posts in the category of what New York has better than anyone else – shopping, Jet Blue delays and Chanukka (or Christmas).


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