They Put Up a Tree Museun
July 24, 2009
The Grand Concourse, the Bronx's premiere boulevard, is marking its 100th year, not with 100 candles but with 100 trees. From now until Oct. 12, selected trees from 138th Street to Moshulu Parkway will be marked, each with a phone number and code so people can tap in the numbers on their cell phones to hear short recordings of people speaking about themselves and the Bronx.
So, for example, the numbers on a honey locust tree brings one to a short narration by Lurry Boyd, a community gardener. A hawthorn bears the numbers for a short piece by architect Daniel Libeskind, who frequented the concourse as a teenager. And so on.
The project is the work of Katie Holden, a native of Ireland who came to New York in 2004. Her idea was to celebrate the communities and the ecosystems along this stately street.
Unlike its usual centennial observances, this one is open day and night. People can pick up a print guide at various places along the concourse including the Bronx Museum of Arts. To get the audio guide, call 718 408-2501.
For a more conventional salute to the concourse and the Holden's project, Wave Hill and the Bronx Museum of Arts are presenting exhibition of drawings and other artifacts.
For more information, go to Tree Museum.