Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Under an Elm on Eastern Parkway

Under an elm on Eastern Parkway, the world's first parkway, according to New York City's Park Department. Apparently, the term parkway was coined by its designers, Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, in 1886 and defined as a landscaped road built expressly for "pleasure-riding and driving". I took some pleasure there on a walk home from the subway after work and checked out some flowering Elms. The road was originally planted with American Elms exclusively, but since the introduction of Dutch Elm Disease (which isn't from Holland by the way) to America in the late 1920's, other species have been planted in an effort to help curb the spread of this disease which has devestated the Elm population in this country.

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