Ever since I visited NYC for the first time I have been intrigued by the look of the tree pits. In most European cities they look more or less the same. The councils decide on the type of tree, brickwork and iron tree guards; therefore there is only one general look around the city.
But in NYC one can find different size pits, various guards, or bricks or anything at all.
This is very surprising for a start, but what really catches my eye is the customization of the tree pits all around the city. In particular in the upper east side, they are all very well kept and planted with different flowering plants. At this time of the year most where begonias and impatiens.
It looked as if the space around those trees in front of the buildings was an extension of the gardens, or in many cases “the” front garden. So the residents of each building take care of it and plant beautiful plants or herbs sometimes.
I wonder if I would get a fine from my local council if I ever did this in London.
What is very interesting about NYC is how these mini-gardens change accordingly with the area of the city. On the other hand this only happens in the transversal streets which are more residential.
People take it very serious and they don’t want your dog ruining their plants, so watch out!
In the west village I found more extreme alterations:
Finally I want to show you some upper east side gardening, manicured and thoughtful garden design which is always nice to see: