For the concrete locked gardeners of Manhattan there exists on this island a little patch of heaven on earth – the tree pit. It offers itself up to be cultivated by the expert and neophyte alike. Nothing about it is unique but it is special. Ranging in size from 18 by 24 inches to over 2 by 3 feet. many are without their eponymous tree. Some sport ornate metal barriers others are unprotected and on grade with the sidewalk. All must withstand constant barraging by dog urine. Any that have been adopted are cherished.
The tree pit is not the be all and end all of street gardens but they are the mainstay.
We are going to examine tree pits and the people who love them.