Many thanks to Perle Besserman for passing on the following January 31, 2011, column from The New Yorker: “Dept. of Maps: Very Important Trees.”
An excerpt from this wonderful piece by Nick Paumgarten:
In December, they published their map. It’s five feet tall. It has nineteen thousand six hundred and thirty trees on it, about eighty per cent of the Park’s estimated twenty-four thousand trees, all of them identifiable according to a leaf-shape key. It is a beautiful and meticulous artifact, as full of captivating detail as the M.T.A.’s new subway map is devoid of it.