Today we celebrate one of my favorite holidays – Arbor Day!Arbor Day is about looking forward – planting a tree is an act of hope for the future. The trees we plant today will not only be beautiful for New Yorkers but will also stand as a lasting investment in our battle against climate change and in the health of our neighborhoods for decades to come. In an early celebration of Arbor Day, yesterday Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson and I planted a beautiful hackberry tree (Celtis occidentalis) on the Bronx side and a cornelian cherry tree (Cornus mas) on the Manhattan side of the High Bridge, which straddles the two boroughs. We were thrilled to add two more trees to our City’s greenery, but we need to do a whole lot more! We need more trees on our city streets, in schoolyards, on NYCHA campuses, on private property, and in other open spaces. We need more in communities with too little tree canopy cover. We need to be bold and ambitious.
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