Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The London Plane trees of Bryant Park celebrated a memorable 75th birthday today. Grandpa Musselman & his Syncopators drew a crowd with their lively, modern ragtime set, which was followed by a poetic tribute to the trees from William Cullen Bryant himself (well okay, a very talented William Cullen Bryant impersonator). The real star of the show, however, was the birthday cake - a gift from the Bryant Park Grill to the septuagenerians.
Below left, Bryant Park Grill’s pastry chef, Anne-Marie Noonan, poses with her creation, and right, William Cullen Bryant, Executive Director of Bryant Park Corporation, Dan Biederman, and Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of NYC's Department of Parks and Recreation, cut the cake. All components of the cake were edible, and the tree itself was made from rice crispy treats.
Wondering why London Plane trees were chosen to be planted in Bryant Park in 1934? According to Maureen Hackett, the park’s Director of Horticulture, London Planes are sturdy enough to handle pollution and root compaction, which enables them to thrive in urban environments. Here’s to another 75 years of beauty and grace in the heart of midtown Manhattan.
Watch NY1’s coverage of the celebration here.