After an appointment to look at a terrace that needs a garden near the South Street Seaport, I walked home over the Brooklyn Bridge. It was packed with tourists, but I refrained from squashing any. We need them.
It shames me to say that I do not know the name of this tree. It is the same tree in different places: above, at the Manhattan end of the bridge and below, the Brooklyn end. I don't know what it is because I don't like this tree, and its pinnate leaves. In summer. I hate its bark. I wouldn't want to climb it if I were little. So, I pretend it does not exist.
But....every year I notice something botanical (and obvious) for the first time, and this year I have noticed that This Tree is consistently the first to turn yellow in New York (other years noticings?:- three years ago, the flowers and scent of Linden/Tilia, everywhere; two years ago, Golden raintrees; last year, Amelanchiers, fruit, June, everywhere).
[4/15/2009: the trees above and below have been ripped out to make room for the er...park, on the Brooklyn Waterfront]
Yellow, their round shape is very good.
Ed 10/15/08: Here are some pictures to help ID the mystery tree. Click any to enlarge. They are also characterized by leafless, twiggy tips to the branches. Do I remember seeing nutlike fruits? Maybe. Any more ideas?
Ash (Fraxinus), hickory (Carya)?
Of course, now I see them everywhere. Every year this happens. Never see a thing, then it's all over the place. Odd.