Brooklyn’s “Crowning Curio”: The Camperdown Elm of Prospect Park
Where: Prospect Heights Brainery
190 Underhill Ave., Prospect Heights
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With its crooked branches that grow parallel to the ground, supported by wires and crutches, the Camperdown elm in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is one of New York City’s most curious trees. But the old arbor that was planted in 1872 was almost chopped down in the 1960s due to its poor condition.
A movement to save it, led by local modernist poet Marianne Moore, succeeded in preserving the tree. In this talk we’ll explore how Moore anointed it Brooklyn’s “crowning curio,” and how her efforts instigated renewed appreciation for New York’s parks.Buy tickets/get more info now