Tropical Gardening: Harlem gives Hawaii hope

Tree planting in Harlem New York City is making summers cooler and life more pleasant. Trees even reduce pollution and urban noise. (courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

W e are home now and “lucky live Hawaii”! Independence Day and being away for awhile gave us an opportunity for independent contemplation. While in New York City in June, we stayed in Harlem. The hectic noisy city life was softened by all the trees planted along the streets and very friendly people of diverse cultures. There were many parks and gardens; however, getting back to Hawaii was the real blessing of peace and quiet.