here is a proven way to cool things off without having to lug an AC unit from the hardware store and install it in your window. This summer, dedicate just one Saturday to cooling off naturally—and helping the planet—by adding some trees to the city's landscape. That’s right: Growing our urban forests may be the secret to beating the heat in New York City.
If you can’t make our volunteer day, request a tree on your street from the New York City Parks Department by simply filling out a forestry service request form online. The Parks Department plants street trees, free-of-charge, on sidewalks in front of homes, apartment buildings, and businesses in all five boroughs.
Care for the trees in your neighborhood by keeping an eye out for damaged or unhealthy trees, and letting the city know if something doesn’t look right. Signs of a sick/dead tree include blackened or fewer leaves, brittle or peeling bark, and lost branches.
June 19, 2012