Tree of the Day: The Tree that grew in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. This is a wonderful story about 11 year old Francie Nolan. In the courtyard of her apartment building, there is a tree. It is called the Tree of Heaven and the legend says that it protects the poor people who live there.

Zisa Moglen was inspired to write “Second Lamppost on the Left: Stories from My Brooklyn Neighborhood” when she read Betty Smith’s book many years ago. Betty Smith wrote about the poverty and single-parent lifestyle of her Irish Catholic family in Williamsburg circa 1940. Zisa Moglen wrote about her Flatbush neighborhood (the Midwood area of one-family homes) where her mother and father raised two children in the 1950s.

Footnote:

Let us not forget the tree named for Beatles guitarist George Harrison in the famed Griffiths Park of Los Angles, California. Ironically, in the Beatles vs. beetles war, the Beetles won. Sadly, the tree named as a memorial for George Harrison in Griffiths Park has been devastated by beetles.

Books to read:

“The Giving Tree,” a children’s book by Shel Silverstein describes the loving relationship between a little boy and his favorite tree.

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith

“Second Lamppost on the Left: Stories from My Brooklyn Neighborhood’ by zisa Moglen.

AND……Let us cherish trees.

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