New York City takes countless punches for being too expensive, too crowded, too loud, too rude, too dirty, too etc., etc., but as I was recently strolling in my Upper West Side neighborhood at magic hour and I saw this majestic Dogwood Tree in full bloom in front of me I thought:
Me (thinking): This is why I love my city! It is the best!
Then, I just happened to turn away from this gorgeous blast of nature in the heart of Gotham when I got smacked upside the head by a tree behind me that was blooming in its own Big Apple snarky-style way. A way that played into the typically negative New York City stereotype.
The casual observer might look at this image and think:
Casual Observer (thinking): Are you smoking crack? There’s nothing blooming on that tree!
Me: Take a closer look.
Do you see? Here, take an even closer look.
Yes, this tree’s branches are blooming with trash bags. One with the message, “Thank you,” and the other is from my go-to grocery store, Fairway. Why these bags are hanging from these branches is a mystery to me. Considering that the population of Manhattan Island is 1,585,873 (2011 data) and there are 69,467.5 persons per square mile, odds are good that on a land mass so dense with humanity, undoubtedly including many slobs, the naked eye is going to see a lot of crazy stuff – including shopping bags that somehow end up tangled in tree branches.
Possibly an exuberant sanitation worker overshot his garbage truck twice and these bags got caught in the branches or maybe a pigeon ate a steroid and dropped these bags to show off? Does anyone else have an opinion about how they got there? I suspect these shopping bags are going to be hanging around throughout spring and well into summer. That’s okay with me. When I need to avoid ogling suspended litter, I’ll just focus west on that Dogwood Tree — until it sets off my allergies, makes me sneeze my head off and I revise my thinking about how wonderful it is.