Recently i was lucky enough to visit the New York with my wife and stayed with friends in the West village.
Wandering through the streets its hard not to be overwhelmed by mass of built structure and lack of open space, and yet they seem to find enough space to cram a huge amount of plant life which from street level seems to balance out and soften their concrete jungle.
Street trees (Gingko) seem to find space in between apartments and set a filtered mood on most streets. Individual curb plantings became a quirky surprise as you walk along and the communities pursuit to retain green space if the form of community gardens seemed to pop up on every second corner and of course the lucky ones had their own tiny front yards which more often than not was the perfect patch of bare dirt and vertical surface to raise a monster green wall.
My eventual obsession to photograph everything that climbs drove my wife mad in the end.