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New York City Street Trees by Species

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New York City's urban forest provides numerous environmental and social benefits, and street trees compose roughly 25% of that canopy.1 While I had seen some numbers on the percentage breakdown of species throughout the city, I was interested in looking at the composition in detail. I wanted to see what patterns took shape in various neighborhoods, and across the city, and to see how the density of trees shifted.
To this end, one can explore the map in two ways: by using the tooltips and zoom function to identify particular trees, or by using the filter option to see the distribution of each species. I've also provided the option of disabling the base map for a starker, more abstract view.