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Dear Friends,

In 2009, I read a book called Images of America: Bedford-Stuyvesant by Wilhemena Rhodes Kelly. The author paired wonderful archival images with rich textual history about Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

The book featured a magnolia tree, planted in 1890, that was still thriving on Lafayette Avenue. This tree was described as "rare and hardened." I found it eye-opening that I lived so close to this historical tree and had walked right past it. I wanted to find other "rare" trees in my neighborhood. With a pocket guide handy, I spent one windy October day taking pictures of trees and recorded observational data about each one.

As a tribute to my neighbors and neighborhood, I narrowed my selection of trees to the street I lived on, Quincy Street. The images featured on this website include my unedited audio recordings recorded during October 2009.

Sincerely,

Jen Goya