The NYC Parks street tree planting program is part of a citywide initiative to green the streets of New York City. Street trees make the city more livable, improve the environment, enhance public health and are a key element of the City’s PlaNYC initiative to make the city more sustainable as our population grows. Through MillionTreesNYC, NYC Parks will plant new trees in all appropriate spaces on public sidewalks.
The S train, buried in the heart of Manhattan, is a one-stop shuttle between Grand Central and Times Square. It’s the city’s shortest and oldest subway line, and it’s a gathering point for buskers who come in search of business and business cards. Popular for its location and advantageous acoustics, the S train draws violinists, vocalists, guitarists, and pianists who perform micro-shows for locals and tourists alike. The ride lasts three minutes. “It’s prime real estate,” according to the thirty-five-year-old beatboxing guitarist Akil Dasan Baker, known to some of his fellow-performers as the King of the S. Baker prefers the more humble epithet of Ambassador. The Philadelphia-born father and Columbia University graduate pioneered the on-train shuttle concert more than ten years ago and continues to play both original songs and covers for “the rich, the poor and everyone in between.