November 15, 2011
The Thain Family Forest At NY Botanical Garden
I recently made my annual trek up to the Bronx to do some leaf-peeping in the largest remaining wild forest in New York City. I was surprised not only by the gorgeous colors of the leaves but also that this 50 acre thatch of unspoiled woods with trees 200-300 years old has been recently renamed The Thain Family Forest.
Thain is a former head of CIT and large donor to the Bronx Botanical Garden, which has a long history of naming things for it's donors like the landmarked Edith Haupfman Conservatory. But naming a forest seemed a little over the top (and the NY Times City Room blog agrees). Still a forest by any other name is still a thing of beauty come the first week of November. So here's some of my photos below....enjoy!