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The tragedy of it all is that the city's ornamental trees—the callery pears, magnolias, cherries—are blossoming in dreary drizzle, rather than in the rich sunlight they and more to the point we have paid dearly for this long winter and manifestly deserve.
When he laid a wreath of red, white, and blue flowers at the "Survivor Tree" -- a callery pear found in the debris that was nursed back to health and replanted -- the journey had come full circle.
I told her that if she had two more children it would be * cool* if she named them Compton and Harlem, thus completing the full white trash circle of name-callery.
But as callery pears, honey locusts and white pines grow in all five boroughs - on sidewalks, along medians and in parks - so, too, have New Yorkers' grumblings.