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This article was published on November 11, 2015

    NYC politician wants to give trees email addresses because yeah, why not

    NYC politician wants to give trees email addresses because yeah, why not
    Natt Garun
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    Natt Garun

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    Natt Garun is the former US Editor at The Next Web, managing the North American team on content, events, features and reviews coverage. She Natt Garun is the former US Editor at The Next Web, managing the North American team on content, events, features and reviews coverage. She previously wrote for Digital Trends, Business Insider, and Gizmodo. Facebook | Twitter | Google+

    Big cities have their own fair share of hippies, but it’s the 21st century, so even tree huggers have to go digital.

    New York City’s Upper West Side Councilmember Mark Levine has proposed a bill that would give about 200 of the city’s street-lined trees individual email addresses.

    “NYC is a tough place to be a tree,” Levine told Gothamist. Oh. “By giving each tree a unique e-mail address, it makes it really easy to report problems.”

    The idea is help communities report broken branches or other maintenance issues, but you may also be able to send the tree some casual love, as some Melbourne residents have done with their own email-equipped trees in 2013.

    To: Golden Elm, Tree ID 1037148

    21 May 2015

    I’m so sorry you’re going to die soon. It makes me sad when trucks damage your low hanging branches. Are you as tired of all this construction work as we are?

    The tree probably won’t respond, but I’m sure it’ll appreciate when you report to the city the next time you see Tay lose her shit.

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    Hundreds Of NYC Trees May Finally Be Getting E-Mail Addresses [Gothamist]