Brooklyn's "Crowning Curio" - The Camperdown Elm of Prospect Park
Taught by Allison C. Meier
Allison C. Meier is a writer specializing in contemporary visual arts and overlooked history, and is also an amateur cemetery historian and tour guide. Originally from Oklahoma, she spent time in the south of France before relocating to New York and is now based in Brooklyn. Find more about her here: allisoncmeier.com
With its crooked branches that grow parallel to the ground, supported by wires and crutches, the Camperdown elm in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is one of New York City’s most curious trees. But the old arbor that was planted in 1872 was almost chopped down in the 1960s due to its poor condition.
A movement to save it, led by local modernist poet Marianne Moore, succeeded in preserving the tree. In this talk we'll explore how Moore anointed it Brooklyn’s “crowning curio,” and how her efforts instigated renewed appreciation for New York’s parks.