Volume 19 | Issue 27 | November 17 - 23, 2006

In Pictures

Downtown Express photos by Tequila Minsky

Autumn in Soho

The corner of Thompson and Spring Streets every autumn radiates while it appears to snow golden leaves from its four Ginkgo biloba trees.

The cyclone fencing captures the leaves; layers accumulate on the sidewalk. On a sunny day, the corner is aglow. The Ginkgo biloba tree is a living fossil first found in a remote area of China. The tree is said to be 175 to 200 million years old.

Its earliest planting in the states was in Philadelphia in 1784. It does very well in the city. A fruit-like round seed is produced by the female tree and one often sees Asian New Yorkers collecting them to eat. The fruits are aggravating to some because if you squish them, they have a foul smell.

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