Queens Giant

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The Queens Giant measures 133.8 feet (40.8 m) tall and is probably the oldest living thing in the New York metropolitan area.
The sign posted at the site of the Queens Giant

The Queens Giant (also known as the Alley Pond Giant or Alley Pond Park Giant) is an old Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) located in Alley Pond Park in the borough of Queens, New York City. It is the tallest carefully measured tree in New York City.[1] It is also probably the oldest living thing in the New York metropolitan area. As of 2005, the tree measures 133.8 feet (40.8 m) tall and is probably 350-400 (and possibly as many as 450) years old.[2]

The Queens Giant is situated north of the Long Island Expressway, west of the Cross-Island Parkway, hidden within a grove. The tree is just visible to westbound vehicles on the Expressway, but without going to the tree itself, the chances of knowing where to look are slight. The tree is near the Douglaston Plaza Mall, and is accessible by foot from Alley Pond Park. There are no signs to it, perhaps because many people want to keep it a secret and protect it from harm. One way to see it is with an Urban Park Ranger tour.[2] The Queens Giant is surrounded by a metal fence on all sides to protect it. There is also a sign describing the tree. The tree is partially protected by a hill in front of it.[2]

A tree in Staten Island, known as the Clove Lake Colossus, has rivaled the Queens Giant for a long time. The Clove Lake Colossus has a more massive trunk, but it is only 119 feet (36 m) tall.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MICHAEL CREWDSON and MARGARET MITTELBACH (November 10, 2000). "A Rendezvous With 2 Giants". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Corey Kilgannon (March 27, 2004). "In Obscurity, The Tallest And Oldest New Yorker". The New York TImes. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  3. ^ MICHAEL CREWDSON and MARGARET MITTELBACH (November 10, 2000). "A Rendezvous With 2 Giants". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

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Coordinates: 40°45′12″N 73°44′49″W / 40.75320°N 73.74708°W / 40.75320; -73.74708