For anyone considering a relatively hardy, beautiful, and easily maintained tree for New York City, I think a birch is a good option. Ours loves the cold, as its millions of catkins (the hanging seeds) demonstrate, and it does well in the heat, too. Elektra: WTF is a catkin and why are they blocking my view of the sky?
Dante: I hate flying-snake patrol when I'm hungover. Remember how the other day I said that hyacinths look better in the rain? I was wrong: they look just as good in the sun. Zephyr: "I can't stop thinking about how great Barbara Stanwyck was in Night Nurse, which was this insane, pre-code Hollywood movie from the 30s." More hyacinths, which by the way also smell great. Elektra: "Is that a flying snake?"
Dante: "No, it's a catkin."