Shira Boss lives in New York City, home to 234 species of street trees! Her favorite is the dawn redwood, a conifer that drops its needles in fall. She learned about the special lives of street trees from the urban arborist Bob Redman. Shira wrote about Bob’s childhood in her picture book Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses, a Junior Library Guild selection. The couple shares their tiny Upper West Side apartment with two sons, one whippet, about 150 library books at a time, and nine species of trees in their roof garden.
Fun Facts! Shira is a…
- Citizen Pruner, trained by the non-profit Trees New York and licensed by the New York City Department of Parks to provide hands-on care of the city’s street trees
- Scouts BSA leader of Cub Scouts Pack 777 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan
- Birder in Central Park and Riverside Park and member of NYC Audubon
- Community Sailor who regularly sails on the Hudson River out of Inwood in Upper Manhattan
- Backpacker in the nearby Catskill Mountains. Favorite words in the English Language: Public Lands!