In the course of 15 minutes three or four people stopped to take photos of the cherry blossom tree across street from my house. I decided to take pictures of the three trees that are on my side of the block. (There used to be 4, but dog owners let their pets kill it.)
The trees are about to bud but without any leaves you can see that they still already bear fruit. There are about a dozen plastic bags stuck in the trees. Sadly this is typical of all the trees in New York City.
Soon it will get a lot better, "New York’s ban, which would begin next March, would forbid stores to provide customers with single-use plastic bags, which are nonbiodegradable and have been blamed for everything from causing gruesome wildlife deaths to thwarting recycling efforts." Says the New York Times