The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation says a cluster of trees in a Manhattan neighborhood can keep their crocheted sweaters, reports the AP. The department says it has reversed a prior decision to remove the trees' sweaters after residents of the West Village neighborhood told the New York Post that the colorful threads on about two dozen neighborhood trees increased business and foot traffic. "Upon reconsideration, we've had a change of heart—these beautiful sweaters may stay on the trees for which they were lovingly crafted," says department spokesman Sam Biederman.
"The tree sweaters can stay!" Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver tweeted. "We love this way of celebrating our street trees." But: "If you want to knit a tree sweater or another decoration, make sure the tree stays healthy by first submitting a tree work permit." Local business owner Holly Boardman installed the sweaters last Thanksgiving to beautify the neighborhood street.
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