In November of 2011, a Dawn Redwood tree was planted in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village section of New York City in memorial to Steve Jobs. The planting was done by workers for Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project, and a one-line memorial has just been added to a plaque dedicating trees to other notables. Steve's epitaph? "In Honor of Steve Jobs. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
A post on EV Grieve notes that some East Village residents were pleased with the memorial, with this one comment posted on the blog echoing the positive feelings:
I like this. The Macintosh empowered creative people and gave expression, connection, and life to an entire community that woud otherwise have been ignored by the big computer and software companies. For this we can thank Steve Jobs, and planting a beautiful redwood tree in our park, (that has lost too many trees this year) seems humble and appropriate.
However, others were not happy that Jobs -- who definitely wasn't an East Village resident -- was called out for a special memorial:
How is Steve Jobs connected to the East Village? Seriously. I want to know.
Still, the living memorial to Jobs is a thoughtful gesture, and we can only hope that the tree flourishes as well as the company that Jobs co-founded.
[Photos by Bobby Williams, published with permission of EV Grieve]