Shoe Tree

Someone flung a pair of sneakers onto one of the trees that my train platform overseas. I wonder if it’s to symbolize a death or to mark drug/gang territory. Growing up in the inner city, those were the reasons for shoe trees. Sometimes they were on street light poles or electrical wiring.

I remember there was a block near my Washington Heights residence that had trees full of sneakers. That block was notorious for drugs & gangs. It didn’t matter that the local church was just a block away on that two-block street.

Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences, whether in NYC or elsewhere.


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