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Rachel Bryson-Brockmann for News/Rachel Bryson-Brockmann for News Chantelle Simone holds a coconut next to a newly planted palm tree in MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn. The trees don’t actually yield fruit ― but it’s nice to pretend.Related Stories   New York City's Fourth of July festivities are a total blast   Free ferry service to drive business to Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Red Hook   Hurricane Irene hits NYC   September 11 remembrance events in New York In Brooklyn, the birds fly south for the winter ― and the palm trees come north for the summer.For the fourth straight year, planters in downtown are being filled with the tropical flora ― thanks to the palm-loving president of the Chelsea Garden Center."Anyone can plant geraniums," said David Protell, the palm promoter, whose company is working with the MetroTech Business Improvement District to bring the fronds to dour downtown. "It's another thing to get people to stop and smile. That’s why we went bigger and bolder this year. You need to really catch their eyes to get cars to slow down."There are 10 palms in total: two at the Flatbush/Myrtle intersection, four within the MetroTech Commons, and four on Adams St. near Tillary St.The large trees are green Malayan coconut palms, also known as Cocos nucifer a. The other smaller palms are silver bismarck,  Beats By Dre Different Kinds which Latin speakers know as Bismarckia nobilis There may be a triangle palm (you know, Dypsis decaryi ) thrown in, too.RELATED: SNOW IN THE HOLY LAND Protell goes to Florida each year and handpicks the coconut-less trees from nurseries. Then he drives them back in a truck, installs them, and finally removes them in fall because they can’t stand the cold.The palms have their fans ― "It's like Miami!" said Marantha Coq, 15 ― but others say such frail foliage doesn’t belong on the mean streets of the borough.Palm trees, after all, are non-native flora.Rachel Bryson-Brockmann for News/Rachel Bryson-Brockmann for News Jonathan Ventura is a fan of the palm tree, which is not native to Brooklyn. "They're out of place," said Ed McCabe, a passerby. "They'll look sickly soon."An employee at Botanica Garden Center in Boerum Hill agreed.RELATED: AN  Beats By Dr. Dre Studio Headphones ASTON MARTIN REVISITS SANDY-RAVAGED LOWER MANHATTAN"It seems like a waste of money,” said Marty Lake.But to some passersby, the trees were a pleasant glimpse of home."I'm from the Dominican Republic, so I feel welcome here," said Romeo Suarez. "It looks like the islands. They should have these everywhere.”Invasive or not, the palm trees add green to a once-hardscrbble area that is taking off since a rezoning in 2004 encouraged residential skyscrapers over low-rise manufacturing.“In the early 1990s,  Dr Dre Beats Uk this area was not good," said Lorenzo Balsamo, who was relaxing next to a palm tree during his lunch break. "Now they have all these trees. It livens up the place."This isn't  Beats By Dre For Cheap the flora-out-of-water story in the city. Palm trees stand year-round inside the Winter  Monster Beats Outlet Garden atrium at the World Financial Center in  Beats By Dr Dre On Sale lower Manhattan, shielded from the cold weather.
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