At a press conference yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg noted that there were some 650 downed trees across the five boroughs (his Twitter updates that to 1,770 today!), and there's nothing people enjoy more than gawking at the corpses of our silent, woody friends. Luckily in New York, no one was killed by downed trees, but if your property was damaged by one the governor has released instructions for filing an Irene-related insurance claim.

Trees are precious in our urban landscape, so pour some Miracle-Gro out on the curb and let's toast our fallen friends one last time.