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Nick Carr

Nick Carr

Posted: November 18, 2009 11:05 AM

Bamboo in Queens

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Douglaston is an area in north-east Queens (near the Long Island border) that filmmakers often use when they're looking to shoot in an upper-middle class suburban neighborhood. The houses are all relatively large, with (gasp!) actual front lawns AND backyards, and lots of breathing room between properties.

I was scouting Douglaston near Udalls Cove when I passed a house with a beautiful, thickly-set bamboo garden on the front lawn:

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Note how high the stalks reach in the above picture. As far as I can remember, I've never seen this much bamboo outside of a park in New York.

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Best of all: the owner set a path through the side of the bamboo. The overhanging foliage completely blocks out the sunlight as you get deeper, giving it the feel of a secret passageway.

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For anyone inspired to do the same, bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth (growing up to 48 inches in a single 24 hour period!) and reaches full height in just 3-4 months! And apparently, it can grow just fine in Queens [Update: based on comments on Scouting NY, this is actually a horrible idea, as it will spread without control and ruin everyone's don't do it!].

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I will add that in repeating it frequently for this post, the word "bamboo" has suddenly lost all meaning.

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