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Brooklyn, NY - A Pacifier Tree Grows In Borough Park

Published on: February 8, 2012 05:31 PM
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In this file photo: Outside 1450 48th Street, in an apartment building called The Plymouth, there are two bare trees on either side of the walkway leading to the entrance. Their branches are utterly loaded with used, discarded pacifiers. Photo LostCity BlogIn this file photo: Outside 1450 48th Street, in an apartment building called The Plymouth, there are two bare trees on either side of the walkway leading to the entrance. Their branches are utterly loaded with used, discarded pacifiers. Photo LostCity Blog

Brooklyn, NY - A long standing Scandinavian tradition has apparently, quite literally, taken root in the heart of Borough Park as two trees outside a 48th Street apartment building seem to be growing an unusual crop – used pacifiers.

“The old building superintendent used to hang the pacifiers that he found dropped on the ground on the trees,” one building resident told VIN News.  “Over time people started bringing their children here and they would hang their pacifiers on the tree as a way of getting their children to give up their pacifiers.”

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There are actually two pacifier trees at The Plymouth, located at 1450 48th Street.  According to a recent article in Mishpacha’s Family First Magazine, the pacifier tree phenomenon began approximately seven years ago and today, the trees average one ceremonial pacifier hanging a week, as children make the trek to 48th Street to bid adieu to their beloved pacifiers, easing a rite of passage that can sometimes prove difficult for toddlers and frustrating to their parents.  While hundreds of pacifiers have been hung over the years, approximately several dozen pacifiers adorn the trees at any given time as many are blown away or fall to the ground as their supporting branches break.

While pacifier trees may be rare in Brooklyn, they are not uncommon across the Atlantic and both the Swedish word “napptrad” and the Danish work “suttetrae” translate to “pacifier tree”.  Pacifier trees can be found in Slottsskogen, Sweden, Aarhus, Denmark, in Frederiksburg Garden, located near Copenhagen and in Mannheim, Germany, with pacifiers tied to the tree with ribbons, often with attached notes and pictures as well.


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 Feb 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM Anonymous Says:

so we are copying a goyish minhag??

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM Upset Says:

We need another tree to hang up all the junk food and candies today's kids eat that tree would be more valuable thqn this one.

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM shredready Says:

would be interesting to see where the super is from

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM Anonymous Says:

If parents wouldn't shtup the thing into the kid's mouth to begin with, they wouldn't put the kid through the aggravation of giving it up!

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 07:00 PM ohaiv-yisroel Says:

We used to have a good bye pacifier party and the little one would bid a fond farwell to each one as we put it in a bag..

Best advice ever received which I share often: For a teething baby, a little liquor on the pacifier works wonders , but if it doesnt give the pacifier to the baby!
Thanks for this piece.
Nice to have positive reporting !

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 07:16 PM IMHOpinion Says:

What an adorable article! First time I heard about this tree I thought it was hysterical, though clever!

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 08:06 PM hadar Says:

Reply to #2  
Upset Says:

We need another tree to hang up all the junk food and candies today's kids eat that tree would be more valuable thqn this one.

With all the junk food out there, people are much more healthier in to days days then in previous centuries b'h and the live span is as well longer then is previous times ( not saying u should give ur kids junk food all day as we gotta watch our bodies) however jacky mason wants said u allways see the big strong and healthy people walking in MC-Donalds, and all the thin frail week people with walking sticks, passing through the doors in the health food store.

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 08:22 PM mexifornian Says:

To #5
U give alcohol to ur baby? Lmaoooo

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

so we are copying a goyish minhag??

Oh please! Come on.

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM maxedout Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

so we are copying a goyish minhag??

always some idiot around to make a stupid comment.

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM bored Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

If parents wouldn't shtup the thing into the kid's mouth to begin with, they wouldn't put the kid through the aggravation of giving it up!

you sound like the type of man who thinks his infants don't cry at night.

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM bestinvention Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

If parents wouldn't shtup the thing into the kid's mouth to begin with, they wouldn't put the kid through the aggravation of giving it up!

Sounds like you don't have kids. I wanna hear of one other mother with little kids who has the same theory as you!

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 09:53 PM Chevraman Says:

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mexifornian Says:

To #5
U give alcohol to ur baby? Lmaoooo

My kids were born in te late 1970s - 1980's. Our pedtiatrician (non-Jewish) recommended Scotch on the gums for teething babies. Worked like a charm with nary a side effect.

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 10:23 PM Chamor HaDor Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

so we are copying a goyish minhag??

Good morning Rabbi....FYI: Most of our minhagim these days are goyish minhaggim. Do you take the day off on Xmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, etc...?? thats soooo yeshivish, right?? LMAO :-)

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 11:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
shredready Says:

would be interesting to see where the super is from

the old super was from Yugoslavia. Most "tzumies" were "lost and found" on the sidewalk !

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 Feb 08, 2012 at 11:22 PM mo613 Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

so we are copying a goyish minhag??

is that why you still use your pacifier?

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 Feb 09, 2012 at 07:48 AM woofer Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

so we are copying a goyish minhag??

איזה הוא חכם
הלומד מכל אדם

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 Feb 09, 2012 at 09:34 AM Avreich1 Says:

Reply to #13  
Chevraman Says:

My kids were born in te late 1970s - 1980's. Our pedtiatrician (non-Jewish) recommended Scotch on the gums for teething babies. Worked like a charm with nary a side effect.

Blended or single malt?

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 Feb 09, 2012 at 09:53 AM mewhoze Says:

i think this is adorable. can we get a ''blankie'' and ''bottle'' tree as well?
but skip the ''diaper'' tree.
:-)

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 Feb 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM Sister Says:

Reply to #12  
bestinvention Says:

Sounds like you don't have kids. I wanna hear of one other mother with little kids who has the same theory as you!

Some mothers opt not to use pacifiers! There are many reasons not to: 1) wanting the baby to nurse 2) not wanting to deal with a bad habit later on 3) not liking the idea of "plugging" the baby 4) finding a child of over 2 with a pacifier a pathetic sight. My sister, a mother of 10, does not use pacifiers.

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 Feb 09, 2012 at 06:53 PM Anonymous Says:

We had the "minhag" of having the toddler put the pacifier in a little box or envelope, supposedly to mail it to a far-away baby cousin.

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