The residents at 198 Union Street sure like plants. As long as I've know this address (more than a decade), the stoop, walls and courts have overflowed with greenery. Summer, spring, fall and winter, the plants are there, nearly blocking the way to the door (feel sorry for the UPS man), covering the brownstone walls, turning the courtyard into a forest.
The foliage is always in good shape. So, either someone has a green thumb, or a lot of dumb luck. Somehow, I picture a lot of cats living inside.
Even the city trees has come to feel copasetic to the building. See how the sidewalk tree reaches out to the brownstone bush, creating a canopy, an impromptu arbor?