Treeman Subways of New York


Lionel Powell, the Treeman, grew up just doors down from Jay-Z in the infamous Marcy Projects Projects in Brooklyn. As a boy surrounded by gangs, drugs and violence, he found refuge in the unconditional love of animals and insects, planting the seeds for his Treeman character and missionAs a man he searched for happiness through religion, family and the performing arts, eventually becoming estranged from his loved ones living homeless and penniless on the streets of Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Struggling with his sanity Lionel escaped with childlike abandon into the creation of original stilt characters, with Treeman becoming a beloved public figure in Venice.


As Treeman’s connection with the community grows, Lionel discovers he has a unique ability to create common ground with strangers, uncovering the essence of humanity. His life becomes a social experiment, volunteering his time with the public and at events for social change, in turn surviving thanks to the kindness of others who feed and sometimes house him. As we explore human nature and volunteerism with Treeman, his notoriety begins to grow making appearances at schools around the nation and performing in national commercials, reality tv, episodic comedy and more.


But when big tech money and gentrification come to Venice, Lionel is still living hand to mouth and barely able to survive. Finally, realizing to help others he must first help himself, Lionel enrolls in a variety of Los Angeles Homeless Bridge programs to obtain services, housing and employment. As he attempts to break a 20-year cycle of homelessness, reunite with family and reconcile his past, Lionel’s dream is to lead the way so other homeless citizens can benefit from his story. .

Below are a few scenes from our adventures with Treeman, Subscribe to our newsletter and explore our website to learn more

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Treeman Broad City Ilana Glazer and Abbi JacobsonTreeman’s appearance on Broad City season 2 finale with Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson

Treeman and DJ Swamp Skating

Treeman skating with DJ Swamp, what could go wrong?

Treeman on the NYC Subway

Treeman sighting on the subways of New York 

Lady Tree Myriam Ibarra Veloza

Lady Tree Myriam Ibarra Veloza  sings to Treeman

Treeman meets Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the East Village New York City

Treeman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the East Village NYC

Kids Love Trees, Treeman at Marcy Projects

Treeman visits with children in the Marcy Projects on Marcy Day


Treeman visits with Hasidic children in Williamsburg Brooklyn


Stilt performer Lyn Sky a and Treeman visit in Orlando

Treeman of Venice Beach in the ForestTreeman visits the forest hidden in plain sight,  Temescal Canyon

Tree2Me Animation Sequence original illustration by Gaby Possible and color by Jennifer Khaibulina

Tree2Me animation sequence original  illustration by Gaby Possible and color by Jennifer Khaibulina