How Dumb Is That?


One of our Block Captains reported something unbelievable.  In the wake of Hurricane Irene, residents of 92nd Street, just off 89th Avenue, notice one of the large trees was leaning a bit — and closer inspection revealed that it was coming out of the ground.  Fair enough, we’ve seen a lot of that the past few days.  311 was called and an arborist from the Parks Department arrived to inspect the tree.

After a few minutes inspection he asked the local residents who had done the sidewalk.  The answer was “the city” — this was one of the blocks that had construction done due to water mains — many sidewalks in Woodhaven had been torn up and replaced.  It turns out the guys doing the sidewalk had cut the roots of the tree.

How Dumb Is That?

On top of that, the arborist pointed out that electrical wires had been run through limbs of the tree — here’s one angle of the tree (taken from Google’s street view):

It’s kinda hard to see, but it does look like the wires go in between the limbs — which means when this tree comes down it’s a guarantee that the wires are gonna come down.  How Dumb Is That?

Here’s another angle — we’ll try and get some better pictures later this morning —

As there has been many sidewalks torn up and replaced by the city in Woodhaven — and there are a ton of giant, old trees — the WRBA calls on the city to have the Parks Department inspect every tree on each sidewalk that was replaced in Woodhaven — and they should also check the street wiring, as well.


3 Responses to “How Dumb Is That?”

  1. M Cruz Says:

    I’ve seen the root cutting thing a few times. I’m on the Woodhaven Richmond Hill border and I ‘ve see when they redo the sidewalks they cut the roots of the tree into a rectangle or a square to fit inside the cement square. Here we have a tree whose base is now compromised and with rain and wind is going to be top heavy and fall over.
    To be fair, I don’t think it’s the city doing what I’ve seen.

  2. Pat Minerva Says:

    Drive around the neighborhood and many trees have the wires going right through them. I guess there isn’t much of a choice when the tree is located in front of the homes. This photo does have more than usual but it is not uncommon for the area.

  3. Corner of Confessions Says:

    It’s not city workers, rather private companies hired for the city. It’s true they do a half fast job. In my part of wood haven, they were doing work on my block last week. Actually, the workers we’re very rude that’s why i know. My father got into an fight with one of the workers who was blocking our driveway at 7am and were refusing to move even though they weren’t even working yet.

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