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    Who or what killed the tall and mature honey locust tree on 8th Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets? It was in front of the American Apparel store. The mess is still there, and this is days and days after death!

    Arboricide is a crime in NYC. Did anyone see anything? Has anyone called 311 about this?

    If the tree was diseased, then a new one can be requested right away. But that is done by pros, not vigilante tree killers.

    Otherwise it may have been carried out by the store to increase their visibility? Hope not.

    Who knows?

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    When was the last time you saw the tree alive and green? Did it die a slow, lingering death or a sudden one? If sudden, that could be a sign of foul play.

    Is the tree still there? Please let me know.

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    • #3
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      The tree was alive and perfectly healthy. It had the same height, trunk width, and general appearance as the "companion" tree that is still nearby --between American Apparel and Starbucks. The 2 tree pits were planted and well tended.

      It just suddenly happened several days ago. It was chopped down with an electric saw and cut into pieces and left on the avenue for days. The only thing left now is a short stump, and the same tree pit plants as before.

      Today, August 8, 2008, a truck with a chipper came in and swept it all up. It was turned into mulch.

      That tree had been there for at least the 24 years, as long as I have lived in Chelsea.

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      • #4
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        Did you notice any name on the truck that chopped it up? If it was government or private?

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        • #5
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          It was private. Do you think the building management/owner did it? or American Apparel? The only one benefitting from this is the store.

          Again, unless the tree was infected (say Long-horned beetle) and it had to be sacrificed in order to save other trees.

          But why the mess left over for so long? I bet the employees or manager at American Apparel saw or know something.

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          • #6
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            Do you know when it was killed? The tree is probably city property, so whoever has jurisdiction (EPA? Parks Dept?) will know if they killed it. If they didn't, then either the tree didn't belong to the city or someone committed a crime, as you said in your first post.

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            • #7
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              All trees in Manhattan, whether they are in a sidewalk or in a park, are under the jurisdiction of the NYC Parks Dept. But if you call the Parks Dept. they dont look up at a list in their computers and say, "Oh yes, that tree we took out becuase it was ______. Thanks you for calling the City of NY".....the city and the Parks Dept. just dont work that way.

              Anyone can order a NEW tree for free, but its going to be a little scrawny one, part of the 1 Million Trees campaign. This is not the issue.

              We are trying to see if anyone from this neighborhood knows something or saw something. Then specific action, if necessary, can be taken to punish those responsible IF (and this is a big IF) they acted without permits, if they killed a tree without good reason.

              The tree is gone now. A pity. Someone out there may know or saw something. That's what we are looking for.

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              • #8
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                RE: "Anyone can order a NEW tree for free..."

                Has anyone done so? When will the replacement tree be planted?

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                • #9
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                  Call 311 or go online www.nyc.gov Trees can be ordered for free, just have to give the nearest address (in this case the American Apparel store), and they put it on the planting list--the next round will be this fall.

                  The easiest for them is to plant trees in existing empty tree pits.

                  If more than 1 person calls, requests a tree, the priority goes up. We have not called yet--that's the easy part.

                  We want to find out who got a TREE KILLED!

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                  • #10
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                    I'm going tomorrow to talk to merchants and passersby in the area tomorrow to see if anyone knows anything about what happened. Of course, if the tree was killed maliciously, no one's going to fess up.

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                    • #11
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                      According to the Parks Dept, the tree was inspected in June and found to be dying. Its leaves and branches were falling off. A replacement tree will be planted, but probably not until next spring.

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                      • #12
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                        Good work! Mystery solved. Another collaborator went into the American Apparel store, the staff saw the Parks Dept. people cutting it down--no explanation given. They were perplexed when it happened since the tree did not look deseased....

                        Hurry up Spring!

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                        • #13
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                          there will be a short piece about the tree in the Buzz section of Chelea Now on Friday.

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                          • #14
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                            Great!

                            The Parks Dept. ought to learn a lesson from this: next time post a sign/flyer; alert CB4; replace the tree the same day.

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                            • #15
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                              They plant only in fall and spring, and they usually wait a full planting season before replacing a tree.

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