Due to Water Main Work, Rivington Street Block Loses its Trees
As part of the three-years-running water main infrastructure project around the Lower East Side, the city recently set up shop at the corner of Bowery and Rivington Street. The job is for “water main replacements and distribution of water main extensions.”
However, their presence here cost a large swath of roadway and the loss of several aged trees. All of the tree canopy is now gone thanks to the narrow passageway and large trucks navigating it.
A concerned resident on the block sent along this dispatch of the drama:
Tractor trailers (i.e. 18-wheelers) have claimed the lives of 2 tall trees in front of 8-10 Rivington and 2 Rivington within 3 days. Early Saturday morning, a truck trying to squeeze through took 1/2 of the tree in front of 2 Rivington, and just [yesterday] morning at 3:30 am, another large tree was completely knocked over in a similar incident.
Those trees cannot be replaced – eventually the city will plant “saplings” in their place. The point is, the construction foreman just shrugged and said “yeah we alerted the city.”
Our tipster notes that the city apparently cut down most of the remaining trees on this Rivington Street block. Here’s another photo of the carnage.