The Great Tree Massacre of Rivington Street Claims Another

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 at 5:07 am by

Call it a small-scale arborcide. The great tree massacre of Rivington Street continues with the loss of another. This time, the planting just west of Eldridge. It’s now a fresh stump.

Thanks to the city’s extensive tree-tagging initiative (“NYC Street Tree Map”), we have a better understanding of its identity. It was a Callery Pear that boasted a trunk diameter of 18 inches.

Across the street, meanwhile, the culprit of its demise sits in plain view. That roadwork; related to the new subway ventilation plant, whose work has plagued Sara D. Roosevelt for the last couple years.

Indeed, the MTA remains committed, despite prior community opposition (and fears of destroying M’Finda Kalunga Garden), to constructing a new subway ventilation plant beneath Forsyth Street. Installing this machinery was deemed “a critical life safety project” as the operating M line equipment was built in 1962 and is apparently “too small and one-directional to be useful anymore,” according to the agency.

Back to the loss of trees…

Neverending water main replacement work around the Lower East Side was the reason why a half-dozen trees were likewise chopped down just east of the Bowery last fall.

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