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Tree destroyed

posted May 4, 2013, 3:23 PM by David Stuart   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 7:34 AM ]
Update: Bartlett Dairy and their insurance company - after much conversation and followup by block leaders -  came through with a $2000.00 donation to the Block Association to pay for a new tree guard, plantings, stump removal and a new tree.

Early this morning (May 4) many block residents were shocked awake by a loud explosion on the street. Luckily for W45th St. it wasn't another terrorist car bomb, rather it was a tire blow-out on a Bartlett Dairy delivery truck, which then lost control and crashed into a tree in front of the Sherrie Arts building. Fortunately, we understand no one was hurt. We don't know yet whether speeding was a contributing factor in the accident but we will follow-up with the police.

We are saddened by the loss of one of our mature street trees--a honey locust--that we have cared for, pruned and watered these past 25 years. Mature trees give shade, prove oxygen, and remove pollutants from the air--our street trees are so vital to the health and beauty of this neighborhood--it's a real loss and a sad day for the block. As you can see in the photos below, that particular tree bed was adopted and beautifully planted with pansies this spring by Betty Tilley.

We have filed applications with the Parks Dept. to remove the stump and get a new sapling in that spot. We trust that Bartlett will be a responsible company and work with us to replace the tree guard (which will have to be cut off to remove the stump) and create a new, beautiful tree bed, but it will be many years before we have a full-grown tree again in that spot.