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Update July 22, 2013- As we first reported exclusively, the BPCA is planning to chop down more trees on the esplanade that are still standing and that were not obviously damaged by the storms. Of course, anytime a tree is cut, controversy brews, so the BPCA propaganda team is in full mode, citing “tree experts” that claim the “roots were damaged’ making the trees “unsafe”. Also, the conspicuous stumps have been left in tilted position as a blatant PR stunt to send the message “See what happened.”
Do not be surprised to learn that the job to remove the trees will be outsourced to contractors, even though the BPCA has historically handled such matters with the in-house Parks Conservancy teams.
June 19, 2013- By Steven E. Greer
BatteryPark.TV has learned that many, if not all, of the remaining large linden trees along the esplanade will be removed since they pose a risk of falling down in future storms. The roots of the trees were never allowed to properly grow and provide support due to the restrictive concrete barriers.
Recall, during Hurricane Sandy, and then again during a recent storm this year, several large trees have fallen and damaged structures. The parks conservancy began trimming aggressively last week, but we have learned that most of the trees will just be cut down. Whether new trees with different root basins will be replaced is unknown.
If you know more about this story, or see trees being trimmed, please send us comments and photos.