Sunday, February 28, 2010

Village Voice Calls Out Benepe's False Tree Safety Claim

Ah, snow and sleds in Central Park. But the Times takes a moment to consider the death of Elmaz Qyra, a 46-year-old busboy who was conked and killed by a tree branch in the Park this week. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said "There is no reason to believe that anything else might happen like that."

Bullshit. The Times item recalls, contrary to Benepe's statement, the July Central Park tree branch bashing of Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, who remains comatose and whose family is suing the city.

Our own desultory inventory of falling tree limbs in the city over the past two and a half years reveals a greater danger than the Parks Department is willing to admit:

August 2007: After a windstorm, fallen trees smash "numerous" cars in Brooklyn. December 2007: The largest tree on 92nd Street between Ridge Boulevard and Third Avenue in Bay Ridge falls down.

Read More:

Runnin' Scared - The Village Voice - February 28, 2010 - By Roy Edroso

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