According to the Daily News more than 35 trees on Stuart Street in Marine Park, Brooklyn, were downed by the Nor'easter. According to the Parks Department, the park lost 53 trees in the storm. (Photo: Maisel/NY Daily News)
Don’t expect a lot of shade in Marine Park anytime soon.
The city Parks Department is so busy taking toppled trees away from the three-block greenfield between Avenues U and S that they have no plans to replace them, a move that will certainly leave neighborhood park goers baking in the sun this summer, according to Courier-Life Publications.
“Right now we’re taking the trees out of there,” Brooklyn Park and Recreation Manager Laurence Major said March 24 — two and a half weeks after the nor’easter wreaked havoc across the borough — adding that reforestation efforts for the park would be “something we will review and explore” in the future.
The city Parks Department didn’t have any good news either.
“It’s really too soon to discuss replanting strategies for those trees lost by the storm,” a Parks Department spokesman said. “They will be replaced, but we’re still assessing all of the areas affected.”
Major said that 53 trees were knocked over in Marine Park — which is already quite spartan when it comes to flaura and fauna. An additional 60 trees were knocked over in the surrounding neighborhood, Major explained, adding that the storm slayed 350 trees from Bay Ridge to Canarsie.
Right now all of these dead, broken evergreens and oaks are being dragged to Marine Park, which has become a makeshift morgue in the city’s clean up efforts.
A felled tree in Marine Park last week. (Photo:Heydi Lopes)
Courier-Life Publications - March 28, 2010 - By Thomas Tracy