By Geoffrey Croft
Residents of Kew Gardens are fuming after the city destroyed nearly a dozen beloved Cherry Blossom Trees.
The arborcide is part of Borough President Helen Marshall's $ 21 million dollar glass atrium project she is having built in the rear courtyard of Queens Borough Hall. The beautiful trees, some believed to be forty-years-old, were taken down in order to made way for construction equipment. The structure is reportedly being built for cultural events, public meetings, and performances. The issue was first reported by NY1.
The property is owned by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
For decades the Cherry Blossom trees have been a popular back-drop for newly-wed photos. Thousands of people get married in Queens Borough Hall each year.
A tree removal permit was not posted at the construction site on Sunday.
Officials are now claiming the trees are diseased. With the exception of one all other trees appeared to be healthy.
The controversial project which has been criticized for it expense - is expected to take a year to build.
A Department of Buildings permit. A tree removal permit was not posted at the construction site on Sunday.
Fallen Cherry Blossom Trees behind Queens Borough Hall.
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