Tree Chopped Down on Pierrepont Street

We know these things happen in Brooklyn Heights all the time. A tree is deemed to be diseased by the city and the next thing you know it’s kaput. Who cares if it starred in a Hollywood movie like that one on Cranberry Street, eh?

Today we received this dispatch from a BHB reader along with the photo printed here:

What happened to this poor tree on Pierrepont between Hicks and Willow?!

Why!! :(

Anyone know the back story?

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  • WOW

    Two trees were also chopped down in front of Gristedes on Henry. I think the manager cut them down so it is easier to unload trucks. They should be put back. That part of Henry needs as much ‘help’ as possible.

  • liam

    a couple of years ago, a big section broke off in the middle of a heavy snowstorm, but the remaining tree was stable. The owner in the building had called the Parks Dept. to ask that it be trimmed because of some limbs encroaching on her windows. I watched them do their work for a few minutes as the men trimmed back the offending limbs, but when I came out an hour later they had completely cut it dow. ! It didnt look diseased or anything. It looked like they just got carried away with themselves.

  • Monty

    As lamentable as the loss of a tree is, can we somehow petition the city to chop down all the female gingkos and replace them with males? The stink is maddening.

  • RM

    The sidewalk in front of Gristedes sits over a vault that contains the oil tank that supplies 101 Clark and 10 Clinton. The soil is not deep enough to allow a tree to attain maturity, which would eventually damage the vault structure, and the Parks Department did not approve the replanting of trees in that location

  • shame

    As a neighbor I can tell you that the Parks Dept. had come to trim the tree a couple weeks prior to this cut down…unfortunately the neighbors (2) still complained so much that the city sent the crew to cut down the tree entirely. Honestly such a shame.

  • WOW

    Good intel – thanks much. Maybe management can put some planters in those locations with some small shrubs or something…

  • Heights Correspondent 1

    You can cure a lot of tree infestation by
    The use of RF. In fact there was an entire
    energy agricultural science in the 1930s
    And 40’s. Dial up a frequency and many
    Pests drop dead. A lot of the trees are
    in no way beyond saving.

  • jesse

    I don’t understand how the Parks Dept. can just cut down a tree because a neighbor complains. First of all, how can someone complain about a tree? Was a branch blocking a view of the street? The trees that line our streets (especially the older trees) should be protected. They don’t just provide shade during the summer months. They define the character of our streets, beautify our neighborhood, and their canopies reach out to our homes. Not to mention how it impacts the environment. Is there a process in place to protect our plants and trees? Does anyone know how to get involved? I want to stop this from happening in our neighborhood.

  • GHB

    You’d be surprised. I think someone at 184 Columbia Heights (upper floor) had the tops of the honey locusts on the Promenade “trimmed” so as not to obscure the view. It was a couple of years ago, but the trees still look like they have crewcuts!