A Tree Rises in Brooklyn Heights

At about 1:00 p.m. yesterday your correspondent noticed a very tall crane standing in the middle of Remsen Street just west of Henry, which necessitated blocking all traffic from Remsen between Hicks and Henry.

IMG_0414_1Approaching the site, I saw a tree, its roots encased in a basket, lying on a flatbed trailer. The crane was about to lift the tree off the trailer and onto the street.

IMG_0415_1Once the tree was on the street, workers prepared it to be lifted vertically.

IMG_0416_1Up it went.

IMG_0419_1When it was high enough to clear the tops of houses, it was swung northward to be deposited and planted in the back yard of one of the houses on the north side of Remsen.

I later learned that this was the second tree to be so hoisted yesterday. The first one went up at about 10:00 a.m.

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  • mandboy

    here is a picture of the trees going into the back yard…

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  • Boerum Bill

    I wonder how much this costs. I want to drop a small Airstream trailer into my backyard for an office / guest room.

  • A Neighbor

    I’m thinking they weren’t very happy with the view over their back fence.

  • Remsenster

    At least this interfered with parishioners at the corner church being able to park illegally for once since the police do nothing about it!

  • TeddyNYC

    I hope it’s not a female ginkgo tree.

  • ShinyNewHandle

    I heard they were maples. I missed the initial hoistings, but saw the enormous Crane of Damocles threatening a cornice. (I’m sure it was never in any danger.)

    Ain’t it nice to see that someone has gone all-out, and all-in, to install backyard trees, instead of cutting them down?

  • Eddyde

    Last time I hired a crane about that size It cost around $3,500