SUNDAY 1:00pm A Tree Falls in Queens

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 01:03 PM

(Arun Venugopal/WNYC)

The fallen maple had become something of a pilgrimage point. Locals from the surrounding streets of Jackson Heights stood around the uprooted trunk, pulling out their phones to take snaps, even making their kids pose for pictures. 

At its trunk, the tree was about 30 inches wide and inspired a good measure of admiration. "Must be at least 40 years old, maybe fifty," said one woman. "It'll take them days to remove it."

Kathy Pappas peeked through the blinds of her 3rd floor apartment, overlooking the maple. When she moved in, nine years ago, she said the tree was "eighty percent of the reason" she had picked the location, just across from the Community United Methodist Church.

"I feel so so sad....Feel like I lost part of my apartment."

As for the Toyota Camry station wagon, that lay crushed beneath the tree, no one seemed to know who or where the owner was.

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Jane from East Village

The danger of falling trees is not over yet. Because of the very rainy August, soil and weakened limbs were already saturated before the storm. Many standing trees are ready to fall with very little stress now. Watch where you park and walk, and in parks, when they reopen, wait until the ground dries out before walking and sitting under trees.

Aug. 28 2011 01:24 PM

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