A Tree Dies In Stuyvesant Town

I recently witnessed through my window a healthy tree in the back of my building being taken down. Two workers systematically dismembered the tree using a crane, a buzz saw, and a wood chipper. Within the span of a few hours a decades old vital tree in full  bloom was gone.  After being stripped of its leaves and branches,  its still tall rooted trunk was cut down piece by piece in approximately one foot sections, the saw inexorably slicing through the still living plant. A simple push usually sufficed to slide off the severed section but often that section resisted and the worker had to employ the crane to ram the tree to force the separation. The section fell to the ground as the remaining trunk swayed violently back and forth. Eventually,  what was left of the trunk was flush with the ground. A  few days later, all visible traces of the tree had been removed.

This was the second tree removed within a few days at the site of what turns out to be a playground renovation.

For the Birds

When I was in eastern Washington last month, (Spokane), I was delighted to hear a radio program called “Bird Notes.” The particular program I heard documented a male child/fledgling bird learning to sing its own song by copying its father’s song. Recordings cut back and forth between the mature song and different stages of the developing song. You could only describe this as a wonder. How fortunate we are that so many birds are lured by the trees of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. Listen carefully in the the early morning and you will hear an incredible symphony of songs for which we can only be profoundly grateful.