Construction of PS 244, Flushing:
NYC School Construction Authority Removes Irreplaceable 100+ year old European Beech
"After efforts a year ago by community advocates to save this tree on Franklin Avenue in downtown Flushing, public officials (engineers, architects and administrators) at the School Construction Authority of the Board of Education decided that this healthy public tree on BoE property contributed very little to the community and was not worth saving. Originally part of the a large estate this copperleafed Beech was allowed to grow undisturbed for over 100 years providing grace and beauty to this neighborhood.
Our large and mature shade trees are increasingly being lost due to development without vision. This tree could have been integrated into the landscape and new building design, but the SCA chose not to. Another fine remnant tree from the Parson's Nursery era denied the chance to grow to its full potential. Shame on you SCA." - Tree Lover