There were trees cut down at St. Saviour's yesterday (57-40 58th Street in Maspeth), with the rest expected to be chainsawed throughout the rest of this week. The remains above are of the tree behind the tennis players in this photo.
The developer's representation is of course through Parkside Group, with the heavy influence of Pinky, who directed that the trees be cut down to spite the people who held a rally to save the property on July 1.
Guess what? It appears that both the esteemed councilman and the lobbying firm are accessory to a federal crime. You see, interfering with the nesting of migrating birds is against the law, and just about every tree on that property contains the nest of a songbird.
And here's the kicker:
The Parkside Group announced it hired [William] Brennan as a president, adding him to its small but well-connected roster. Brennan was a commissioner for the Community Assistance Unit. Brennan also ran political and field operations for Bloomberg’s re-election campaign in 2005.
Parkside Hires a Commissioner
Mr. Brennan was asked to intervene on the St. Saviour's matter when he was the Commissioner of the Community Assistance Unit. He totally blew off a group of preservationists, and was nasty about it, too. Now we know why.
Mr. Bloomberg, the "Great Environmentalist", the destruction of this property came on your watch. You have already failed in your plan to "green" the city by turning your back on this neighborhood. This beautiful plot of land will likely become a gray concrete wasteland unless you do something immediately. Otherwise, it is an issue that will follow you during your quest to become president. That's not a threat, it's a promise. Why do you send trees to Israel to be planted yet allow an Israeli development company to come here and make Queens look like the Gaza Strip?