To Jamie Sutherland, a 130-year-old European weeping beech near the Long Island Rail Road ticket station in Douglaston is more than a tree. It's a neighborhood icon.
The rare, 50-foot tree - in need of special care because of its age and condition - stands in a traffic circle where it shades a memorial to World War I veterans. Its branches hang down in a near circle, touching the ground.
"There's a lot of pride in Douglaston about that tree," said Sutherland.
The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission determined that "the tree does not rise to the level of an individual New York City landmark," spokeswoman Kate Daly said.
A tree movement takes root in Douglaston
Sutherland said, "We need to do anything we can to save that tree. It's like a person. It distinguishes our community and represents a lot of history. It isn't just any tree."