An open letter to MTA CEO Elliot Sander:
...The recent tree clearing effort by the LIRR near the Douglaston train station causes my husband and me a lot of misery.
My husband, a retired NYC homicide detective, and I have lived and raised our family in our apartment overlooking the Douglaston train station for 37 years. You can see our apartment over Il Toscano's Restaurant from the train platform.
The trees provided privacy, reduced the noise level and softened the glare from the all night platform lights. We truly enjoyed our little bit of paradise, just 50-feet from the LIRR tracks. Now, instead of greenery, we see the ugly graffiti on the Douglaston Parkway overpass, are subject to constant noise and light pollution and are forced to keep our blinds clossed for a moment of privacy. It really is terrible.
No one can undo the devastation of a very poorly planned tree clearing effort. However, there are three things you can do to restore some of our quality of life:
1. Clean up the debris from the tree cutting. It's a mess.
2. Remove the graffiti on the Douglaston Parkway overpass.
3. Plant several large evergreen or other trees between our building and the tracks to provide some screening.
These three steps are easy and inexpensive for the LIRR and will help screen the constant noise and light pollution. Please call me with the dates you will begin these steps to restore our environment.
Photo from Forgotten-NY.com