The sidewalk in front of 178 Bowery is a dangerous place - for a tree, that is.
A Japanese pagoda sapling died last summer on the lower East Side block when workers at a nearby restaurant supply shop allegedly poured noxious cleaning fluid around its roots.
It was the second time in a decade that a leafy sidewalk denizen has bit the dust - another tree was chopped down there in 1998.
We know who poisoned poor Japanese pagoda sapling, officials bark
Thankfully, this time, the tree-slay squad says it knows who to blame for the tree's death.
It slapped Eagle Restaurant Equipment owner Penny Chung, 46, with a series of fines over the pagoda sapling, which still stands lifeless at the site.
Since 2000, the Department of Sanitation has hit Eagle with 76 violations citing "noxious liquid," "sidewalk obstruction," "dirty sidewalk" and "failure to clean," a spokesman said.
It ordered her to pay a grand total of $2,806 after determining the tree died as a result of the abuse.
The penalty would have been even harsher if someone had intentionally chopped down the tree, officials said.
Except in Queens where developers do it all the time and nothing is ever done about it.