Cedar of Lebanon. Flushing, NY, 1916
Cedar of Lebanon 1924
Robert Moses did heed the call, and made a change to the City Map to show that site in Flushing was intended to be park land. But, alas, that could not save the tree.
From the NY Times:
Another of Flushing's famous trees, a 200-year-old cedar of Lebanon that survived developers but not nature. Killed by a lightning bolt in 1934, the tree was hewed 12 years later into "fireplace seats" and "memorial logs," according to a 1946 article in The Long Island Star Journal.
In 1947, the land was sold to developers and housing development was built where the park was supposed to have been.