Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The leaning tree of Woodside
A huge, 100-year-old tree sits right outside Mickey Garnploog's house in Woodside, Queens and he says it's slowly but surely uprooting.
"The sidewalk is breaking up due to the uprooting and when people walk pass by they just trip and sometimes they fall," Garnploog says.
What's more worrisome than the sidewalk is what will happen if the huge tree falls.
The homeowner, who can barely open his gate to get his car out due to the lifting sidewalk, says he filed a complaint with the city six months ago.
NY1 called the city Parks Department and inspectors were sent to the site. The tree was examined and found to be in good, healthy condition according to a department spokesman. He said the damaged sidewalk is eligible for repair under Parks' Tree & Sidewalks program and is scheduled to be included in the next repair contract, which starts this fall.
In the meantime, Garnploog hopes the tree stays rooted.