Rich Yanniti drives the Q15A bus along 10th Avenue in Whitestone and recently noticed the fallen trees along his route. He and at least one neighbor are displeased to say the least.
Both were planted this spring as part of the city’s MillionTreesNYC initiative and their posts still stood this week. Their tags still indicated that they were linden redmonds, but the lines beneath the words “tree cared for by” were blank. And the trees were felled.
The cuts were smooth, indicating the intentional work of a saw blade.
One was sawed down about a month ago, Yanniti believes, and the other one was slain more recently, around Aug. 6.
Both were still in place in front of 151-45 10th Ave. as of last Sunday afternoon.
He said he also reported damage to a third, more mature tree around the corner, which appears to have an incision around the trunk, but still stands.
Yanniti reported the destruction to the city Parks Department.