March 25, 2015 By Michael Florio
Residents were outraged Monday when they discovered a parks department worker cutting down a century old tree on 34th Street.
The Parks Department said the tree showed signs of decay in the trunk and posed a threat of collapsing. But when the tree was cut down, the trunk was in good health.
The residents had argued from the get-go that there was no need for it to come down. They claimed it was perfectly healthy.
One resident, seen in the following CBS video, claimed the department was unnecessarily “killing a tree.”
Many neighbors rallied around the tree in an attempt to save it. However, as CBS reported, one city worker began taunting the residents by cursing and making faces at them.
The parks department said it is investigating the inappropriate language and conduct of the worker in the video,
according to CBS.
The tree served as a landmark for those who lived on this block.
Residents were so upset by the tree’s demise that they even lay a rose on the stump.