Almost two years to get a tree

Broken tree at 360 West 45th St.

Broken tree at 360 West 45th St.

It took nearly two years to replace a downed tree at 360 West 45th St. Since August 2008, when the tree was destroyed, we called the Forestry Department every few months seeking a replacement. Trees are planted only in the Spring and Autumn. But for the last few years, it seemed that Mayor Bloomberg had commandeered the process with his Million Trees plan. Trees aren’t available, they said. We don’t have the budget, they said. But finally, in early June, they came through with a new tree.

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Instead of planting the new tree in the existing tree pit, they dug a new tree pit a few feet to the West. What’s left is the old pit, sans tree. We’ve asked Forestry to pave over the old tree pit … something they normally do. They said they’ll look at it and try to get their contractor to pave it over — maybe in the Fall. The other option is to try to get the owner of 360 W. 45th to do the repairs. Normally owners are responsible for the condition of the sidewalks in front of their buildings, but in this case, they didn’t create the mess.