The block has lost another tree, this time in front of 355 W. 45th St., closer to 9th Avenue. Other trees have suffered the impact of trucks or buses; this time we don’t have evidence of what caused this.
We reported this immediately to the Street Trees (Department of Parks) office, but they tell us it can take up to two years to replace a tree. It took almost that long for the one across the street at 360 W. 45th to be replaced. Ever since the city started the so-called “Million Trees” program, it’s been increasingly difficult to replace dead or damaged trees. They only plant new trees in the Spring or Fall, so if don’t see a new sapling in the next several weeks, then we might have to wait until the Autumn, or next year.