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Activist goes out on a limb to try to save East River Park tree

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Updated April 27, 3 p.m.: Sit happens.

Following the decimation of Cherry Hill’s namesake cherry trees in Corlears Hook Park, workers were busy cutting down other tree species there and also in East River Park on the other side of the F.D.R. Drive this week.

The park defender stalled the tree carnage for a few hours. (Twitter/1000 People 1000 Trees)

But on Monday a tree sitter just south of the demolished amphitheater slowed down the carnage in East River Park — at least for a while, that is, until eventually being arrested.

A stand of trees encircling a lawn that was used a composting area in East River Park was shorn of their tops and branches. (Twitter/1000 People 1000 Trees)

The city is cutting the trees in both parks as part of the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency project, which is planned to raise East River Park by 8 feet to 10 feet to put it above the floodplain. The Corlears Hook footbridge over the F.D.R. Drive connection to East River Park will be rebuilt and new drainage added.

Correction: This article initially said the tree sitter was in Corlears Hook Park when it was, in fact, East River Park.

One Comment

  1. Carol from East 5th Street Carol from East 5th Street April 26, 2022

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this tragedy except “Bravo” to the tree sitter. If I were braver I would have done the same thing.

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