The town desires quite a lot of inexperienced for a broken tree in Queens.
A pin oak on a leafy avenue in Kew Gardens sustained a whopping $199,950 price of injury, town contends in a lawsuit in opposition to the lady who owns the house close to the tree, and a Brooklyn-based concrete firm.
The town-owned sidewalk tree, which was 40 inches in diameter and estimated to be 80 to 100 years previous, had its roots reduce and must be eliminated, town Parks Division mentioned.
The tree at 113 82nd Ave was broken in July 2019, based on a Manhattan Supreme Court docket lawsuit filed in opposition to Zulema Santos, 73, and Bissoon Inc.
Information present Santos offered the 82nd Avenue house final 12 months for greater than $1.2 million.
Pin oaks can develop 60 to 70 ft tall, and take 15 years to achieve maturity.
A number of components play into the financial worth of metropolis timber, based on the Parks Division, together with their dimension, species, longevity, situation and placement, with oaks being among the many top-rated metropolis timber.
The town takes into consideration the scale, species, situation and placement of timber to find out their worth.
Lots of the timber on 82nd Avenue are “coming to the tip of their helpful life,” mentioned Adam Whiteman, vp of the Kew Gardens Civic Affiliation, who lives on the block and added, “there are many lifeless branches that are able to fall.”
Santos declined remark. Bissoon didn’t reply to a message looking for remark.