Row Of 30-Year-Old Trees Would Be Casualties According To City’s Construction Plan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Angry demonstrators took to the streets Wednesday demanding a halt to the city’s plans to remove a row of 30-year-old pear trees to build a controversial garbage dump.

In their latest attempt to derail the building of the garbage transfer station at Asphalt Green, angry Upper East Side residents hit the city with charges of arboricide because the Department of Sanitation is going to remove a row of eight pear trees as part of the construction, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

“Why do the trees have to come down? It is gratuitous, ignoring of the community and of Asphalt Green. They are negotiating in bad faith,” said Asphalt Green executive director Carol Tweedy.

“Trees kill the pollution. You do not want to cut down trees,” added Dr. York Battey.

“This will hurt and harm our children. They’re doing this, taking trees down right before camp starts. I mean, they can’t wait till after that? I mean that’s just like absurd,” local resident Rosemary Bergin added.

While residents don’t want to see the trees to come down, they want the city to stop building the garbage transfer station even more. They say it’s dangerous because the ramp to the dump bisects Asphalt Green. Camp classrooms are on one side of the ramp; the playing fields on the other. Kids have to walk past the trucks to get to the field.

Read what the city’s new sanitation commissioner, Kathryn Garcia, had to say in the full CBS New York piece