Subway Ventilation Work Results in Another Tree Massacre Forsyth Street

Posted on: September 26th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Underground work on a subway ventilation plant beneath Forsyth Street is wreaking all sorts of havoc on the surrounding community. Crime on the block just north of Delancey Street is on the rise, nighttime lighting is dim, and the trees are falling.

Or, rather, were felled. On the west side of Forsyth, an entire block of mature trees lining Sara D. Roosevelt Park is decimated. Twelve trees, in fact. As one tipster noted, it’s a veritable sawdust graveyard out there. See the map.Tree massacre map

This isn’t the first tree massacre related to the subway project, either. Several trees were excised from the sidewalk outside Rivington House last May.

As previously reported, the infrastructure fifteen feet beneath the roadbed was identified by the city as the eighth-highest priority level out of roughly 250 sections. (The original unit was reportedly built in 1962.) Construction of this new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until at least August 2022.

So, many more trees might become dust by then.

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