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August 20, 2006

New York Mystery: Incredible Shrinking Trees

Four Ginkgo trees in Chelsea, New York City, were chopped down because they blocked ads. Less than a week after the billboard went up, the tops of all four trees were mysteriously lopped off. Although there is no dispute about what happened, exactly who was responsible remained a mystery.
Regardless of who did what, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the he building’s condominium association on whose building the ads were plastered was ultimately responsible for what happened. The department issued a summons requiring building representatives to either present their case at a hearing or face a $4,000 fine — $1,000 for each tree.
Read full article in The New York Times.


At 8/23/2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good that the building reps are being held accountable for butchering the trees. The $4000 fine should be raised to at minimum the amount they were paid to host the sign.


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