NY1 For You: Queens Homeowner Says Root Of Tree Problem Still Exists
A large, leaning tree in Queens has one homeowner worried about his property. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.
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A huge, 100-year-old tree sits right outside Mickey Garnploog's house in Woodside, Queens and he says it's slowly but surely uprooting.
"The sidewalk is breaking up due to the uprooting and when people walk pass by they just trip and sometimes they fall," Garnploog says.
What's more worrisome than the sidewalk is what will happen if the huge tree falls.
"The branches break off all the time and there's a lot of wires underneath this tree," Garnploog says. "I mean I hate to say it, it's a beautiful tree but there's just something that has to be done either with the roots or the tree itself."
The homeowner, who can barely open his gate to get his car out due to the lifting sidewalk, says he filed a complaint with the city six months ago.
"They basically said the case was closed that there was nothing they would do about this," Garnploog says.
NY1 called the city Parks Department and inspectors were sent to the site. The tree was examined and found to be in good, healthy condition according to a department spokesman. He said the damaged sidewalk is eligible for repair under Parks' Tree & Sidewalks program and is scheduled to be included in the next repair contract, which starts this fall.
In the meantime, Garnploog hopes the tree stays rooted.