Just last Sunday I was waxing poetic on New York City's O.A.S.I.S. mapping site and how green our neighborhood is, or maybe I should say was. Brooklyn is a little less green today as our favorite neighborhood contractors yanked out the tree growing in the backyard of 1504 Eighth Avenue. It is not often that one witnesses an Arborcide in broad daylight. Even if the owner gave his permission to remove it and even if the tree was most likely a "weed tree'' or Ailanthus altissima, it still made a pretty nice screen. I wouldn't trade it for a view of a 5 story cinderblock facade 10 feet from my window.
If you look at the map you will see a band of green surrounding three sides of the parking lot (the open white space) on 15th Street. The second grey building in from 15th St. on Eighth Avenue is 1504. If you look closely you will see a tiny rectangle within the green section at the back of the building. This is an irregular backyard space that projects out into the parking lot and belongs to 1504.
Here are two photos of the recently departed "Tree of Heaven".
THE USUAL SUSPECTS.