Photo by Lydia Chávez

A crew worked this morning to take down a pine in the backyard of a building on 19th Street between Valencia and Lexington streets.

Why? No one there was sure.

What a pine tree amounts to. Photo by Lydia Chávez
Hello up there. Photo by Lydia Chávez

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As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

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  1. Oh my god, here come the tree nazis. Pine trees: NASTY and as worthless as they come. Drop needles all year long allowing zero to grow underneath, clog up gutters leading to leaky roofs. Ever been in a pine forest? As desolate and depressing as they come. I hope this was done by a rich techie that is telling the CITY and the rest of the busy-body establishment to go eff themselves. Way to go homeowner, and guess how much they pay in property taxes to this corrupt city?