Someone stripped the bark off of a tree on the East side of West End Avenue at 103rd street, and neighbors and city officials are now seeking an explanation.
“I believe this happened either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning,” wrote Ernie, who sent in the photo above.
A note attached to the tree scolds the perpetrator and asks for information.
“Whoever removed the bark from this tree committed a crime,” the note says. “They have effectively killed the tree.”
The neighbor who wrote the note said the damaged tree will have to be taken down and replaced, “but it’s a 50-year-old tree so it will never be the same.”
The parks department is investigating, and encourages anyone with information to get in touch.
“NYC Parks is investigating the damaged tree on West End Avenue and 103rd Street. If you see a tree that you believe has been damaged, please call 311,” wrote Sam Biederman, assistant commissioner for communications, NYC Parks.