Photo by Ted Todorov.
While Hurricane Joaquin appears to have veered away from New York City, the wind’s been nasty. On Friday night, a large tree on 76th street ripped right out of the ground and tumbled toward to street.
Luckily, a silver SUV was there to stop the tree’s fall.
But local resident Joseph Bolanos tells us the incident still left residents in a precarious position. There’s been evidence of stray voltage on the block for a couple of weeks, and the tree ended up hitting and damaging a lamp post. “The fact that the lamp post was hit, possibly disturbing its base, created a potential fatal electrical hazard! Especially in view of the torrential rain,” he told us.
Although FDNY taped off the area, no one else from the city came to deal with the electrical charge until the morning, he said. Joe wrote a poem for the tree too, because “Every time that we lose a tree, especially a tree on our block, it means a lot to some of us.”
Final thoughts to a fallen friend…
As you realize what has happened and is happening,
I know that words cannot comfort you in these moments.
Still…some things in life must be said…even in the end.
Dearest friend, we’ve shared so much history in recent decades
through season after season. With your witnessing so many more seasons past than me.
You were here before me, and now I’ll be here without you.
You gave us shade in the hot summer days, and reminded us of the solemnity of winter with your stoic, leafless character.
And because of these things your absence is overwhelming me as I watch
you there helpless. Probably asking “why?’
It is because, my friend, there comes a day for all of us where the present season is our last.
The time has come for us to part on this bleak and stormy day.
And unlike us mere human types, who fall…get up, and move on,
you, dear friend, have fallen for the your first and your last time.
And as the reaper approaches…
To end it all for you,
I feel a growing sadness
For all the times we knew.
Goodbye, dear Tree.
You were here before me, and now I’m here alone.