By Jeff French Segall
Robert Urban and Alan Barnes, pictured above, teamed up to try their best to align the hopelessly mangled tree-surround damaged by an errant bus last week at the southeast corner of 95th Street and Columbus Avenue. Robert feels duty-bound to protect the area.
He discussed the tree that had been destroyed and was carted away, expressing his hope that it doesn’t take the city too long to replace both the tree and the tree-surround. He pointed out the remaining stems of the tulips he had planted beside the tree in the fall.
Here’s what the planter bed looked like this summer:
Alan is interested in getting neighborhood people, especially children, to participate in neighborhood beautification projects. Alan mentioned that he and his friends were looking for a local expert to guide and direct them to that end. It was quite a coincidence that Robert Urban provides advice to neighborhood gardeners. His website is Gardensby.roberturban.com. Possibly a match made in heaven as an outcome to the rough meeting of metal to a petal.
Robert also wrote to us with some more info:
“Here’s the issue. It can’t be fully restored until a new tree is planted and a new iron fencing installed. To install these, the whole ground has to be torn up and a big hole dug for the tree. So all we all can do is wait. Personally I don’t care if there’s a tree in there or not – I can handle refurbishing the flowers myself. I believe the Parks Dept. plants the tree. Not sure who provides the iron fencing.”