Trees Start Falling on UWS as Storm Rushes In, and City Warns of More Damage to Come (Updated)


Photo by Daniel Hank on 71st.

Winds have been picking up on Tuesday afternoon as Tropical Storm Isaias hits the East Coast, and they’re starting to do damage in the neighborhood. On 71st and Broadway, a tree was uprooted. The city says to expect more.

“Recent severe weather events have damaged trees on streets and in parks throughout NYC. Forestry crews and emergency personnel are working to address the damage. New Yorkers should exercise caution when traveling, avoid entering parks and hazardous areas during storms, and report locations of downed trees and tree limbs by contacting 3-1-1 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY 212-504-4115) or NYC.gov/311.”

Another tree was ripped from the ground — and the concrete too at 15 West 82nd Street.


Photo by the artist known as Milo T. Dog.

And from another angle.


Photo by Adam.

And another inside Central Park around 81st.


Photo by Milo T. Dog.

A tree hit some vehicles on West End and 90th Street.


Photo by Michele K.

And on 112th Street, another tree came down on a truck


Photo by Rob.

Riverside Park is using hay bales to keep Dinosaur Playground from flooding.

Stay safe, stay inside and just in case get those flashlights and extra water ready.

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    1. nemo paradise says:

      Those hay bales are impressive. Might come in handy if a herd of cattle wander over, but I don’t think they will do much to stop water from running downhill.

    2. john lipman says:

      yes. five bales of hay, some socially distanced, others preferring the company of like minded bales, should deter any flooding likely to come riverside park’s way.

      we can only hope the city has not exhausted it’s hay bale budget so early in the hurricane season.

    3. Wijmlet says:

      It seems clear now, at 4:10 PM, Tuesday

    4. Deborah R Slater says:

      What a shame to see these otherwise healthy trees uprooted and in some cases destroyed. I hope there’s a way to salvage them and perhaps replant them … but I realize the city will need the muscle and financial resources to do this. Another thought: raise funds from local residents living on the block who want to have them back.

      • William Steyer says:

        NYC Parks tree planting program is the very efficient at timely replacement.just let local comm bd.know of the missing tree as well NYCParks.

    5. NW says:

      The hay bales were intended to slow down the rain water run off and reduce the amount of mud, leaves and tree pit mulch that end up in playground every time we get a heavy rainfall. And it appears to have worked!

    6. There’s a pretty big sycamore (maybe 15″ diameter trunk?) down in front of Barnard. Snapped off a foot or two from the ground.

      • Brooklyn exile says:

        Probably a London Plane. Robert Moses’s favorite street tree. They’re all over the city. Sycamores, which have similar bark, are almost always in parks. Still a shame to lose a mature street tree.

        • B.B. says:

          American sycamore trees are highly susceptible to plane anthracnose infections. While it doesn’t often kill trees per se, it can make them look rather unsightly.

          As such for decades London plane trees have been preferred as shade street lining trees in urban areas. The tree is resistant to anthracnose diseases so there is less to worry about.

    7. Lizzie says:

      The Dinosaur playground has had terrible flooding from runoff in recent storms. And the biggest problem is filthy mud flowing down from Riverside Drive that has to be shoveled out. So, yes, the bales will help.

    8. West Ender says:

      Those aren’t hay bales, they’re straw bales. What’s the difference? Straw is generally lighter, golden in color and hollow stalks. Straw is used for livestock bedding. Hay is usually darker, sometimes greenish in color, with tiny leaves (if made from dried alfalfa) and used to feed livestock during the winter. Source: I grew up on a livestock farm with a barn full of hay and straw bales.

      • Patricia says:

        Was about to say the same thing – they are straw…something only a horse person would understand.

      • Prof Alex says:

        Straw or hay, the bales seem pretty sensible in protecting the dinosaurs from this particular natural disaster.

        • Ted Leibowitz says:

          If only they were there when the ice, or whatever, came and killed those creatures.

          • David S says:

            It was a meteor, actually. I’m not sure a bale of hay (or straw, for that matter) would do much against one of those.

      • JerryV says:

        Yes, Hay contains both the dried stalks and the grain and is used for animal feed. When the grain (such as wheat grains) is beaten out of hay, the remaining dried stalks become straw. Straw is not such a nutritious food for animals and is mostly a waste product.

    9. Bernard B Cohen says:

      Have photo of too huge limbs crash down on riverside drive park sidewalk at w118 st