By Gus Saltonstall
The days are passing but the downed tree in Riverside Park near the Eleanor Roosevelt statue entrance at West 72nd Street is still down.
It has now been five days since the large tree toppled on Monday night.
On Wednesday, it appeared that the tree would soon be gone as multiple Parks Department vehicles were circled around and yellow caution tape had been wrapped around it. However, when West Side Rag returned on Thursday, the vehicles were gone and the tree appeared untouched.
A curious dog walker made his way up to the tree while exclaiming over the phone what he had stumbled upon, and a young woman slowly circled the wooden corpse taking photos.
A flurry of faintly falling slow fell Thursday on the fallen bark. It replaced the rays of sunlight that beamed down on Wednesday.
On Friday, the tree had no examiners when the Rag made its daily visit but the yellow caution tape had snapped off in one place, leaving the tree only half wrapped.
A noticeable increase of squirrels scurried throughout the dead branches.
There were no Parks Department vehicles in sight.
We emailed them.
A spokesperson from the department told the Rag that it plans to remove the tree next week as it doesn’t pose an additional threat to the public. The fallen tree will be removed by a forestry tree crew using bucket trucks, chippers and a log loader.
It looks like the tree will still be there on Monday.
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