Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Sinkhole claims tree on 6th Street

The sidewalk- and tree pit-eating hole outside 338 E. Sixth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue has apparently claimed a victim — the small tree that was in the pit.

Several EVG readers have noted this latest development here in recent days... 
It's not known if, perhaps, workers removed the tree ahead of repair work ... or someone else decided to cut it down.

As we've noted four times previously: The sinkhole formed during the drenching rains from Tropical Storm Ida on Sept. 1.

Since then, a makeshift barrier including parts of Awash's outdoor dining space and other found objects have been guarding/blocking the sidewalk. Pedestrians must walk on Sixth Street on the south side of the street to bypass the sinkhole.

Several residents have told us that they have contacted 311, Community Board 3, Councilmember Carlina Rivera's office, the DOT, the 9th Precinct, etc., to report the sinkhole — and the swastikas someone added to the barrier a few weeks back.


Anonymous said...

This is beyond ridiculous. If the sinkhole ate a car, the city would be on it in seconds. Pedestrians? Nah.

Anonymous said...

Shame on Carlina Rivera. Numerous neighbors have contacted her over the past few months about this situation. She has done nothing to rectify this dangerous situation or to save the tree.

Please remember Carlina Rivera's lack of action on this and her votes to cut down 100 mature trees in the inane plan to raise the level of the East River Park 10 feet.

The death of this beautiful tree is a tragedy and another nail in our climate change coffin.

Anonymous said...

I was sitting at Elsewhere across the street from the tree pit last Wednesday when two men came and cut it down. They didn't seem to be wearing any uniforms, but it was hard to tell. Shortly thereafter, a DOB car pulled up, and a uniformed DOB person pasted a notice on the door of the apartment building that houses AWASH, so maybe that landlord is responsible for doing something about the tree pit?

Probably nothing will get done until someone gets hurt going around AWASH's seating area, then there will be action and accusations galore. Welcome to NYC!