The New York City Tree Map identified this as a weeping willow. [Updated: It was actually a corkscrew willow — thanks to the reader for this ID!]
Last Friday morning around 10:30, according to witnesses and a report on the Citizen app, a white, unmarked box truck violently lurched into the tree, causing a sizable gash across its trunk...
The driver of the truck did not get out and inspect any damage, and drove off, per a witness.
There was some hope from nearby residents that the tree — with its unique corkscrew trunk — could stay put.