Destruction of trees in Central Park




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In a different world we should be able to depend on people like the Urban Park Rangers, the NYC Parks & Recreation, even the NY State DEC to look out for things like the protection of trees and animals, but I have found that this is not the case and that these are sometimes the people largely responsible for all the problems for our little oasis in the city. Perhaps they are not directly responsible but they must certainly have some blame for looking the other way or not taking steps to prevent other agencies from doing malicious things to our precious parks.
The Urban Park Rangers for example; they are not bad or evil people but they have collected themselves, by other cunning hands, into passive, simple-minded individuals for which the parks may be much better off without. The Urban Park Rangers in their green uniforms and brass badges gives the impression that there are eyes and hands patrolling the parks to protect them, but in fact they are just placed there to deceive and are so powerless and uncaring that we can really do without their presence in the parks.
So it's up to you and I to do what we can but on our own mostly. Preserve that individual wanting to do something effective, because teaming up has many disadvantages which may outweigh the strength which can be gained by forming into organizations.
The Audubon Society is a classic example of this teaming up and becoming ineffective. For the mindless news reporter looking for a shallow story on a topic concerning the parks or urban animals, Audubon and Parks & Recreation Department are very useful and necessary entities to consult. But I have found that following your own heart and doing what you can on your own regardless how little is much better than being a part of something big and useless.


This beautiful tree which used to drape over the Azelea Pond was cut down by the Central Park Conservancy.


It is clear that nothing was wrong with this tree.


It is also clear that there was no risk of any branches falling on anyone. It will take many years long after Doug Blonsky is fired and the Central Park Conservancy is dissolved for another tree to grow back in its place.





Finally, a response from NYC Parks & Recreation:


On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM, Smith, Shanay wrote:


January 30, 2012


Lincoln Karim
204 W 55th Street Apt 507A
New York NY 10019


RE: FOIL Request for request records or portions thereof pertaining to the destruction of trees in Central Park whether for disease, or storm damage, or for beautification purposes in the year 2011.


Dear Mr.Karim:


In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law, Public Officers Law, Section 84 et seq., the New York City Department of Parks &Recreation hereby acknowledges receipt of your request for information on the following date:


December 23, 2011


Please be advised at this time you have not been denied access to any records responsive to your request. We are currently examining our records to determine whether we possess the requested information and, if so, the extent to which it is available for disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law. You will be contacted as soon as this information is available for review and/or duplication. Every effort will be made to have a response to you within thirty (30) business days from the date we received your request.


Please contact me at (212) 360-1383 if you have any further questions.


Sincerely,
Shanay M. Smith*
Assistant Counsel


(*Forthe purposes of this email, this correspondence is deemed sign)




Shanay M.Smith
Assistant Counsel
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
The Arsenal - Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue - Room 315
New York, NY 10065


T: (212)360-1383
F:(212) 360-1373


www.nyc.gov/parks


This tree is an example of what the Central Park Conservancy is cutting down to open up vistas in Central Park


This is the view which was obstructed by this tree.


Now from the 72nd Street Transverse visitors can get a better view of the Model Sailboat Pond.


January 29, 2012


City of New York
Parks & Recreation
The Arsenal
Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021
phone: (212) 360-8111
fax: (212) 360-1373


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On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM, Lincoln Karim wrote:


Lincoln Karim
204 W 55th Street Apt 507A
New York NY 10019


January 29, 2012


City of New York
Parks & Recreation
The Arsenal
Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021
phone: (212) 360-8111
fax: (212) 360-1373


Dear Mr Benepe:


This letter is to inform you that there is suspicious activity being carried out by the Central Park Conservancy pertaining to the destruction of trees in Central Park.


The NYC Parks & Recreation Department failed to comply with and as such violated the Freedom of Information Act. I filed a request with the NYC P&R Dept on December 23, 2011 and since then I have not received neither my request nor an acknowledgement. I also sent a reminder to the NYC P&R on January 26, 2012 and again did not receive any acknowledgment. The information requested was necessary information which I believe would help me establish that the Central Park Conservancy is destroying valuable trees in Central Park for illegitimate reasons.


Since the information I requested was not provided I have good reason to believe that the information is being withheld (illegally) because it may prove that the Central Park Conservancy is guilty of arborcide and perhaps more violations regarding tree destruction in Central Park.


I hereby demand that ALL tree cutting in Central Park be stopped immediately until this matter is investigated.


These trees which are being destroyed by the CP Conservancy took many decades to grow and if proven to be true there is no way to penalize the guilty party for this crime to Nature. Until an proper investigation can be made please stop ALL tree cutting in Central Park!




Lincoln Karim
(917) 763-4672




Lincoln Karim
204 W 55th Street Apt 507A
New York NY 10019


December 23, 2011


City of New York
Parks & Recreation Alessandro G. Olivieri (General Counsel)
The Arsenal
Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021
phone: (212) 360-8111 fax: (212) 360-1373 email: foil@parks.nyc.gov

[Amy Kleitman/Caren H. Kang Public Access Officer/Assistant Counsel]




Re: Freedom of Information Law [FOIL] Request; NYC PARKS & RECREATION


All documents associated with the maintenance of trees in Central Park, New York City.


Dear Records Access Officer:


Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request records or portions thereof pertaining to:


The destruction of trees in Central Park whether for disease, or storm damage, or for beautification purposes in the year 2011.


1. Please provide me with any document on communication written/electronic/verbal between any official and/or member of the NYC Parks & Recreation and any person/s associated with the Central Park Conservancy on the destruction of tress in Central Park for reasons pertaining to all trees being diseased.


2. Please provide me with any communication written/electronic/verbal between any official and/or member of the NYC Parks & Recreation and any person/s associated with the Central Park Conservancy on the destruction of trees in Central Park for reasons pertaining to all trees being damaged by storms/rain/snow/wind and as such posed a danger to park patrons.


3. Please provide me with any communication written/electronic/verbal between any official and/or member of the NYC Parks & Recreation and any person/s associated with Central Park Conservancy on the destruction of trees in central park for reasons pertaining to those trees being destroyed for esthetic purposes/creating vistas/eopening up spaces etc.


In other words I need all documents relating to trees removed/destroyed/cut down for non-hazardous purposes by NYC Parks and/or the Central Park Conservancy and/or any private or contracted arborist or tree maintenance persons or company.


4. Please provide any documents generated by NY City Parks & Recreation providing permits for vehicles/machinery by all contractors associated with tree maintenance in Central Park.


Please supply the records without informing me of fees if the fees for this request are not in excess of $500.00.


As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five business days of receipt of a request. Therefore, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible and look forward to hearing from you shortly.


If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name and address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.




Lincoln Karim
Park Patron & NYC Resident


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