“I think we should rename it disaster park,” said 9-year-old Gabriel Lev as he stood with his mother outside Andrews Grove playground in Long Island City.
Hurricane Sandy brought down at least seven large trees in the park. Pictures taken after the storm show the playground completely covered by thick trunks and large branches. The playground and its fencing were also damaged. (see previous coverage)
“Trees down everywhere,” said Chris Thompson. “It’s sad — we miss the park, it’s a huge loss for the neighborhood.”
Officials at the Parks Department say they are doing their best, and crews are working long hours, but this is a monumental task. A spokesman said the department received 26,000 tree-service-related requests, and 15,000 of them were for trees that fell along streets.