Of course, I knew what my neighbor was referring to when she told me last week as we watched her young daughter clowning around on her little pink bike - "Look, Ma, one hand!" - that her favorite tree in Overlook Park in Kew Gardens had been destroyed.
I knew because my brother reported it earlier, adding,"The character and spirit of place is gone." Obviously, anyone who visited Overlook Park as we have for seven decades witnessed the arborcide and was heartbroken and horrified.
It was a magnificent tree beneath whose stately, spreading branches
children rendezvoused with their friends, families picnicked, leagues of budding athletes played ball on the baseball field it sheltered.
It was a focal point of the knoll that is the Overlook Park; a living landmark.
Then I read about the renovation in this paper, "Forest Park gets a facelift" (July 16). In it, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy
Lewandowski said "members of the community were consulted in the beginning phase of this project."
No one asked me before this atrocity! What next?
It is my abiding wish for new generations that the Great Oak Tree of Overlook Park in Kew Gardens will not soon be forgotten, and the significance of trees be recognized and respected.
Frank S. Alberti