I was coming home from an outing in Rego Park on September 16 around 6 p.m., and just when I walked into my building lobby, I noticed a swirl and the skies turned pitch black.
Then I heard a snap. Everything unfolded in no time.
After the storm subsided, I surveyed the damage on my block, and huge branches of three mature trees were snapped off. One tremendous branch was blown half a block away, alongside an SUV. The corner of P.S. 175 on 102nd Street was roped off, due to a tree on the ground.
A mature tree by Forest Hills Jewish Center looks like it received a massive pruning. I was just remarking on the Rego-Forest Preservation Council blog earlier this month, how Forest Hills Jewish Center deserves kudos for maintaining that 60-year-old tree very well.
Across the street is MacDonald Park, where trees have plummeted on top of benches and tables, and in the road. Cars are smashed too. The park, Burns Street and Continental Avenue in the Forest Hills Gardens, and Yellowstone Boulevard off the north side of Queens Boulevard seem to have suffered the worst.
The neighborhood and beyond seems to have experienced a war, but of nature. My heart goes out to the family of the victim on the Grand Central Parkway. RIP!
It proves that we have to be thankful for every moment. I also must say RIP to the countless precious trees that have gone on the wayside. They take decades to mature, but in moments, some were uprooted. It all came to an end. May we make repairs efficiently, and coordinate a campaign to replant some of the missing trees.
Rego-Forest Preservation Council chair