Another tree hit by a truck on Gramercy Park South
On Monday 9/8 a Linden tree planted in a tree garden on the Park side of Gramercy Park South (GPS) was struck by a truck. A witness reported that the truck had difficulty turning from Irving Place onto GPS.
According to a tree expert who came to assess the damage to the tree: "The tree must come down. A huge portion of the main stem was broken off by the truck. It's not going to heal properly; the wound is too big and deep. It's going to decay. It's a hazard for people walking underneath it."
Two other trees on Gramercy Park South were taken down by the Parks Department the week of 8/25.
The 23 GPS construction site currently occupies the parking and traffic lanes along the south side of GPS from 23 to 19 GPS. East bound traffic on GPS must merge and travel in the bike and parking lanes along the north side of GPS from the Irving Place traffic light to Gramercy Park East.
Also due to the construction, the sidewalk in front of 23 GPS is shut to pedestrian traffic. Although there is signage directing pedestrians to cross the street, residents are reporting that pedestrians are walking regularly alongside the construction barriers in the direct line of traffic. Neighbors have observed trucks mounting the sidewalk, trying to avoid pedestrians walking in the traffic lane.