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Myrtle Avenue’s trees are getting a long-needed trim, just as the neighborhood is sprucing itself up.

Like a haircut that’s lost its shape, the avenue’s trees are in dire need of cutting back, with overgrown limbs and oddly shaped crowns springing up from dilapidated tree pits.

In response to a request from the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project, the Parks Department will prune the street trees from Flatbush to Classon avenues starting in April or May.

“In late 2005, we noticed hazardous tree conditions along the Avenue, such as limbs breaking and branches obstructing pedestrian crosswalk signals,” read the Project’s blog. “So we began reaching out to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to request that trees be pruned.”

According to Parks, one-tenth of the trees in a community board should be pruned each year, but residents should call 311 in case any particularly precarious-looking limbs pose an imminent hazard.

Updated 4:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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