More arborcide from art project

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The Waterfalls have claimed another victim.

Trees, shrubs, and greenery along the fabled Brooklyn Heights Promenade are showing severe signs of stress, and in some cases, death — thanks to a constant battering of brackish East River water spewing from Olafur Eliasson’s “New York City Waterfalls” project.

The Promenade foliage is just the latest victim of Eliasson’s four-headed killing machine. As The Brooklyn Paper reported earlier this month, the waterfalls’ saline spray has severely damaged trees at the River Café in DUMBO, turning their greenery a decidely autumnal hue.

All around the Montague Street entrance of the 58-year-old Promenade, trees are ailing as leaves catch the constant spray.

“There’s nothing to block the wind up here,” said Irene Janner of the Brooklyn Heights Association, which will ask the mayor’s office to investigate if the situation does not improve.

As with the trees near the DUMBO eatery, the Public Art Fund is working with the Parks Department to fix the damage. Both agencies have agreed that the Waterfalls are definitely the culprit of this epidemic, which has also affected the vegetation near the waterfall on Governors Island.

“Discolorat­ion of leaves can be caused by mist from the harbor’s salt water, which can slow a tree’s ability to take in water efficiently,” the Parks Department said in a statement.

In the same statement, the groups announced that the Public Arts Fund would spearhead an effort to deal with the problem.

“We do not believe they are in any long-term danger,” the statement said.

But Promenade-area dwellers, hoping for a prognosis, will need to wait until next summer, when leaves are expected to reappear on trees.

Updated 5:08 pm, July 9, 2018
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Johnny Mac from Brooklyn Heights says:
Jessica Firger really hit on something by comparing the Brooklyn situation to Governors Island. I went to the National Park there, where it is against the law to damage park resources, a federal felony. The trees are dying there as well. The law requires park officials to certify that they know there will NOT be an "impairment" to park resources, or they are required to shut down the waterfall.

What has the National Park Service done to verify that no "impairment" is happening, once damage was discovered? This would have to be IN WRITING, or NPS management policy is being violated. Who is the Commissioner from NPS that is meeting (this is also a requirement) with the Public Arts Fund, and what position did the National Park Service park commissioner take? THIS SHOULD BE ON THE RECORD.
Aug. 28, 2008, 11:20 am
Matt from Maspeth says:
And just in the interest of accurate reporting and full disclosure, despite considerable effort to disguise the fact, the Falls was another Bloomberg ego trip, financed by the Emperor through various curtain organizations.

Thanks, Mike! Now you should replace every tree out of your pocket, not from public funds! And maybe do some jail time!
May 28, 2010, 2:55 pm

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