Empire Management and Construction put up the “No Parking” signs, the city said

Screw job! Contractor bolts traffic signs to trees in W’burg

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A city contractor, apparently short on time or signposts, screwed metal “No Parking” signs to trees along Meserole Street in Williamsburg, angering neighbors and injuring the trees.

Empire Management and Construction, which asked the city for a permit to do construction along the block between Graham and Manhattan avenues, bolted three of the transportation-department-issued placards to three trees to clear the work area of vehicles, to the consternation of area plant-lovers who say a threat to the air-cleaning flora is a threat to them.

“Maybe we need a public service announcement so that people understand how trees can be damaged and the cost to replace trees,” said activist Teresa Toro. “This is not just about aesthetics. Damage to trees leads to sickness and death of the trees and that is a public health issue.”

A Department of Transportation rep said on Wednesday that the agency inspected the trees on Meserole after a reporter notified it of the situation and that it will ticket the builder. The rep declined to say if there is a fine associated with the citation.

The city issues more than 100 sidewalk and roadway construction permits to utility companies, contractors, government agencies, and homeowners annually. The permits come with the “No Parking” signs, which, according to city rules, must be attached to posts or guardrails.

The city was not immediately sure what Empire Management and Construction’s permit was for. The company could not be reached for comment.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bif from Back to the Future says:
Hey McFly,

Make like a DOT sign post and get out of here.
April 17, 2014, 4:56 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
And some of them are named Carpenter already.

I heard they tried, but they started shaking too much anytime a construction worker close. They'd probably work better for Ohio traffic signs anyway.
April 17, 2014, 8:02 am
ty from pps says:
Don't you guys have your own website to whine on?
April 17, 2014, 9:04 am
diehipster from Drilling Dylans says:
Why won't anyone pay attention to me? I make every effort to get people to listen to me and I get nothing.
April 17, 2014, 9:06 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
New York needs to reinstate the death penalty. Tree harming and making lazy internet comments ought be to capital offenses.
April 17, 2014, 9:42 am
Jake Steed from where you moved to says:
Mike, are your really FROM Williamsburg? C'mon now.
April 17, 2014, 1:09 pm
Slappy says:
He's from south williamsburg. So south it's florida.
April 17, 2014, 10:09 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
What an ——.
April 20, 2014, 1:58 pm

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