Pacific Street Loses 20 Trees

Trees cut down to make way for second phase of Atlantic Yards construction.


The deed has been done. Today developer Forest City Ratner cut down 20 street trees to make way for more construction at Atlantic Yards.

Pacific Street residents were horrified when they learned of the plan about three weeks ago, saying that the decade-old trees were one of the only things that made living next to the construction site bearable 

The Parks Department gave developer Forest City Ratner the go-ahead to remove those trees, along with 66 others, in 2008 as part of approval for construction of the Barclays Center, residential highrise mega-project. Ratner has promised to replant 99 trees once construction is done, but the trees don't have to be returned to the same spots, a Parks Department spokeswoman said.

Forest City Rater intends to return the trees to Pacific Street, spokeswoman Ashley Cotton said last month. But when they will return remains unclear.

"We will get then in as soon as possible, but we will not replace the trees before we know our work is done," she said.

Thanks to Dean Street Block Association President Peter Krashes for providing the photos. 

ethan March 06, 2013 at 10:53 PM
It should be noted that is was Forest City Ratner Corp who planted those trees in the first place when Pacific Street had long had nothing to look at before these trees were planted. I am optimistic that FCRC will replant trees in the same location.
ethan March 06, 2013 at 10:55 PM
On another note, FCRC cut down trees along Flatbush Avenue that were planted in the 1970's to build Barclays Center. It should be noted that not only did FCRC replace the trees along flatbush Avenue, but in fact, added additional trees making this stretch of Flatbush Avenue more appealing. I think Peter Krashes should stick to painting in his house and stop harrassing FCRC. How does this guy make a living anyway??
Peter Krashes March 07, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Ethan- The facts in both of your posts are incorrect. Forest City Ratner did not plant the trees they just cut down on Pacific Street. They were planted by the residents and developer of 700 Pacific years ago. And while Forest City Ratner did replace the cut trees along Flatbush Avenue once Barclays Center was completed, that replanting was counted as a partial payment toward the fee they had to pay for the permit they received to cut mature trees. And FCRC has just taken up 5 of those trees because of pedestrian safety concerns. In fact, the plans included in their original Parks permit show a total 42 trees and 33 street trees on the arena block were originally promised It appears now they may be cutting that number down significantly, perhaps to as low as 12 to 17. Add the loss of the arena green roof and there is not going to be a lot of green for the future residents of that block.
Peter Krashes March 07, 2013 at 01:52 AM
To clarify, FCRC originally promised a total 42 trees, (9 canopy and 33 street trees) on the arena block. Now the total may be as low as 12 to 17. As the story above notes, FCRC can choose to plant their replacement trees in other places, meaning the project may be far less green for future residents than promised.
Leslie March 07, 2013 at 11:23 AM
For neighborhood folks trying to get the facts on all sides of the story, maybe if you refrain from including personal insults we'd be more apt to swallow your misinformation, Ethan. When you want to get the facts are you going to believe a town bully? I've flagged this as inappropriate, BTW.
Amy Sara Clark March 07, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Peter is correct about the origin of the trees, Newswalk's developer planted them.
Grand Army March 07, 2013 at 05:51 PM
I hope local residents have at least been to salvage the tree pit guards. Those run hundreds of dollars (as much as $500 iirc) each these days.
Grand Army March 07, 2013 at 05:54 PM
I'd also like to ask that posters like Ethan refrain from ad hominem attacks. Peter Krashes has spent years working for the interests of local residents living near both the arena and the larger AY footprint.
Jen W March 08, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Why did they have to cut down the trees instead of find new homes for them? How wasteful and destructive.
Alan Leader March 08, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Because it's cheaper. Do you think FCRC or The RAT care even one diddly about the residents?
ethan March 08, 2013 at 10:37 PM
I dont believe that Peter Krashes has been an advocate for hundreds of residents. He represents just a handful. There are thousands who believe his credibility is waining and find him annoying.
Jon March 08, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I agree with Ethan. Even though his facts may not be correct, Peter Krashes represents about 5 community people, there are thousands that find him annoying and a waste of NYPD resources. His credibility is starting to wain. Everyone rolls their eyes at community meetings. I mean really, idling limos, who cares. A few trees, so what, you wanted housing, its coming. Screaming Bieber fans, who cares your mother screamed for Sinatra, you screamed for the Beatles too. If everyone just got a job, went to sleep at night and stayed home, they wouldnt be so obsessed with little city annoyances. This is Brooklyn, not the suburbs. Get a thick skin everyone or move.
Grand Army March 08, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Really, guys, can't you just stop with the personal attacks?
Patti Hagan March 09, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Sorry Ethan, but you don't seem to know from the 20 Pacific St. trees or their actual provenance. Those 20 trees were planted long before Ratner invaded Prospect Heights, by Shaya Boymelgreen, the developer of Newswalk. One day one of Boymelgreen's staffers happened to ask me to suggest the best tree to plant on Pacific, across from Newswalk. I suggested Liquidambar styraciflua -- & those are the tough & beautiful street trees (X 20) that Ratner got away with doing away with this week. (This should be noted.) -- Patti Hagan
sam derry March 09, 2013 at 10:45 PM
There are thousands who believe someone who does not know how to spell waning (*waining*) AND who posts twice with different names but reveals himself with his mis-spelling, lacks credibility and is annoying.


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