Look Up: Watch Out for Dangerous Trees Ready to Fall


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All around Ditmas Park, there are neighbors who still have trees resting on their roofs, trees are leaning against other trees, branches are dangling precariously, and sidewalks are destroyed in places by upturned trees whose stumps still remain. Many of these issues need to be addresses as soon as possible, and especially before the next storm, due Wednesday.

We’ve updated our Sandy damage map to include the dangerous areas as red push pins. If you spot any more dangerous areas around the neighborhood (trees or anything else), you can continue to send us info and photos at or you can enter the information directly on the map, located here.

It’s the city’s responsibility to remove dangerous street trees. You should immediately report them to 311. The forestry service is currently overwhelmed with thousands of requests and are prioritizing as best they can. Still, we have some enormous trees that look like they’re on the brink of collapse. What’s going to happen when this week’s storm hits?

Once you call 311, you should receive a number that allows you to check back in on the status of the report.

If you spot any dangerous trees, email us at or update the map, located here. The least we can do is warn neighbors about where they need to keep an eye out for possible falling debris.

You can request trees fallen in public spaces to be removed here. The city put out a notice saying:

During the storm emergency, the Parks Department is prioritizing only service requests for storm related tree damage. To report a tree issue, please call 311 or text 311-692, or submit an online forestry service request. Please be patient as we are experiencing extremely high call volumes, and you may experience intermittent delays with the online request form also due to extremely high volume.

Call your insurance company on how to proceed with tree removal. They may need to send out an adjustor. They may have authorized companies capable of removing the tree without inflicting more damage. And of course, take pictures to document the damage.

Trees aren’t the only danger. From over on Beverley Road and Ocean Parkway, we just got this picture from Michael Milch of a damaged elevator. Whether or not it will survive the storm if left unfixed is anyone’s guess. It’s been reported to 311, but they have not responded.


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  1. The Parks Department seems to be saying this past week that trees they’ve been pruning for dozens of years are not in their “jurisdiction.” I was told that the city tree that fell on property owned by the church at Dorchester and East 18th Street is the church’s responsibility, not the city’s. Let’s hope the church’s insurance picks up the tab for the tree’s removal. (If true, very interesting.)

    Private tree services are swamped with requests to chop down damaged and hazardous trees, and their problem is made worse by lack of gas for their trucks and for their gas-powered saws. They just can’t get to all their customers. Maybe they’re waiting on 10-hour gas lines.

    Most of the trees in our neighborhood will, we hope, stay put during our upcoming nor’easter, because they’re not going to be taken care of by either the Parks Department or reputable tree people any time soon.

  2. Parks Dept workers are still in other neighborhoods removing trees to open streets. From what I’ve seen we had had a very quick cleanup by Parks and Sanitation workers. THey will return to us once all of the boro’s strets are opened.

  3. I am the homeowner of one of the houses with a tree on top pictured above. Private tree services will not touch street trees even if we want to pay for removal. The city will not tell us why our tree has not been removed yet – would be wonderful to get a reason, or reassurance that it doesn’t look shaky (to us it looks ready to fall at any moment). If they don’t think it’s their responsibility they haven’t said so. My husband and I have two children under 3 years old and we are very worried about it continuing to sit on our house, ready to fall.

  4. Marlena, I have been worrying about you as I walk by every morning. Have you tried talking to the Community Board? Elected officials? It needs to be taken care of before the next storm!

  5. Of course.

    Apart from clearing streets, they need to prioritize life-threatening hazardous situations like the one they have created at 660-664 Rugby Rd, which I believe was misdiagnosed.

    It has been 6 days since it was reported.
    We can only hope no-one, motorists or pedestrians, is killed.

    It’s a 200ft sycamore split in half, partially leaning on one house, 4-5 loose 10-15ft boughs on top of the slanted roof, which could tumble down into the street and sidewalk at any time.
    The crack in the split trunk is widening daily, the second ‘Y’ in the trunk is also splitting. They will most probably come down into thee street and sidewalk tomorrow during the Northeaster.

  6. Since we first reported it and a Service Request/Work Order was created
    (Oct 30th), there has been no progress (1 week ago). The Nor’easter/East
    Coast Storm arrives tomorrow.

    While we, and our very concerned neighbors, understand the massive
    recovery operation is still ongoing, this hazardous and deadly ‘accident
    waiting to happen’ cannot end well.

    a 200ft sycamore split in half, partially leaning on one house, 4-5
    loose 10-15ft boughs on top of the slanted roof, which could tumble down
    into the street and sidewalk at any moment.
    The crack/split in the left ‘Y’ of the
    trunk is widening daily, and what holds it to the trunk is very little.
    The crack/split in the right ‘Y’ of the trunk is elongating and growing wider.

    They will most probably come down into the street and sidewalk
    tomorrow (during the Nor’easter/East Coast Storm arrives tomorrow, Nov 7th).

    concern has been the danger to motorists and pedestrians, we have
    reported this daily to 311 and 911, have also contacted the Dept of the US
    Forestry, the NYC Parks Dept, FEMA, the Dept of Environmental
    Conservation, and the National Interagency Fire Center.

    The hazard has been greatly documented on ‘SeeClickFix’ (, a great service I hope everyone becomes familiar with, who
    in turn notify – Brooklyn Community Board 14, NY City Council District
    40, Prospect Park Environs, and Marty Markowitz—the Brooklyn Borough

    I believe we have fulfilled our civic duty, hopefully no lives
    are lost in the next 24 hours when this tree(s) falls into the street
    and sidewalk.

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