Fourteen months after the neighborhood’s iconic Christmas tree was lost to Mother Nature, Woodhaven finally has a new one.
The 40-foot tall tree that stood at Forest Parkway and Jamaica Avenue in front of a Chase bank branch and was decorated and lit every Christmas was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012.
A new evergreen tree was due to be planted at the same location as the old one last spring, but a different tree was planted on the site instead. It has since been moved to another location.
In 2012 and 2013, Woodhaven residents lit an artificial tree at the site during the holidays. The Parks Department had planned on having the new evergreen tree in place for the 2013 holiday season, but that was delayed until after the holidays.
Ed Wendell, the former president of the Woodhaven Reisdents’ Block Association, posted a picture of the new tree, covered in freshly-fallen snow, Tuesday morning on his blog Project Woodhaven.
“May it stand for many, many years — and may it be decorated by many generations of Woodhaven residents,” he wrote.