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The new holiday tree in Woodhaven has died

Replaced one toppled by Hurricane Sandy

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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:26 am, Thu Jul 31, 2014.

It never was a bad little tree, but Woodhaven’s new Christmas tree, which replaced the community’s iconic 27-year-old evergreen that was taken down by Hurricane Sandy’s winds, needed more than just a little love.

Planted in January, the tree did not thrive in its location on Forest Parkway near Jamaica Avenue, according to Maria Thomson, executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, and died in the past few weeks.

“I don’t know why it died,” she said. “I called [Parks] about it and they said something like 7 percent of trees they plant don’t live. Poor little tree, I guess we got one of the 7 percent.”

The old tree towered over Forest Parkway Plaza for nearly three decades and was decorated every Christmas and illuminated during the neighborhood’s annual holiday celebrations, which also includes a menorah lighting. An artificial one was used for the 2012 and 2013 events while the neighborhood waited for a new tree.

Last summer, the city planted a deciduous tree on the site, angering residents. They later moved that one and put the evergreen up in early January.

Thomson said the dead tree will be replaced with a new one, but she wasn’t yet told when that would be.

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