GREENWICH VILLAGE — NYPD Emergency Service Unit officers cut down a tree on Christopher Street Wednesday after a delivery truck trying to squeeze down the narrow road got stuck in its branches, according to witnesses and sources.
The truck, owned by Bronx-based construction supply company F&F supplies was trying to pass another vehicle parked on the south side of of Christopher Street between Seventh Avenue and Bleecker Street when it swiped a tree and got wedged against its trunk and a low-hanging branch, according to Robert Ziegler, who owns neighboring business Boots & Saddle.
“It got stuck for two hours. The tree dug into the top of the truck,” Ziegler said. He added that one of the tree's limbs had hung low over the street for years.
A DCPI spokeswoman confirmed that Emergency Service Units were sent to the scene to secure the area. Sources said ESU members cut down the tree to free the truck and get traffic moving again.
"It's unfortunate but it wasn't intentional, the tree was leaning into the street and the truck got stuck," said Marvis Angus, the Warehouse manager of F&F supplies.
Neighbors said they were disappointed that the tree had to come down.
"It's so sad that a tree is cut up and thrown into the street like garbage," said 55-year-old Jessica Berk, who lives in the neighborhood and created The Christopher Street Partnership to preserve the street.
"This block is beautiful, trees are really what makes the block beautiful."