Source: Katie McNish

A large tree tumbled from the Brighton line subway abutment into an adjacent empty lot, leaving part of the tree hanging from a power line and putting considerable stress on it.

We’re not sure when this happened, but we spotted it today. We last passed this lot on East 15th Street, between Avenue X and Avenue Y, two or three weeks ago and the fallen tree was not there.

Given that the lot and easement is full of dead trees, weathered wooden planks and dry leaves, if the power line snaps we foresee a pretty bad situation. The lot is also surrounded on either side by older wood-based homes, making them particularly vulnerable to a fire if the lines do snap, sending sparks everywhere.

There is no open complaint found for this problem on the 311 website, so we opened one. We’ll keep an eye on it to see how long it takes to fix this dangerous situation.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

     That lot has been vacant for about 5 years. The wooden fence has gone down a number of times. Pity, there used to be a very quaint home there.

  • bagels

    I think there are many trees in Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay that are on their last legs or should I say last limbs. The Parks department should take a serious look at these ancient trees and consider culling  those that look like they could keel over and damage private property. Is it even possible to get someone from the city to cut back trees that are starting to overhang your house? 

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

       Yes. They often become a safety risk. So call 311 if you see something like that and report it. They MAY do something about it.

  • Brightonresident

    This is why all power lines belong underground!!!

  • mckfishy

    Those are not power lines they are phone or cable. The power lines are higher on the pole. Con Ed will trim trees and make sure the lines are clear but cable and phone only seem to do something if it effects service i.e. some one has no Phone service

  • Marina

    Just wanted you guys to know this story was mentioned on PIX11 morning news today and they referenced your site as a source.