Queens, NY — 9/16/10

The tree came down in a storm and rested in this position for weeks.

Calls to the Fire Department (FDNY) to do something about it, by an elderly woman whose fire escape was blocked by the tree, were met with laughter. Finally at around 1AM on a rainy evening, the neighborhood was awaken by a thunderous bang, followed by a lot of swearing.

It turns out, an FDNY Captain driving up the street didn’t see the tree and crashed into it — whereupon he took out a chain saw and finished the job. True story.

 Photograph: Stephen Wise