Rogue tree branch in Central Park puts tourist in hospital - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Rogue tree branch in Central Park puts tourist in hospital

Posted: Updated:

Advocate calls for change, park trims limbs, walkers keep walking

By MAC KING | Fox 5 News

NEW YORK (MYFOXNY.COM) -- A day after a falling tree branch struck a 59-year-old woman in Central Park on Tuesday, walkers, bikers and passersby could find crews taking buzz saws to some park boughs. St. Luke's confirmed the victim remained in stable condition Wednesday, while park-users found tape and barricades diverting them from the scene.

Among those forced to make a slight detour: a young girl in a stroller named Eva. She hitches a free ride through the park with her grandfather, Boris Khurgin, daily and relies on his navigation to keep her safe.

"I try to walk around suspicious trees," Khurgin said.

Still, most regulars Fox 5 found Wednesday seemed unfazed by the prospect of an unstable Central Park canopy.

"No, I do not worry about tree branches falling on me," boot camp instructor Maria Smallwood said. "I feel it's safe."

Jeffrey Tabeck doesn't work in the park like Smallwood, but does walk back and forth through it on his way to and from work.

"The Parks Department does a really great job," he said.

One man less psyched with the city's stray-branch-proofing efforts was Geoffrey Croft, president of NYC Park Advocates.

"Decade after decade," Croft said, "[the city] allocate[s] a fraction of the funds needed to properly secure our parks."

Croft called this latest rogue branch part of a greater trend and not just a fluke incident.

"We're spending an enormous amount of energy on this million-tree program," he said, "but we're not hiring the proper people to take care of them."

The NYC Parks Department expressed its condolences for the victim after the incident occurred Tuesday, but did not respond to Fox 5's further requests for comment.

Since 2009, two people have died and another suffered brain injuries from falling Central Park limbs.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: August 1, 2014

    Friday Night Live: August 1, 2014

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:28:04 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: an exclusive interview with superstar LL Cool J, a helicopter tour over New York City, dishing on celebrity relationships, and sexier breakfast with Chef Mark Bailey.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: an exclusive interview with superstar LL Cool J, a helicopter tour over New York City, dishing on celebrity relationships, and sexier breakfast with Chef Mark Bailey.
  • Central Park underwear run

    Central Park underwear run

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:16:48 GMT
    Raw athleticism streaked through Central Park Friday evening bared for a modest body of spectators. Two-hundred triathletes ran a skimpy 1.7-mile loop in their underwear to flesh out the opening festivities of New York City Triathlon weekend.Midriffs and tan lines rippled in the open air and a not-so-tighty finish saw the first male and the first female finishers undress the course in record time.
    Raw athleticism streaked through Central Park Friday evening bared for a modest body of spectators. Two-hundred triathletes ran a skimpy 1.7-mile loop in their underwear to flesh out the opening festivities of New York City Triathlon weekend.Midriffs and tan lines rippled in the open air and a not-so-tighty finish saw the first male and the first female finishers undress the course in record time.
  • 'Get on Up' and James Brown's Harlem legacy

    'Get on Up' and James Brown's Harlem legacy

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:55:13 GMT
    "Get on Up" is in theaters now. The film chronicles the career of James Brown, who had a special connection to Harlem and New York. Billy Mitchell is the in-house historian at the historic Apollo Theater. He says the Apollo was a second home to Brown, as it was here where he became an international superstar who appealed to all. But Brown's NYC legacy stretches even further.
    "Get on Up" is in theaters now. The film chronicles the career of James Brown, who had a special connection to Harlem and New York. Billy Mitchell is the in-house historian at the historic Apollo Theater. He says the Apollo was a second home to Brown, as it was here where he became an international superstar who appealed to all. But Brown's NYC legacy stretches even further.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices