where the old tree
used to be
This tree at the corner of Prospect and Riverside East came down a few weeks back. All day long the next day, neighbors were walking or driving past, slowing down to take a look or standing silently near the section of trunk that had to be cut up and removed from the road. That same day a friend told me that she thinks she remembers learning that there are cultures in which a baby's first laugh is cause for an official celebration. The passing of an old tree like this one seems like a similar type of event: one worth marking in some way.Mr. D says he thinks the tree was about 75 years old when it fell.