JM, Stumped, 12.30.08
Where was once a seventy-five year old tree in Riverside Park, there is a fresh stump and a cordon advising danger. I know nothing about the circumstances of its removal, but it must have been recent, over the holidays while nobody was looking.
The stump looks healthy, even typical of a tree in midlife. Rec and Parks, of course, advised nothing to the City at large regarding the removal---even in the era of "transparency." As a matter of fact, the Rec and Parks blog's last entry is November 21 as of this posting.
Even Forest Lawn, when it is obliged to remove old trees, lets the public know. The City lets the people know with police tape.