Police are searching for this man who, despite efforts of locals to stop him, axed down a 20-foot gingko tree in Brooklyn. The arborcide may have been committed by a former tenant at the nearby apartment building.
Both residents and the building owner have identified the man.
A nice touch is the guy who uses the fallen tree as a way of stealing the bike chained to the stump.
The story “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” is a bit more uplifting:
“A new tree had grown from the stump and its trunk had grown along the ground until it reached a place where there were no wash lines above it. Then it had started to grow towards the sky again. Annie, the fir tree, that the Nolans had cherished with waterings and manurings, had long since sickened and died. But this tree in the yard–this tree that men chopped down…this tree that they built a bonfire around, trying to burn up its stump–this tree had lived!”
Source: Smoking Gun