2007-08-31 / Community

Homeowner Says Parks'Trucks Ruined Trees,Sidewalk

By Miriam Rosenberg

Homeowner Says Parks'Trucks Ruined Trees,Sidewalk 

Pictured is the ramp leading up to the boardwalk at the corner near Palmiero's home on Beach 126 Street. Pictured is the ramp leading up to the boardwalk at the corner near Palmiero's home on Beach 126 Street. A Belle Harbor man claims that trucks from the New York City Parks Department, which is supposed to be concerned about preservation, has damaged several trees in his front yard as well as cracked the sidewalk by his home.

Michael Palmiero, who lives on the corner of Beach 126 Street and the boardwalk, says that heavy vehicles, primarily from the Parks Department, caused the damage as they use the sidewalk in front of his house as an entryway to the boardwalk ramp on Beach 126 Street.

"The sidewalk is made for pedestrians," said Palmiero, who called the vehicles "reckless."

"The city should make a ramp [for the trucks]. People walk with their kids. It is an accident waiting to happen."

Palmiero has been contending with the problem for some time.

"Parks trucks, police and EMS - primarily Parks - come up the sidewalk and the ramp and cracked the sidewalk and damaged my trees," said Palmiero. "Parks is all about preservation. Here they come and destroy trees that took years to [grow]."

Heavy trucks, primarily those of the Parks Department, damaged trees and the sidewalk by Michael Palmiero's home. Heavy trucks, primarily those of the Parks Department, damaged trees and the sidewalk by Michael Palmiero's home. He says he paid almost $800 to remove one tree that had died.

"I had to pay to remove it, but they destroyed it," continued Palmiero.

While he says he has complained to Parks, Palmiero told The Wave the only answer he has gotten is "We're sorry. The trucks are not supposed to ride on the sidewalk."

Abigail Lootens, a spokesperson for Parks, responded to an inquiry from The Wave about the issue.

"Parks strives to limit the amount of vehicular traffic on the boardwalk," said Lootens, in an e-mail. "However, we do occasionally use the ramp at Beach 126 to gain access from the street to the boardwalk for maintenance etc., but we avoid sidewalks and take utmost care to never harm street trees. We urge Mr. Palmiero to contact the Rockaways Administrator, Jill Weber, with any concerns."

Lootens has also been given Palmiero's contact information, which she said would be forwarded to Weber.

Palmiero says cracks, such as these, and potholes on the sidewalk were caused by Parks Department vehicles. Palmiero says cracks, such as these, and potholes on the sidewalk were caused by Parks Department vehicles. Palmiero believes the Parks Department should find a better way for their vehicles to go on and off the boardwalk.

"They should eliminate the ramp and reroute it," he told The Wave.

Palmiero's suggestion is to remove the gate where the boardwalk ends at Beach 126 Street and build a new ramp that leads directly to the beach.

Palmiero believes the Parks Department should remove the railing at the end of the Beach 126 Street boardwalk and build a ramp that leads directly to the beach. Palmiero believes the Parks Department should remove the railing at the end of the Beach 126 Street boardwalk and build a ramp that leads directly to the beach.

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