What else could the Powers That Be think of to devastate the Stuy Town/PCV community? Well, how about taking one of the core attractions of the Oval--the plantings and flowers--and ripping them out and mowing them down? In an unbelievable and shocking and disheartening action, work crews this week have devastated the western portion of the Oval, only leaving behind (for now at least) the major trees in the area.
Why has this been done?
Several guesses, but the primary one is that CWCapital can now add to its sale prospectus the fact that there's been complete and recent landscaping done in the area. Perhaps, too, there's the ability of a better view of the Oval from the guard booth, where Public Safety is stationed, monitoring personal text messages on their phones. Or, just simply, after trying to make tenants homeless, CWCapital is now going after the squirrels, who, when I was there in the morning, were running around frantically, divested of much of their habitats.
I dread to think what will take the place of the uprooted flowers and greenery. Perhaps very low plants, to give the entire Oval a beach plaza look in keeping with the sunbathing going on in the Oval Lawn. And cabbage patches in the winter.
What used to give the Oval the feel of being a luxuriant oasis in Manhattan is now chiefly gone.
There it is. The blooming flowers, the rich greenery. ALL GONE.
Simply unbelievable and tragic.