Although this brownstone Brooklyn neighborhood was not in an evacuation zone, Hurricane Sandy's wrath was seen throughout Park Slope in the form of fallen trees, and awnings and signs ripped off buildings.
On Carroll St., between Seventh and Eighth avenues, a tree cracked in the middle of its trunk and crushed two cars, with a third car’s windshield cracked by a branch.
As throngs of Park Slopers crowded around the fallen tree, a woman holding her child looked on and realized the trunk missed her car by just a few feet.
“This tree was almost on top of our car, we were one car away,” said Karina Kliss, a Garfield Pl. resident while holding her 3-year-old son. “We just came out to check on our car, I feel pretty lucky.”
One of the most ravaged blocks was Garfield Pl., between Sixth and Seventh avenues. One tree was ripped out of the ground, roots and all, crushing a car from the length of its trunk to hood.
On the same sidewalk, a few steps away another tree was ripped out of its bed, also with its roots still in tact. The branches were basically knocking on the front door of a brownstone across the street.
“We heard it come down at around 1 p.m., there was not a lot of wind at that point and everyone was shocked,” said Anita Jacobs, who watched the first tree come down from her Garfield Pl. home. “It was a dramatic thudding noise and we came running out to see this poor car completely squished.”
The next tree came down at around 7 p.m., she said, with the same “dramatic thud.”
A father, standing with his wife and two sons, looked at a fallen tree on Eighth Avenue near Montgomery Pl. and contemplated the neighborhood’s carnage.
“I think it’s fortunate the destruction wasn’t worse in Park Slope,” said Peter Labbat. “The greatest damage came from the surges on the coastlines. But, the damage here is relatively light compared to what was forecasted.”
Staring at the lamppost crushed underneath the tree’s weight, Labbat concluded:
“Although many trees have come down,” he said, “we are all sighing a breath of relief that it wasn’t worse.”
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