April 2, 2020 Alex Nguyen

Gramercy Park Update

We want to thank Gramercy Park neighbors for respecting social distancing guidelines, so the Park can remain open as a safe refuge during this difficult time.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the Park must be closed today, Thursday 4/2 for Tree and Shrub Maintenance, and Deep Root Invigoration by Bartlett Tree Experts. We are hoping it will be open by 3pm, or possibly sooner.

The closure is necessary for safety reasons , due to the presence of large equipment and trucks , and out of an abundance of caution in case of falling limbs and branches . It is necessary that we do this now to assess our trees for branch deterioration , diminished capacity for growth, and discolored foliage.

Based on Bartlett’s analysis, they have selected several trees for deep-root invigoration. This 4000-year-old system (it used to be known as “tilling the earth”) now involves aerating the root system with special equipment and regenerating organic matter back into the soil. A supersonic air spade is used so as not to damage the feeder roots.