Trees chopped in Chelsea by Cheyney (not Dick)
The Cheyney, a building on W. 23rd St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., is facing $4,000 in summons from the citys Parks and Recreation Department because of the mysterious decapitation of four ginkgo trees, which had blocked an advertisement on a sidewalk shed in front of the building.
On July 16, the trees tops were chopped off, better displaying a billboard advertisement for Helio, a new mobile messaging company. With Helio, and Culver Media the company that installed the billboard denying allegations of involvement in damaging the trees, the Parks Department is investigating who exactly is responsible for the damage.
Carli Smith, a Parks spokesperson, said Parks intends to levy an additional $6,000 in fines against whoever actually perpetrated the damage, regardless of what happened to whom. In the meantime, Cheyney representatives will present the buildings case regarding the $4,000 summons at a hearing sometime in the next 30 days.