Dead Group of Trees
The dead trees have been removed, and this is what 411 reader Margaret had to say about the improvement to the smelly conditions:
“Brand new state of the art KOHLER POWER SYSTEM has been installed so our PUBLIC SERVICE can be updated and renewed. Trees down and NEW FENCE in the works, when the new fence is planned, the entire system will receive an upgrade with bushes, trees and whatever else. I have already suggested NO EVERGREENS as the salt from the river destroys them, and the pots were too small to sustain them nutritionally, so they died. SINCE THE SMELL AND POLLUTION ARE NOW GONE, whatever is put there will be verdant and aesthetically NICE for the neighborhood.
THE WORKERS WILL ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS and be very NICE to the tenants here also..COURTESY is not dead…WAHOO…I LIKE upgrading OUR NEIGHBORHOOD with lots of GREEN….”
I pretty much walk by this smelly area of Hoboken almost every day. I never paid attention to what was happening inside this enclosed area near this industrial sewage equipment/exhaust machinery on 11th Street between Hudson and Washington.
However, a reader prompted me to take a closer look, and this is what she had to say:
“Have you ever noticed that all the trees, across the street from Maxwell’s where all that industrial sewage equipment resides in the middle of 11th street, are dead. Think it’s because of the toxic smells that come out of that area or because they haven’t watered them in a while. Just an observation. May want to have someone take an air sample.”
Hmm. Evergreen trees are usually pretty resilient, aren’t they? These things look equally browned out. What could be causing such a horticultural disaster? If it’s sewage, well, that stinks. If they were just neglected, well, that’s a shame.