St. Luke’s Cherry Trees
Where have all the cherry blossoms gone?
With bursts of soft pink and white blossoms, the allee of cherry trees that heralded the arrival of Spring each year to the West Village is no more.
As part of St. Luke’s deal with Toll Brothers for the construction of a twelve story residential tower, two weeks ago workers dug up all twenty-two trees and green construction fencing was installed.
Seven trees were shipped to St Michael’s Cemetery in Queens where they await re-planting behind a memorial wall that is currently under construction.
The remaining fifteen cherries—Prunus serrulata amanagawa—are to be planted in St. Luke’s gardens and on Barrow Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets.