A tree grows in …uh, the Bronx. But hardly in ideal conditions

by Diane Duane

Somebody call Treebeard, because some people need their heads banged together. Enlarged image only, not linked to news article

A property-line dispute between a builder and a lifelong Bronx resident is in an architectural stalemate – with a live tree right in the middle of a cinder-block wall of a new house.

…The city building code doesn’t actually prohibit anyone from building a wall with a tree in the middle of it, but live trees inside buildings require special construction, said Buildings Department spokeswoman Ilyse Fink.

“The plans do not call for a tree in the wall,” Fink said. “We’re going to send somebody out to look at this.”

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