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UES co-op fights to save 80-year-old trees

The building has taken Con Edison to court

August 10, 2014 09:00AM

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Con Edison workers and 40 East 88th Street

Con Edison workers and 40 East 88th Street

An Upper East Side co-op is taking Con Edison to court in hopes of saving its trees.

On Friday, the utility began slicing the street to install gas mains in front of 40 East 88th Street, with workers marking out a large portion of the sidewalk in front of the building. Residents say that the work would kill four 80-year-old trees outside their front door, according to the New York Post.

The co-op building has responded by sending a lawyer to the Manhattan Supreme Court to obtain a temporary restraining order. The two sides will meet in court on Monday.

“We are hopeful of reaching a resolution that is satisfactory to everyone,” a Con Ed spokesman said. [NYP]Christopher Cameron

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