The giant elm in front of the Mansion House on Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights blew down Sunday during Hurricane Irene. The elm was roughly 85 years old, and was one of the few survivors of Dutch elm disease in the Heights. (More about the tree blowing down here.)
Workers from Terry Tree Service started chopping up the tree at around 9 a.m. Monday.
They started with the small limbs that had smashed against the wooden frame houses across the street.
It took about six hours to clear the tree away. When they were done you could see the broken cast iron fence at 146 Hicks Street, directly across from the Mansion House. Some wooden pieces fell off the facade as well.
Workers from the Mansion House picked up the bricks from where a wall used to stand. Terry Tree Service left the trunk for the Mansion House to take care of.