Take a chair! City removes tornado-blown seat from tree

Up a tree! Chair has been stuck in branches since tornado
Photo by Tom Callan

Park Slope’s newest neighborhood icon — no, not a baby stroller, but a chair stuck in a tree on Fifth Avenue, was uprooted by Parks officials on Wednesday, hours after this newspaper alerted the agency to a curiosity that dated back to September’s tornado.

Parks spokeswoman Meghan Lalor said that a worker used a tool called an extension pole saw to dislodge the chair, which was nestled comfortably in the branches since the twister ravaged the neighborhood.

The white plastic chair was one of a pair, but its doppelganger fell out of its wooden prison after a hailstorm battered the neighborhood in October.

Lalor said this was the only instance of an unusual object being discovered in borough branches following the storm, whose 70 mile-per-hour winds felled hundreds of trees.

She said the agency did not receive any complaints about the chair — even though residents told us that they did call 311 — and first learned about it late Tuesday when contacted by this newspaper.

For some, the chair offered a measure of humor after the vicious storm.

“It was one of the funnier things after the tornado,” said Sarah Valk, the administrative director of Eladia’s Kids, which operates an early childcare center near Lincoln Place. “It became part of the walk on Fifth.”

And now, it is gone.