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Cobble Hill Chain Saw Massacre

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Sometimes a tree isn't just a tree, it's a metaphor for the way an entire neighborhood has changed over the course of 40 years. In this particular case, the tree on Kane Street was planted in the 60s and grew as the neighborhood went "from a rough-edged enclave of immigrants to one of the most sought-after ZIP codes in the city, with the prices of houses climbing from the low five digits in the 1960s to millions today." Now, the city says it's big and old and is probably coming after it with chain saws. Is firewood or a good or bad symbol of change? [NYT]