Bowne House October Storm Update, 11/3/2012
A number of our members have contacted us regarding "Sandy", the recent storm. Bowne House survived with very minor damage - a few shingles were blown off the cedar roof near the kitchen area and the old arbor vitae, a few feet away, lost a large limb. The roof is scheduled to be replaced shortly as part of the restoration project. The arbor vitae can be pruned and reshaped.
While southern Queens suffered extensive damage, with many homes destroyed, the Flushing area seemed to escape the brunt of "Sandy". Many of the problems were the result of heavy rain, high winds, and a full moon. Bowne House is situated on higher ground, a few miles from the Flushing Bay and low-lying areas of downtown Flushing.
The adjacent parks, Margaret I. Carman Green and Weeping Beech, also fared well, thanks to recent tree-trimming by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. On the other hand, Central Park in Manhattan lost a number of very old trees, as did the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
Our resident manager, Anne Perl de Pal, spent a few days before the storm securing the property in order to prevent major damage. Without her vigilance, Bowne House might not have been so fortunate.
We thank everyone for their concern. Bowne House has survived 351 years, and we hope it will be around for many more.