Violent storm hits Bowne House on September 16th , 2010
A number of our members have been concerned about Bowne House and the recent storm in Flushing.
On the evening of September 16th a violent storm hit New York City. Queens and Brooklyn sustained heavy damage, with large trees and falling branches littering many neighborhoods. Flushing was hard hit and Bowne Street lost many of its street trees. Huge trees were snapped off or upended, with roots exposed. The type of damage and the path of the destruction suggested that the area was hit by a mini-tornado or microburst.
Fortunately, Bowne House itself survived with minor damage although the storm made a mess of the gardens and grounds. A number of our rare and unusual trees lost branches, and our Quaker Cross garden was crushed under a large limb. The most significant loss was destruction of an ancient American Elm, one of the last surviving elms in New York. American Elms, which once graced streets and parks, were virtually wiped out by Dutch Elm disease in the 20th century. The elm was the largest tree on the Bowne property and provided shade at the part of the property. A large limb landed on the roof of a nearby building, but did not cause any structural damage. The accompanying photos were taken the day after the storm.
We will miss the elm and hope to find a suitable, historically appropriate replacement.