Dedicated to the preservation of Long Island's 'gold coast' estates and other things old.
Monday, November 5, 2012
'Spring Hill' After Hurricane Sandy
Some of the tree damage from Hurricane Sandy suffered at 'Spring Hill', formerly the Henry Carnegie Phipps estate in Old Westbury. The estate lost dozens of trees in the storm (I stopped counting around 50) with about half being toppled over and the others being chewed up and spit out by the winds. In some sections whole stands of trees were blown out and while many big, old trees came down none of the large Beech trees planted by the Olmsted Brothers were destroyed (or even suffered much damage). Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Spring Hill'.
Between Hurricanes Irene and Sandy the entrance allee has been reduced to this. HERE is what it looked like in 2008.
Moving up the hill at about 250 feet above sea level. For some perspective, the tree in the photo above left about a 7 foot in diameter hole in the ground. The construction trailer below had branches come crashing down on it causing the windows to blow out and the roof to collapse.
These two trees were at least 60 feet tall.
The wall didn't appear to suffer tremendously from the tree crashing onto it and seemed not that much worse off than it had been before Sandy's arrival.