Woodlawn homeowners frustrated with city over hazardous tree

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Homeowners in Woodlawn are frustrated about a city-owned tree that they say has mangled their sidewalk.

The McCarthy family has lived on the corner of Kepler Avenue and 239th Street for over three decades. They say in recent years they have been battling the city to repair the sidewalk in front of their home.

Technically they can patch up the sidewalk on their own, but they say the city won't allow them to touch the tree that is causing the problem.

They say they are worried the tree, which also has a large detached branch, could harm a home or someone walking through the Woodlawn neighborhood.

The McCarthys filed a request with the NYC Parks Department earlier this month.

News 12 reached out to the Parks Department and is waiting for a response.

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