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English ElmNorthwest cornerThe English elm at the northwest corner of Washington Square, also known as "Hangman's Elm," is one of the oldest trees on Manhattan Island. According to legend, traitors were hung from the branches of the tree during the American Revolution. Historical records suggest that it is more than 300 years old.More Details

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NYC Parks is currently undergoing a thorough inspection of all trees in Washington Square Park. The last inspection occurred roughly two years ago and immediate hazards were identified and resolved. As of August 8, our Manhattan Forestry unit will be pruning approximately 270 trees over several days. Additionally, there will be one removal of a 32-inch pin oak with root rot in the northwest section of the park to ensure public safety.

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