i've been driving around the five boroughs of NYC for 12 years (eek!) now and honestly never saw anything like this before. i thought it was a joke at first. people actually prune the public trees?! in the outer-boroughs, no less?!
well, turns out they do. when i returned to move my car the next day, this sight was waiting for me:
that's some major pruning.
thank goodness i had taken the sign seriously enough to park across the street.