Wasp nest on Second Street at Smith Street, next to F train station
Another wasp nest hanging from a tree on Henry Street at 4th Place, across from MS 142
Photo of wasp nest that hung on a city tree on Court Street next to Carroll Park this summer
This past summer, a huge wasp nest hung on a city tree next to Carroll Park. Since it was close to the ball field, there was concern that a stray ball could possibly hit the nest, agitating the wasps, which could cause them to sting. When the New York Parks Department was alerted and removed the nest.
The residents of Second Street between Smith Street and Hoyt Street have been less successful in getting a huge nest removed from a tree right next to the corner entrance to the F train. Out of concern, the residents have made several calls to 311 as well as directly to the Police Department and the Parks Department. So far, they have gotten nowhere and it is unclear what department is responsible, or event if the City has a mechanism to remove hives.
Another nest has been hanging from a tree on Henry Street at 4th Place right across from MS142 all summer long.
Perhaps wasps do not represent any immediate danger. While I took the photos, I could not detect any visible activity in the nests, so it could be that the colder weather have already displaced their inhabitants. And of course, wasps play important role in the ecosystem by controlling the insect population.
However, the possibility of a swarm of angry wasps attaching someone is understandably a concern.
Does anyone know what agency the Second Street residents should direct their calls to? Are these nests common or is it unusual to find three in such close proximity to each other? Any information would be welcomed.