Did you know? Asian Longhorned Beetles were first discovered in the US in McCarren Park. The beetle was first detected in the Greenpoint / Williamsburg (depending on who you ask) park in 1996. The NY Daily News reports that the federal government plans to spend $23 million fighting the elusive insects, which have dwelled in local trees for years.
Representative Anthony Weiner said, “We saw a clear pattern – less money and more beetles. This funding boost will go a long way to ensuring that trees will still grow in all five boroughs.”