According to legend, this was the question George Washington's father asked, angrily, when he discovered that his favorite cherry tree had been cut down. Those of us who recall the fable know that six-year-old George had the courage to 'fess up: "I cannot tell a lie, Father. I cut it with my little hatchet."
The owner of 419 Warren Street didn't have to ask who cut down his cherry tree on Cherry Alley, planted in a little fenced garden behind his building. He had a pretty good idea. Yesterday morning, he complained on Facebook that DPW workers had mowed down perennials planted outside the fence, along the edge of the alley.
Last night he reported that they had returned and brutally "pruned" his cherry tree, which was growing inside the fence.
Contacted for comment this morning, Public Works superintendent Rob Perry told Gossips that he had personally apologized to the property owner and promised that DPW would replace the savaged cherry tree in kind.