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A stuffed-animal tree controversy grows in Brooklyn

Posted at 11:06 PM, Dec 11, 2012
and last updated 2014-12-19 08:48:36-05

New York City is known for its interesting and diverse neighborhoods. A tree is the talk of E 70th Street in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn.

The homeowner says about 7 years ago he started attaching stuffed animals to the branches of a tree in his front yard. Since that time, neighbors and families have traveled to his house to add to the collection.

Some neighbors love the display and others seem to tolerate it. Eugene Fellner has lived on the street for more than 15 years. He bought the house and is a former city employee. Many of the neighbors on the street have also been there for a long time.

Fellner has recently removed some of the items and repositioned others. He estimates there are 1,033 toys on the tree (give or take a few bears).

Each spring, the cherry tree blooms.