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Manhattan mom suing city for $200M for Central Park tree collapse

A Manhattan woman seriously injured when a Central Park tree nearly killed her and her three young sons over the summer plans to file a $200 million lawsuit Monday.

Anne Monoky Goldman’s lawyers plan to level the suit against New York City, the Central Park Conservancy and the companies that maintain the trees over the Aug. 16 collapse, they told ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

“We want to make sure these families are protected,” she told “GMA” in an interview that aired Monday. “No one should have to go through what we went through.”

The 3,000-pound elm tree came crashing down that morning on Monoky Goldman — who had her month-old baby, James, strapped to her chest — and her sons when it snapped and pinned her underneath.

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Anne Monoky Goldman, seen wearing a neckbrace with her husband Curt Goldman, says any fall or misstep could still immobilize her.


The tree near West Drive at W. 62nd St. fell “as a result of decay in the root system beneath the surrounding pavement,” a conservancy spokesperson said last August, noting safety was a top priority.

The organization declined to comment Monday when contacted about the lawsuit.

She was left in critical condition with four fractures to her neck, two of which have since healed. Her 2-year-old son, who was in a stroller at the time, had a fractured skull.

But the other two fractures will never heal, she said her doctors told her, and she’s at risk of becoming a quadriplegic should something go wrong.

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“I can’t fall. I can’t do anything outside,” the former marathon runner, now sporting a neck brace, said, adding one misstep could make her stop breathing. “The baby, I couldn’t lift him up for months.”

Her lawyers initially announced plans to level the lawsuit in September, but it won’t be filed until Monday morning, ABC News reported.

“This is a tree that was falling right before their eyes,” lawyer Jordan Merson told ABC News.

However, Monoky Goldman doesn’t remember much from that day, just that she left the family’s Manhattan apartment to go to Central Park.

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The Goldmans, seen with their three sons, plan to sue the city for $200 million.

The Goldmans, seen with their three sons, plan to sue the city for $200 million.


“She just kept saying, ‘What happened? What happened?’” her husband, Curt Goldman, said in the interview with “GMA.”

The city didn’t comment when reached by ABC News because the lawsuit hasn’t been filed.

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