Gripepad has a certain nostalgia for its old home on the rim of Washington Square Park, so it often follows events there. Now, Washington Square Park Blog reports a mysterious rash of tree deaths there (the one above was photographed yesterday), even as the never-ending renovation of the park continues. What–or who–is killing the trees? “These events were forecast by a landscape architect I encountered back in August of 2009 who predicted ALL the trees around the fountain would likely die and attributed this to the design,” says WSPB. “These young (now dead) trees replaced perfectly healthy living trees which were 40+ years old, axed because they got in the way of the Bloomberg Administration’s plan to move the famous fountain 22 feet east to align with the Arch at Fifth Avenue.” Rationalization=Arborcide?