BROOKLYN - The New York City Department of Parks is urging residents to remain alert when near trees after a Brooklyn man was fatally struck by a falling branch in Central Park Thursday.

Police say Elmaz Qyra was walking through the park when heavy snow and strong winds caused a large tree limb to fall. Qyra was fatally struck in the head near 69th Street and Fifth Avenue.

While some Brooklyn residents say the Central Park incident has taught them to be more cautious, others say they won't concern themselves with the inevitable.

If anyone sees fallen tree limbs, they are urged to call the NYC hotline at 311.