It’s mushroom season in the Northeast, and, to foragers like Marie Viljoen, a writer and urban gardener, that’s a reason to salivate.
Rodrigo Medellin’s first word was flamingo, but his first love was bats. And on a recent late-summer evening, the 55-year-old led a bat-finding expedition through Central Park as part of a marathon effort to tally as many species as possible in 24 hours.
“You have to think as if you were a bat,” Mr. Medellin said of the event, known as the BioBlitz. “You put your brain into bat mode and just picture where a bat would fly.”
And so Mr. Medellin, a bat scientist at the University of Mexico, along with a contingent of other scientists and bat aficionados, set off deep into the northern section of the park at twilight to position nearly invisible mist nets along the Loch, a ribbon of water that flows from a waterfall near the Glen Span Arch.
Battle of the Bike
There are times when it’s totally okay to stop and capture nature’s beauty. And then, there are times when you should just let it be.
Apparently Taraka Larson, frontwoman for the Brooklyn psych-dance-sister-duo Prince Rama, didn’t get that memo and wound up getting 15 rabies shots yesterday as a result.
While taking a Read More
If anyone is going to exploit tourists, it’s going to be them.
In a not-so-shocking turn of events, Citi Bike has had negative consequences on independent bike rental programs, according to workers on the southern tip of Central Park.
The Eight-Day Week
This morning, the Central Park Conservancy announced a new fundraising campaign called “Central Park for Sale.” But by the afternoon, the site had been taken down.
The campaign is supposed to allow anyone to purchase a plot of land on a “virtual Great Lawn.” This virtual Great Lawn has no connection to the real Great Lawn in Central Park, save for the name. It’s just an online social networking game, the Central Park equivalent of Farmville, if you will.
Prepare the juice cleanse: at the Central Park Conservancy’s annual “Taste of Summer,” dozens of fancy food tables amount to a cavalcade of calories. Gourmet grub is provided by the 21 Club, Armani Ristorante, La Esquina, PJ Clarke’s, Sirio Ristorante, Swifty’s and Tulsi, to name a few. Those with fat wallets and hungry tummies who Read More
City Pays Out
While you were busy writing out a list of neutral topics yesterday to discuss during your terse, obligatory five minute Father’s Day phone call (verboten items, as always: your career, your love life, how mom’s doing), this roller-skating poppa said “Screw it” and went to the park instead of waiting for his kids to call. Why stress about family when you can just strap on your quad skates, go to Central Park and dance like nobody’s watching?
In this era of over-snark and legitimate concerns of Big Brother-monitoring, it’s truly refreshing to see a man who doesn’t care what people think of his good time moves.
It looks like money does grow on trees—and that’s not a good thing.
The City of New York has quietly awarded a Google engineer who sustained life-altering injuries from a falling tree limb in Central Park a cool $11.5 million, it was recently revealed.
Sasha Blair-Goldensohn was struck by a rotten Pine Oak branch on his Read More
Make Some Noise
The Harlem Meer was teeming with wildlife on a windy morning last week. Barn swallows swooped about stealthily, hunting for insects. Red-winged blackbirds sang their pretty songs in the distance. A wood duck dabbled lazily in the middle of the lake. And on a nearby bank, a great egret waded into the water, which was Read More
They really struck a chord!
The Sing For Hope program, which refurbishes old pianos and places them around the city for all to play, is putting 88 new pianos around the city this weekend. Why 88? Because it corresponds to the number of keys on a piano.
The pianos will be placed all Read More