• Art

    November 20, 2013

    Free Bird: Duke Riley Riles the Law

    Also: Marc Dennis's Paintings Are No Joke

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    We Did Mushrooms at the Bronx Zoo With Andy Animal, Cannibal Tribesman

    "The last interview I did on mushrooms, I said something about the Beatles, and then I'm like, 'Sorry, I can't do this.'" The day after his first show with his new band, Andy Animal's Cannibal Tribe, Andy Animal is driving me to the Bronx Zoo to eat mushrooms and commune with his non-human brethre ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 17, 2013


    Go birding in Central Park

  • Voice Choices

    April 10, 2013


    Barn Owl land at 
Death by Audio

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    For The Birds: New York City Summer Birdwatching

    A recent post on the Environmental Protection Agency's Greening the Apple blog about seasonal birdwatching in Sandy Hook, New Jersey got us thinking: Do you have to go all the way to a neighboring state to check out the summer's cool birds? So we hit up two area birders -- Dr. Robert "Birding Bob" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    PETA: Pigeon Racing Is A "Blood Sport"

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is in a huff after the group's 15-month "investigation" revealed that pigeons often die during pigeon races. In most cases, however -- as even PETA admits -- the animals aren't killed by their handlers, but by things that would kill the birds if they were ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 11, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Save the Pigeons? Flock To Be Evicted from George Washington Bridge Bus Station

    City living is no lark for pigeons. The second-most hated urban animal will soon be booted from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal. The Daily News notes that pigeons have called the rundown station home for some time, but will be kicked out when the terminal undergoes $183 million in renova ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2011

    Birds Know Grammar, Use It Really Good

    "Upon whom shall I defecate?"​Birds can do it all. They fly, have hollow bones, eat worms all day, and live in houses made of sticks and spit. If you think birds can't get any more amazing, think again. Researchers at the University of Kyoto have found that Bengalese finches follow a pitch pat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Roaming Acres Ostrich Farm Faces More Trouble

    wwarby/flickrBig birds seek home.​Todd Appelbaum, owner of Roaming Acres in Andover, N.J, the only ostrich farm in the greater New York area, has had a difficult year. Poor weather in early spring caused his hens to hold back from laying eggs right away -- ostriches prefer to lay eggs when the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2011

    Ailing Penguin Stuck in New Zealand Offered Ride Home Or Spot At SeaWorld

    ​Happy Feet, a young emperor penguin, is stranded in New Zealand. It (scientists haven't determined if the bird is male or female) arrived there last Monday, its appearance being the first time in 44 years that an emperor penguin has been spotted in New Zealand. All is not well. Happy Feet fel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Park Slope Pigeon Killer Sounds Off Online

    ​Normally a quiet neighborhood full of mothers and small children, Park Slope was shaken up on Monday when a nutjob admitted online that he's been poisoning pigeons in JJ Byrne Park. Under the username Pyrrhic Victory the killer wrote extensively about his tactics for avian genocide and then r ... More >>

  • Film

    June 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Prospect Park's Geese to Be Eaten by Pennsylvanians

    ​Following last year's mass slaughter of Prospect Park geese, the Department of Environmental Protection is trying to appease its numerous critics. Not by emphasizing its concern for animal welfare, mind you, but by touting its dedication to recycling. This summer, instead of being left to rot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Baby Falcon Gets a Checkup

    The MTA has released a pretty darn cute video starring the peregrine falcon chicks on the Throgs Neck Bridge. Be prepared to hear incessant chirping. More after the jump!

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Cat and Owl Are Friends

    Because it's a rainy Monday, and we love you: Here is an interspecies alliance between a cat and an owl, named, respectively, Fum and Gebra, put to Spanish rock soundtrack for ultimate cheesy/adorable effect. Cats will be cats; owls are just awesome.

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    This Is the Sound a Baby Penguin Makes When It Is Tickled

    In this day and age, it is common that many of the key mysteries of life are solved via YouTube videos. "What does a baby penguin sounds like when being tickled?" is clearly one. "What is bumblefoot?" remains unsolved by this video, however, which is why we will tell you that Cookie's ailment is "a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Dealing with Canada Geese: Make Lunch, Not Landfills

    Bill Allen1/flickrDinner, anyone?​This summer, New York State announced a plan to help control its Canada Goose population by eliminating some 170,000 birds through gassing, hunting, and birth control. In Prospect Park, some 400 geese were rounded up and euthanized, their bodies then tossed in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Burlesque Cocktail Hour; Cooking Canada Goose

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Drunken Dragon Nights Macao Trading Co. Monday, October 25 at 11 p.m. Calamity Chang and her sexy cohorts are back for another evening of burlesque cabaret, featuri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Park Slope Zombie Geese Returning in Droves to Make Up for Fallen Comrades

    ​In the epic battle of humans vs. geese, it seems that geese have a win. A little more than a month after the mass gassing of some 400 Prospect Park geese that included the goosicide of folk hero Sticky, the birds are back like part two of a good zombie movie. We imagine they are none too happ ... More >>

  • Theater

    August 11, 2010

    'Summer Shorts 4' Does Little for the Season

    A one-act program at 59E59 Theaters offers short plays by Deb Margolin, Timothy Mason, Roger Heddin, and Neil LaBute

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Pigeons: They're Not That Bad

    ​Today in City Room's Complaint Box, where curmudgeons go to curmudgeon-ify, there's a charming little entry about New York's most common bird. Author Louise Dreier's Upper West Side neighbors have a pigeon nest, horror of horrors, and she's not going to stand for it anymore.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Outlaw Geese Flout Feds, Are Decidedly Not 'Down'

    ​Had you lost all hope for New York State's beleaguered, massacred geese? Fear not! The Brooklyn Paper reports today that our avian friends are making a comeback. At least 37 geese have been seen in the lake in Prospect Park since the recent mass euthanasia, and the rebel birds are being aided and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg Issues Ultimatum: "It's Geese or Human Beings"

    via New York Times​You've probably heard that a whole bunch of Canada geese were exterminated earlier this month, since they have an unfortunate tendency, when not minding their own business in Prospect Park, to occasionally fly into planes. Even poor Sticky, the goose shot with an arrow who w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    New York State Geese Are All Fucked

    ​You thought it was bad that 400 Canada geese in Prospect Park were killed? Now the state is planning to euthanize 170,000 of them. Run for your lives, geese! According to City Room, who got hold of a report by some government agencies, "The nearly 400 geese gassed to death this month after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2010

    New York Post Declares Geese "Clear and Present Danger," Supports Wiping Them Out

    ​There's nothing like stoking the fear which sits mostly dormant -- though it's certainly there -- in the bellies of New Yorkers everywhere. Mentioning Giuliani usually gets 'em going, but if you want to cut the crap, mention airplane crashes. Or worse, almost-airplane crashes. That's the stra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Studies in Grit: Tough-as-Nails Geese Survive Prospect Park Massacre

    ​It seems only yesterday that 400 Canada geese were tragically euthanized in Prospect Park. We thought that the park's goose population was done, finito, kaput. But today, just when we had given up hope, good news! As many as four survivors of the mass slaughter have been spotted near the lake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Wanted: Information on Sticky's Whereabouts after the Prospect Park Goose Massacre

    via The New York Times​Remember Sticky? He was the Prospect Park goose who was flying and swimming with an arrow through his neck a few weeks ago. He was a local media sweetheart for several days as he evaded capture by park employees and then surfaced again sans arrow. Well, he narrowly escap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Mike Tyson and Pigeon Racing: the Latest PETA Outrage

    ​Of all the sports leads we never expected to read, this has got to be number one: "Animal rights activists are crying foul over boxer Mike Tyson's plans to host a reality show featuring pigeon racing. This from today's Daily News story by Erin Durkin. In a single sentence we were alerted ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 9, 2010


    They're cute and fuzzy, and now you can eat off them!

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Animals Attack New York, Continued: Goats, Doves, Etc.

    When we reported yesterday on those fighting, speed-singing finches that were being smuggled into New York, we tried hard not to make the obvious connection to the ongoing war between our city and the animal kingdom. But that was just whistling in the graveyard. The finches were a message. We have b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Finches Apprehended in Smuggling, Fighting Charges

    ​That men mostly of Guyanese descent brought caged finches to Queens parks and made bets on which one would tweet fifty times first was news to us. Now we find U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service authorities have become involved because the finches are suspected of having been smuggled into the Unite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    LaGuardia Geese Will Be Gassed, Shot, and Falconed in New Safety Program

    Congratulations to the New York Post, which has received action on one of its crusades, an early call to get the LaGuardia Canadian geese that brought down Flight 1549. The cause was taken up by state senators including Hiram Monserrate, and the Post kept up the pressure till it bore fruit: now the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Wallaroo Loose Upstate as Animals Reclaim New York

    Yesterday we had a runaway cow in Queens. Now it is reported there's a three-foot-tall wallaroo, a marsupial related to the kangaroo, hopping around in Canastota, New York near the thruway. His name is Bandit, and police say that it escaped from a "traveling petting zoo" three weeks ago. They cautio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Best Foie Gras Ever Plus Good Karma?

    Via Michael Ruhlman's blog, I discovered this article in Lancaster Farming about Chef Dan Barber's trip to visit Spanish farmer Eduardo Sousa, during which Barber says he sampled the best foie gras he had ever tasted. The big news here is not that Barber had a tasty trip, but that Sousa produces f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2008

    Recruit Woody Allen for National Pigeon Day!

    Yo, Woody Allen. The New York Bird Club is calling on you to atone for your slurs against pigeons, by making a personal appearance at what organizers hope will be the first ever National Pigeon Day. The president of the New York Bird Club Anna Dove wrote to her members: Please contact the list bel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    Fight For Your Right to Feed Pigeons

    The backlash against Councilman Simcha Felder's proposal to create a $1,000 fine for feeding pigeons continues to grow. Pigeon defenders have started a new blog, People for Pigeons, to counter misinformation being spread about pigeons and will host a rally for pigeon rights on the step of City Hall ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2007

    To Catch a Thief

    Vigilantes set up sting operation to catch pigeon poachers

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2007
  • Film

    August 9, 2005
  • Film

    February 1, 2005
  • NYC Life

    December 21, 2004
  • NYC Life

    August 13, 2002
  • NYC Life

    October 31, 2000
  • Books

    September 26, 2000
  • Film

    January 25, 2000
  • News

    January 11, 2000

    Hoo Goes There

    A long-eared owl takes up residence in Central Park

  • News

    October 5, 1999

    Wing Span

    Wired Bird Lovers Combine Anecdotes and Activism

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