Keegan Stephan of Right of Way testified at City Council hearings and town hall meetings, turning up the heat on elected officials to make drivers obey traffic laws and hold them accountable for harms they cause by violating them. Right of Way is hoping to raise $25,000 by Christmas to finance their activities in 2014.
I was reminded last night that I haven’t posted a new version of my Tompkins Trees Map in a while. I am still not ready to declare it a final version, though I am pretty confident of the tree identifications. If you see any mistakes please let me know. I have several informational features I would like to add and more decorative and design elements to refine. Let me know what you think.
My friend Liz who is the happy companion of three happy Social Tees rescue cats wanted me to do a piece on Social Tees a local no-kill pet rescue organization.
Dennis Edge is a long-time neighborhood resident, birder and a photographer. He’s working on getting his book about the birds of Tompkins Square Park published. His photos are amazing, you will be astounded by the variety and beauty of the birds he has photographed in the park. I interviewed him the other day as part of my project documenting the people and the natural habitat of the park. TompkinsTrees.org
Dennis Edge and Lois Carlos Edge are showing photographs and paintings of birds and butterflies at the Ottendorfer Library, 2nd Avenue and St Mark’s Place. Reception this Thursday 5-7.
Dennis is a birder in Tompkins Square Park, I’m finishing up a video about him. It’ll be posted here later today. The mp3 recorder hanging around his neck is there for the interview.
The Swoon mural at Houston and Bowery in the East Village. It’s about people recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The noise from the honking cars, bringing people here to get drunk in my neighborhood on weekend nights, is unbelievable.
I begged the tree cutters to leave this much of this old Black Locust for the squirrels, to no avail. This was one of the few pre-Civil War trees left in Tompkins Square Park. About a month ago it was burned. I knew it would at least have to be trimmed to avoid branches falling on people, but hoped they would leave the main body of the tree as a habitat for the squirrels and as a historical relic.
At least this much of the stump was left. Perhaps it will sprout in the Spring.