Nature NYC 2017

September 2017

Chelsea Pet Store Accused of Abusing Dogs Closes — See Photos (New York City Patch, 9/27/17).

Something Brushed, Bit Surfer’s Leg in Rockaways, but What? — See Photos (New York City Patch, 9/27/17).

NYC Expands School Comfort Dog Program — See Photos (New York City Patch, 9/26/17).

Stink Bug Season in NYC: Easy Ways to Trap Them — See Photos & Video (New York City Patch 9/25/17).

Baby Great White Caught, Released Off Montauk Visits Rockaways — See Photos (New York City Patch, 9/25/17).

Upcoming Guggenheim Museum Exhibit Criticized for Glorifying Animal Abuse (DNAInfo, 9/22/17).

Researchers Begin First NYC Bat Survey as Killer Disease Destroys Colonies Across Country — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/21/17).

Acoustic Monitor IDs All Kinds of Whales in NYC Waters (Reuters, 9/21/17).

NYC Planners Envision Tri-State Hiking/Biking Trail — See Map (New York City Patch, 9/20/17).

For One Night Only, the Beautiful Cactus Flower Blooms — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/15/17).

Mayor Issues Mandate Requiring City Buildings to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions — See Photos (DNAInfo, 9/14/17).

Developers Could Kill Beloved Willow Tree in Heart of Brooklyn Community Garden — See Photos (New York City Patch, 9/14/17)

Bee Colonies atop Javitz Center Produce First Honey Crop — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/10/17).

August 2017

Bees in Bryant Park on Track to Produce Big Batch of Honey — See Photos (New York City Patch, 8/18/17).

Tree Falls in Central Park, Injuring Mother & Children — See Photos & Video (CBS News, 8/15/17).

Upper West Side Politicians Blame Each Other for Local Rat Problem — See Photo & Video (New York City Patch, 8/11/17).

Officials Crush 2 Tons of Illegal Ivory in Central Park — See Photo & Video (New York City Patch, 8/6/17).

July 2017Double Rainbow, NYC, July 1, 2017 / GKWallace

HSUS: Chelsea Pet Store Abuses Puppies, Sells Sick Animals — See Photo & Video (New York City Patch 7/25/17). Read more, see another photo and video here.

5 Bitten by Possibly Rabid Squirrel in Prospect Park (New York City Patch, 7/24/17). Read more here. See photos and video here.

New Yorker Dies from Eating Salmonella-Infected Papaya (Gothamist, 7/22/17).

Dog-Friendly Cafe to Open in East Village (DNA Info, 7/19/17).

Thief Swipes 17-Year-Old African Tortoise from Queens Environmental Center — See Video (New York 1, 7/18/17).

Toxic Algae Found in Prospect Park Lake (Brooklyn Patch, 7/17/17).

Beekeeper Removes Huge Swarm of 35,000 Bees from Bedroom Ceiling in Brooklyn — See Video (Ditmas Park Patch, 7/14/17). Read more here.

Mayor Announces $32 Million Will Go to NYC War on Rats — See Video (Gothamist, 7/12/17).

July Skies Put On Early Show in NYC — See Photos (Gini’s Nature News, 7/3/17).

June 2017

Striking Macaroni Penguin Becomes 6th Species Added to Captive Display at Central Park Zoo (Central Park Patch, 6/29/17).

L Train Rider Lets Snake Coil on Handrail — See Video (New York City Patch, 6/29/17).

NASA Rocket Launch in Virginia Fills East Coast Skies with Psychedelic Morning Clouds — See Photo & Video (, 6/29/17). See more photo & video here.

Passenger Films Woman Feeding Raccoon on Subway — See Photo & Video (New York City Patch, 6/27/17).

Ticks, Lyme, Other Tick-Borne Diseases on Upswing in NYC — See Photo & Map (New York Post, 6/26/16). Read more here.

Cleaner Water, More Plankton, More Fish Draw More Humpbacks in NYC Waters (JStor Daily, 6/26/17).

Humpback Feeding Near Verrazano Bridge Almost Knocks Fisherman from Small Boat — See Video (ABC7 NY, 6/23/17). Read more here.

“Take Your Dog to Work Day” is Every Day at This NYC Office — See Photos (The New York Times, 6/23/17).

62-Year-Old Long Island Woman Had 47 Cats, 1 Turtle, 1 Parrot in Home — See Video (NBC NewYork, 6/21/17).

Experts, Officials Worry NYC Won’t be Ready for Next Superstorm Sandy — See Photo & Flood Map (Bloomberg, 6/20/17).

Double Rainbow Graces NYC after Severe Storm — See Photos & Video (Gothamist, 6/20/17).

West Nile Found in Staten Island Mosquitoes (New York City Patch, 6/19/17).

Boutique Owners Sue Upstairs Neighbor for Feeding Pigeons that Poop on Their Customers — See Photos (New York Daily News, 6/15/17).

Rescued, Rehabbed Young Red-Tailed Hawk Released in Tompkins Square Park — See Photos (East Village Patch, 6/15/17).

Mayor Launches Program of Tree Planting, Roof Greening to Reduce NYC’s Urban Heat Island Effect — See Photo (Gothamist, 6/15/17).

Whales Being Seen More and More Often in NYC Waters — See Photos (Popular Science, 6/7/17). Read more, see more photos here and here.

United Nation Convenes First Ocean Conference in NYC June 5-9 — See Photo & Video (, 6/3/17). Learn more here and here.

NYC Dog Owners Find Creative Ways to Satisfy Dogs-in-Containers Subway Rule — See Photos (Huffington Post, 6/7/17).

Company Offers Mini-Vacations in Tiny Cabins in Secret Locations on Staten Island Shore — See Photos (DNA Info, 6/6/17).

Mayor Takes Heat for Car Trip to Park Slope Gym after Asking NYers to Curb Bad-for-Climate Ways — See Photos & Video (New York City Patch, 6/5/17).

Tagged Great White Mary Lee Tracked Hanging Off Jersey Coast — See Photo (New York City Patch, 6/5/17).

NYC Lights Up Green to Protest Trump Withdrawal from Climate Accord — See Photos & Video (New York City Patch, 6/2/17).

Bees Swarm Van, Shut Down Block until NYPD Beekeeper Removes Them — See Video (Midtown Manhattan Patch, 6/2/17).

May 2017

EcoArt: Woman in Tank in Times Square Calls Attention to Rising Seas — See Video (Midtown Manhattan Patch, 5/31/17).

Carriage Horse Runs Loose in West Midtown — See Photos & Video (Midtown Manhattan Patch, 5/30/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Local Group Happily, Nervously Reports Spike in Whale Sightings in NYC Waters — See Photo (AMNew York, 5/23/17).

Two-Day Manhattanhenge Event Starts Today — See Photo (New York City Patch, 5/29/17). Read more here.

2 Baby Peregrines Hatch in Water Street Nest, More to Follow? See Photo & FalconCam (New York City Patch, 5/25/17).

NYC Health Officials Warn Residents, Travelers about Ongoing Zika Threat (New York City Patch, 5/25/17).

Trump’s EPA Budget Cuts Could Pull Plug on Gowanus Cleanup — See Photo (Gowanus Patch, 5/24/17).

Weird Wave Sculptures Pop Up around NYC to Promote Ocean Conservation — See Photos (West Village Patch, 5/24/17).

Report: Deadly Superbug Spreading in NYC Hospitals — See Photo (New York City Patch, 5/24/18).

NYC Popular Pit Stop for Migrating Birds, Audubon Maps Where to See Them (The New York Times, 5/22/17).

Parks Dept. Offers Interactive Map of Where to View Wildlife in NYC — See Photos (New York City Patch, 5/19/17). Read more here.

Flushing Police Save Duckling from Sewer Grate, Reunite Baby with Mom — See Photos (Queens Patch, 5/16/17).

Taxi Hits Horse during Morning Rush Hour — See Photos (Midtown Manhattan Patch, 5/15/17).

Iguanas, Rabbits, Ducks, Guinea Pigs — These NYC Pets Need Doctors, Too — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 5/12/17).

Con Ed Spills 37,000 Gallons of Oil in East River — See Photos (New York City Patch, 5/12/17).

5 People Caught Smuggling Turtles Out of Prospect Park in Plastic Bags — See Photos (New York City Patch, 5/10/17).

Filmmaker Puts 3 Years into Time-Lapse of Flowers Blooming in Central Park — See Video (PetaPixel, 5/9/17).

Writer Composes Poem in Tribute to Rabbit Hoarder in Gowanus (New York City Patch, 5/8/17). Read story, see photos and video of the rabbit lady here.

Section of East River Seawall Collapses on Upper East Side — See Video & News Report (Upper East Side Patch, 5/8/17).

Goats Will Return to Prospect Park to Eat Up Invasive Plants — See Photo (Prospect Heights Patch, 5/8/17).

NYC Releases Draft of Report Urging Architects to Factor Climate Change into Future Projects (Co.Design, 5/8/17).

“Here, Max. Sit, Bella” — City Lists Most Popular Dog Names by Number, Neighborhood — See Lists & Map (New York City Patch, 5/5/17).

Parts of Westside Highway, Lower Manhattan Flooded in Heavy Rains — See Photos (New York City Patch, 5/5/17).

Andean Bear Cub, Born in Nov, Makes Debut at Queens Zoo — See Photo & Video (Queens Patch, 5/5/17).

Dog Whisperer Cesar Millán Speaks at Queens College May 6 — See Photo (Queens Patch, 5/4/17).

NYC Apt. Buildings Start Catering More to Dog Owners to Fill High-Price Units — See Photo (DNAInfo, 5/3/17).

NYC Woman Needs New Walker for 17-Year-Old African Tortoise, Henry — See Photos (New York City Patch, 5/2/17).

20 Nesting Pairs of Red-Tailed Hawks Produce Bumper Baby Crop in NYC — See Photos (East Village Patch, 5/2/17).

Report: More Deadly Superbug Infections in NYC than Rest of Country, Maybe Due to  Stricter Testing, Reporting — See Photo (Tribeca Patch, 5/1/17).

April 2017

Turtles Dying in Flushing Park, Experts Not Sure Why — See Photos & Video (Queens Patch, 4/27/17).

Reclaimed Jersey Landfill an Enticement and Danger to Bird Life — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/26/17).

• Young Minke Whale Washes Up in Bronx, Is Euthanized — See Video (WPIX 11, 4/23/17). Read more, see more video here and here.

Earth Day 2070-2017: What Has Changed / American Museum of Natural History

•  Earth Day NYC: Here’s What’s Going On (Curbed New York, 4/21/17). Learn more here, herehere, here and here. See photos and video of the NYC March here.

Study: Disconnect from Nature Makes It Harder for City-Dwellers to Adopt Earth-Friendly Ways (COSMOS, 4/21/17).

Report: NYC Air Getting Cleaner (New York City Patch, 4/21/17). Find the report here.

• In New Book, Former NYC Mayor, Sierra Club Exec Outline How to Make Fighting Climate Change a Profitable Win-Win (The New York Times, 4/19/17),

NYC Audubon to Count, Catalog, Encourage Green Roofs — See Photos (dnainfo, 4/19/17). Learn more about NYC Audubon here.

City: No Cars on Broadway from Time Square to Union Square on Earth Day (Gothamist, 4/13/17).

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Hopes Cherry Blossom Festival Will Be Well Timed — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/12/17).

NYU Red-Tailed Hawk Cam Up & Running — See Hawk Cam (DNA Info, 4/5/17).

• Humpback Washes Up in Rockaways — See Video (Queens Patch, 4/4/17). Read more, see more photos and video hereherehere and here.

Builder Applies Lessons from Superstorm Sandy to New Building in Chelsea — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/4/17).

1st Peregrine Egg of Season Spotted on Water Street Next — See Falcon Cam (New York City Patch, 4/1/17). Read more, see more Falcon Cam here.

March 2017

Floating Farm Coming to NYC — See Photo & Rendering (Bloomberg, 3/31/17).

Manmade Hills Will Help Protect Red Hook, Brooklyn from Next Superstorm — See Rendering (Gowanus Patch, 3/30/17).

What a Sight: Flamingos Over the Andes — See Photo (bioGraphic, 3/28/17).

Judge Invalidates Permit Allowing Construction of Diller Island Pier on Hudson River — See Photo (The New York Times, 3/23/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Bed-Stuy Resident Says Police Officer Shot Her Dog for No Reason — See Photo (Bed-Stuy Patch, 3/22/17).

Trump EPA Budget Cuts Could Slow, Stop Gowns Canal Cleanup — See Video (Gowanus Patch, 3/22/17).

Snow Storm Disrupts Woodcock Migration through NYC — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/17/17).

Good Samaritan Police Officers Save Duck from L Track in Brooklyn — See Photo & Video (Bushwick Patch, 3/17/17).

Raccoon Sits Out Snow Storm in Chase Bank in Forest Hills — See Photos (Forest Hills Patch, 3/16/17).

Miniature Ponies Break Loose on Staten Island during Snow Storm — See Photos (New York City Patch, 3/14/17).

Brooklyn Community Builds Own Solar Power Grid — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/13/17).

• Stores Along Brooklyn Waterfront Planning Walls to Protect against Future Storms — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/2/17).

February 2017

• NYC Before & After Creation of EPA — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/28/17).

High Friday Temps Break Records at Some NYC Locations, Not All (New York City Patch, 2/24/17).

Vegans of New York Hold Memorial Candlelight Vigil for Runaway Bull — See Photo (, 2/22/17). See more photos and video here.

Bull Escapes Queens Slaughterhouse, Gets Chased Down, Dies on Way to Sanctuary — See Photos & Video (New York City Patch, 2/22/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

• Time to Listen, Watch for the Cardinal, Year-Round NYC Resident Whose Call Heralds Spring — See Photo (The New York Times, 2/14/17).

• 2 Bronx NY Residents Sickened, 1 Killed by Disease Carried in Rat Urine (The New York Times, 2/14/17). Read more, see photos here and here.

• Queens Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Protected Turtles from Hong Kong Supplier — See Photo (The New York Times, 2/13/17).

• NYC Adopts New Sea-Level Rise Projections, Tweaks Flood Zone Maps — See Samples (, 2/9/17). Find the new maps here.

• NYC: Ground Zero for Invasive Species — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/8/17).

January 2017

• 3 New Dog Breeds Admitted to Westminster Competition — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/31/17).

•  NYC Owners of Illegal Pet Pigs Feel Unfairly Targeted — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/19/17).

• 70,000 Birds Killed to Prevent NYC-Area Plane Strikes, Strikes Still Up (The Huffington Post, 1/15/17).

• Study: U.S. East Coast’s Risk of Major Hurricane Hit Higher in Years of Low Hurricane Activity & Vice Versa (The New York Times, 1/4/17).