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?
Cedar waxwing, via Rob Jett.
Around fifty people gathered on the steps of City Hall this afternoon to demand the City Council test out a prototype electric car that they hope can replace horse-drawn carriages. That proposal, Intro. 86A, is sponsored in the City Council by Member Melissa Mark-Viverito.
New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets(NYCLASS) -- joined by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Mark-Viverito, and animal welfare advocates -- lead the rally, calling on Council Speaker Christine Quinn to support the pilot program.
The vintage-replica vehicle initiative would not cost the city any money, the group says, as it would be funded entirely by NYCLASS donations.
NYCLASS also delivered a petition to the Council -- signed by 85,000 New Yorkers -- supporting the replacement of horse-drawn carriages with these cars.More »
Last week, the Voice brought you news of bees(!), which have been swarming New York with the onset of warm weather.
If the thought of thousands of stinging insects flying around the city en masse sounds scary, fear not! We had the chance to catch up with Andrew Coté, often billed as the city's "busiest beekeeper," via e-mail and ask him a few questions about urban apidae -- namely, whether the bees are trying to kill us.
(They're not! But if you see them swarming, you should contact him ASAP!)
Coté is a fourth-generation beekeeper and founder of The New York City Beekeepers Association and Bees Without Borders, a non-profit that teaches impoverished people in developing countries how to produce honey for income. So what did he have to say?More »
(Bees, buzz, GET IT? GET IT? Oh man. We really do hate ourselves sometimes, and with such good reason.)
Anyway, this wasn't the first apiary announcement to come from the East Village this week. Judging from a post on the New York City Beekeepers Association Facebook page, a group of bees allegedly associated with Bowery Poetry Club's "Bob" reportedly swarmed for the second time in two weeks.More »
|This is "Knuckles," the puggle a man has spent more than $60,000 to "rescue" from his ex-girlfriend.|
We love dogs. They're awesome -- they're loyal, fun, and make you feel like a rock star every time you walk in the door. That said, we would never spend $60,000 to win custody of a dog after a rough breakup with a former girlfriend. The same cannot be said of Craig Dershowitz, who already has spent $60,000 fighting to win custody of his dog, and is now taking donations to further the fight.
Dershowitz, who lives in New York, says he's already blown through his life savings trying to win custody of his puggle, "Knuckles," which he considers his "son." He's now turned to the Internet to raise an additional $20,000 to continue his legal battle with former girlfriend Sarah Brega, who took the dog to California when the two called it quits.
See a video Dershowitz made pleading for donations below.
On Tuesday, a bird strike prompted a JetBlue plane to make an emergency landing.
Last week, also, a bird strike forced a Delta flight to make an emergency landing.
And don't forget the Miracle on the Hudson in 2009, when Capt. Chesley Sullenberger heroically landed a U.S. Airways flight on the river after a Canada geese flock hit the aircraft, CBS News reports.
Now, there seems to be a simple solution to this problem.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand proposed a bill that would make "it easier to round up geese from a federal refuge near Kennedy Airport and kill them."More »
|If you know this guy, call the cops.|
A dog is lucky to be alive after getting shot in the head by a man in a FedEx uniform during a home invasion on Staten Island last month.
According to police, about 4:45 p.m. on March 31, the suspect forced his way into a home on Lambert Street. Wearing a FedEx uniform, the suspect pulled out a gun before a struggling with the 32-year-old male resident of the home.
During the struggle, the victim's 12-year-old pitbull approached the suspect, who shot the dog in the head -- luckily, the pooch survived.
It's Easter weekend, which means it is time for bunny-related news. The New York Daily News today draws our attention to Sequin, a jewelry showroom-cum-bunny home, in Midtown. Dottie, Biggles, Badger, Lollie and Fanny hop around in the showroom along with four rescued kitties. The owners of Sequin are bunny enthusiasts -- they have a Rhode Island sanctuary -- while Cindy Stutts, who calls herself "Chief Bunny Officer," works in sales and product development, and acts as the adoption counselor for Rabbit Rescue and Rehab. In that capacity, Stutts helps facilitate bunny adoptions via the New York City Animal Care & Control Shelters.