Looking Behind the Curtain

September 29th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

This is what I saw when I peeked through the hole in the fence boarding up this vacant lot. It’s like a secret garden.


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  1. 7 Responses to “Looking Behind the Curtain”

  2. By Karen (the one in North Carolina) on Sep 29, 2009

    Looks like the picture that Marie Viljoen took of the Highline Park and put on her website –


    Next time take your binoculars and see if you can find any sparrows or other birds.

  3. By Stacy Horn on Sep 30, 2009

    I haven’t been to the Highline yet since it’s been redone!

  4. By Karen (the one in North Carolina) on Sep 30, 2009

    Oops, sorry, I’m the idiot. I meant next time you go to the lot with the all the grass, see how many birds you’ll be able to see there. You should be able to see different types of sparrows as they are attracted to the seed heads.

    I guess the big attraction with the Highline isn’t the plants but that big hotel with all the exhibitionistic guests.

  5. By Stacy Horn on Oct 2, 2009

    It is! I want to go myself and see what XXX shots I can get!

  6. By tagryn on Oct 6, 2009

    As a sidenote, I assume everyone knows about this site, but in case not, there’s a lot of interesting stuff here:
    I especially liked their “You’d Never Believe You’re in NYC” section, which has neat material about obscure natural areas in the immediate NYC area. I had ambitions to take the subway out to Broad Channel last time I was in town, but ran out of time.

  7. By Stacy Horn on Oct 7, 2009

    I love that site!

    And I went out to Broad Channel. It was enormously depressing actually. Everyone looked desperately poor, all the houses were in disrepair and needed a lot of work, and the whole area smelled bad. It was sad. This was a few years ago, but it’s probably worse I’m guessing, due to the financial crisis.

  8. By tagryn on Oct 8, 2009

    Sorry to hear about Broad Channel. I’m fascinated by the idea of being able to jump on the subway downtown and in an hour or so being at the beach.
    Also ran across this site while Googling, a review of the NYC beaches:

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