NYC Microseasons
A catalog of NYC's un/natural seasons

Latest Seasons

Nov
26
Bundled Christmas trees are piled in stacks on a city street. A man in a suit navigates the green labyrinth on a cell phone.

Escape the City in Corridors of Fir and Pine

Like the Great Birnam Wood moving to Dunsinane Hill foretelling the downfall of Macbeth, a forest is invading New York City.
3 min read
Nov
17
A dragon kite tangled in the bare branches of a sweetgum tree.

Garlands of Aerial Flotsam

The now-naked forms of trees are revealing summer’s detritus in their twiggy grasp.
3 min read
Nov
10
Fallen leaves this week in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

A Tapestry of Trees at Your Feet

Midway through fall, there is a collage of local biodiversity in every park and neighborhood.
2 min read
Nov
03
Tennis ball-sized spheres with a broccoli-like texture litter the lawn around three large trees in Prospect Park.

The Hazardous Fall of the Osage Oranges

Softball-sized and abundant, they can bruise a head as they tumble.
3 min read
Oct
26
The greenish-gold fan of a fallen ginkgo leaf is surrounded on asphalt by three very smushed ginkgo berries.

Golden Carpet of Rancid Butter

The putrescence you hopscotch around is the smell of butyric acid, the smell of nausea.
3 min read
Oct
19
Camera trap image of an adult coyote at night as it walks through a woodsy space. Its eyes glow in reflected light

Yip-Howls Pierce the Night

For the next few weeks, coyotes will be particularly vocal—keeping track of their family members and warning off interlopers.
2 min read
Oct
14
A majestic maple dominates a grassy plain. A sliver of red, fall foliage tints one edge of its spreading canopy.

City Shadows Fragment the Fall Foliage

Notice how the trees shift from sun to shadow as the earth turns.
3 min read
Oct
06
A yellow jacket with bedraggled antennae scouts crumbs on a paper plate laid in the grass.

Wasps Feed On the Last Dregs of Summer

Suffer them to eat your crumbs, for these are the last hours of their fleeting days.
3 min read
Sep
30
Three pumpkins, accompanied by autumnal mums and a decorative cabbage grace a doorstep under some waning potted plants.

Air Becomes Crisp, Pumpkins Appear

Pumpkins are appearing on stoops, balconies, and bodega storefronts.
3 min read
Sep
21
A rainbow's arc just clears the roof of a corner Brooklyn brownstone.

Poised Between Light and Dark

As the warmth fades from our streets, the light slowly ebbs from our sky.
2 min read