Allison C. Meier

Allison C. Meier

Brooklyn
May
19
A tree with trumpet-shaped purple flowers dominates the foreground. Behind, a B train passes on exposed tracks.

Invasive Trees Enchant with Regal Blooms

Paulownias grew fast and ferociously, a quality that made them prized until their persistent proliferation was revealed.
2 min read
May
12
A particularly cute puffball of a shorebird with a tiny beak and big eyes patrols the Rockaway sands.

Piping Plovers On the Beach

Some of the city’s tiniest annual visitors have arrived to enjoy our shores, but they face formidable challenges.
3 min read
Apr
29
Red and yellow striped tulips dominate the frame. A park fountain and tall buildings loom in the background.

The Great Tulip Bloom

While the early Dutch colonists were establishing their small settlement at the southern tip of Manhattan, the frenzy for propagating tulips in Holland was resulting in a multitude of showy colors and shapes.
3 min read
Apr
20
A desiccated fir tree, unceremoniously dumped on a sidewalk.

The Highly Combustible Christmas Tree Apparition of April

The sunny faces of the first daffodils have peeked through the ground. No one is thinking of Christmas. And then, its ghost appears.
2 min read
Apr
13
A near ostentation of cherry blossoms overhangs a grassy walkway as visitors stroll the garden paths.

A Frenzy of Cherry Blossoms

Photogenic alleés may attract crowds, but discover trees throughout the city in less-trafficked spots.
3 min read
Mar
24
A curving, quiet city street calls to mind the circuitous path of a stream.

Spring Rains Feed a Lost Brook

When the spring rains pour and create rivers through the streets, do they also feed a long-buried creek?
2 min read
Mar
08
A rain-bedraggled pigeon faces the elements in the midst of a pedestrian crosswalk.

The False Spring That Is Followed By Cold Rains

Take heed of each day in March. It will try to catch you unawares.
2 min read
Feb
17
Two traffic cones stand guard before a gaping pothole that has already eaten their comrade cone, as well as some trash.

Potholes Manifest from Winter Freezes

It’s reported that the city has hundreds of thousands of potholes a year; a monumental annual rite of repair.
2 min read
Jan
26
Field of stars in the night sky. The three brightest form a triangle to the left of the constellation Orion.

The Great Dog of Winter Is a Beacon in the Night Sky

Even where light pollution shrouds most constellations from view, Sirius—the brightest star in our night sky—is especially visible in winter.
3 min read
Jan
19
The imposing, leafless arms of a large tree create an imposing silhouette against a backdrop of buildings and the street.

Admire the Bones of our Great Trees

Linger before the skeletons of slight zelkovas and mighty oaks. Marvel at the wooden menagerie stretching above our streets and parks.
3 min read