Allison C. Meier

Allison C. Meier

Brooklyn
Jul
08
A man walks along a partially covered outdoor subway platform. The floor is all puddles.

Subway Waterfalls Cascade Over Commutes

Even on cloudless days the subway is wet.
2 min read
Jun
06
Snapping Turtles Make Treacherous Journeys from Their Watery Homes

Snapping Turtles Make Treacherous Journeys from Their Watery Homes

Snapping turtles spend almost their entire lives in the murky depths. It is only on land for nesting season that they take the ultimate risk.
2 min read
May
24
A peregrine falcon soars far above a large suspension bridge and a shore lined with large buildings.

Peregrines Nest at Perilous Heights

Peregrines thrive in the city not only because of its variety of dizzying perches but also due to its constant smorgasbord of their favorite food.
3 min read
May
08
The Bluebells Are Ringing

The Bluebells Are Ringing

Pause by the spring bluebells and listen: these flowers have lore of enchantment that reverberates even in NYC.
2 min read
May
01
Aromatic Lilacs Perfume Streets and Homes

Aromatic Lilacs Perfume Streets and Homes

A yard is a rarity in NYC; a balcony with plants is a luxury. But everyone can have a vase of fragrant flowers to brighten up their room.
2 min read
Apr
17
The City’s Native Cactus Revives from its Cadaverous Winter Husk

The City’s Native Cactus Revives from its Cadaverous Winter Husk

Do you feel a little flat and tired going into spring? Take inspiration from the resurrection of the prickly pear cactus.
3 min read
Mar
07
Worm Moon Rising

Worm Moon Rising

This is a momentous time just before the spring equinox; the darkness of winter is receding and the worms are emerging from their hiding places.
3 min read
Feb
14
Possum Romance Season

Possum Romance Season

The brief life of a possum is one lived largely alone, until it hears the soft clicking of an enchanting mate.
3 min read
Dec
22
A flock of hundreds of birds perches in the barren trees of a New York City backyard. A row of houses sits in the background.

Another Year Among the Rotating Spheres

The shortest day has yet again dawned in New York City and each hour in the sunlight feels hallowed.
1 min read
Dec
15
A squirrel nibbles a tidbit, perched on a bare winter branch.

Squirrels Are Inadvertent Arborists

Eastern gray squirrels have a whole constellation of hidden sustenance that they will recover by scent or memory.
3 min read