Abandoned Lots Become Feral Gardens
It seems to be a no man’s land, a tiny, untended place that is unclaimed by either the office building or the grocery store alongside it.
Milkweed Blooms Draw Monarchs
On a hill of former trash, monarch butterflies find a haven.
Summer Lightning Strikes the Empire State Building
During a thunderstorm, the 1,454-foot tall Empire State Building often channels heaven’s fury.
Lizards Bask In a Haven of Their Own Making
New York City’s only state park preserve exists thanks to a lizard once released as snake food.
Fireflies in Multitudes Signal Their Desires
As the sun sets on the warmest nights of summer the air becomes alive with blinking lights.
The Urban Mulberry Harvest
A great urban harvest is underway for the birds, and those humans who join in the feast.
Stop and Smell the Stoop Roses
In front yards by brownstones, peeking through wrought iron fences, and climbing trellises against apartment buildings... the roses are opening.
The Flowering of New York’s Great Old Ones
Tuliptrees are the city’s living elders, growing taller than the other trees, surviving for centuries as other beings live and die in generations around them.
Invasive Trees Enchant with Regal Blooms
Paulownias grew fast and ferociously, a quality that made them prized until their persistent proliferation was revealed.
Piping Plovers On the Beach
Some of the city’s tiniest annual visitors have arrived to enjoy our shores, but they face formidable challenges.