The Heated Debate in the Birding Community

Climate: Wet within the morning, then regularly clearing. Excessive within the mid- to higher 40s.

Alternate-side parking: In impact immediately. Suspended tomorrow for Ash Wednesday.


After David Barrett began his Manhattan Bird Alert account on Twitter to unfold the phrase in regards to the number of stunning birds to be seen within the metropolis, not everybody was thrilled.

Within the view of Mr. Barrett, 57, the account helped many New Yorkers discover a new secure and socially distanced pastime. However to some birders, the big, overzealous crowds inspired by the Twitter account have been dangerous for birds and spoiled the serendipity of the exercise for longtime bird-watchers.

[Twitter is turning birds into celebrities and birders against one another.]

Right here’s what you want to know in regards to the heated debate among the many metropolis’s hen neighborhood, which my colleague Daniel E. Slotnik coated:

Critics of the hen alert account say that Mr. Barrett’s efforts improve the inflow of holiday makers and photographers at a uncommon sighting of a hen, like the present star of Central Park, a snowy owl. Others argue that publicizing the places disrupts the serendipitous side of birding.

Ken Chaya, president of the Linnaean Society of New York, one of many metropolis’s oldest birding organizations, instructed Mr. Slotnik, “There’s a effective line between sharing details about a delicate hen and making a flash mob.”

Some fear that the hen paparazzi may disturb or hurt the delicate animals. Debbie Becker, who leads her personal hen walks within the New York Botanical Backyard, instructed Mr. Slotnik that techniques to lure birds, like utilizing recorded hen sounds, could be “extraordinarily detrimental.” She added, “It’s like somebody yelling, ‘Assist me!’”

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The Mini Crossword: Right here is immediately’s puzzle.


The administration firm of a Kew Gardens resort reduce ties with the constructing, leaving tenants confused and nervous. [Queens Daily Eagle]

Seniors dwelling in a public housing complicated within the Bronx say they haven’t had warmth or sizzling water in over three months. [PIX 11]

The Sheepshead Bay department of the U.S. Postal Service was broken in a fireplace. [Bklyner]


The Instances’s Maria Cramer writes:

In December, David Whitcomb and a buddy have been on the third flooring of a industrial constructing he had simply purchased in Geneva, N.Y., once they observed a water-stained drop ceiling.

Mr. Whitcomb, a lawyer who had purchased the constructing to develop his observe, pushed an entry panel out of the best way and poked his head inside. He noticed an attic with a vaulted ceiling and crawled in, considering he may discover just a few objects to promote at a flea market. What he found transported him again greater than a century, to an period when suffragists have been campaigning for girls’s rights and pictures portrait studios had began to crop up in American cities.

“Two or three ft away from my face have been these photograph frames,” Mr. Whitcomb, 43, recalled. “They’re gold and so they’re shining within the darkness.”

Mr. Whitcomb, who purchased the constructing in Geneva’s historic downtown for $100,000, discovered a whole bunch of images within the attic relationship to the early twentieth century. Amongst them was a big gilded-framed {photograph} of Susan B. Anthony in profile, her head lowered over a guide, and a damaged plate-glass damaging of one other picture of her.

“That’s my favourite,” he stated of the framed {photograph}.

All the photographs and the gear appeared to belong to James Ellery Hale, a profitable portrait photographer who within the Eighties moved to Seneca Falls, N.Y., the place the primary girls’s rights conference was held in 1848.

The invention has drawn curiosity from the Nationwide Girls’s Corridor of Fame in Seneca Falls, a photographer on the Assortment of the Supreme Court docket of the US and a number of other different photographers and expertise followers questioning if Mr. Whitcomb had discovered previous lenses and different gear.

“It’s simply great that he discovered this treasure,” stated Betsy Fantone, a co-president of the Nationwide Girls’s Corridor of Fame. “I can’t wait to see it.”

The images’ financial worth stays unclear. Mr. Whitcomb stated that he was working with a neighborhood antiques seller and that the photographs had not been appraised but.

It’s Tuesday — what’s going to you uncover?


Pricey Diary:

I used to be on the 86th Avenue crosstown bus going westbound late within the afternoon sooner or later years in the past. A feminine passenger received on at Madison Avenue.

“Might I’ve a switch, please?” she requested the motive force. Her voice was distinctive and it projected down the aisle, inflicting what appeared like each head to pop up.

She was a imaginative and prescient of femininity in pale blue chiffon, with a big hat, a belted gown, gloves, heels and pocketbook.

As she walked down the aisle folks started to clap, then to face and cheer, till she took a seat.

It was Butterfly McQueen.

— Pat Outland


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