Tag Archive for urban wildlife

photo by A. Martinelli

Date Night – Did I Marry a Mutant?

  Are your date nights stale? Does conversation lull as you come face to face with a wall of work week exhaustion heightened by the effects of wine and digestion only to realize every topic has been covered over the last 20 years? Are your date nights so predictable your husband resorts to a State of the Fridge address on… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

Here’s to Spring Volunteers!

Moms use the park a lot! During my children’s toddler years my entire life revolved around the park. I had a love/hate relationship with the park. It was my office, as I took phone calls with one hand and assisted a newly walking toddler with the other. The grassy lawns and picnic tables were my kitchen table, feeding babies in… Read more →

Raccoons on 2nd Street

(Video compatible with Safari and Chrome) My block, the one between 2nd and 3rd Streets and Hoyt and Bond Streets, is infested with raccoons, possibly 3 families. The problem has been developing over the last few years, coinciding with the Lightstone Group’s construction of 365 Bond, on the Gowanus Canal, a block away. Some believe the raccoons originally resided at on… Read more →

photo Antonia Martinelli

Look Kids, Crack Plants!

In July, a renegade stalk erupted from a crack in the sidewalk in Brooklyn. Some neighbors thought the stalk resembled corn at first. As the flower and seeds began to form it became clear that it wasn’t corn. My curiosity about this rebel plant brought to mind the book, My Amazing Poo Plant by Moya Simons.  In this book, a girl waters bird droppings in an empty… Read more →