Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Save Pale Male!

My inner nature dork always rears its geeky head when I walk dogs in Central Park, mostly because we pass the model boat pond and the famous hawk at 74th Street and Fifth Avenue, Pale Male. Pale Male was the subject of a PBS Documentary a few years back, and he's still being stalked via telescope today.

Er, until yesterday.

Building management decided Pale Male left a few too many undesirable secretions in front of the building, so they sent the staff up to the twelfth floor, stuffed the copious, ten year old hawk nest into garbage bags, and tossed it away.

What the fuck?

I passed the building today, and it was thronged by cameras and garden variety gawkers. Doubtless this was the kind of attention the building management desired. Again, (say it with me now!) what the fuck?

You just threw a New York institution in the trash. Didn't it occur to you that someone might notice?

(I guess Mary Tyler Moore lives in the building - they had her on the news last night, decrying the travesty and saying the management was full of shit when they claimed the tenants requested it. Go, MTM.)

What the fuck?


At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so sad! I wish I lived in NY so I could meet up with fellow supporters. I trust you'll voice my opinion, too, OK? I'm pissed.


At 5:17 PM, Blogger Grandpere said...

How could they?!!?!!?!! This is outrageous!!!!! Poor old Pale Male wasn't hurting anyone. Those nasty building owners had better never come near me!! Wasn't Pale Male's nest on top of one of Woody Allen's windows? Oh, the inujustice of it all! Real estate tycoons should have their buildings taken out from under them!

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Jen(nifer) said...

I live a VERY sheltered WNY life, don't I? Alas...

Go kick some ass...

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Adam said...

Wow, WTF indeed. Hmm, made BBCNews front side article.

" ... a new nest would not hold since the metal spikes that supported the old nest had also been removed. "

Apparantly the federal wildlife protection rules changed recently, allowing the building to do what it did legally during certain seasons.

So it definitely was not just a whimsical move.

My guess is whoever owned the apartment with the window in question probably didn't like it. Unless it's Mary Tyler Moore's apartment, what does she know?

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Yeah, I guess Woody Allen used to live there, but now it's some anonymous couple. To be fair, it's gotta be kind of weird to have people gawking at your window through a telescope. (but, if you have enough $$ to buy a 5th Ave. apartment in the freakin' 70's anyway, you don't really have to pick THAT one, no?)

But lots of local groups are doin' that thang they do so well, making quite the ruckus over a relatively obscure issue. That's why I love New York. But I really really hope whoever the developer is goes bankrupt from all of the residents moving in disgust.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Gladys Cortez said...

But does anyone know where the poor bird is?

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