|THE DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY "SANDY"|
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A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Tudor City Greens, Inc. (the Greens) is a New York 501(c)(3)not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to preserve and enhance Tudor City's two landmarked parks. The parks are located on Tudor City Place on either side of East 42nd Street, east of Second Avenue. The Greens was formed in 1987 to assume ownership and responsibility for the parks, under the auspices of The Trust for Public Land, when Tudor City buildings were being converted to cooperative ownership by the sponsor, Time-Equities.
Both Tudor City Greens parks sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Sandy. Many 100+ year old trees were lost and other trees have been taken down by tree experts; custom made iron fences were destroyed, sidewalks were destroyed when trees fell, plantings were ruined, light poles and electrical fixtures were damaged. The work required to return the parks to their precious beauty is significant, and is already underway, however, the work is very costly, and Tudor City Greens relies upon donations to survive.
Perhaps you come into the Tudor City parks to attend a concert, eat lunch, meet a friend, or just relax. But you get so much more. You become part of this vibrant community.
In this time of need, we are urging all the buildings, residents, neighbors and friends of Tudor City to make a generous gift by Paypal, Credit Card, or Check by clicking DONATE.
Our Spring 2013 events are taking place as scheduled on the calendar appearing on this website. Tudor City Greens will be hosting three outdoor Summer Garden Parties in 2013 on May 16, June 20 and July 25 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m. to raise funds for the continued preservation of Tudor City Greens North and South Parks. Rain dates for each event are the next day (Friday). Admission to the events is by ticket only, with the $20 per person ticket being available for advance purchase via the Paypal link on the calendar of this website. Tickets will also be available at the gate on the evening of the event for $25 (cash only).
As a reminder, please do not feed the pigeons in the Tudor City Parks. There are dozens of reasons why, but mainly: feeding pigeons harms our neighborhood and also harms the birds.
Our huge feral pigeon population is a health hazard and creates many problems in Tudor City and NYC. Pigeon droppings dirty public spaces, do costly damage to plants, benches and buildings, and can spread life-threatening diseases, especially to the elderly and immune-deficient. Their nesting materials block drains and harbor parasites like bird mites. Pigeon food makes a mess and attracts rats. Pigeons have become more aggressive in recent years and several residents have reported being swarmed upon and frightened by diving flocks of pigeons.
Pigeon feeding produces overbreeding. Pigeons normally breed two or three times a year, producing two eggs per brood. Overfed city pigeons can breed up to eight times a year!
When you feed pigeons, you are not doing them a favor. They lose their natural ability to scavenge and survive on their own. Pigeon over-population leads to over crowded, unsanitary conditions and produces sick and injured birds. A smaller flock is healthier and does less damage.
It is strictly prohibited by Tudor City Greens, Inc. to feed the pigeons in the parks. Violators may be cited and banned from entering the parks.
You can help keep your neighborhood safe and clean and the pigeon population under control by not feeding pigeons. Keep edible garbage away from pigeons by discarding it in a securely covered garbage can.
There are occasionally persons who choose to ignore park rules against feeding pigeons. You may report pigeon feeders to: firstname.lastname@example.org (photographs welcome).
Please join in on the efforts to keep the Tudor City Parks clean and beautiful by NOT feeding the pigeons!!
We look forward to seeing you in the parks!
With gratitude and best wishes,
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by Liane Ellison Norman
Today they are cutting down the old maple in the backyard, a crew of three men, one on a machine with long neck that raises him into high branches;
one who has dismantled a part of the fence that hugs the tree;
one wearing spikes, his chain saw and other tools hooked to his belt;
high up, cutting thick branches among dense leaves, working back towards the scarred and damaged trunk. The old maple has blushed faint green in spring, glowed gold in fall, spun lace in winter, runway and airport for squirrels, birds—an owl one year—a pair of woodpeckers who nested, laid eggs: a starling killed the chicks. But it's older than we are old and might come crashing down. It's being dismantled, the way age dismantles, higher branches cut first, then pruned back until we can see from the sliced raw trunk—twelve feet around— an account of age. At dinner time, three squirrels, tentative, peer over the fresh stump, perplexed that their whole world has vanished.
"Tree" by Liane Ellison Norman, from Breathing the West: Great Basin Poems. © Bottom Dog Press, 2012.
THE CLEANUP, REBUILDING AND "HEALING" HAS BEGUN