* 2 hawks made a nest outside a swank NYC high-rise. * CNN's Paula Zahn lives there. * The board (whose president is Zahn's hubby) what runs the place voted to remove the spikes on the outside decorations that supported the hawks' nest; removing the birds. They'd received complaints about "falling debris" (I'm guessing hawk sh*t.) * An Associated Press TV employee, who's got a real obsession with these birds, was arrested for accosting Zahn, her husband, and their kids, prior to leading one of many pro-hawk demonstrations around the place. * Now the NY Audubon Society and architects the board hired have come up with a new design for some new spikes, in the hope of luring the hawks (recently spotted in Central Park) back to their home. * The APTV guy? His defense is being organized by another pro-hawk resident of the same building...Mary Tyler Moore.
#2 Posted on 15.12.04 2156.58 Reposted on: 15.12.11 2159.01
Oh God - my co-worker won't shut up about this stupid thing.
Short synopsis - New York has an interest group and regulatory agency for everything. ESPECIALLY if it invoves buildings, you just can't do a damn thing around here without the City involved somehow. So the Hawks built their nest ten years ago or so, and there's a million weird regulations from the Buildings Department and the Landmarks Commission and the EPA about what you can and can't do to the nest when where and why. If this were Savannah, Paula Zahn gets her shotgun - boom, no more nest (or Hawks). But it's New York.
The Co-op board recently found a loophole that let them remove the nest (they hate the Hawks because they bring attention and dead rodents and such). Now, these Hawks are somewhat of a attraction (they're huge and rare in NYC) and have been for a while. And the Upper East Side being the Upper East Side, there's all sorts of fan clubs for the Hawks and whatnot. So they complain and deals start to get worked out and such.
It attracts so much attention from the public because it involves a) the rich and famous and b) real estate, which are the two NYC obsessions.
#3 Posted on 15.12.04 2212.16 Reposted on: 15.12.11 2213.40
The hawk made the NBC Nightly News a week or two ago, so it's not like this hasn't already gotten national attention. (It was so memorable to me that I promptly forgot whatever stupid name they'd given it.) I guess I'm the only guy that kept watching after the BROKAW TO WILLIAMS TRANSITION!