It had recently rained when we went to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
I chose a small selection of old houses on Charles Street between Washington and Greenwich Streets for this Thursday’s Doors.
The Federal red brick house at 131 Charles St is an example of an 1820’s was once a builder’s, carpenter’s, or stonemason’s home. There is a back house, #131-1/2, completely invisible from the street, accessible from the doorway at the left. The photographer Diane Arbus lived in the converted stable.
135 Charles Street was originally the 9th Precinct, designed by John DuFais and built in 1897. About 1978 the Number 9 was converted to apartments.
Accross the street is…
I don’t like the modern building but the history is interesting.
A composite created from an old photo.
For the last week or so lone Cattle Egret has been at West 28th Street between 8 and 9th Avenues, Chelsea. This is a rare bird for New York City. Looks like it may have migrated a bit north of the usual breeding territory. The bird usually hangs out in a small fenced in area of grass, trees and flowers; and has been seen roosting on a balcony of the Penn South houses. This Cattle Egret mostly feeds on earth worms—lots of them.
Here it is catching a worm:
The blur is because it moves fast.
Note the orange breeding plumage.