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Photo: Marielle Anzelone | The NY Times

That’s right, the City Room section of the New York Times will be documenting the contours of autumn on a weekly basis in Manhattan’s last remaining forest, Inwood Hill Park. Marielle Anzelone, a botanist and urban ecologist who founded NYC Wildflower Week, will report from a patch of forest in Inwood Hill Park once a week. The first dispatch had an amazing interactive image that you can scroll over and look at the area in view in greater detail. This is going to be very cool.

Check it out: Autumn Unfolds in a Patch of Urban Forest | NY Times

Also, check out Park Portfolio – Inwood Hill Park & Inwood Hill Park – Timeless Treasure.

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By Christian L. Wright

Photo Credit: Guy Calaf | The New York Times

“HEY, look out!” cried a man on the street as he grabbed an elderly woman from the path of a bicyclist whizzing down the steep slope of West 181st Street, toward Riverside Drive. The cyclist was gone in a flash, trailed by a few choice expletives from the pedestrians in his wake. No one was hurt, yet there was plenty of harrumphing on the sidewalk. People gathered to commiserate, to make sure the woman was O.K., and to see if anyone needed help carrying packages up the hill.

This neighborhood is not for everyone, said Laura Hembree, a longtime resident of Washington Heights who is also a broker at Simone Song Properties, which has served these parts for 25 years. “You have to like the parks and the quiet and not be concerned with being in the fashionable place.”

Read more: On the Fringe, With Benefits | NY Times

Photo Credit: Guy Calaf | The New York Times

Photo Credit: Guy Calaf | The New York Times

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By JOHN FREEMAN GILL

Photo Credit: Chang W. Lee | The New York Times

ONE can imagine how John James Audubon, the renowned naturalist and illustrator of “Birds of America,” might have reacted to the idea: his own name, being used to promote the very development that would transform the rambling woodlands of his beloved Washington Heights estate into a densely populated urban district. But that is precisely what happened, according to Matthew Spady, a longtime resident and magpie collector of historical facts about the area.

In 1841, shortly after the publication of “Birds,” Audubon bought 14 acres north of 155th Street, which at that point existed only as a line on a map. There, at the base of a hill overlooking the Hudson River, he built a green-shuttered white clapboard house with a parlor he used as his painting room. When he died in the house a decade later, he left his family land-poor. To make ends meet, his widow, Lucy, began selling off parcels of the estate, which came for the first time to be called Audubon Park.

“The Audubon name had sold books,” Mr. Spady said, and now it would sell real estate.

Read more: Naturalist Perched Here – Living In/Audubon Park – NYTimes.com.

Photo Credit: Chang W. Lee | The New York Times

Photo Credit: Chang W. Lee | The New York Times

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By JESSICA LOUDIS

Photo Credit: Yana Paskova | The New York Times

“This did not look like this two hours ago,”  Veronica Liu said as she surveyed the crowd at Word Up, Washington Heights’ newest, possibly even first, pop-up bookstore. It was 8 p.m. on Friday. At 6 p.m. — Word Up’s stated opening time — Heights residents and newly recruited volunteers were still moving boxes into the former pharmacy storefront on Broadway and 176th Street, where the community bookstore is in residency until mid-July.

Word Up is the result of a collaboration between the landlord, Vantage Residential, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and Ms. Liu, the managing editor for the publisher Seven Stories Press, who came up with the idea after a reading last month in Harlem.

Situated between a cellphone carrier and a vacant storefront opposite the United Palace Theater, Word Up at first seems like a nondescript addition to a strip-mallish segment of Broadway; that is, until passers-by look under the Curewell Drugs awning.

Read more: A Bookshop Opens for a One-Month Stand in Washington Hts. | The New York Times

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By CONSTANCE ROSENBLUM

Photo Credit: Suzanne DeChillo | The New York Times

THE real estate ad promised a space renovated by a “well-known architect,” or words to that effect. But Mindy Fox, a food writer who was apartment hunting with her husband, Steve Hoffman, was dubious. “If he’s so well known,” Ms. Fox muttered to Mr. Hoffman as they headed up to Washington Heights back in 2005 to check out the place, “how come they don’t say who he is?”

Good question. Maybe the idea was to keep celebrity-hounds from storming the open houses. In any event, upon examining the two-bedroom unit in a century-old building near 181st Street, the couple were quick to solve the mystery. Mr. Hoffman, himself an architect, was the first to pick up on the clues.

via Space, Light and Bragging Rights – Habitats/Washington Heights – NYTimes.com.

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BY Corey Kilgannon

Photo Credit: Ozier Muhammed | The New York Times

“I’M bored,” announced Shlomo Orenstein, 14, a seventh grader from Brooklyn, as he lay on a floating dock on the Harlem River on Thursday, picking splinters out of the wooden planks with his idle hands.

Moments later, his mood had changed considerably. He was seated in a sleek racing scull, those same hands wrapped tightly around a pair of carbon-fiber oars. He was rowing hard, sending the scull through the water.

He and a dozen other students from the Child School/Legacy High School on Roosevelt Island were at the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse, an oddly old-fashioned building on the Harlem River, accessible by a gangplank and a string of floating docks.

The students were put to work carrying long racing shells to the water. They gathered around coaches from the New York Rowing Association, a nonprofit group that runs rowing clubs, teams and programs and that is based in the boathouse. This program exposes students from the city’s schools to an activity often associated with Ivy League universities.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/22/nyregion/students-tap-power-of-rowing-on-the-harlem-river.html?

Photo Credit: Ozier Muhammed | The New York Times

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By KEN BELSON

Photo Credit: Chang W. Lee | The New York Times

The Millrose Games, the most famous indoor track meet in the world, are expected to leave Madison Square Garden, where they have been held since 1914.

The Armory Foundation, which owns the rights to the event, is likely to formally announce next week that it is relocating the 104-year-old meet to the much smaller Armory Track and Field Center in Upper Manhattan next year. In doing so, the foundation would risk losing financing for the event from USA Track and Field, the sport’s governing body in the United States, which opposes the move.

Attendance at the Millrose Games has fallen in recent years as interest in track and field has waned and competition from other sports has increased. The Garden is expensive to rent and may become more expensive once renovations now under way are completed.

The Armory, which was given a second life after being refurbished in the 1990s, has turned into a national hub for indoor track, hosting some of the top high school and collegiate races each winter on a world-class 200-meter track.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/sports/famed-millrose-games-may-leave-garden.html

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