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How Feral Turkeys Took Staten Island

The turkeys have now outlasted three term-limited Council members, the Staten Island borough president, one governor, one mayor, one assemblymember, and two members of Congress involved with their removal. 

November 23, 2022

Meet the Prickly Pear, New York City’s Resilient Native Cactus

Naturally, the prickly pear's success in NYC depends on real estate: "It’s location, location, location."

November 5, 2022
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Is it Morally Defensible to Put Dogs in Halloween Costumes? A Brief Debate

Dog parents Molly Osberg and Max Rivlin-Nadler present their opposing views.

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Bodega Cat Exonerated in Stunning Court Decision

A deli worker remains solvent and a cat remains unbothered.

August 29, 2022
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Humpback Whales Are Having Too Much Fun in NYC

As sharks and humans are having a tough time in the city’s waters, the whales are going off.

August 15, 2022
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What I Learned at NYC’s Rat Academy

“You’ve got to think of the sidewalk as a dining room."

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Small Claims NYC: Did This Bodega Cat Beat Up A Pit Bull Puppy?

“The cat is famous, a part of the neighborhood, a mascot,” one woman said of the alleged assailant.

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Behold This Fiercely Majestic Falcon and Its Embarrassingly Awkward Chick

Please enjoy these delightful photos and video taken atop the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

June 16, 2022
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Behold the Wild, Ancient Orgy Just Outside the Belt Parkway

For the past 450 million years, long before Robert Moses made plans to carve out a circumferential highway, these horseshoe crabs have been mating at Plumb Beach.

June 3, 2022
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Terrifying Tales From the Cockroach Files

Hell Gate readers share their most harrowing encounters with NYC's most enduring pest.

May 27, 2022