Everyone, meet Anthony …
Anthony is the videographer on the left. He was hired by Richard Cohen to videotape all the demonstrators opposite 927 Fifth. Not only a blatant intimidation tactic, this is another lame attempt by Mr. and Mrs. Paula Zahn to make themselves out to be the real victims in the nest restoration hubbub.
The Cohen-Zahn’s were able to buy a front page story from the Post, unfairly accusing Mary Tyler Moore of siding with the bird-lovers out of spite (see my response here>). "She has a big ax to grind," said a board source. "A lot of her activism is bent on vengeance after the co-op board turned down a potential buyer for her apartment." You don’t have to read too closely to see this is not a “news story” at all. Go through the list of residents at 927 and you can pretty much figure out that their unnamed board source=Richard Cohen.
So just after the Subway Photo Ban protest at Grand Central (more on this later), I went up to 927 and was told by several people that the Audubon Society has officially withdrawn support of the vigils, as they feel that an agreement has been reached; though their website still lists the vigil schedule, so this may be wrong. I sent an email to NYC Aububon asking what their official position was, and what actions would the Society take if the proposed design was not back in place by Tuesday. I got back a form letter with the subject line" Victory for Pale Male." Here is what they said:
Victory for Pale Male!
After meeting with NYC Audubon and National Audubon, the co- op board of 927 Fifth Avenue has agreed to return the spikes that held the nest in place to their original location.
Thanks to you and the thousands of other Pale Male supporters, who wrote to elected officials and the co-op board, signed our petition, and came out to the vigils, Pale Male will be able to rebuild.
Pale Male and Lola have been circling over the building every day since the nest was taken down, and have been seen bringing twigs to the spot where the nest once was. Once the spikes are in place, their efforts to rebuild will not be in vain.
We hope we can count on you to participate in future efforts to protect New York City's wild birds, as your involvement is truly effective!
Someone from the Sierra Club brought a banner for the barricades at the protest site. I’ve just been to the Sierra Club website and can’t find anything resembling a statement as to their position on the nest unrest. I'm waiting for a response to the email I sent them asking what their position is.
Here's a shot of the scaffolding that 927 has hoisted up to where the nest used to be.
As you can see, it is essentially blocking partial access to the nest area, and perhaps not only serving to make it appear as though 927 is doing the right thing, but also to frighten the hawks away. Pale Male and Lola were spotted circling the area yesterday afternoon, but they have not been spotted with any twigs in at least a few days, according to two protesters who have been at the vigils every day.
Wouldn't it be great if the hawks started to rebuild their nest on the scaffolding?
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