Hua Mei Bird Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park [Video]

Posted on: July 8th, 2010 at 6:13 am by

Nestled behind the sunken court in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is a hidden gem of a bird sanctuary called Hua Mei Bird Garden. The tiny tree-lined real estate is definitely one of the unsung treasures of the 7-acre, 7-block park, and is a welcome taste of nature amidst a concrete jungle.

During the warmer months, older Chinese gentlemen congregate at the small community garden in the early morning hours.  Most come armed with wonderfully ornate bamboo birdcages, each loaded with a different species of bird – Hua Mei, finches, sparrows, and such.  Cages are then hooked onto a series of ropes strung between strategically-placed metal piping.

Some men lean against the metal railing and hang out, while others pace back and forth.  The cardinal rule, however, seems to be silence; there is little to no talking.  Just the beautiful melody of birdsong.  And the view of Delancey traffic in the distance!

The Hua Mei Bird Garden was spawned in 1993 when Sara D. Roosevelt Park was just an urban wasteland of trash, sex, and drugs.  Three Chinese men hung birdcages between two London Plane trees with the intention of creating a bird garden like those found all over China.  Their petitions to the Parks Department were successful, and in 1995, it was officially recognized by the city.  Shortly thereafter, the metal piping was hammered in place and new greenery planted (trees and shrubbery).

Recent Stories

NYPD Releases Surveillance Footage of East River Park Rapist

Cops last night released surveillance footage of the man suspected of raping a 26-year-old woman in East River Park Wednesday evening. The account of the crime is as follows, per the NYPD: The victim was jogging in East River Park, in the vicinity of Cherry Street when the suspect, on a bicycle, approached her and motioned […]

Photo: ABC News
26-Year-Old Jogger Raped in East River Park Last Night, Police Searching for Suspect

  Police are currently scouring the neighborhood for the man responsible for a rape in East River Park last night. On the eve of Thanksgiving. According to ABC News, a 26-year-old was jogging the foot-bridge to the park by Jackson Street at around 7:30 when the perp approached and attacked. The victim tried to run […]

When Love is Found in the Halls of Community Board 3

​They found love in a hopeless place. Community Board 3, that is. The Villager reports this week that former member Carlina Rivera, Legislative Director for Rosie Mendez and sitting member James Rogers, owner of LES vet Pushcart Coffee, just got hitched. Apparently the couple honeymooned in Turks and Caicos. In the weekly roundup, Scoopy also […]

LES Holiday Pop-Up Shop on Grand Street will Feature Local Artists and Designers

The holidays are here! Yes, already. Anyway, to kick off the season of festivities, LES Pop-Up is bringing an “LES Holiday Pop-Up Shop” to the neighborhood. Its niche lies in products created and designed by local artists and designers; the intention is to serve and support the community while sustaining artists and creative folk in the immediate area. Additionally, said […]

Under Fire, Gerber Group Responds to Criticism over ‘Mr. Purple’ in the Hotel Indigo [UPDATED]

​Under fire for naming its trendy rooftop hang after the late Adam Purple (aka David Wilkie), Gerber Group is certainly on a defensive footing at the Hotel Indigo. And it only just opened. Pretty much everyone in the community is calling them out on Mr. Purple. So much so, that it requires an official response […]