Local wildlife is happy with a new artist installation in the northwest corner of Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
Artist Anina Gerchick introduced her newest BIRDLINK last weekend beside the East Houston Street basketball courts. It’s a seven-tier, sixteen-foot “deployable habitat” that overflows with native plants. Each of the “towers” together provide a home for nineteen planters with various floral species.
This jungle-like framework – assembled with an ascending design of crates and wood poles – offers food and shelter throughout the year for the “lower and middle canopy” local birds, as well as insects and butterflies. It’s also a refuge for birds migrating biannually through the area.
The BIRDLINK will remain in place through November, and potentially longer, according to her website. Or until the vandals strike.
This Lower East Side installation is the third in the city, joining Governors Island and Williamsburg.