About the Book
ONCE AROUND THE BLOCK: A BIRDER'S YEAR IN THE WEST VILLAGE animates a baker’s dozen of Keith Michael’s bird watching walks in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood with his cute but irascible Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Millie. With humor, in quest of the new, and while basking in the architectural sights to be seen, Mr. Michael is ever on the lookout for the goings on of the avian population along his West Village streets and beside the ever-humbling Hudson River. Open your eyes, tune your ears, and take a walk – Once Around the Block. 230 color photographs.
KEITH MICHAEL is an urban naturalist and photographer, an avid birder and a dedicated explorer of the New York City Parks in all five boroughs. His three previous books "Once Around the Block", "1000 Days: World Trade Center Rising", and "Take Me to the River" have taken both an intimate and a panoramic view of his neighborhood and the city. Mr. Michael leads New York City WILD! nature walks and is a monthly contributor to WestView News: The Voice of the West Village. The promenade of Hudson River Park is home turf for daily walks with Millie, his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, to view the architectural, meteorological, and avian sights. When not birding and taking photographs, Mr. Michael has choreographed "The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies", "GOOSE!" and "The Nutcracker" for New York Theatre Ballet, and is the Dance Production Coordinator at The Juilliard School.