TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
A Birder’s Year in the West Village
Text and Photographs by Keith Michael
194 pages, 250 color photographs
In 1609, Henry Hudson, sailing up the newly discovered great river that would later bear his name, could never have imagined the vast metropolis that would grow on these shores.
A small bay along the wooded isle of Mannahatta's west side offered a protected setting for the Dutch colonists' village of Greenwich. Birds, perhaps unaware of the centuries of change that followed, still thrive on these sylvan shores; many are blue-blooded residents and many more migrate through every spring and fall—as they have for millennia.
With wit and wonder, Take Me to the River, enlivens a year of avian goings-on in this historic West Village and while overlooking Henry Hudson's river. By recounting monthly walks with his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Millie, the feathered rhythms of courtship, homesteading, raising families, and day-to-day survival provide an antidote to the human-imposed stresses of alarm clocks, inboxes, and alternate-side-of-the-street-parking.
Well-trained, Millie looks up, commanding,
“Take Me to the River.”
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.
LET'S GO OUT! Published October 11, 2015
1 0 0 0 D a y s World Trade Center Rising A Personal View Published June 14, 2014
Once Around the Block Published July 21, 2013