An Open Letter to the New York Post

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 at 10:29 am by

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Dear New York Post,

It’s been awhile since you last nabbed a story from us without proper credit, but we still wanted to publicly thank you again for reading the website.  Look, we get it.  You love Bowery Boogie and we’re totally flattered!  It appears you scramble to pilfer our content without so much as crediting the source.  Case-in-point, “your” story yesterday about the roosters of M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden was rather suspiciously published just a few days after our own article hit the press.

So, to the authors and editors of New York Post, we have one question.  Didn’t they teach how to cite sources in journalism school?

Thanks again for reading, and we hope you do the right thing in the future.

Sincerely,
Bowery Boogie

P.S. Below is a statement from the Garden co-chair, which was posted in the comments on Friday afternoon:

Most of the neighborhood has been supportive of the birds. From the hospice residents to the mostly immigrant community they sound like “home.” And most every child is thrilled to meet them. The elders who use garden in the daytime as senior protected space enjoy the birds too. We have camps and day care centers in during the day. For some young people it is the first time they held an egg or saw what the chicken they eat looks like. The extra eggs are donated to the low-income senior center that abuts the garden (the chickens only ate organic feed).
Only one or two newer residents here have objected to the crowing.

All night we hear drunken ranting, rat scurrying, car horns and subway sounds so for many, the crowing is kind of nice.The smaller guy (a beautiful Black Copper Maron) was dropped over the fence around December 2010 along with a fighting cock (who we sent upstate). A neighbor, Bolivia, donated two hens (they were bred for eating but lasted until a few months ago). Then a Park employee found a small “chick” and left it for us. “She” turned into the gigantic fellow you see.

They have survived winter, hawks, rats and curious children and dogs. But yes, we plan to winter them upstate and find a permanent home for the big fellow. We hope to bring back chickens, at least, for the gardening season.

K Webster
Co-Chair M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden

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