I watched this big fella walk at the base of an oak tree where it was attempting to catch a squirrel. After failing to grab it and noticing a growing crowd, it swooped up into the tree for a moment before flying off into the distance.
Taikoza is back at Symphony Space this Sunday for an amazing evening of exciting drumming and colorful dances featuring the unique and powerful six-foot Taiko drum. Taikoza, created by Inwood resident (and my friend!) Marco Lienhard, hits the stage with a high-energy performance of traditional and original Japanese tunes featuring flutes and an amazing array of ancestral Taiko drums.
While not as vast as its famed sibling Central Park, this 196-acre jewel boasts the last remaining bit of virgin forest in the borough, and some of the most stunning views in town. It was also the site of one of the most legendary transactions in real estate history: here, Peter Minuit bought Manhattan from the Lenape Indians for trinkets and beads worth about $25 at today's prices. The Inwood trail is paved, and the uphill portions are relatively steep, but short. All you'll need is a sturdy pair of walking shoes, not Everest-calibre kit. And bring binoculars: you may spot a bald eagle. • nycgovparks.org