[Tweeters] Victory!

Erica Zwick EZwick at mrsc.org
Wed Dec 15 08:53:44 PST 2004



> NEW YORK (AP) -- Two celebrated red-tailed hawks whose eviction from
> their nest high atop a chic Manhattan building sparked protests from
> bird watchers will be allowed to rebuild their home in the same spot.
> 
> E.J. McAdams, executive director of the New York City Audubon Society,
> said architects hired by the building's co-op board have developed new
> nesting area designs that could get the birds back by the end of the
> week.
> 
> But despite the agreement Tuesday, all was not calm outside 927 Fifth
> Ave.
> 
> An advocate for the two famous hawks was arrested and charged with
> harassing CNN anchor Paula Zahn, who lives in the building, and her
> husband and two young sons, law enforcement sources said.
> 
> Lincoln Karim, 43, was arrested by plainclothes detectives as he
> prepared to lead a demonstration outside the building on behalf of
> Pale Male and his mate, Lola.
> 
> Karim, a video engineer for Associated Press Television News who has
> devoted most of his spare time and thousands of dollars worth of
> equipment to recording the hawks, was expected to be arraigned
> Wednesday.
> 
> Police described four separate incidents in which they alleged he
> angrily approached either Zahn; her husband, Richard Cohen; or their
> two sons, ages 7 and 11, outside the building.
> 
> Cohen is president of the co-op building's board. Like many apartment
> buildings in New York City, the building is run by a cooperative and a
> board of directors.
> 
> Karim was charged with multiple counts of aggravated harassment and
> one count of endangering the welfare of a child, said Paul Browne, a
> police spokesman. Three law enforcement sources, speaking on condition
> of anonymity, identified the complainant as Zahn.
> 
> Karim was being represented by a lawyer arranged for him by another
> famous resident of 927 Fifth -- actress Mary Tyler Moore, also an
> ardent advocate for the hawks.
> 
> The incident came shortly before the building's co-op board and The
> Audubon Society announced an agreement to restore the pigeon spikes
> that had held the nest in place until a week ago.
> 
> "All parties were pleased by the outcome," Cohen said in a statement
> given to reporters Tuesday.
> 
> The two red-tailed hawks, who have been the subject of a book and at
> least two television documentaries, have remained nearby in Central
> Park since their nest was removed.
> 
> Besides the spikes, the new design will feature a guardrail around the
> 12th-floor window cornice to address safety concerns. While there was
> no guarantee what Pale Male and Lola would do, McAdams predicted that
> they would rebuild their nest on the same spot.
> 
> But Moore expressed skepticism about the deal. "I don't believe
> anything until I see it," she said.
> 
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