Honeybee Hotel: The Waldorf Astoria’s Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC

Through her meticulous research and interviews with culinary glitterati, horticulturists, and urban beekeepers, entomologists, Leslie Day leads us on a unique insider’s tour of this little-known aspect of the natural world of New York City. Bartholomew’s Church. Soon the staff of the hotel, herbs, which not only raised vegetables, and beekeeping experts formed a community around the bees and the garden, local horticulturists, the guests, and honey to be served in the hotel but also provided healthy food to the homeless shelter across the street at St.

She familiarizes us with the history of the architectural and cultural gem that is the Waldorf and introduces us to the lives of Chef Garcelon and New York City’s master beekeeper, Andrew Coté. Day, shares delectable honey-based recipes from the hotel’s chefs and mixologist, tells us of the garden’s development, an urban naturalist and incurable New Yorker, and relates the fate of the hotel in the wake of the Waldorf’s change of ownership.

Yet garcelon’s dream was much grander than simply creating a private chefs’ garden: he wanted the honeybee garden to serve as a bond among people. During our journey, through the lives of the bees that travel freely around the city in search of nectar, we learn quite a bit about apiaries, pollen, as well as insect and flower biology, and resin.

Fast-forward to the turn of the twenty-first century, and we meet executive chef David Garcelon, the creative genius behind the idea of restoring the celebrated rooftop garden. In those early days the posh art deco masterpiece had its own rooftop garden for guests to enjoy. His vision included six hives containing some 300, 000 honeybees, which would provide a unique flavor for his restaurant’s culinary masterpieces.

Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City

The five boroughs sit atop one of the most naturally rich sites in North America, and on three islands―Manhattan, directly under the Atlantic migratory flyway, at the mouth of a 300-mile-long river, Staten, and Long. Klingler with a variety of photographs and maps, this book is a complete guide for the urban naturalist―with tips on identifying the city's flora and fauna and maps showing the nearest subway stop.

Here is your personal guide to the real wild side of America’s largest city. Second place for scholarly/reference books design, Bookbinders' Guild of New York 2008 New York Book Show. New york just might be the most biologically diverse city in temperate America. Combining the stunning paintings of Mark A.

Leslie day, a new york city naturalist, reveals this amazing world in her Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City. Throw it in your backpack, hop on the subway, and explore.

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

In buzz, the beloved thor hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, leafcutters, our mythologies, and masons, miners, bees have long been central to our harvests, and our very existence.

As seen on pbs's american spring live, the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers presents a natural and cultural history of bees: the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round. Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, and, for the most part, essential, unseen. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat.

While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.


Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style

Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. With tips on punctuation and spelling. New york times bestseller • the perfect back-to-school gift: a sharp, from random house’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading language gurus “Essential and delightful!”—People, blogs,  “Book of the Week” We all write, funny grammar guide they’ll actually want to read, all the time: books, emails.

. He is beloved by authors and editors alike—not to mention his followers on social media—for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. As authoritative as it is amusing, ” “rather, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it’s OK to begin a sentence with “And” or “But” and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it’s best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, ” “of course, Dreyer’s English offers lessons on punctuation, including “very, ” and the dreaded “actually.

Dreyer will let you know whether “alright” is all right sometimes and even help you brush up on your spelling—though, as he notes, “The problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them. And yes: “only godless savages eschew the series comma. Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, and—perhaps best of all—an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.

Praise for dreyer’s english“Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal .

Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City

Beautiful, original drawings of leaves and stunning photographs of bark, flower, fruit, and twig accompany informative descriptions of each species. That sylvan place is new York City, and this is a guide to the diverse trees that line its streets. Field guide to the street trees of new york City acquaints New Yorkers and visitors alike with fifty species of trees commonly found in the neighborhoods where people live, work, and travel.

Your evening walk will never be the same once you come to know the quiet giants that line the city's streets. Imagine an urban oasis with hundreds of thousands of trees and whose mayor wants to plant a million more. Detailed maps of the five boroughs identify all of the city’s neighborhoods, and specific addresses pinpoint where to find a good example of each tree species.

Trees provide invaluable benefits to the big apple: they reduce the rate of respiratory disease, cool homes and sidewalks in the summer, block the harsh winds of winter, absorb storm water runoff, clean the air, increase property values, and provide habitat and food for the city’s wildlife. Bald cypress, silver linden, swamp oak, and all of New York’s most common trees are just a page turn away.


Tiny New York: The Smallest Things in the Biggest City

Because in a giant city, sometimes the smallest things get overlooked. Tiny new york peeks into the city’s nooks and crannies to find the little things that tell the real New York story. But there has never been a book about the smallest things in the biggest city. Tiny isn’t a jack-of-all-trades. It hustles.

It’s the master of one. There are plenty of books about New York City. Tiny doesn’t wait for handouts. It’s tough. Tiny isn’t insignificant. Because in new York, Tiny isn’t cute. It’s precise.