Dug-up by the Bowery Boys, this 1960 short film by Jean Sheppard—better known as the voice of the narrator in A Christmas Story—is a must see for any New Yorker, New York enthusiast, or history buff. I loved the peek inside a number of “hidden gardens” almost as much as we did the visit to the footage of a long ago San Generrao festival. ~AR
This photo was taken near the Garden’s southern entrance, in November 1907. In the lower right corner are three visitors—a man and two women—dressed in the fashion of the time. What are they looking at? What are they talking about?
This tree damage was caused by a beaver that escaped from the Bronx Zoo in the summer of 1915 (a decidedly more nefarious escapee than the now famous Mia, aka the Bronx Zoo cobra). Perhaps he was an ancestor of Jose or Justin Beaver (@justinbeaver_bx)?
From archival historical photographs in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden.