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A Goffin’s cockatoo, looking for some attention, pokes its beak out of a plastic enclosure and chirps. Down the hall, a pigeon with a fractured wing is operated on, a mourning dove has its physical exam, and a Uromastyx, a spiny-tailed lizard, is given an oral calcium supplement.
The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine on the Upper West Side is the only hospital of its kind in New York City, and one of roughly 10 exotics-only veterinary practices in the United States.
In Manhattan’s most culturally distinct neighborhood, long-term residents are fighting for their way of life.
Xue Yu Zhu, 56, lives at 113 Madison Street in the heart of Chinatown, nestled between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. “The landlord wants to kick out all the Chinese people and rent to white people. So they’re always harassing the tenants,” said Zhu.
Art can bring people together. That’s the goal of Shared Studios’ “Portals” project, which uses audio-visual hookups in old shipping containers in New York to connect people around the world.
During “The Museum Imagined” show curated by Lily Wei, participants got the chance to enter the portal in Chelsea’s Danese/Corey gallery and communicate with folks in Afghanistan, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Honduras and Mexico.