Sunday, August 23, 2009
Unisphere sprouts some greenery
From the Daily News:
Global warming recently hit the South Pole on the Unisphere, where blades of grass sprouted through cracks in the steel around Antarctica.
City officials suspect that bird droppings and leaves collected in the base of the 12-story landmark, providing the perfect conditions for germination when seeds blew in and feasted on rain water.
"I've never seen such growth coming out of the Unisphere," marveled Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski.
The Parks Department, which learned about the vegetation when the Daily News inquired on Wednesday, had uprooted all the greenery by Thursday morning.
But locals who recalled the Unisphere as the gleaming centerpiece of the 1964 World's Fair wondered how the city let the unofficial symbol of Queens become a plant pot from May to August.
"If this was in Manhattan, the Unisphere would be pristine and it'd be polished every year," said Karyn Karmin, 46, of Forest Hills. "It's really sad."