A nesting box on a ledge at 25 Central Park West where two endangered falcons successfully hatched falcon chicks this spring has been dismantled by order of the condo board.
For several years, falcons Comet and Cruiser tried unsuccessfully to nest on the ledge outside a penthouse apartment at 25 CPW, known as The Century. But their eggs never hatched. This year, animal activists Steve Nislick and Linda Marcus, who own the apartment, had a contractor build a nest box on the ledge. Comet and Cruiser laid eggs in the nest and became proud parents of two falcons in May. Those two birds have since flown the coop, but their parents continue to hang out on the ledge.
But the condo board said the nest was potentially unsafe, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation said it was okay to remove the nest now because the children are gone. Last week, the board had it removed despite receiving a petition signed by more than 4,000 people asking them to leave the nest alone. As the Post reported:
Comet and Cruiser’s nesting box had been secured to the penthouse windowsill of animal advocates Steve Nislick and wife Linda Marcus at 25 Central Park West. But construction workers on scaffolds removed the box without warning on Monday, Marcus said. Shortly after, the condo board sent a letter to her apartment saying the board authorized the removal because of the “dangerous condition” it posed to pedestrians and residents below.
“I looked out the window and it was gone,” Marcus said. “The birds came back and were making all kinds of noise. It was heartbreaking.”
Although their progeny have left the nest, Comet and Cruiser could be stymied if they try to reproduce next spring. As the Post notes: “Eggs laid on building ledges often break.”
Here’s a photo of the nest in happier times: