Goat Welcoming Ceremony Planned; Come One, Come All!


“What is this Zabar’s place I’ve heard so much about?” Photo by tarat.

Twenty-four goats are coming to Riverside Park this summer to eat our weeds, and the parks conservancy is planning to welcome them at their arrival.

On Tuesday, May 21 at 11 a.m., everyone is invited to greet the goats at 120th Street and Riverside Drive. The conservancy suggests that you dress in your finest “haute goature.” There will be an eco-lesson too. Just please don’t call them sheep, that would be a real sheep-shot.

The goats will be grazing in the park from 119th to 125th Street until August 30.

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    1. Lord Of The Slice says:

      My grandpappy always said “Put it where the goats can get it”

      now I finally can!

    2. C. Kerr Oftruth says:

      Re: “We put the GOAT in GOTHAM”

      Cute, but the Riverside Parkers might ‘get a historian’s goat’ by ignoring the truth.

      According to the great “Gotham, a History of New York City to 1898”, it was Washington Irving (yes, “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”) who first used the name (it means “Goat Town”) in “Salmagundi”, a satirical magazine in 1807.

      And then there’s the Batman comics and films.

      Oh, and Knick’s fans, it was also Irving who invented the name “Knickerbocker”, but NOT for a basketball team.

    3. Steen says:

      Cannot wait to see the goats. They will do a far better job at clearing out the poison ivy than humans or toxic chemicals will.

    4. Juan says:

      So “Sheep May Safely Graze” wouldn’t be appropriate music for the occasion?

      I am the GOAT when it comes to bad puns and jokes…

    5. Jon O'Deer says:

      GOAT = Best lawn mower ever. Not only does it cut the grass, it fertilizes it too.

    6. NYYgirl says:

      In Peter Salwen’s wonderful book Upper West Side Story (which I HIGHLY recommend to anyone wishing to know lots of fascinating history about our neighborhood) there are equally wonderful photographs, among them one from over 100 years ago of a goat on Amsterdam Avenue & 120th st….so maybe we have come full circle 🙂 thanks for this article! Our city children will really look forward to seeing them in Riverside Park!

    7. Sam says:

      Waiting for someone here to blame de Blasio for “GoatStock”.

      Baaaaaaa…

    8. Priscilla says:

      Where will the goats go at night? Will they stay in the park or are they commuters?

    9. dannyboy says:

      We had goats on our corner growing up. Colorful block.

    10. Emese Latkoczy says:

      Tooooo cute. Love goats. Smart idea.

    11. dannyboy says:

      Goats have the same pH as we do. Goat’s milk soap is perfect. I bathe in goat milk flakes!

    12. dannyboy says:

      Anticipate lots of nannies visiting the nannies.

    13. jimbo says:

      I hope there will be a shepherd on duty.Goat is very tasty when prepared correctly.
      Just saying………….

    14. Ish Kabibble says:

      This is amazing! And no snarky comments… Win/win!

      • dannyboy says:

        That is because there is NO DISCUSSION WHATEVER on this WSR post.

        16 separate Comments WITHOUT ONE SINGLE Reply!

        • UWS_lifer says:

          If this comment was purposefully ironic it would be kinda funny.

          However, it is not.:(

          • dannyboy says:

            But clearly that can change.

            I replied to Ish Kabibble.

            You replied to me.

            I replied to you…

            …soon we got a Discussion here.

    15. B Taylor says:

      Maaaaa- maaaaaaaaaa-maaaaaaaaa.

    16. Jay says:

      Let’s hope some doesn’t kid- nap one

    17. Lis Anderson says:

      I hope the grass is not contaminated with pesticides, etc. Could be all sorts of things in the grass. Yuck!

    18. Betsy Houlton says:

      Love it! The French have been using Goats in the Tuilleries gardens for a while I thnk. Always a pleasure to see.

    19. Ellen Rosenstein says:

      I think that’s one terrific idea. No diesel gas used to cut grass. And a great way to see nature at work. Good greenhouse vibes.

    20. Jfk says:

      Love mutton

    21. KSF says:

      GO-AT IT GOATS!

      AND WHILE YOU ARE CHOMPING OVERGROWN GRASS AND WEEDS….PLEASE MAKE LOTS OF GOAT MILK TO TURN INTO DELICIOUS GOAT CHEESE! WE ALSO HOPE THERE WILL BE SOME BABY GOATS TRAILING ALONG….AND THAT NYC KIDS WILL LEARN ABOUT HOW TO CARE FOR CUTE GOATS (WITHOUT GETTING BUTTED IN THE BUTT)!