Pamplona has the running of the bulls; the Upper West Side has the running of the goats! Twenty-four goats from the Hudson Valley were released into the not-so-wild on Tuesday, and ran from their truck onto a weed-choked hill in Riverside Park that will be their home for the summer.
Like all New Yorkers, these goats like their food.
Here in @RiversideParkNY, they’ll be treated all summer to an all-you-can-eat buffet while helping the park get rid of invasive plants. I for one didn’t have to be GOAT-ed into welcoming them to the city today! #GOaTHAM pic.twitter.com/Zj8CxkLx7W
— Gale A. Brewer (@galeabrewer) May 21, 2019
There were more than 1,000 people there to greet them!!!
It was like the Fresh Air Fund in reverse (maybe the dirty air fund?). The goats immediately started snacking on weeds on the hill that stretches from 119th to 125th Street.
Mildred Alpern sent photos and the following account.
Cheering and clapping crowds and luminaries were on hand to put the “A” in Go(a)tham and welcome the 24 goats into Riverside Park at Riverside Drive and 120th Street this morning. Riverside Park Conservancy employees guided the goats as they strutted and galloped along the path to the grassy and hilly enclave where they will reside until the end of August. Beribboned and numbered, the goats behaved like New Yorkers – confident, casual, and cool.
— Mitchell Silver (@mitchell_silver) May 21, 2019