I’d seen red-tailed hawks in New York before, but never one that let people get so close. The hawk’s attention was on the geese and goslings in the river.
After long minutes waiting for a chance to strike, the hawk relocated to a lamppost across the inlet and was then chased off, empty-taloned, by a pair of gulls.
For a historical view of the city, I recommend the Frank Oscar Larson photos on display at the Queens Museum of Art. He used one of these: