Wild Beasts In Manhattan

An Urban Safari (Still Life)

aleXander hirka
3 min readMay 15, 2022

“New York City really has it all.” — The Ramones

While pigeons wobble and fly
and squirrels and rats do scurry —
these motionless creatures delight;
rare among New Yorkers —
they’re not in a hurry!


Ostriches. (So many we sell their meat.)

Other exotic birds . . .


Various Menageries.

The occasional feral cat.

Roaches are big in this city.



aleXander hirka

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe. https://alexanderhirka.nyc