“The Geese of Beverly Road” takes on a whole new meaning

I recently took my first stroll through Beverly Road in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park, and let’s just say I was enchanted. The houses are brightly colored and mostly Victorian in style, and there are trees everywhere. It’s one of those streets you just walk down with a smile on your face.

A house on Beverly Road (Photo 'Flatbush Gardener')

Shortly after I walked to the subway stop (and vowed to find a way to live in Ditmas Park), I began to think about the National song “The Geese from Beverly Road,” and I got this great image in my head of Canadian geese hobbling down the road.

Canadian Goose (Photo John Glass)

Fast forward a few weeks, and I can’t believe what I’m reading in the paper. The New York Times ran an appalling story that detailed the capture and execution of thousands of geese in an attempt to lessen the complications between geese and airplanes.

The captured geese are placed alive in commercial turkey crates. The geese would be brought to a secure location and euthanized with methods approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Euthanized geese would be buried.

On Tuesday night, The National played their song “The Geese of Beverly Road” in Prospect Park where sadly, the geese had been wrangled up and killed, but they refrained from getting into the politics of the situation much, saying only “This song has definitely taken on a different meaning recently, but we don’t want to be distasteful.”

Here’s hoping the zombie-like impulse that drives “Conversation 16” doesn’t come back to haunt us, too.

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3 Responses to ““The Geese of Beverly Road” takes on a whole new meaning”


  1. 1 Lori July 30, 2010 at 8:39 am

    The city has been doing this for a few years now and it’s just so wrong. There are better ways to deal with this issue, and it’s not very effective.

  2. 2 rachelkowal July 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    The whole thing is seriously terrible and hard to believe. When I read the NYT article, my jaw dropped. From the article: “Next year, officials will count how many geese return to the parks to determine if the killings had an effect.” I mean are you kidding me? It’s like killing a few sharks near a popular beach in an attempt to curb attacks… except you’re dealing with an ocean – not a pool. Absolutely ridiculous.

  3. 3 Xris (Flatbush Gardener) July 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    That’s 1402 Beverly Road, one of the many gems of Victorian Flatbush.


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