I rode the 1 train to upper Manhattan to visit a place called Swindler Cove.
Swindler Cove is on the east side of the island, along the Harlem River. For years and years people dumped all sorts of garbage at the site, but the area is being restored now. I'm impressed with the work the restoration group has done, and Swindler Cove is a lovely, quiet, and fun garden to visit, once you get past a few junkies hanging out on the benches where Dyckman Street crosses Nagle Avenue.
As I drew by the tiny pond in the park, I heard a bullfrog croaking. It took me awhile to recognize the sound because it wasn't one I expected to hear. A park worker said a turtle lived in the pond, too, but somebody stole it.
"Turtle is a delicacy to some people," he said and shrugged.