A corn stalk grows in Manhattan

This summer, Manhattan resident Racey Gilbert began planting corn in a small patch of soil along an Upper West Side sidewalk. If you walk along 101st Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive in Manhattan, you’ll be treated to the sight of his verdant corn stalks emerging along the curb, next to a sign that says, “CORN.” In an email to West Side Rag, Gilbert explained that the road to harvest has been riddled with challenges, namely drought, growing issues, and neighbors chucking garbage bags over his patch. The good news: Of his 14 plantings, five have begun to “tassel,” meaning that they’ve grown the silk strands necessary to form kernels. May we all one day tassel, in spite of the relentless trash dumped on top of us.

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