Volume 16 • Issue 42 | March 19 - 25, 2004

Affie on the ice near Gansevoort Peninsula.

Gansevoort goose isn’t cooked

It was Toni Dalton, a Westbeth artist, who saved the white goose of Gansevoort from certain death on the icy Hudson. The bird had been living on the peninsula for two and a half years, tended at first by Department of Sanitation workers, then by Dalton.

Dalton named him Afflack. She fed him kale and even took movies of him.

“He’d be way out in the river and I’d call ‘Affie!’ and he’d come right back in,” she fondly recalled.

But Dalton said she became concerned this winter after the banged-up bird kept wandering onto the ice in freezing temperatures and couldn’t get back to his shelter. So she called Farm Sanctuary to rescue it. “I said this was no life for a goose,” Dalton said.

After several failed attempts, the white waterfowl was rescued six weeks ago, and is now living on the organization’s 175-acre farm in Upstate New York near Watkins Glen, where he has joined a flock of rescued geese. The Greenwich Village goose, it seems, is making quite an impression.

“He’s showing signs already of becoming head goose. He’s quite a guy,” said Carol Moon of Farm Sanctuary.

Dalton said the story is that Affie, who had a busted wing, was originally found wandering around in Washington Sq. by police, who dropped him at Gansevoort. Roger and John, two sanitation workers on the peninsula, at first fed him and built him the shelter, but one was transferred and the other became too busy, at which point Dalton took over Affie’s care.


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