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October 22, 2011 10:47 AM   Subscribe

City Pages NYT: A very rainy summer results in NYC being overrun with mushrooms
posted by The Whelk (23 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh my goodness. If I had known there was an NYC Mycological Society I would have been going mushrooming all summer. Now there're only two weeks left in the season...
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:21 AM on October 22, 2011


Are they sure those puffballs aren't cleverly disguised skulls?
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:32 AM on October 22, 2011


ALL HAIL MOST DELICIOUS GRIBY
posted by elizardbits at 11:48 AM on October 22, 2011


We've got mushrooms in Western NY too. It's creepy.
posted by Lucinda at 12:01 PM on October 22, 2011


GUYS, some people gather wild mushrooms in the city while "mocking the foodies who pay $35 a pound and up at the gourmet grocer," and The Times is ON IT.
posted by RogerB at 12:22 PM on October 22, 2011 [8 favorites]


Those black mushrooms looking like witch's hats growing in the Harlem woman's cieling would have seriously freaked me out.

Don't miss the reader's photos.
posted by longsleeves at 12:35 PM on October 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


YAY MUSHROOM THREAD
posted by The otter lady at 12:54 PM on October 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's actually illegal to harvest anything from city parks. Not surprising, when we still had a Roy Rogers here I would see people go in with tupperware containers and steal everything from the Fixins' Bar.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:04 PM on October 22, 2011


Better than last year, with the badgers.
posted by Wolfdog at 1:20 PM on October 22, 2011


Ad hominem, they actually mention that in the article: apparently the law "mentions only “vegetation,” and mushrooms, after all, are not plants."
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:45 PM on October 22, 2011


GUYS, some people gather wild mushrooms in the city while "mocking the foodies who pay $35 a pound and up at the gourmet grocer," and The Times is ON IT.

Oh, man. Will someone bring me the head of whomever thought that that twitter account and posting style was a good idea? I want to dissect it. For science.
posted by loquacious at 1:49 PM on October 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Now those protesters will NEVER leave...
posted by Renoroc at 2:04 PM on October 22, 2011


“Every time I saw a large tree, I danced around the entire tree, and then went on to the next one.”

I want some of the shrooms she's eating.
posted by Splunge at 2:16 PM on October 22, 2011 [4 favorites]


I hope those 'shroom hunters know the difference. Some poisonous mushrooms look very much like edible ones.
posted by Cranberry at 3:10 PM on October 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


One of the reader pics seems definitely to be of Amanita muscaria.
posted by kenko at 3:21 PM on October 22, 2011


I would have liked a little more information about the psychotropic varieties the article glancingly mentions.
posted by killdevil at 3:59 PM on October 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


Ah, the thinly veiled reference to psychotropic mushrooms in an article that Gary Lincoff has contributed to. I took a class with him once. He likes talking about anything of that sort. Perhaps too much.

Endlessly.
posted by sciencegeek at 6:00 PM on October 22, 2011


There are old mycologists. There are bold mycologists. There are no old bold mycologists.
posted by Sailormom at 6:06 PM on October 22, 2011 [5 favorites]


Favorited for the awesomely Porky title.
posted by JHarris at 8:13 PM on October 22, 2011


My downstairs is overrun with a glorious crop of mushrooms, too, due to the rains. *deep, painful chest cough*
posted by Mael Oui at 8:47 PM on October 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I took a class with him once. He likes talking about anything of that sort. Perhaps too much.

Any chance to link this clip.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:07 PM on October 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Any chance to link this clip.

"He wasn't a shaman, he wasn't a healer. He was just a guy with a predilection for using a refrigerator full of drugs."

Thanks, that made my morning.
posted by werkzeuger at 6:37 AM on October 23, 2011


Clearly, 50% of the commenters here have not read the article.
posted by etherist at 7:42 AM on October 23, 2011


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