I'm assuming a human New Yorker fashioned this squirrel house and fixed it to a high branch. Whoever did it should rest easy, because the house is being used!
Mr. Squirrel-in-Residence poked his head out for me one recent rainy day. His home, once a mailbox, is decorated with salvaged mosaic tile. He looked content.
I have to say that New Yorkers are soft-hearted folk. Don't believe everything in the press. We are frequently seen rescuing animals, feeding pigeons and watching birds.
Related posts: On Rupert and the Wild Parrots of Brooklyn, Odd and Colorful Birds, in Bryant Park and On Dogs and Dogs.