That putrid smell coming from Eastern Parkway and Prospect Park? It might just be the Amorphophallus titanum blooming at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The titan arum, aka the "corpse flower," is one of the world's largest flowers, and the BBG has been carefully cultivating its own for the past ten years. The plant, named "Baby," is set to bloom sometime this week - it seems that the flowery part (the "spathe") will unfurl for two days.

The Brooklyn Record is obsessed with the web cam, which is quite entrancing ("Hey, someone is watering it!" "Hey, that kid is making a face!"). Every Baby needs a growth chart and there's a blog about Baby.