Will Giron

 

Will Giron is a writer, researcher, and photographer born and raised in Queens, NY. He is currently completing his studies at St. John's University in Journalism. His main areas of interest are in urban policy analysis, particularly in community development, environmental sustainability, alternative energy, transportation, and local politics. He currently maintains a blog covering and promoting social/global justice and policies through art and activism.

Will Giron
New Timeshare Lot in the Lower East Side Lets You Rent A Grassy Backyard by the Hour

New Timeshare Lot in the Lower East Side Lets You Rent A Grassy Backyard by the Hour

It's one thing city living lacks: big backyards, perfect for summer barbeques and wet 'n wild slip 'n slide parties with your friends. But stop your fretting because a backyard is…

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New York City Council Passes Two Bills to Encourage Urban Farming & Rooftop Greenhouses

New York City Council Passes Two Bills to Encourage Urban Farming & Rooftop Greenhouses

New Yorkers have been growing urban farms for quite some time, but it finally looks like the city government is officially supporting urban farming efforts. City Council passed two…

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New EPA Report Explains NYC's Sewage Overflow Problem & Offers Solutions

New EPA Report Explains NYC's Sewage Overflow Problem & Offers Solutions

We've extensively covered NYC's ancient sewage system, and its chronic storm water and sewage overflow problems. Just last week, a fire accident at a treatment center added to the mess…

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Municipalities in Long Island and Connecticut Launch Bike Share Programs

Municipalities in Long Island and Connecticut Launch Bike Share Programs

While we sit here twiddling our thumbs waiting for the Manhattan and Brooklyn bike share programs to get rolling, our suburban neighbors will be cruising away. Two municipalities, one…

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NYC DOT Finally Collecting Traffic Data For Possible Car Ban in Central Park!

NYC DOT Finally Collecting Traffic Data For Possible Car Ban in Central Park!

If you've visited the Central Park loop lately, you might of noticed a few automated traffic counters along the loop near Tavern on the Green. After much controversy over the Central…

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Biologists Studying NYC's Interesting Impact on Urban Wildlife Evolution

Biologists Studying NYC's Interesting Impact on Urban Wildlife Evolution

An unfortunate consequence of living in an urban environment is that city folk tend to forget about nature. But for a group of field biologists working with the city parks department,…

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Sewage Leak Stopped at North River Plant, But Health Advisories Remain in Effect For NY Beaches

Sewage Leak Stopped at North River Plant, But Health Advisories Remain in Effect For NY Beaches

The record breaking heat wasn't the only thing making NYC rather miserable last week. A fire breakout at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem caused more than 360…

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NYC Parents Sue DOE to Speed Up Removal of PCB Tainted Lights From City Schools

NYC Parents Sue DOE to Speed Up Removal of PCB Tainted Lights From City Schools

We haven't heard much lately about the continuing battle to have PCB-tainted light fixtures removed from city schools, but on Wednesday, NYC parents filed a federal lawsuit in response…

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NY State May Allow Fracking Within 1,000 Feet of NYC's Water Supply Tunnels

NY State May Allow Fracking Within 1,000 Feet of NYC's Water Supply Tunnels

It's a shocking upset for environmental activists and all New Yorkers. A new set of proposed guidelines for fracking in New York State would allow drilling within 1,000 feet of…

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Brooklyn Community Foundation is Greening Brooklyn With Gardening Grants

Brooklyn Community Foundation is Greening Brooklyn With Gardening Grants

Brooklyn is home to almost 50 percent of New York City's community gardens, and it looks like that number is about to go up! The Brooklyn Community Foundation, in support of Brooklyn…

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9MW Solar Roof in New Jersey Will Be the Largest in the U.S.

9MW Solar Roof in New Jersey Will Be the Largest in the U.S.

While New Yorkers struggle to install solar panels because of our city's complex bureaucracy, our neighbors across the Hudson River are upping the ante in the solar power game. New…

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New York City's Bureaucracy Slowing Down Construction of Residential Solar Panels

New York City's Bureaucracy Slowing Down Construction of Residential Solar Panels

Despite NYC's solar policy, incentive programs, and the numerous economic and environmental benefits that come with it, only a few homeowners in NYC have been able to install solar…

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New Social Networking Site 'Change by Us NYC' Asks New Yorkers How to Green NYC

New Social Networking Site 'Change by Us NYC' Asks New Yorkers How to Green NYC

Have any green ideas that you think would help improve the city? Change by Us NYC, an innovative website created by Local Projects, is exactly what you need to get your voice heard. The…

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Brooklyn Children's Museum Unveils Plans for New Eco-Friendly Rooftop Canopy

Brooklyn Children's Museum Unveils Plans for New Eco-Friendly Rooftop Canopy

The Brooklyn Children's Museum, New York City's first ever LEED certified museum, just keeps getting better. The institution is expanding its space, and they recently unveiled plans for…

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Closing Down New York's Indian Point Nuclear Plant Would Make Air Dirtier & Raise Energy Costs

Closing Down New York's Indian Point Nuclear Plant Would Make Air Dirtier & Raise Energy Costs

Back in March, we reported that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, a mere 24 miles away from NYC, houses one of the most dangerous reactors in the country. Closing it down, however,…

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Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan's Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan's Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Late last month, Community Board 3 approved the “Urban Design Principles,” a set of guidelines for the development of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) in the Lower East…

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More Geese from NYC Parks Expected to be Killed in the Coming Weeks

More Geese from NYC Parks Expected to be Killed in the Coming Weeks

The geese saga continues as the New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced last week an expected round up of 700 to 800 Canada geese from parks in and around the…

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Brooklyn College Breaks Ground on Green Performing Arts Center

Brooklyn College Breaks Ground on Green Performing Arts Center

Just last week, we reported that the Theater for a New Audience began construction on a new LEED-seeking theater, and now we've learned that another green performing arts center in the…

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Seeks to Lift Ban on Fracking

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Seeks to Lift Ban on Fracking

In a surprising move, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he is looking to remove a statewide ban on fracking, much to the dismay of many New Yorkers and environmental…

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NYC Named Third Greenest City in New Environmental Sustainability Survey

NYC Named Third Greenest City in New Environmental Sustainability Survey

Eco-friendly New Yorkers, take a moment and pat yourselves on the back. In a new survey on the sustainability practices and policies of American and Canadian cities, New York was named…

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250 Volunteer Cyclists Produced NYC's First Pedal-Powered Music Festival

250 Volunteer Cyclists Produced NYC's First Pedal-Powered Music Festival

Who doesn't love a good concert? We certainly do, but we hate the fact that live shows need massive amounts of electricity. So does Pedal Power NYC, and they have creates a solution for…

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Downtown Students Reap First Harvest at the Battery Park Urban Farm

Downtown Students Reap First Harvest at the Battery Park Urban Farm

Our favorite turkey-shaped farm is bursting with fresh produce! This week, the student gardeners at the Battery Park Urban Farm reaped the "vegetables of their labor" after two months…

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Environmental Groups Reach Settlement With NYC to Clean Up Jamaica Bay

Environmental Groups Reach Settlement With NYC to Clean Up Jamaica Bay

In a huge victory for environmental advocacy and green activism, four environmental groups, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reached a legal settlement that…

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The Floating Pool Lady: An Old Barge Transformed into a Buoyant Swimming Pool in The Bronx

The Floating Pool Lady: An Old Barge Transformed into a Buoyant Swimming Pool in The Bronx

The 'Floating Pool Lady' was commissioned in 1999 by The Neptune Foundation, and donated to the New York City Parks Department in 2008. The 260' long barge was purchased and refitted in…

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NYC Gives More Than 60 Community Gardens to Local Residents

NYC Gives More Than 60 Community Gardens to Local Residents

The Trust for Public Land, in an exciting effort to promote a greener city, is turning over one of the largest network of community gardens in the nation to local residents across the…

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