New Studies Warn That a Pesticide Sprayed at NYC Parks Could Be Linked to Cancer

New Studies Warn That a Pesticide Sprayed at NYC Parks Could Be Linked to Cancer

Public parks are supposed to be safe places for children to play, but several studies are now warning that a pesticide sprayed at some NYC playgrounds could pose a health threat for kids. DNAinfo reports that the Roundup brand of pesticide used by the Parks

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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

New York City got a new Parks Commissioner on Friday, just in time for spring. Mayor de Blasio made the official announcement at Seward Park on the Lower East Side and congratulated Mitchell Silver on his new role. Silver will leave his current job as the

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Plan to Kill Mute Swans in Prospect Park Sparks Outcry Amongst Brooklyn Animal Lovers

Plan to Kill Mute Swans in Prospect Park Sparks Outcry Amongst Brooklyn Animal Lovers

Brooklyn wildlife lovers are seeing red after learning of a proposal by the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation to eliminate the population of mute swans in Prospect Park by 2025. According to the agency, the elegant birds have been known to bully

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Order to Shoot Snowy Owls on Sight at JFK Airport Sparks Public Outcry

Order to Shoot Snowy Owls on Sight at JFK Airport Sparks Public Outcry

Yesterday, animal lovers everywhere were outraged to hear that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had added the majestic snowy owl to its airport kill list. The Port Authority gave the order after a nesting owl was sucked into the engine of a plane

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Bring Your Old Electronics to Upcycle Fest 2013 to Support Local Parks!

Bring Your Old Electronics to Upcycle Fest 2013 to Support Local Parks!

Clean out your desk drawers, closets and office shelves and join thousands of New Yorkers for Upcycle Fest™! Bring your outdated electronics to Prospect Park on Sunday, October 27th (9am-2pm) and Monday, October 28th (8am-2pm) and drop them into the designated

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New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2013!

New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2013!

Happy Park(ing) Day everyone! Today, people from all five boroughs will be participating in a worldwide celebration of public green space by taking back parking spots and turning them into miniature parks. Inhabitat will be sending our reporters out to see

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Custom-Made Designer Trash Bins Pop Up in NYC Parks

Custom-Made Designer Trash Bins Pop Up in NYC Parks

Ignacio Ciocchini is Vice President of Design for the Bryant Park Corporation non-profit, and the creator of the new tulip-shaped cans. Ciocchini says that “the design of the Bryant Park litter receptacles and recycling system was inspired by plants,

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New York Parks Department to Cut Down 2,000 Sandy-Damaged “Zombie” Trees

New York Parks Department to Cut Down 2,000 Sandy-Damaged “Zombie” Trees

The New York City Parks Department has announced that it will cut down 2,000 Hurricane Sandy-damaged trees this fall before these “zombie” trees can kill or injure pedestrians again. Although the super storm caused $10 billion in damages in NYC more than

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Learn How to Juggle, Make Kimchi and More at the Summer Sparks Festival

Learn How to Juggle, Make Kimchi and More at the Summer Sparks Festival

Join CourseHorse at Summer Sparks, the city’s first summer learning festival, taking place every Tuesday evening from June 25 – Aug 20, 2013. Free, one-of-a-kind classes will be held in diverse topics ranging from iPhone photography, juggling, and salsa dancing,

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NYC Spectra Pipeline Expansion Sparks Resident Concerns About Explosions and Radon

NYC Spectra Pipeline Expansion Sparks Resident Concerns About Explosions and Radon

Most New Yorkers have heard of the Spectra natural gas pipeline and the dangers it poses – but until recently, it’s felt like a vague, far-off worry that may or may not happen. Unfortunately that couldn’t be further from the truth, as the pipeline (also referred

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Black History Month: African-American Monuments in New York City’s Parks

Black History Month: African-American Monuments in New York City’s Parks

In honor of Black History Month, the NYC Parks Department has organized a tour of park monuments that honor key African-American figures in the arts, sport, the military, science, and the abolition movement. To join the tour or to learn more please click here.

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PHOTOS: The Best Park(ING) Day Pop-Up Parks in NYC

PHOTOS: The Best Park(ING) Day Pop-Up Parks in NYC

Located on Lexington Avenue at 68th Street, GUAPA, or the graduate student organization of the Dept of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, took back the street, building a sitting area just across from the 6 train entrance. Welcoming benches made

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Park(ING) Day NYC: Mini Parks Pop Up Across Manhattan!

Park(ING) Day NYC: Mini Parks Pop Up Across Manhattan!

Happy Park(ing) Day New York! Take lunch outside today and enjoy the pop-up parks that are reclaiming parking spaces. New Yorkers will celebrate the 7th annual worldwide celebration all over the city by infusing greenery in over 30 parking spots. Check out

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DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks!

DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks!

The Softwalks initiative was born out of the MFA Transdisciplinary Design program at Parsons, The New School. Students were inspired by the Department of Transportation’s amazing makeover of the city’s traffic heavy areas into giant pedestrian walkways like

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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 city. The City, however, refuses to comment on when or where the roundup will

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Smoking is Now Illegal in New York City Parks and Beaches

Smoking is Now Illegal in New York City Parks and Beaches

As of today, all public parks, plazas, beaches, and green spaces in New York City are smoke free. The city’s controversial smoking ban officially takes effect today, meaning that lighting up a cancer stick in the middle of Central Park will now cost you $50.

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Brooklyn’s Prospect Park West Bike Lane Sparks Fierce Local Debate

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park West Bike Lane Sparks Fierce Local Debate

The debate over the Prospect Park West bike lane has erupted into a full-blown legal battle that will be decided in court.

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NYC Parks Dept. Unveils New Sustainable Design Guidlines

NYC Parks Dept. Unveils New Sustainable Design Guidlines

New York City Parks Department partnered with the Design Trust to create “High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC,” a comprehensive, municipal design primer for building sustainable parks and open spaces — the first guideline of its kind in the nation.

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Volunteer to Clean Up Highbridge Park Forest

Volunteer to Clean Up Highbridge Park Forest

Join the Highbridge Forest Crew to help remove invasive plants from Highbridge Park and to care for recently planted native trees. Learn the basics of invasive and native plant identification, proper removal techniques and an overview of NYRP’s approach

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VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

Today, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York-based ad agency BBDO Worldwide released a short commemorative film featuring a little-known tree found at the World Trade Center site. As a way of highlighting the resilient nature of the city in the

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New 4-Block-Long Public Plaza Opens Today

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New 4-Block-Long Public Plaza Opens Today

The beautifully redesigned David H. Koch Plaza opened to the public today, giving New Yorkers and tourists a new outdoor space where they can lounge, work or just people-watch. About the size of three football fields, the plaza boasts 106 new trees, dancing

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Brooklyn Greenway Half Marathon + 5K

Brooklyn Greenway Half Marathon + 5K

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, in partnership with the South Brooklyn Running Club, presents the Brooklyn Greenway Half – the only half marathon and 5K exclusively on the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, located on the historic East River waterfront in Brooklyn.

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Bird Lovers Flock Together to Save Endangered Peregrine Falcon Family on UWS

Bird Lovers Flock Together to Save Endangered Peregrine Falcon Family on UWS

Upper West Side bird lovers have gotten their feathers in a ruffle thanks to a ritzy condo’s plan to evict a pair of beloved peregrine falcons and their babies from the property. The endangered birds first took up residence on millionaire Steve Nis­lick’s

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Could Locally-Generated Solar Power be the Key to NYC Storm Resiliency?

Could Locally-Generated Solar Power be the Key to NYC Storm Resiliency?

One company’s bid to win a $30 million grant put up for grabs by the NYC Economic Development Corporation could be a major game changer in terms of urban resiliency in situations where severe weather paralyzes communication efforts. BlocPower, an energy

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Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck Parts

Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck Parts

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to enjoy the last days of summer? How does staying at a floating, sustainable hotel made from repurposed truck parts sound? Designed by architects Matteo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros of design company ComboColab, the

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