$130 Million Allocated to Revamp 35 Neglected New York City Parks

$130 Million Allocated to Revamp 35 Neglected New York City Parks

After months of budgetary discord, Mayor de Blasio has announced an ambitious plan aimed at renovating 35 forgotten parks around New York City. The park equity plan, called Community Parks Initiative, comes with a $130 million budget and will give a long

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New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2014!

New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2014!

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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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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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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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

What it looks like when a combined sewage overflow happens (notice the greyish water overtaking the cleaner water). In Atema’s words, “Not real pretty.” Still image captured from “Poonami” video on YouTube.

INHABITAT: What is Street Creeks and why did you

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Part of New York City’s charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most highly trafficked structures in NYC. Take the Brooklyn Bridge, which

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What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

Is something fishy going on at Flushing Meadows Corona Park? An alarming number of dead fish have washed up along the shores of the park’s Willow Lake, sparking an investigation by the NY Parks Department. Some think that the problem at the lake, which

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PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

Philip Johnson designed the Glass House as a weekend retreat for himself and his partner, art critic David Whitney. Set on a sprawling plot that was originally 47 acres and lined with forest, the Glass House was accompanied by a Brick House for guests, a pool,

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1 WTC Window Washers Make Clean Escape After Dangling Dangerously From Scaffolding

1 WTC Window Washers Make Clean Escape After Dangling Dangerously From Scaffolding

Two window washers are likely pretty relieved this morning after being trapped on scaffolding at Manhattan’s newly opened 1 World Trade Center yesterday. The two experienced workers were left dangling 68-floors-up after their equipment malfunctioned.

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5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

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Found in many of NYC’s parks, red clovers make a tasty brew with a soothing, sweet punch. According to the foragers at Nona Brooklyn, the red clover is medicinally known to cure respiratory ailments and skin conditions, including eczema.

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