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…

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$1 Million Awarded to NYC's Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

$1 Million Awarded to NYC's Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

We've seen many interesting infrastructure proposals that aim to protect New York City from storms and flooding, but it's much more exciting when the plans are actually implemented.…

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2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

If you live in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens, a lush new rainwater garden may soon be popping up on a sidewalk near you. New York City's Department of Environmental Protection…

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World's First Water-Filtering Pool Closer to Fruition with Support from Kanye West and Olympian Conor Dwyer

World's First Water-Filtering Pool Closer to Fruition with Support from Kanye West and Olympian Conor Dwyer

From left to right: +POOL founders Dong-Ping Wong, Jeff Franklin and Archie Coates IV, musician Kanye West, Olympian Conor Dwyer, and +POOL founder Oana Stanescu. Photo: Matteo…

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Toxic Blue-Green Algae Stirs Up Trouble For Pets and People at Prospect Park Lake

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Stirs Up Trouble For Pets and People at Prospect Park Lake

Pet parents are being warned to avoid the murky waters of Prospect Park Lake. Last week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tested and confirmed the widespread…

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New Study Warns that Superstorm Sandy was Not 'The Big One'

New Study Warns that Superstorm Sandy was Not 'The Big One'

Bad news, folks. Although she completely clobbered the East Coast in 2012, Sandy was not the worst storm to ever hit the area and it looks like it's not going to be the last. According…

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New York Gets $1.9 Billion in Storm Resiliency Funding from Feds

New York Gets $1.9 Billion in Storm Resiliency Funding from Feds

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the Empire State will receive $1.9 billion in storm resiliency funding from the federal government as climate…

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Look Up! NYC Water Tanks Converted into Vibrant Works of Art for Water Conservation

Look Up! NYC Water Tanks Converted into Vibrant Works of Art for Water Conservation

For the duration of the city-wide event, tanks from Staten Island to the Bronx will be wrapped in vibrant artwork in hopes of bringing much-needed attention to global water issues.…

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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…

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Growing Number of Whales and Sharks in NYC Indicate Cleaner Waters

Growing Number of Whales and Sharks in NYC Indicate Cleaner Waters

While you might think Sharknado 2 would be your only chance to see a shark in New York City, sightings of large sea creatures in the area have actually increased this summer. So why are…

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We May Soon Be Able to Walk to Governors Island Using This Floating Pedestrian Bridge

We May Soon Be Able to Walk to Governors Island Using This Floating Pedestrian Bridge

Nowacek developed her project ,called Citizen Bridge, as a means of creating a permanently free pedestrian route to Governors Island. While the major waterway between Brooklyn and the…

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6 Fun Floating Bars and Restaurants to Check Out This Summer

6 Fun Floating Bars and Restaurants to Check Out This Summer

THE WATER TABLE If the idea of savoring a three-course tasting menu featuring local and seasonal ingredients aboard a historic vessel built during World War II floats your boat, head…

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VIDEO: See How Staten Island Eels Help Measure Improved Water Quality in NYC

VIDEO: See How Staten Island Eels Help Measure Improved Water Quality in NYC

Did you know that there are eels living in Staten Island? The slippery creatures add to the Staten Island Bluebelt's ecological diversity, but they also do double duty as indicators of…

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6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

Photo by Yuka Yoneda RED HOOK While it doesn't have the most inviting of names, Red Hook is actually one of the most romantic and charming neighborhoods in Brooklyn. If you've been…

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Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

Coney Island usually conjures up images of fun in the sun, but area residents are saying that a nearby creek is looking more like a nightmare. According to locals, the Department of…

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+ POOL and Google Drive Unveil New App That Shows New Yorkers the Quality of Their Water

+ POOL and Google Drive Unveil New App That Shows New Yorkers the Quality of Their Water

2014 is turning out to be a very "positive" year for + POOL, a project aiming to bring a floating, water-filtering pool to New York City's East River. Last week, the + POOL team…

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Go on an Architectural Adventure on the Water with AIANY's Boat Tours Around Manhattan

Go on an Architectural Adventure on the Water with AIANY's Boat Tours Around Manhattan

We started our journey at Chelsea Piers by boarding the Manhattan, a teak-lined 1920s-style yacht. After making our way back to the vessel's enclosed observatory area, we grabbed a…

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City Beach NYC Wants to Bring a Fake Floating Beach to Manhattan by 2016

City Beach NYC Wants to Bring a Fake Floating Beach to Manhattan by 2016

Beach-loving New Yorkers typically have to travel outside of Manhattan to get their fix of sparking white sand, but all of that could change if City Beach NYC gets its way. Created by…

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Interboro's 'Living with the Bay' Resiliency Plan Scores $125 Million to Protect Long Island from Future Storms

Interboro's 'Living with the Bay' Resiliency Plan Scores $125 Million to Protect Long Island from Future Storms

Living with the Bay: A Comprehensive Regional Resiliency Plan for Nassau County’s South Shore from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. Interboro partnered with Apex, Bosch Slabbers, Center…

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OutdoorFest 2014 Invites New Yorkers to Get Outside and Play!

OutdoorFest 2014 Invites New Yorkers to Get Outside and Play!

Whether you're into hard-core sports or prefer a relaxing picnic, there's nothing like finally getting to enjoy the outdoors after a long, hard winter. But with all of the…

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Massive Sinkhole Opens Up in Manhattan

Massive Sinkhole Opens Up in Manhattan

Sinkholes are quite common in certain areas of the U.S., but it's not every day that you see one open up in Manhattan! On Thursday, a massive 20-ft long sinkhole appeared in the…

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The Surprising Reason Why New York City Tap Water is Not Vegan (and Possibly Not Kosher)

The Surprising Reason Why New York City Tap Water is Not Vegan (and Possibly Not Kosher)

Happy Water Week NYC everyone! As this annual event showcases the most promising new innovations to solve local and global water issues, we took a closer look at one of our city's most…

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Water

DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Water "Bottle"

Note: The Ooho is made using sodium alginate and calcium chloride using a formula developed by the designers. Our recipe is an approximation that replaces calcium chloride with calcium…

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New York Announces $1.6 Million in Dam Improvement Projects

New York Announces $1.6 Million in Dam Improvement Projects

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a $1.6 million investment towards making dams across the state more resilient to storms to help control flooding. According to the…

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Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

Although the rain over New York and New Jersey has finally stopped, the overnight showers left many neighborhoods flooded. ABC News reports that LaGuardia Airport rain meters recorded…

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