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97th Street Greenmarket

97th St between Columbus & Amsterdam, Manhattan
Open Fridays, Year-round
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

EBT/Food Stamps, Debit/Credit, Health Bucks, WIC & FMNP checks accepted.

Beginning June 1st! WIC+ Program: Greenmarket shoppers using WIC Vegetable and Fruit checks receive additional Greenmarket Bucks to spend at the market. $6 WIC check receives one $2 Greenmarket Bucks, a $10 checks receives two $2 Greenmarket Bucks, and a $15 WIC check receives three $2 Greenmarket Bucks.

One of the longest running year-round markets in the Greenmarket program, the 97th Street market has been serving the diverse population of the Upper West Side for over 25 years. Located on a wide cross-town street, the peak of the season finds this market teeming with produce from southern New Jersey, Orange County, NY, and the Hudson Valley available, as well as eggs, grass-fed meat, fish, cheese, and more. In the winter, when some farmers take leave, others step in to help keep the neighborhood stocked with local produce throughout the colder months.

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East River Blueway

The Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in collaboration with the Office of New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and other partners, has commissioned a team led by WXY Architecture + Urban Design to develop the East River Blueway Plan, a community- based waterfront planning initiative. The project will consider Manhattan’s East River waterfront between the Brooklyn Bridge and East 38th Street. This stretch of Manhattan’s shoreline faces challenges that prevent greater waterfront public access.

The East River Blueway Plan will be the foundation for an interconnected network of waterfront sites. This network will integrate recreational activities and connect neighborhoods to the waterfront. Our work will include visioning; feasibility of locating on-water sites; design and costs; and implementation and campaign strategies for the East River Blueway.

Click here to view project


The aim of designing a space for City Atlas is to raise public consciousness about new innovations happening in the city of New York. We want this space to be inspiring. We want it to be loved.

Green Map NYC

Link: Green Map NYC

For all people ready to participate in creating a healthy, sustainable and just world, Green Map System offers a direct pathway to the significant ecological, cultural and civic resources near home through our locally published and interactive maps, our globally recognized icons and mapmaking tools, and communications network linking Mapmakers in more than 55 countries.

Green Map System has promoted inclusive participation in sustainable community development around the world since 1995, using mapmaking as our medium. Over 675 locally-led map projects have successfully published more than 400 local Green Maps, used by millions to connect with green living, nature, social and cultural resources near home and while traveling. Each unique map utilizes Green Map® Icons to highlight both positive and challenging sites. Project profiles, mapmaking resources, our history and much more about Green Map System and our award-winning iconography is at

Now, we’re taking our inclusiveness mission to the next level with the Open Green Map, an interactive mapmaking tool that helps people worldwide quickly share their own selection of sustainability sites, pathways and resources online. Merging local knowledge and our freshly updated iconography (download chart and definitions) with Google Map and open source Drupal technology, the resulting interactive maps can be explored here today.

You can quick find, compare and learn from each site and community initiative on the map. Open Green Map (OGM) invites the public to add their own comments, green ratings, images and videos and share how each site on the map has changed their life with an innovative ‘Impact Index’. With this social mapping website, people of all ages and backgrounds can get involved! Download a flowchart for a quick overview.

Launched in June 2009 with a in progress following global launch celebration, there are now over 120 Open Green Maps and over 10,000 sites for you to explore, share and enhance. OGM’s thousands of sites can be explored on any mobile phone by entering into the phone’s internet browser. The resulting beta “What’s Green Nearby?™” resource is also featured on version 1.0 of the Green Map iPhone App! Search Green Map in the Apple Store or click to experience Green Maps, photos, videos and other movement-wide outcomes. You can also enhance your website or blog with our Green Map Widgets to share maps, find green sites, explore icons, news and more!


Cleanweb Hackathon Sparks Ingenuity Downtown for Green Data


This weekend developers and designers put their minds to coming up with the best ideas for new apps for sustainability, in the two day Cleanweb Hackathon held at NYU-ITP.

Cleanweb Hackathon is a gathering to demonstrate the impact of applying information technology to resource constraints…Participants are tasked with building applications that tackle energy, waste, water, and other sustainability issues by leveraging web and mobile technologies. We challenge attendees on what they can do in 24 hours with utility, transport and smart grid datasets that might just change the world for the better.”

[top photo: Rachel Sterne]

Overall winner: Econofy, for green shopping match-ups of appliances and electronics, including an online calculator for comparing savings between models

Best energy app: NYCbldgs, “Find the best and worst performing building in New York”

Also noticed:, which lets users compare a jet set lifestyle to their own, in terms of energy usage (screengrab below):



Break through on Second Avenue Subway

Workers completed tunneling for the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway on Sept. 22, 2011, when the project’s tunnel boring machine reached the Lexington Av-63 St station, breaking into the existing subway system. The 485-ton, 450-foot-long machine used a 22-foot diameter cutterhead to mine 7,789 linear feet in two tunnels, averaging approximately 60 linear feet a day. Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.

Radiolab On Cities

via Radiolab

In this hour of Radiolab, we take to the street to ask what makes cities tick.

There’s no scientific metric for measuring a city’s personality. But step out on the sidewalk, and you can see and feel it. Two physicists explain one tidy mathematical formula that they believe holds the key to what drives a city. Yet math can’t explain most of the human-scale details that make urban life unique. So we head out in search of what the numbers miss, and meet a reluctant city dweller, a man who’s walked 700 feet below Manhattan, and a once-thriving community that’s slipping away.

City Atlas Workshops at Parsons and Hunter

In a pilot collaboration with two college programs, an undergrad design workshop at Parsons worked with historical data gathered by a Hunter urban planning class, to create information graphics about New York’s water, waste and mass transit systems. Our goal is to create a continuous educational relationship with design schools, providing both students and public with an ongoing creative study of how the city developed, how it works now, and how it can work in the future.


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Since the 2001 closing of Fresh Kills, New York City’s last landfi ll, the City has begun shipping its waste to five other states, hitting New Yorkers in the pocket and trucking millions of unnecessary miles every year. The city needs to find: a) a long term plan how to reduce the costs and environmental impact of shipping our garbage to other states, and b) a long term plan to solve the inherent problem that is too often ignored; ultimately there no place for our garbage. The public must realize this as well. Perhaps we know in theory that we consume too much and recycle too little; but as long as garbage collection is free, why should we care? If our garbage were to pile up on our front lawn instead of in a landfill in Ohio, our priorities would likely be shifted. In reality, the garbage is not disappearing, most of it takes decades if not centuries to biodegrade, and some of it ends up in waterways affecting wildlife such as fi sh and birds and humans who consume the fish with the toxins in the waste. The solution lies in the hands of the city to further its recycling program and create more composting sites, as well as in our hands to be aware of the consequence of our actions and conserve, reuse, and recycle.


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New York City has one of the largest natural water filtration systems throughout the country, feeding from three reservoirs in upstate New York. Population growth and urbanization encouraged the development of a well-functioning water delivery system which is still in use today. Development of the water delivery system in upstate New York counties caused tensions among residents living in the watershed area. Eventually, these tensions led to mutual understandings by both parties and the subsequent success of the water system as it stands today. Currently, the water system for New York City functions through two main water tunnels and pumps over 1.2 billion gallons of water per day. A third water tunnel is currently in development to supplement the two existing water tunnels fully by 2020. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) maintains a comprehensive watershed protection program to assure New York City’s water quality remains high. Additionally, the DEP maintains drought provisions to protect reserves in the upstate reservoirs during dry periods. Continued development will be needed in New York City’s water supply to ensure fresh, clean drinking water for the residents of New York City.