Candlelight Tours | City AtlasJoin a tour focusing on lighting technology and architectural features, using the Wyckoff House as a template. Learn about lighting options, access to materials and finished goods, and the nighttime tasks people could expect to accomplish under different lighting conditions from the colonial area to the beginning of the 20th century.
GreenHomeNYC Green Careers MeetUp | City AtlasThe Green Careers MeetUp is a social event for those who are both looking to break in and have recently broken into the green career field. The idea behind this is to have a short and informal one hour meeting about everyone's current pursuits and successes and maybe to exchange some job postings that have not yet gone viral.
Tapping the Tappan Zee for WindReplacing the Tappan Zee Bridge, which carries the New York State Thruway across the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland Counties, is expected to be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the New York region in coming years. Some experts have suggested including some green features, like tracks for commuter trains or a bus rapid transit lane.
Can Outdoor Restaurant Seating Save West Eighth Street?: GothamistThe area where the Village Alliance is proposing adding sidewalk seating can be seen above (via DNAinfo). Even before the recession started, West Eighth Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway was having serious troubles keeping tenants and the problem has only gotten worse.
4 Cities Using Tech to Alleviate TrafficThe Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles – it delivers smart mobility services. Visit bmw-i.com or follow @BMWi on Twitter. There are one billion cars on the road, and that number could reach 2.5 billion by 2020.
5 Sites for Shopping Local Food OnlineAbout 97% of consumers used online media to shop local in 2010, according to a study by BIA/Kelsey and ConStat. Now, that wasn’t all food shopping of course, but the statistics show that giving money to local businesses is more of a priority than ever.
Museum of the City of New York : On the Move: Transportation ToysEmbracing the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrating its cultural diversity, the Museum of the City of New York is Your City Museum! Explore the forces that shaped the city, investigate the neighborhoods and cultures that invigorate New York City, and join in shaping the future!
Do The Green Thing: A minimalist wardrobe for the upcyclerYou can use bottles to make just about anything; a greenhouse, a school even your own island. But this idea is a bit simpler and doesn't require quite so much DIY skill. With just 6 big plastic bottles and a few screws you can build this clever space saving wardrobe.
House’s collaboration cart puts community planning on the streetGrist is proud to present the Change Gang — profiles of people who are leading change on the ground toward a more sustainable society and a greener planet. Some we've written about before; some are new to our pages. Some you'll have heard of; most you probably won't.
Is the Climate Crisis Caused by the 7 Billion or the 1 Percent?As we reach 7 billion people, Climate Progress is featuring a variety of opinions on population. – by Ian Angus and Simon Butler in a Grist repost The approach of [7 billion] milestone produced a wave of articles and opinion pieces blaming the world’s environmental crises on overpopulation.
Streetsblog New York City » NYC DOT to Roll Out Smart Parking Tech in 2012by Noah Kazis on November 7, 2011 New York City is moving forward with plans to use sensors to improve parking management, along the lines of San Francisco's pioneering SFPark system. The program will be unveiled next year, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced at a conference on transportation and technology held last Friday at Columbia University.
Reserved parkingCity residents may soon get the exclusive right to park on the streets where they live. After years of false starts, state and city legislators are seriously looking at a plan to establish residential parking permits in the Big Apple.
Urban Homesteading is a Popular Trend, but It’s also Ruffling Some Feathersby Cole Mellino Urban homesteading, in which households grow their own food and often raise animals for food in an urban environment, is becoming more and more popular as people decide to opt out of our globalized, industrialized agricultural system. Concerned about the state of agriculture and the impact our farming methods are having on […]
Local Honey – LocalHarvestBees are social insects, cousins of wasps and ants. Bees are very useful in nature as flower pollinators, and as a side job, they produce lots of good products for us, like honey, beeswax, pollen, and royal jelly. Honey has been found to have medicinal qualities, particularly when applied topically to burns, wounds, and ulcers.
Jan Gehl speaks on the importance of understanding the function of cities, and how to improve them.
Jan Gehl’s Incremental Approach to UrbanismMy ongoing study of how best to design the human habitat has been consumed by the research of Jan Gehl. I am pleased that the CNU will be hosting him for a keynote lecture at CNU20. If you have not picked up a copy of his latest book, Cities for People, I highly recommend you give it a read.
SeeClickFix asks us to “Imagine a world where every citizen feels empowered and part of their neighborhood. Imagine if everyone trusted and felt taken care of by their local government. We know there are already a lot of involved citizens and hard-working local authorities and service people. We seek to use the power of the internet to bring them closer together and reach even more people.”
After a hike in the Catskill Mountains last winter, 13-year-old Aidan Dwyer noticed the patterns in the branches of trees. Investigation led him to an important insight about how the shape of the branches can be used by the tree to optimize the amount of light collected for photosynthesis.
Join New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in planting and caring for trees, cleaning parks, planting flowers in community gardens – even helping out in our office. There’s so much to do and so many chances to get involved with fellow New Yorkers who are having a lot of fun and making a real difference greening our great city one block at a time!
The President has said that the challenges America faces are unprecedented, and that we need to build a new foundation for economic growth in America. The Administration has begun this work with dramatic new investments in education, health care and clean energy, but we cannot do this alone here in Washington.
The Supreme Court’s decision on greenhouse gases on Monday is a disappointment to the states and environmental groups that had hoped to use federal common law to curb carbon dioxide pollution from power plants. It would also appear to be a setback in the fight against global warming.
MyBlockNYC.com is an interactive mapping website that captures and presents personal video accounts of the life and culture of New York City in order to create an intimate, evolving, and complete portrait of this great city. Users upload videos geographically, building the first fully interactive video map of New York City.