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Articles about "NYC Green Spaces"

  • Best Places to Find Fall Foliage in New York City By David Dam | October 17, 2016

    The fall season is here, and with it comes fall foliage! Read more to find out about the best places to catch the fall colors!

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  • More LEED Certified Space Makes New York Greener By Aby Thomas | January 28, 2013

    New York has put its weight behind dozens of environment-friendly initiatives in the past few years, with the city determined to make itself known as a green metropolis. One such effort has been the push for new buildings in the city to get themselves one of the four LEED certifications, a rating system that grades structures for their adherence to green building design, construction, operation and maintenance. New York has been doing especially well in this regard—a recent survey had it placed third on the list of states that had the most amount of LEED certified space, with California and Texas taking the first two places.

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  • Christmas Comes Early: $100 Million Gift for Central Park By Aby Thomas | October 24, 2012

    It looks like Santa Claus came early to Central Park this year, and he came in the form of hedge fund manager John Paulson. On Monday, Paulson, along with the Paulson Family Foundation, announced that they would be giving a whopping $100 million as a gift to the Central Park Conservancy. Paulson, a hedge fund manager with an estimated net worth of $11 billion, called Central Park “the most deserving of all of New York’s cultural institutions,” and the donation was his way of showing his appreciation for one of the city’s most cherished landmarks.

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  • Art Installations Reinvent the High Line By Joseph Lee | October 05, 2012

    Since its opening in 2009, the High Line Park in Lower Manhattan has energized the Chelsea neighborhood with a bold new vision for public parks and become one of Manhattan’s most popular spots. Today, the High Line is once again pushing the existing conventions of public parks, this time through public art projects. Of the projects currently running for the NYC Parks and Recreation Art in the Parks program in Manhattan, over half are on the High Line and sponsored by the Friends of the High Line. By positioning itself as a leading art space in New York, the High Line continues to define itself as more than just a park.

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  • Four Freedoms Park Honors Franklin D. Roosevelt By Joseph Lee | September 25, 2012

    In 1941, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of America’s most revered presidents, declared that, “In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.” As president, Roosevelt did his best to eliminate freedom from want and fear while promoting freedom of expression and worship. Now, in his home state, these four ideals, and the man who worked to achieve them, will be honored in a 4-acre park on New York City’s Roosevelt Island.

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  • Community Board 3 Shoots Down Greyhound’s “Yo! Bus” Line By Joseph Lee | September 14, 2012

    Tuesday night, the Lower East Side’s Community Board 3 voted unanimously against Greyhound’s plans to add a curbside bus station on Essex Street by Seward Park. The new “YO! Bus” line would have eight pick-ups and eight drop-offs each day running between Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Philadelphia. The Board rejected the proposal and demanded that Greyhound return with alternate locations. The question is, does the Board’s decision make a difference? The united front presented by the local apartment owners and renters may be irrelevant in the face of the Department of Transportation’s final decision. Judging by the fervor with which community members spoke against the proposal, a DOT approval could spark an even more heated discussion than Tuesday night’s.

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  • Chill Out in A Backyard, Right Here in Manhattan By Aby Thomas | August 29, 2012

    Musical superstars Jay-Z and Alicia Keys famously called New York City a “concrete jungle” in their 2009 hit song, “Empire State of Mind.” The moniker is certainly apt for Manhattan, with its stunning buildings and huge towers that seem to occupy every possible free space in the borough. For those New Yorkers who are originally from other towns in America, the lack of open spaces can be a little disconcerting. After all, who in New York City wouldn’t like to enjoy the pleasure of a backyard, where one could relax and chill out?

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  • City Gov Gives the High Line Some Serious Money By Gabrielle Hughes | July 23, 2012

    Widely considered to be Manhattan’s most popular park, the High Line is set to extend its elevated Chelsea location to incorporate a brand new, third section. Friends of the High Line, a non-profit organization, is funding construction of the $90 million expansion, but the park has just received $5 million extra from City Council, an appropriation that is not going over well with many New Yorkers.

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  • Rooftop Gardens Blossoming in NYC By Yuan Feng | July 16, 2012

    In the sprawling urban landscape of New York City, you’d be hard pressed to find an area capable of sustaining a farm or growing a range of crops. But as residents of such a dynamic city, we‘ve certainly managed to find a way to do so. Rather than seeking out plots of unoccupied space on the ground, New York residents and companies have taken to the skies, starting full gardens on rooftops instead. In fact, New York has quickly become a true leader in the rooftop agriculture movement. And with the support of commercial agriculture interests, this trend will surely only continue as time goes on.

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  • Going Green on the Upper West Side By Olivier Fitzgerald | June 22, 2012

    Replacing the ugly with the useful can be a beautiful thing. The dilapidated fence located on the Upper West Side's Columbus Avenue between West 76th and West 77th Streets will be replaced by a new “streetscape” design intended to spruce up a traditionally unattractive street. Five new trees, metal benches, expanded tree beds and a multitude of plants are some of the many changes in store for the busy avenue.

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