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Harlem River Houses Serve as Public Housing Model in New York City

February 1, 2016 by The Global Grid

An image from inside the courtyard area. It is clear that this is a highly visible area in the complex from all of the windows one can see in this picture. Image above: Harlem River Houses Courtyard. This space lies on the interior of the complex. It was the main recreational and leisure area in the development. This area is visible from nearly every unit in the housing, a major factor in its safety over the decades. Despite its past accomplishments, the Harlem River Houses have recently been dealing with issues of maintenance and vacancies. These problems have interrupted the harmony of the design, which is arguably part of the reason for the increase in crime. While most New Yorkers do not live in some form of subsidized housing, safe and affordable public housing is in the best interest of all New Yorkers, as safe housing projects means a safer city for everyone. The Harlem River Houses offer a meticulously designed template for other complexes to emulate.[read more]

How Crowdfunding Is Creating Permanently Affordable Real Estate and Vibrant Streets

July 23, 2015 by Shareable .

New York City streets: no longer so mean.

Faced with the rising rents for commercial properties in cities, the New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative is helping to turn vacant municipal properties into “vibrant streets filled with local culture and dignified workers” using crowdfunding: small investments by a large number of people in permanently affordable, commercial real estate.[read more]

Why and How Cities Must Take Pedestrians More Seriously

July 13, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Times Square, NYC

Vienna is a case study and part of Harvard University’s Transforming Urban Transportation project. Ralph Buehler, Associate Professor in Urban Affairs & Planning and a Faculty Fellow with the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria Center, has visited the city. An interview by Andrea Weninger, Walk21 Program Director.[read more]

NYU Urban Farm Lab Teaches Important Lesson in Urban Agriculture

Urban Farming at NYU

NYU’s Urban Farm Lab is not your typical classroom, but for students at NYU’s Food Studies program, it’s where they learn one very important lesson: how to grow food in the big city. It was the inspiration of NYU graduate student Daniel Bowman Simon who thought there should be an urban garden on campus.[read more]

New York City's Edenworks Advances Urban Aquaponics with Custom Ecosystems

NYC Aquaponics

New York City resident Jason Green wanted to be able to purchase good local produce that was available in his city on a year-round basis. Concluding that other New Yorkers would probably want the same thing, he addressed this insufficiency with aquaponics.[read more]

City Ecology: There Are Egrets Near the Empire State Building

February 27, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

You wouldn't believe where nature can thrive.

New York Harbor is a thriving natural habitat. The mixing of fresh and salt waters, combined with a rich flow of nutrients from its watershed, makes visibility poor, and hides its vitality. It is easy to make cocktail conversation about eels, oysters, humpback whales (whales!) and the other remarkable creatures that share New York City with its people.[read more]

New York City's Mean Streets Get Sweeter

January 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Street Life

“New York City’s mean streets are getting a little sweeter,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the NYC Transportation Commissioner for Mayor Mike Bloomberg. That sweetness takes the form of a “new ecosystem of pedestrian plazas and bike lanes.”[read more]

Did Mayor de Blasio Really Reject A Plan For Expanded Polystyrene Recycling?

January 17, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

NYC and Recycling Policy

Can You Recycle Expanded Polystyrene? This is the main question here, and the short answer seems to be “yes… with the right technical and economic conditions.” Odds are, you can’t put polystyrene and other #6 plastics in your recycling bin.[read more]

History And Culture From A New York Dumpster [VIDEO]

January 2, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

New York and Waste Systems

If you follow online dumpster diving communities, like those at Facebook and reddit, you’ll see lots of pictures of the treasures divers find, from massive amounts of edible food to electronics still in its packaging to unworn clothes that have yet to go out of style.[read more]

'Living Breakwaters' Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

November 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Breakwaters

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, founded by Kate Orff, ASLA, has just received $100,000 from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) for their “comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project” called Living Breakwaters.[read more]

New York's Public Transit Constrained by Debt Service

November 11, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

New York Public Transit

New York City is America’s most transit intensive big city, with nearly six of every ten residents commuting daily by bus or subway. The condition and daily operating efficiency of the transit system is critical to the prosperity of the city. One way to gauge the system is through the eyes of its daily users.[read more]

Inspiring People: Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of the New York Parks Department

November 11, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

New York Parks Commissioner

You know how you admire someone’s work from afar for years, hear all kinds of wonderful things about them, meet them over and over, and continue to learn more? That’s how I feel about the inspiring person I’ve chosen for this week, Mitchell Sliver, FAICP, Commissioner of the New York Parks Department.[read more]