Environment

The master plan for Mill Pond Park from Rogers Marvel Architects shows the undeveloped land to the south as the site of a future skate park, kayak launch, recreation building and lawn. (Image via Mott Haven Herald)

Opinion: ‘Hands Off Harlem River Parkland’

Bronx, Environment, Opinion May 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

An editorial in Mott Haven Herald advocates for community action to spur more parkland development along the Harlem River in the South Bronx.

The Acosta family eagerly waiting for the approaching reopening of the popular park. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

Popular LI Park to Reopen After ‘Environmental Racism’ Case

Environment, Long Island May 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

After being closed for contamination in 2014 because it was being used as a landfill, Brentwood’s Roberto Clemente Park, a favorite recreation place for Long Island’s Hispanic community, will reopen this summer, Noticia Long Island reports.

In Long Island City, 134 new buildings are being erected. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Amid Building Boom, LIC Wonders Where the Green Areas Are

Environment, Housing, Queens May 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

Long Island City activists and residents worry that the urban development that is creating new housing and more jobs will starve the neighborhood of much-needed green spaces, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Park ranger Ernie Hernandez at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Great Falls Become Symbol of Paterson’s Diversity

Environment, Latino April 21, 2017 at 4:52 pm

The waterfalls in Paterson, New Jersey, which have experienced a boom in visitors since President Obama declared them a national historical park, has become a source of pride for the town’s growing Hispanic community, Reporte Hispano reports.

(Photo via World Journal)

China’s Air Pollution Spurs Immigration Applications

East Asian, Environment, Immigration February 1, 2017 at 11:43 am

Some Chinese families are emigrating to the U.S. to spare their children having to live with poor air quality in China, World Journal reports.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

New Jersey Group Offers Assistance for Dominican Flood Victims

Environment, Metro Area December 19, 2016 at 5:12 pm

The Dominican community in New Jersey turned out to help the victims of severe flooding back home, Reporte Hispano reports.

A rendering of a new electric charging post. (Drawing provided by Move Systems via Mott Haven Herald)

FDNY to Roll Out Electric Ambulances

Environment, Health, New York, Transportation December 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm

The FDNY will unveil a new fleet of ambulances powered by electricity, with curbside charging stations, as part of an initiative to combat air pollution, a major concern in the South Bronx, Mott Haven Herald reports.

Dominican resident Belkis Rodríguez walks with her grandson (in the stroller) in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, one of the most affected by pollution. (Photo by Pedro F. Frisneda via El Diario)

Pollution Causing Premature Deaths in Poor Neighborhoods

Environment, Health, New York, Transportation November 29, 2016 at 4:59 pm

According to a new report by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, pollution concentrated in poor areas – where most minorities live – is causing hundreds of premature deaths each year, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Red Hook, Brooklyn (Photo by Axel Drainville, Creative Commons license)

Public Housing Four Years After Sandy

Environment, Government, New York November 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Four years after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of NYC, what is the state of some of the hardest hit NYCHA developments? Colorlines takes a look.

Commercial trash collectors are affecting poor neighborhoods in New York. (Photo via El Diario)

Trash is Killing the Poor in New York

Environment, Health, New York September 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm

According to a study, poor city neighborhoods where mostly Hispanic and African Americans live are disproportionately affected by pollution from trash trucks and landfills, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

One of Zakaria Ahmed's photos in the exhibit "The Other Side of Me" at LaGuardia Community College (Courtesy of Zakaria Ahmed)

Bangladesh Through an Immigrant’s Lens

Culture, Environment, Queens, South Asian September 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

“The Other Side of Me,” a photo exhibit on display at LaGuardia Community College, features photos by alumnus Zakaria Ahmed, taken during a trip back to his native country of Bangladesh.

Oko Farms (Photo via City Limits video)

Raising Fish and Plants in Bushwick

Brooklyn, Environment, Food July 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm

In a City Limits video, the owners of Oko Farms, an aquaponics farm in Bushwick, say they aim to make healthy food accessible and encourage young people of color to go into urban farming.

Poblano Pride behind Sustainable Farming Program

Poblano Pride behind Sustainable Farming Program

Bronx, Business, Environment, Food, Metro Area, Mexican, New York May 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

A family of Mexican immigrant farmers is part of an innovative business initiative in The Bronx, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Area residents show a jam-packed No. 7 train and platform at a recent meeting on the proposed Flushing West development (Photo by Victoria Zunitch via Queens Chronicle)

Will Flushing Creek Get Cleaned Up for Flushing West?

Business, Environment, Housing, Queens, Real Estate November 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Queens leaders and community residents expressed concerns recently about how the Flushing West development might affect the community, both Queens Tribune and Queens Chronicle report.

Environmental Program apprentice Alissa Hickson, 17, checking the lines of the seaweed farm she helps maintain with Rocking the Boat staff. (Photo by Kristina Siriotis via The Hunts Point Express)

Studying Seaweed in the Bronx

Bronx, Environment October 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Students in an environmental program in the Bronx are studying seaweed and the contaminants it has absorbed, reports The Hunts Point Express.