Environment

How to find your way in Queens

How to find your way in Queens

Environment, In the News, New York, Queens January 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

If you’ve ever tried visiting a friend or finding a business place in Queens, you’ll know what The Queens Tribune is talking about. You’re new in Queens and you’re looking for an address on 73rd Street, but you end up on 73rd Place instead and spend the next 20 minutes tryingRead More

Brooklyn's Chinatown/Tiffany Ap

Brooklyn Chinatown bursting at seams

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture, Economy, Environment, Immigration December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

A growing Chinese population in Brooklyn has led to shoppers gridlock in Sunset Park’s Chinatown. The Brooklyn Ink reports that while zoning laws prevent Chinese business owners from expanding further, a strong belief in “lucky number eight” is keeping merchants clustered on Eighth Avenue where Chinatown was formed three decades ago.

Bronx short-changed on park funding?

Bronx, Environment, In the News, New York, Politics December 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

An investigation by the Independent Budget Office concludes that the Bronx may have been cheated out of taxpayer funding for city parks. The Riverdale Press reports that in 2003, the Department of Environmental Protection promised $200M in capital funding for Bronx parks, in exchange for the Borough’s patience, putting upRead More

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City crackdown on park performers

Communities, Culture, Economy, Environment, Manhattan, New York December 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Village residents are outraged over the city’s crackdown on performers at Washington Square Park. Locals gathered at a Community Board 2 meeting to speak out against the new rules, which ban performers from soliciting donations within 50 feet of a monument. Our Town Downtown reports the crackdown disrupts a proud 60 year tradition.

Resident Cathy Santopietro captured this rat running on the sidewalk

MTA moves to trap Bensonhurst rats

Brooklyn, Communities, Environment, In the News December 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

New York City Transit is stepping up efforts to trap a rat problem that has gotten out of hand on New Utrecht Avenue near 79th Street. Home Reporter News says Angry residents complained to Community Board 11, which then demanded that the strip be cleaned. One homeowner said a suddenRead More

Caring for colonies of stray cats

Bronx, Communities, Environment, Housing, New York December 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

A handful of kind hearted pet lovers in the Bronx have created “cat colonies” to feed and care for feral cats roaming the streets. The Bronx has no full-service animal shelter. Norwood News reports that the not for profit Animal Care and Control operates only in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Selling out city parks

Selling out city parks

Communities, Economy, Environment, Featured Posts, New York December 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Has Mayor Mike Bloomberg sold out city parks? Advocates for public parks argue that the mayor has been using certain parks as cash cows by converting them into tent cities at Christmas time.

Vendors sell goods along Roosevelt Avenue

Roosevelt Avenue “out of control”

Economy, Environment, Featured Posts, Immigration, Queens December 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Along Roosevelt Avenue’s 30 block stretch in Queens, you can buy pretty much anything you can think of — prostitutes, forged documents, food from uninspected kitchens, items from unlicensed vendors.

Taino Native Americans hold sweat lodge ceremony at Inwood Hill Park.

Taino ceremony fires up Inwood Hill Park

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, Latino December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Descendants of Taino Native Americans received a fire permit from New York City’s Parks Department to stage a sweat lodge ceremony in a public park for the first time in recent memory.

City proposes adding bike lanes like these in East Harlem.

East Harlem divided over bike lanes

Environment, Featured Posts, Manhattan December 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Despite their success in other parts of Manhattan, many business owners in El Barrio view bike lanes as obstacles.

David Brooks installs Desert Rooftop exhibit in Times Square

Urban sprawl art exhibit near Times Square

Environment, Featured Posts, Housing, Manhattan December 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Artist David Brooks created an art exhibit of rooftops by Times Square to create awareness of “desertification.”

Construction gets in the way of the bike land on Grand Street.

New battle erupts over Chinatown bike lane

Environment, Manhattan November 29, 2011 at 12:11 pm

A battle that once brewed between bike riders and merchants over a new bike lane has now become a fight by riders to save it, as construction for a water tunnel interferes.

Students clean up Aqueduct Walk Park in the Bronx.

Bronx parks wait for their own clean-up

Bronx, Environment, Featured Posts October 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm

In the Bronx, parks are as dirty as ever. No one seems to care, except the people who live there.

Muslim volunteers clean a basement in Wayne, NJ, on October 4.

Muslim relief group helps Irene victims

Environment, Metro Area October 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

ICNA Relief, the only relief organization of the American Muslim community, sends its volunteers to five cities and towns in New Jersey to clean up homes damaged by Hurricane Irene. Collaborating with FEMA, the group selected 40 homes of the disabled and the elderly for the clean-up.

Cars drive on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Highway near 51st street on Wednesday.

Foul air plagues NYC, Long Island

Environment, Featured Posts, Health, Metro Area September 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

The air is unhealthy to breathe on one day out of 10 in New York City and on Long Island, an new report from an environmental group. warns.

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