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Living Growing Breakwaters and Building Community Resilience

We had great news a few weeks ago — our team was selected as a winner of the HUD Rebuild By Design competition, and New York State is being awarded $60 million to build out our project — Living, Growing Breakwaters off … Continue reading

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Our Cozy Little Heat Island

As our year’s coldest weather may be on its way this weekend, it might warm you to compare this spell to one lesser-known historical cold temperature record.  New York City metro area winters are a quite a bit warmer than … Continue reading

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Fall Colors and The Urban Heat Island

One of my favorite things about living in New York City is checking out the fall colors on my bike commute through Central Park.  However, for subway commuters and tourists who don’t get to cruise through the park every day, … Continue reading

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Jamaica Bay Restoration: Anything is Possible if You’re Strategic

[This is a guest post from Charles "Si" Simenstad, Research Professor; Wetland Ecosystem Team, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, in response to the question posed in a prior post, "What specific actions would you propose, if … Continue reading

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Jamaica Bay: What Restoration Steps would you Propose?

In an earlier post, I argued that Jamaica Bay is not New York City’s “crown jewel” and has many problems, such as sewage spills, low-oxygen dead zones, and disappearing marshes and islands.  Hundreds of thousands of people living in neighborhoods … Continue reading

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Creating a Climate-Resilient Jamaica Bay

It can start with a rain barrel.  The renewal of the idea of water as a resource –an obvious concept to a farmer, but one that has escaped the consciousness of many city dwellers whose water starts at the faucet … Continue reading

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Rising Waters and Coastal Floods: Living with Sea Level Rise in NYC, Part 2/2

[This is the second of a pair of guest blog posts from Dr. Vivien Gornitz, a geologist and special research scientist with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research.  The first post … Continue reading

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