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John Farley  |  January 4, 2012 4:00 AM | 26 Comments
Mario Batali has joined a coalition of chefs and restaurateurs united against hydraulic fracking, which they say could make New York's restaurants less tasty -- and less safe.
A chipper makes a Christmas tree into mulch, giving it a second life. Flickr/Flatbush Gardener.
Georgia Kral  |  December 26, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Don't throw that Christmas tree to the curb -- recycle it! Check out your Tri-State options for tree recycling, including New York City's 16th annual MulchFest.VIDEO
Workers display the product at Greyston bakery in Yonkers, NY. Greyston plans to become a benefit corporation once the new law goes into effect in 60 days. Photo courtesy of B Lab.
John Farley  |  December 14, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
On Monday, New York became the seventh state to create benefit corporations, which are legally obligated to create benefits for both society and their shareholders. What does that mean for the city?
Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15, after the Occupy protesters were evicted. Reinhold Martin believes the removal of the protesters exposed a hidden reality in New York City -- that public spaces are public because they're contested. Flickr/shankbone.
Reinhold Martin  |  December 13, 2011 2:55 PM | Comments
Occupy Wall Street has revealed that the concept of "privately owned public spaces" is at odds with itself.
Dandelion, highlighted by Future Green Studio, on Third Avenue. While dandelions are commonly derided as an invasive species, the weed has many properties that make it useful for city dwellers. Photo courtesy of Future Green Studio.
David Seiter for Urban Omnibus  |  December 9, 2011 10:58 AM | Comments
Although we tend to think of our cities as concrete jungles, our post-new urban environment is awash in plant life. The environmental benefits of these “weeds” go widely unrecognized when, in fact, this often invisible urban ecology can offer a fresh perspective on how cities perform.
Erik Baard, along with a coalition of green groups, planted 50 endangered apple trees on Randall's Island on Wednesday. Baard has
Erik Baard  |  December 8, 2011 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
Did you know that all the varieties of apples on our store shelves can be traced back to Kazakhstan? Take a bite out of the history of the Big Apple's apples.
Anti-fracking protestors gathered outside of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Nov. 28 before a public hearing on whether to allow drilling in New York. Members of the opposition group included politicians, lawyers, scientists and residents. MetroFocus/John Farley.
John Farley  |  November 30, 2011 6:03 PM | 6 Comments
A boisterous group of more than 1,000 people showed up at a public hearing in TriBeCa on Nov. 30 to voice their opinion on hydraulic fracking. Unlike in more fracking-friendly upstate New York, the crowd was -- by an extremely rough estimate -- about 99 percent against, and 1 percent (familiar numbers?) for fracking.
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Bekah Holloway for Eco Politics Daily  |  November 23, 2011 12:12 PM | Comments
A new climate change report predicts that more frequent severe weather patterns threaten the water supply and may flood transit systems and submerge a third of city streets.
Workers operate fracking well machinery in Burlington, Pa. Fracking has been legal in Pennsylvania in 2008, but two critical votes are fast approaching,which would allow for drilling in New York and the Delaware River Basin. AP/Ralph Wilson.
John Farley  |  November 17, 2011 10:24 AM | Updated: November 18, 2011 1:36 PM | 1 Comment
On Nov. 18, a multi-state agency cancelled its upcoming vote on whether to frack in the Delaware River watershed -- which brings water to half of New York City.
Green Shores NYC volunteers carting pruned tree limbs on a bicycle to a park nearby for chipping. Photo courtesy of Trudy Smoke.
Leslie Day and Trudy Smoke  |  November 17, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment

When it comes to New York City’s trees, a recent New York Times story suggests something more than pollen is in the air. A local author of a new book about the city’s trees roots her argument in optimism.

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