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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.

Debris found on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The EPA is currently conducting its second study of the superfund site, but worries it may never be safe for swimming. Flickr/f.trainer
John Farley  |  November 8, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: November 11, 2011 2:48 PM | 3 Comments
Clean-up operations have begun on four Tri-State area rivers declared Superfund sites. MetroFocus looked at how the responsible parties plan to clean our waters.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  September 29, 2011 6:00 AM | 8 Comments
In opposition to a state law, towns across New York have passed local bans on hydraulic fracking.. Now, the gas industry is suing for the right to drill.VIDEO
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Sam Lewis  |  September 16, 2011 6:00 AM | 4 Comments
To mark a new 50th anniversary edition of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," MetroFocus looked at who's shaping NYC today through the lens of the late activist and writer.VIDEO
Hydraulic fracking in Burlington, PA. The Department of Environmental Conservation's most recent report on the benefits and risks of fracking in New York could pave the way for the state to issue permits. AP/Ralph Wilson.
John Farley  |  September 8, 2011 11:08 AM | Updated: September 14, 2011 6:00 AM | 74 Comments
On Sept. 13, New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner gave an exclusive interview to the Capitol Report's Susan Arbetter about hydraulic fracking in the state.VIDEO
Central Park. Flickr/JuntosWorldwide
Laura Vanderkam for City Journal  |  September 7, 2011 2:42 PM | Comments
Can the public-private model save neglected parks without rich neighbors?
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Jake Mooney for City Limits  |  August 25, 2011 11:34 AM | Comments
Advocates praise the motives behind New York's plan to reduce the amount of sewage released untreated into its waterways. But they're worried about the details.
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