Energy & Environment

Manhattan Was a "Garden of Eden" Says Environmental Historian Ted Steinberg

When you think of New York City, the term "Garden of Eden" probably doesn't spring immediately to mind. But a new book by noted environmental historian Ted Steinberg says that that's exactly what the island of Manhattan was some 400 years ago.

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David Cruz for NJ Today  |  October 29, 2012 5:38 PM | Comments
The Pompton and Passaic Rivers are below their high water marks, literally calm before the storm.
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October 29, 2012 5:10 PM | Comments
Several New Jersey public services have been suspended while residents begin to face power outages and flooding.
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NJTV  |  October 29, 2012 4:30 PM | Updated: October 29, 2012 4:30 PM | Comments
From shorelines to Atlantic City evacuation, see snapshots from around the Garden State.
Gov. Chris Christie has responded with indifference to questions about whether he's interested in being a vice presidential candidate. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, his polling numbers have dropped slightly. Flickr/forwardstl
Michael Aron for NJ Today  |  October 29, 2012 3:56 PM | Comments
State Police Superintendant Rick Fuentes said the Raritan River basin was a bigger worry than the Passaic River basin. VIDEO
Flooding on Carroll Street, between Bond Street and the Gowanus Canal
Georgia Kral  |  October 29, 2012 12:15 PM | Comments
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Nathaniel Herz for The New York World  |  October 29, 2012 8:59 AM | Comments
New York greets Hurricane Sandy with fewer shelters and state troopers — and a shorter timeline for evacuation
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Michelle Sartor for NJ Today  |  October 28, 2012 11:24 AM | Comments
Gov. Chris Christie has declared a State of Emergency for New Jersey and ordered the evacuation of some areas. Atlantic City will begin evacuations at noon Sunday.
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October 28, 2012 11:08 AM | 1 Comment
Hurricane Sandy is bringing heavy winds, rain and tidal surges to the NYC region.
This statue, also known as Bethesda Fountain, is on the Bethesda Terrace. The angel references a Biblical site and the Croton water system that first supplied New York City in 1842. The lily in the angel's hand represents the water's purity. 'Angel of the Waters' is the only statue that was commissioned for Central Park. Its sculptor, Emma Stebbins, was the first woman to receive a public art commission in New York City. Photo by MetroFocus.
Georgia Kral  |  October 24, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
The gift by a hedge fund manager from Queens is believed to be the largest gift ever to a public park. VIDEO
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Georgia Kral  |  October 17, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Some New York state residents say hydraulic fracturing will bring jobs and other opportunities to the region.VIDEO
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