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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.

Photo Flickr/Dave Govoni
Lauren Wanko for NY Today  |  October 16, 2012 9:07 PM | Comments
Every fall, monarch butterflies descend on a beach town during their journey to Mexico. VIDEO
Rockaways Pipeline Hompage Image Flickr Rachel in Wonderland
Sarah Crean for Gotham Gazette  |  October 15, 2012 3:36 PM | 2 Comments

Construction of new gas pipelines along Flatbush Avenue, the Gateway National Recreation Area and Rockaways involve different government overseers, National Grid and the Oklahoma-based Williams Companies.

More trash awaits processing in Peekskill. After the burning, the ash is cooled and sifted for recyclable metal and the remains, about 10 percent of the initial volume, are sent to landfills. Photo by Marc Fader/ City Limits.
Bill Hughes for City Limits  |  October 11, 2012 11:59 AM | Comments
A Bloomberg administration plan pits concerns about city spending and carbon emissions against fears of environmental injustice.
fracking well photo
Susan Arbetter for The Capitol Report  |  October 1, 2012 6:33 PM | 1 Comment
In November, 2011, the Cuomo administration announced it would issue fracking regulations within a year. The DEC has announced it won't meet that deadline.VIDEO
bikers uprise
John Farley  |  September 28, 2012 4:00 AM | 8 Comments

In 1987, cyclists overturned a ban on bikes in Midtown Manhattan, and their action led to increased cycling advocacy. On September 28 they’re celebrating the anniversary in the streets.

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Every week, the team behind the greenmarket at the New York Botanical Garden updates a phone system that allows customers to call in and hear what’s fresh that week. Organizers say that helps families plan healthy meals. Photo courtesy of Erin Brodwin/ City Limits.
CUNY 2012 Street News Team for City Limits  |  September 27, 2012 3:15 PM | Comments
A group of reporters from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism harvested scenes from the city’s outdoor supermarkets.
A 48-inch drill head at the 18th Street horizontal directional drill exit site in Jersey City, N.J. Gas pipeline from the New Jersey – New York Expansion Project. Image from the FERC Environmental Compliance Monitoring Program weekly report, Sept. 10-16, 2012.
Matt Hunger for the Gotham Gazette  |  September 26, 2012 1:21 PM | 8 Comments
The New Jersey-New York Expansion Project has sparked protests and legal challenges along its proposed route, particularly in Jersey City and the West Village.VIDEO
Fracking in Burlington, PA. While fracking has generated significant wealth for the state, opponents wage that it's had a devastating impact on the environment and is not a financially sustainable industry. AP/Ralph Wilson.
Cristian Salazar and Sarah Crean for Gotham Gazette  |  September 24, 2012 3:53 PM | Comments
The city has called for replacing the heavy heating oils used in buildings with substantially cleaner fuels by 2030. That will likely mean an increased reliance on natural gas.
An airplane passes over an apartment building on its way to LaGuardia Airport. The FAA and Port Authority have soundproofed many of the schools around the city's airports, researcher Charlotte Clark said nobody is really sure how effective these measures are. AP/Frank Franklin
John Farley  |  August 28, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
How do you reduce noise in one of the loudest cities in the world?
Brazil Rio+20
John Farley  |  August 23, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Do NYC urban planners have infrastructure and environmental advice for slum-filled cities in other parts of the world?
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