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Growing Hopes and Fears for Trees

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The storm was not supposed to happen. Instead of a leafy autumn in New York, with beautiful foliage shading children out for Halloween trick or treating, the city was pummeled by an unusually early snowstorm.

The cost of that damage reached untold millions of dollars, and was made worse by something as simple as an autumn leaf.

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A Birds’ Eye View in Prospect Park

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The National Audubon Society is dedicated to protecting America’s wildlife, particularly its birds. Prospect Park is home to the first-ever urban Audubon Center, and is one of the Society’s 2,500 “Important Bird Areas.” Visitors are invited every weekend to a free tour showcasing the park’s natural diversity.

Putting the Hudson River to the Test

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Kayak polo player Nancy Brous didn’t hesitate to jump into the Hudson River off Pier 66 during practice with 15 other members of her team on July 20th, 2011, just hours after an explosion at Harlem’s North River Sewage Treatment Plant. She had heard about the accident, but wasn’t worried — any leaked sewage would not have reached them by that time, she thought.

The next morning, Brous learned that sewage was not only released from the uptown accident site, but was also diverted to “outfalls” — pipes that lead directly into the river. One of these outfalls was at the site of the New York City Water Trail Association’s kayak storage area at Pier 66 at West 26th Street.

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City Tunes in to TV Tourism

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

New York’s recent record tourism boom may fueled as much by “Law & Order” as Lady Liberty.

Visitors from all over the world have made their way to the city to see where Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer shared coffee, and tread the sidewalks Samantha, Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda plied in their Manolo Blahniks.

With some two dozen shows currently being filmed in the five boroughs and many more from years past set in New York, the city’s TV ties helped attract some of last year’s record 48 million visitors, tour operators and tourists say.

 

 

Hot Jazz for Cool Seniors

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Salvaging the Art of Recycling

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Board Game Store Roles the Dice

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Soho Cake Boss is a Mover and Baker

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Taking Sides in Triangle Park Fight

Monday, January 2nd, 2012