Fielding Lead Concerns

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Authorities temporarily shut seven ball fields in Red Hook amid findings of elevated lead levels in the soil. Meanwhile,  an adjacent track remains open.

The fields, which ordinarily draw throngs of baseball and soccer players, were built on a site that housed smelting companies from the 1920s to the 1940s.  Environmental officials, who are working on a plan to decontaminate the parkland, plan to hold a public meeting on the issue this summer.

A Dog’s Life in Queens

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Barnum Andrew Underwood was a lover of rooftops and adventure. He stole underwear, shredded toilet paper with gusto and ran wild through a newspaper distribution center in Long Island City more than once.

Barnum was also a dog – a black lab mix – and one of the last of what Sunnyside United Dog Society (SUDS) members call the “SUDS originals.” Those were the dogs there at the beginning, the ones who inspired their owners to create a popular dog run in Lou Lodati Park that opened nearly 18 months ago.


A Haunted Walk in the Park

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Thirteen dollars isn’t enough to buy you a large pizza in New York. A thirteen-dollar cab fare might get you from midtown to the East Village — as long as it’s not rush hour, of course. But here’s something you can buy with thirteen of your hard-earned clams: an after-hours tour of Central Park that involves handcuffs, experimental music, a blindfold, and, if you play your cards right, some recreational drugs.

Meet Bernard Herman, the host of Haunted New York, a psychological minefield that pushes participants’ boundaries beyond any place considered normal.


Bark and Bite Over a Dog Run

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The community board representing Manhattan Beach is girding for a dogfight when a proposal to limit hours at the Oriental Boulevard dog run comes to a vote.


Silver Seniors Vie For Gold

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Day of Service on Governors Isle

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

A Walk in the Parks

Thursday, September 10th, 2015


Friday, May 29th, 2015

Embracing New York’s Dark Side

Saturday, April 4th, 2015