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Glimpse: NYC Harbor

“Glimpse” is a new PYC series for on-the-go readers interested in concise, image-laden posts… Water is NYC’s 6th borough. Our water defines our social, economic, political, environmental, and physical infrastructures. Think about it: NYC would definitely not be NYC without our islands of density and diversity, interconnected by world famous structures, and interconnected to the world by […]

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Link Roundup!

Inspired by one of the only relatively warm days of 2014 this past weekend (at least for us northern folk), I found myself reading and dreaming about long bike rides and general urban exploration. This week’s link roundup reflects these dreams and seeks to instill hope that perhaps one day the seemingly neverending polar vortex […]

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Rad New Bike Park

My best friend’s older brother was REALLY into dirt bikes when I was a kid. Thus I was full of envy for want of a Mongoose and was constantly watching Rad. Yep, this movie*: So, understandably, I am very excited about the new Brooklyn Bike Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. You can rent bikes there for […]

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EVENT: 7/20/2013 City of Water Day

What: The City of Water Day When: Saturday, July 20th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: Governors Island (NYC), Liberty State Park in NJ, and in local neighborhoods For Whom: Boat lovers, children and other water-loving humans. Price: FREE From the website:  MWA’s City of Water Day Festival is a free day-long celebration […]

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CSO Resources

So far this June has been pretty rainy, so it seems timely to provide some resources on a problem that New York City and many other municipalities are struggling to deal with: Combined Sewer Overflows or CSOs. Why should this be of interest to you? Well, you don’t swim in your toilet, but do you […]

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Madrid Shows a Grand Vision by Reclaiming Its River Front

Oftentimes, massive transportation projects like bridges and highways can do more harm to a city than good. While they may bring efficiencies in the movement of people and resources, they can also end up marring a city permanently, dividing neighborhoods and bringing few quality of life improvements for residents. In contrast, some projects, like New York […]

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River Envy

On a recent trip to Munich, I suffered from a severe case of river envy. It was fairly hot weather for a Friday in July and my friends that I was visiting decided to play hooky from work. Taking a leisurely bike ride from the center of the city south along the Isar river, a […]

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The Rehabilitation of Prall’s Island

Prall’s Island (left) from Saw Mill Creek. Factory in background is on the New Jersey side of the Kill Van Kull. The West Shore of Staten Island seems a world away from the New York City most of us inhabit every day. Factories, power lines, and tug boats are the only vertical relief from the […]

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