Thursday, September 05, 2013
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
If you've noticed some enormous wasps buzzing through New York City parks recently, you're not alone. The two-inch long black and yellow Eastern Cicada Killer wasp has been turning heads and quickening steps from Prospect Park to Central Park, as the insect's late summer season draws to a close.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
The New York City Parks Department is reviewing its tree management procedures after a 30-year-old pregnant women was killed by a falling tree in Kissena Park on Sunday.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
By Jeff Coltin
New York City is liberating techies from coffee shops and co-working spaces and sending them into the open air with the expansion of public Wi-Fi to 32 more parks and recreation centers across the five boroughs.
Friday, July 19, 2013
By Sarah Gonzalez : Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
Parks in New York City are keeping their sprinklers on a little longer, and keeping their gates open a little later for residents looking to keep cool during the hot summer nights.
Monday, July 01, 2013
By Joseph Capriglione : WNYC/NJPR
While those affected from Sandy continue to rebuild, there's new help for volunteers.
The non-profit Citizens Committee of New York will be awarding micro-grants of up to $2,000 to support volunteer-led groups, rather than individuals.
Friday, June 07, 2013
We follow the news from Washington DC on reports that the government has been collecting online data and the National Security Agency has been collecting Verizon call information. Plus: the news from New Jersey on Governor Christie’s pick for the empty US Senate seat; New York City Parks Commissioner Veronica White on the state of the city’s parks; Todd Abramson of Maxwell’s on the closing of the legendary music venue in Hoboken; and new jobs numbers and what it means for our area.
Friday, May 03, 2013
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
"Everything has been surreal for me for the past 30 years, it just adds onto another completely odd moment. Some of them have been very happy, some of them have been very sad. Today has been both of those." — Ad-Rock, Beastie Boys
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The practice of selling, or even giving away, public parkland and historic sites to private developers has become a disturbing trend in recent years. Attorney Jim Walden has taken several of these cases to court, including one involving Brooklyn Bridge Park, as well as the current case of the New York University expansion taking over public open space. He'll look at what the law says, and what can be done to protect these public spaces.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
By Caitlyn Kim
Sandy exposed the city's vulnerability to flooding, just as development along the water's edge has been booming. Waterfront parks are part of that growth and they could have a unique advantage helping the city deal with rising waters. James Russell, an architecture critic with Bloomberg News, took WNYC on a tour of these developing esplanades, which are transforming the city’s waterfront.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The reopening of the Statue of Liberty could be further delayed if automatic budget cuts go into effect on Friday.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
By Martin DiCaro : WAMU
(Washington, D.C. -- WAMU) A coalition of homeowners groups is ready to celebrate a victory in defeating a proposal to build a highway through the last sliver of nature still standing in the concrete jungle of Tysons Corner, Virginia.
Today the transportation committee of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected to kill a plan to build a road down the middle of Old Courthouse Spring Branch Park, a 33-acre green space, the last buffer between urban development and hundreds of single family homes.
The park is a border between two urban environments. As shown in this satellite imagery, the city meets the park like a tide of concrete at the shores of nature. On the other side of the narrow park, it's orderly suburbs laid out like a microchip. Two ways of living protected from each other by forest, a forest it seems, both sides want to keep.
The board is responding to the protests of the group Save Tysons Last Forest, which pleaded with county transportation planners and supervisors to pick one of the other two options under consideration; the proposed highway is part of the county’s plan to enhance the road network around Tysons Corner as its population is expected to increase dramatically over the next several decades to 100,000 people.
“I think we are going to win, although you never know. It’s never done until it’s done, but we are very confident that the county supervisors, the congressional delegation, everyone has looked at this and said, we can’t destroy this,” said Tom Salvetti, who lives next to the park, where he walks his German Shepherd Kelsey daily.
One reason why Salvetti and his neighbors love Tysons “last forest” is its abundance of wildlife. A WAMU reporter walking the park’s leafy trails with Salvetti on Monday spotted a small herd of deer.
“And there are at least four bucks in these woods as well,” said Salvetti, who said he regularly sees fox, turtles, aquatic birds, woodpeckers, and other creatures near the forest’s stream which runs underneath Pike 7 Plaza and all the way to the Potomac.
“Having woods here in Tysons Corner is very important. Walk around Tysons. It’s all concrete and this is green space. This is dirt. This is nature,” he said.
Neighbor Lance Medric praised county leaders for listening to the complaints of residents, more than 600 of whom signed a petition, who opposed the highway plan.
“It means saving the few last trees that are still around. Everybody talks about it but it’s a lot easier to get rid of them. And this is a natural barrier between thousands of single family homes and a city,” he said.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are expected to take the proposal to build the connection to the Dulles Toll Road through the forest off the table today. The ramp would have connected the Toll Road to an extended Boone Boulevard.
Monday, December 17, 2012
On today’s show: We’ll talk to Elizabeth Royte about her in-depth look at an alleged connection between diseased cattle and fracking fluids. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller talks about his latest cookbook Bouchon Bakery. And we’ll find out how to make healthy dishes for kids this holiday season. Plus, we’ll take a look at the life of Frederick Law Olmsted and his contributions to landscape architecture, from New York’s Central Park to Boston’s Emerald Necklace!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A New York hedge fund manager who made billions from predicting the housing collapse has donated an unprecedented $100 million gift to Central Park Conservancy.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Public Advocate Bill De Blasio said the NYPD should provide crime data for all city parks following an alleged sexual assault in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village over the weekend.