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Killers on the Loose! Cicada Killers, That Is

Thursday, September 05, 2013

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.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Flirting with Vomit Edition

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Slate critics Julia Turner, John Swansburg, June Thomas and Aisha Harris discuss the Edgar Wright film "The World's End," Miley Cyrus' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and love and terror in amusement parks.

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WNYC News

City to Reexamine Tree Management After Woman Killed in Park

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's the Deal with Flushing Meadows-Corona Park?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Katie Honan, DNAinfo reporter covering Queens, talks about the new deal reached between the City Council and the USTA to expand the tennis center while also providing benefits to Queens residents and what it might signal for other developments in city parks.

 

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New Tech City

MAP: City Expands Public Wi-Fi, Now in More Than 50 Parks

Friday, July 19, 2013

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.

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WNYC News

At Night, Social Scene Blossoms as Heat Brings Neighbors Outside

Friday, July 19, 2013

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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.

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WNYC News

New Sandy Relief Grants to Target Volunteer Groups

Monday, July 01, 2013

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York City Parks Commissioner

Friday, June 07, 2013

The water may be gone, but Sandy's influence continues. Veronica WhiteNew York City Parks Commissioner, discusses the state of New York City parks post-Sandy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Phone Records and Online Data Collection; NJ Senate Appointee; NYC Parks

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.

New Tech City

Better WiFi Coming to Union Square

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Union Square is getting a digital makeover. Starting this June, 3,000 people will be able to access the free wireless connection in Union Square at the same time. That’s up from just 250 people today.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Park Named After Beastie Boy MCA

Friday, May 03, 2013

"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

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Selling and Giving Away NYC Parks

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.

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WNYC News

A Critic’s Tour: New Parks Along the Waterfront

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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.

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WNYC News

Automatic Spending Cuts Could Delay Re-Opening of Statue of Liberty: U.S. Parks Dept.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The reopening of the Statue of Liberty could be further delayed if automatic budget cuts go into effect on Friday. 

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WNYC News

High Line Co-Founder Is Moving On

Monday, February 11, 2013

A man who played a key role in building the High Line is moving on to new ventures.

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Transportation Nation

A "Last Forest" Fights Off a Suburban Highway

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The forest, as viewed from above, is a border between urban environments.

(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.

Tom Salvetti and his dog Kelsey. (Photo by Martin Di Caro)

“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.

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Soundcheck

Five NYC Questions for Missy Higgins

Monday, January 07, 2013

We ask the Aussie pop star five questions about our hometown, from her favorite park to favorite interaction with a New Yorker. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fracking, Baking, History Making

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!

WNYC News

Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Donates $100M to Central Park

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.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Pushes NYPD for Expanded Crime-Tracking in Parks

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.

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