Environment

Pedro Estevez of the United Auto Merchants Association addressing fellow auto workers at a July 9 meeting on Jerome Ave. (Photo by Cole Rosengren via Hunts Point Express)

Readying Hunts Point for Auto Shops

Bronx, Business, Environment July 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Auto shops that vacated Willets Point in Queens may soon settle in their new home in Hunts Point, which they say will be environmentally friendly, reports Hunt Point Express.

The Stonewall Inn and the adjoining storefront to its right now enjoy landmark status. (Photo by Andy Humm via Gay City News)

Stonewall: Where It All Began

Environment, LGBTQ, Manhattan June 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Stonewall Inn received landmark status, and now there’s a proposal to make nearby Christopher Park in Greenwich Village a national park, reports Gay City News.

(Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Small Business Not Sold On Foam Ban

Environment, Food, Latino June 24, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Small businesses complain of higher costs as they get ready to comply with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, El Diario reports.

Plaza Cultural, in the Lower East Side, has changed along with the neighborhood's residents. (Photo by Marcela Alvarez via El Diario)

Community Gardens: A Puerto Rican Legacy

Culture, Environment, Puerto Rican June 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Lower East Side lots rescued decades ago by Puerto Rican artists and activists continue to exist as spaces for the community, El Diario reports.

(Photo via The Korea Times)

Will Korean Seniors in NJ Get Their Garden Back?

East Asian, Environment, Metro Area, Seniors June 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Bergen County officials have barred entry to a community garden cultivated by Korean seniors for 17 years, on the grounds that it was run without permission, reports The Korea Times. The seniors, however, say the move doesn’t make any sense.

Rob Burstein protesting the replacement of the Coney Island boardwalk planks with concrete. (Photo by Elizabeth Graham via Brooklyn Daily)

Does Wood a Sturdier Boardwalk Make?

Brooklyn, Environment June 12, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Wooden planks at the Coney Island boardwalk have been repurposed in locations such as Milan, Italy, while some residents are protesting the use of synthetic materials and concrete to replace the wood, The Brooklyn Paper reports.

The shortage of recycling options at Betances Houses in Mott Haven is described in the lawsuit: "Bins are too small and there are no signs indicating residents can toss their recycling there." (Photo by Jim Henderson, Creative Commons license)

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Against NYCHA

Bronx, Environment, Government May 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Three environmental advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority for failing to separate recyclables as required by city law, reports Mott Haven Herald.

The Rockaway Boardwalk (Photo by Nick Normal, Creative commons license)

Section of Rebuilt Rockaways Boardwalk Opens

Environment, Queens May 22, 2015 at 5:26 pm

A new stretch of the boardwalk opened in the Rockaways on May 22, and The Wave reported on the commitment of the city to spending all $480 million in FEMA funds in the Rockaways.

Independent Sources: Earth Day Special

Independent Sources: Earth Day Special

Environment April 28, 2015 at 3:42 pm

In this special edition, CUNY TV’s Independent Sources explores various inequities associated with ecological concerns in the New York area.

A street scene on Staten Island October 30 after Hurricane Sandy hit (Photo by Rob Gross, Creative Commons license)

Defending Staten Island Against Future Storms

Environment, Staten Island April 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

New York Environment Report details progress on various proposals to protect the borough, which was battered during Hurricane Sandy, from future storm damage.

Frisbee playing at the Red Hook ball fields (Photo by Robyn Lee, Creative Commons license)

Checking the Soil for Lead in Red Hook

Brooklyn, Environment April 9, 2015 at 5:13 pm

The EPA will soon report on lead levels in soil samples taken from the Red Hook ball fields, says New York Environment Report.

A business at Willets POint (Photo by d.aniela, Creative commons license)

Some Businesses Settle Willets Point Suit

Bronx, Business, Environment, Queens, Real Estate April 7, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Some Willets Point businesses will receive funds to ease their relocation to the Bronx, but others remain opposed to the move, media outlets in Queens report.

Kellie Terry, executive director at The Point CDC, speaks at a forum at Hostos Community College on March 18, about the need for environmentally-friendly businesses. (Photo by Annamarya Scaccia via The Hunts Point Express)

Ensuring Eco-Friendly Biz in South Bronx

Bronx, Business, Environment, Health March 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Community activists want the city to require environmental impact statements from businesses located in the South Bronx, The Hunts Point Express reports.

Checking out the Amazon jungle (Photo by Eric Sackler via Brooklyn Daily)

Sunset Park Students Study the Amazon

Education, Environment, Latino, South American March 17, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Middle school students from Sunset Park got to spend a week studying the flora and fauna of the Amazon, reports Brooklyn Daily.

Surveying New Yorkers in Seven Languages

Surveying New Yorkers in Seven Languages

Environment, New York March 10, 2015 at 5:06 pm

The city is soliciting views from residents on building for a more resilient future through a web survey available in seven languages. Results will inform the city’s long-term plan, PlaNYC, due out April 22.