Bronx community garden transformed with sustainable improvements

June 18, 2018 by  
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A newly renovated community garden has officially opened in the Bronx. Fannie’s Garden at Paradise on Earth , a venture of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), received a dramatic upgrade with sustainable features like permeable pavement , a rain garden , and a shade structure designed to support solar panels. The 13,000-square foot-garden offers space for urban residents to escape the city, get their hands dirty in 24 garden beds, and enjoy the colors of native plants. NYRP just celebrated the grand opening of the community garden last week. They renovated Paradise on Earth, founded in 1981, together with design firm Sawyer | Berson around what NYRP described as “simple, elegant geometry.” The garden includes 12 raised garden beds for kids, six raised beds for adults, and six raised beds that meet Americans with Disabilities Act height requirements. Related: Brooklyn Grange announces a new location — in a former WWII shipyard The garden also includes open space for children to run on natural turf, a multipurpose raised deck underneath a tree — a NYRP Instagram post shows students practicing yoga on the deck as one potential use — and a slatted shade structure that NYRP said has been “pre-fitted to support solar panels and an off-grid electrical system” at Paradise on Earth. A chicken coop, outdoor kitchen, drinking fountain, and a trellis and tool shed are also part of the renovation. The upgrades kept sustainability in mind with a rain garden meant to “capture, store, and infiltrate storm water before it reaches the sewer system” and a compost toilet . The community garden is located in the Morrisania neighborhood at 1106 Fox Street, Bronx, New York, 10459. If you’d like to volunteer at the garden, such as cultivating produce or helping with maintenance, you can find out more information at NYRP’s volunteer page . + Paradise on Earth + New York Restoration Project + Sawyer | Berson Images courtesy of New York Restoration Project

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Tornado Watch in Effect for New York Today Until Evening

October 7, 2013 by  
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Image ©  Adnan Islam  If the New York skies are looking a bit ominous to you today, your extreme weather radar is right on the money. The NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch this morning for many areas of New York and New Jersey. A watch is not as severe as a full-on warning, but we’re keeping our eyes open for more details and updates. Click here to see if your area is on the list of those included in the watch . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bronx , Brooklyn , extreme weather , Freak Weather Systems , Hurricane Sandy , manhattan , natural disasters , new york tornado watch , New York. , NOAA , Norman , NWS Storm Prediction , oklahoma , PSA , queens , tornado , Tornado Warning , Weather Advisory        

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PHOTOS: Ray Villafane’s Crazy Zombie Pumpkins and Ghouls Return to the New York Botanical Garden

October 22, 2012 by  
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One of our most blockbusting posts last year featured pumpkin carver extraordinaire Ray Villafane’s gory zombies bursting from a giant pumpkin, and though we didn’t think it was possible, but he went even more over the top this year creating an insane, free-standing disemboweled zombie pulling an army of other ghoulish gourds. Villafane was at the New York Botanical Garden this weekend gutting a selection of massive pumpkins and shaping them into a frightastic 3D vignette of freakish orange creatures . Trust us when we say that you cannot miss these photos of the master at work and of the finished product, but don’t blame us if you have unsettling dreams tonight. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alfred Paredes , Andy Bergholtz , biggest pumpkin , botanical gardens , bronx , Chris Vierra , eco design , fall , fall events , fall events nyc , food network , green design , Halloween Wars , Haunted Pumpkin Garden , jim bryson , Jim Bryson biggest pumpkin in the world , new york botanical garden , New York botanical gardens , news , ny botanical gardens , NYC , nyc events , pumpkin , pumpkin carving , pumpkin carving NYC , pumpkin events , ray villafane , sustainable design , Trevor Grove , world’s largest pumpkin , zombie pumpkins

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World’s Largest Pumpkin Carved Into an Awesome Creepy Sculpture – Exclusive Photos!

October 24, 2011 by  
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Think you make a mean jack-o-lantern ? You’ve got nothing on professional carver Ray Villafane who transforms pumpkins of all shapes and sizes into intricate masterpieces. This weekend, Villafane took on the world’s largest pumpkin , a behemoth clocking in at 1818.5 pounds, at the New York Botanical Garden. We were on the scene as the carving master sliced and diced the pumpkin, creating a spine-tingling sculpture of zombies and demons draped in “guts” as they break out of the giant squash. Hit the jump to see our exclusive photos! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biggest pumpkin , botanical gardens , bronx , fall , fall events , fall events nyc , jim bryson , Jim Bryson biggest pumpkin in the world , New York botanical gardens , news , ny botanical gardens , NYC , nyc events , pumpkin , pumpkin carving , pumpkin events , ray villafane , world’s largest pumpkin

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20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii

October 24, 2011 by  
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When the tsunami struck Japan earlier in the year, the country suffered a devastating loss of life and a nuclear meltdown. However it seems like it will not be the only country affected by the disaster. In July, we reported how debris from the coastline was swept into the ocean and was being carried by ocean currents towards Hawaii . We first learned that the debris would hit the west coast of North America by 2014, but scientists now believe that the 20 MILLION TONS of rubbish could hit sooner . Read the rest of 20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima Chernobyl , fukushima nuclear disaster chernobyl , hawaii tsunami debris to hit , japan nuclear power plant , japan tsunami , japanese debris tsunami hawaii , nuclear power plant construction , nuclear power plants , seismic areas , seismic nuclear power plant , tsunami debris hawaii

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Greenhamar: Eco Oasis Pops up in a Public Square in Hamar, Norway

October 24, 2011 by  
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This past weekend Spanish architecture firm Ecosistema Urbano teamed up with the VEA school of gardening to launch Greenhamar – a 24-hour event focused on greening a public square in Hamar, Norway. The event featured homemade mushroom soup, bike-powered smoothies, and amazing pop-up garden installations. Greenhamar was part of dreamhamar , a participatory project that enables citizens to reclaim public spaces by participating in the online and on-site workshops. + Greenhamar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dreamhamar , ecosistema urbano , green design event , greenhamar , hamar , Landscape Architecture , norway , sustainable design event , Urban design , urban space , veo school of gardening

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Towering Fog Garden Harvests Water From Thin Air

October 24, 2011 by  
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Fog is moisture. And in some places in the world, it’s the only kind of moisture. This is true in the Atacama Desert — the world’s driest desert — which runs along the west coast of South America through Chile and Peru. In the Atacama it never rains – it’s been compared to Mars, and has even been used as a location for shooting otherworldly scenes for television shows. For the past several years, architects have been exploring the possibility of collecting water from fog in order to supply nearby villages, and the Nevada Museum of Art currently has one of these concepts on display — a series of white fog-collecting towers. Read the rest of Towering Fog Garden Harvests Water From Thin Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “water collection” , atacama desert , fog collecting towers , fog collector , Fog Garden , fog harvesting , fog towers , green design , mist harvesting , Nevada museum of Art , social design , sustainable design , Water Issues , water issues

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Dirtt’s Modular Wall System Creates Endless Possibilities for Eco Intertiors

October 24, 2011 by  
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DIRTT Environmental Solutions has created a modular wall system that minimizes construction waste, is easily reconfigurable, and serves as a platform for plug and play sustainable furnishings. They even plan out their projects using custom specification software, so interior designers can re-imagine an interior by shifting walls and ceilings in a video game-like experience. Read the rest of Dirtt’s Modular Wall System Creates Endless Possibilities for Eco Intertiors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archiecture , building , CAD , canada , Dirtt , Eco , green design , greenbuild 2011 , modular components , movable walls , Prefab , specification software , Sustainable , system

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Green-themed Bronx River House supports the eco mission of the Bronx River Alliance

December 14, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable multipurpose facility harvests energy and water. In an effort to support the environmental mission of the Bronx River Alliance, Kiss + Cathcart Architects have designed a new multipurpose facility for the alliance, that can provide space for the alliance’s canoes and kayaks, while providing a sustainable working area

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For Many People, The Stars Don’t Come Out Any More

October 15, 2010 by  
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Credit: Stellarium Click image to enlarge Neil deGrasse Tyson of the Hayden Planetarium has complained that kids growing up where he did (in the Bronx) don’t even know that there are stars. This image, generated by Stellarium software, shows the dramatic difference…

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