Brooklyn Grange announces a new location in a former WWII shipyard

May 15, 2018 by  
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Inhabitat is thrilled to announce that New York City urban farming group Brooklyn Grange is launching its first location outside the city — at Kearny Point in New Jersey. The location holds its own storied past: a former World War I and World War II shipbuilding yard in an industrial area that’s spiraled downhill, Kearny Point is undergoing redevelopment under recycling corporation Hugo Neu . Inhabitat caught up with Brooklyn Grange COO and co-founder Gwen Schantz and Hugo Neu CEO Wendy Neu to learn about the project’s emphasis on not only economic revitalization but also the restoration of local ecology . At Kearny Point in New Jersey, Brooklyn Grange will help with  landscaping , converting just under three acres of sod into a native meadow. In addition, the group will help transform about an acre of former parking lot space into a demonstration garden, complete with a vegetable patch and children’s play area, as well as host plant sales and educational workshops. Although none of these gardens will be on rooftops, Brooklyn Grange does plan to host green roof workshops using a Kearny Point roof. Related: 6 urban farms feeding the world Schantz told Inhabitat, “We know what these industrial spaces can become and how they can be reinvented. We’ve seen the evolution of the Navy Yard. When we talked to the people at Hugo Neu about their vision about Kearny Point, we really got it. It resonated with us.” Neu is one of the people behind that vision. She told Inhabitat that Kearny Point, which is between the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers, was once a main economic driver for the area as “one of the most productive shipbuilding facilities in the world.” During World War II, 35,000 people worked on the 130-acre site. But after the war, the shipbuilding industry died in the United States. Hugo Neu acquired Kearny Point in the 1960s and dismantled ships, but that operation shut down around 1985. Until recently, Kearny Point was an industrial warehouse distribution facility. “ Hurricane Sandy was a defining moment for us because we were approximately four feet underwater. We’d never had any kind of issue with flooding. My late husband and I know climate change is coming and the environment is changing dramatically, and we had to think about what we were going to do with this site,” Neu told Inhabitat. After her husband passed away suddenly, Neu joined forces with Steve Nislick, former Edison Properties CEO, with the goal of doing “something transformative.” The new vision for Kearny Point includes offices for startups, coworking spaces, and a waterfront opened to the public. “The opportunity to take a heavy industrial site like this and integrate all the new technology – wind, solar, stormwater – and be able to show we can have people growing businesses without having to harm the environment but also actually improve it at the same time is, to me, a very compelling opportunity,” Neu said. Brooklyn Grange is “an indication of just what the possibilities are.” The project’s native meadow serves as a prime example. According to Schantz, when people try to convert land into meadows or gardens, they sometimes kill what’s growing there with pesticides . Brooklyn Grange is taking a more natural approach: they’re suffocating grass and enriching the soil with the help of recycled materials , such as leftover cardboard from a nearby shipping company and wood mulch from a local tree service, both of which the urban farming group inoculated with blue oyster mushrooms. Once this process is complete, they’ll plant native flowers and grasses. “Our approach is, let’s take this strip of land which has had a rough history along a railroad track, it has not been loved the way it could be, and give it a new lease on life and make it a place where insects and birds can feed and nest, and restore it the way it might have looked before there was a shipyard here,” said Schantz. How will Kearny Point handle natural disasters in the future? Neu said that not only are they raising the site up two feet, they’re creating at least 25 acres of open space and putting in bioswales to boost the site’s resiliency. “We’ll have underground parking that will serve as reservoirs for water that comes onto the site. We’ll remove as many impervious surfaces as possible, which is huge in terms of the amount that gets discharged into the Hackensack, and we’re going to do everything to improve the quality of what gets discharged,” said Neu. “I want to minimize our impact as much as possible. We have to be able to figure out how to have people prosper without destroying the environment and further degrading it.” Brooklyn Grange’s first plant sale will be Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. “We’re really excited to be reaching out to our neighbors across the river,” Schantz said. “We know there’s already a culture of gardening here in the Garden State, and so we’re excited to bring some of our urban farming techniques and our general mindset of sustainable, organic gardening to the local community and hopefully get people excited about growing their own food .” + Brooklyn Grange + Hugo Neu + Kearny Point Images courtesy of Valery Rizzo

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NJ Governor Chris Christie vetoes bill to allow offshore wind demo

January 21, 2016 by  
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed legislation that would have made it easier to apply for small offshore wind projects near Atlantic City. The developer Fishermen’s Energy had been hoping to reapply to begin a small 20 MW pilot project , which it’s been fighting to have approved since 2011. Read the rest of NJ Governor Chris Christie vetoes bill to allow offshore wind demo

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UK’s “first amphibious house” floats itself to escape flooding

January 21, 2016 by  
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Testicle-eating fish return to New Jersey

July 1, 2015 by  
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“The return of the testicle-eating fish ” sounds more like a b-movie that should never happen, let alone an actual news item. But, alas, another of those slightly freaky looking fish with the human-like teeth—officially known as pacu—has been caught in a man-made lake in Delran , New Jersey. Which is somewhat baffling, as the pacu are native to South America, and are most frequently found in the lakes and streams of the Amazon. Read the rest of Testicle-eating fish return to New Jersey Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amazon fish , aquarium pets , fish teeth , henrik carl , new jersey , pacu , pet abandon , pihrana , swedes lake , testicle-eating , testile-munching

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MAD Architects unveil the green-walled 8600 Wilshire, their first residential project in Beverly Hills

July 1, 2015 by  
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MAD Architects unveiled their first residential project in Beverly Hills and it looks like a luscious green hillside in the center of the city. Topped with clustered glass villas, 8600 Wilshire includes 18 residential units blended with commercial spaces on the main level. The project combines private gardens, townhouse architecture and condominiums, wrapped in a water-efficient “living wall”  containing drought-tolerant succulents and vines. Read the rest of MAD Architects unveil the green-walled 8600 Wilshire, their first residential project in Beverly Hills Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , Beverly Hills , courtyard , glass facade , green architecture , green roof , internal courtyard , MAD architects , perforated facade , residential building , urban village

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These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

July 1, 2015 by  
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18-year-old builds one-man DIY submarine out of a drainpipe

March 29, 2015 by  
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Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

March 19, 2015 by  
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Tesla is once again able to sell their luxury electric cars from showrooms in New Jersey, following the signing of a bill that allows manufacturers of zero-emissions vehicles to sell directly to customers in the Garden State. Last week, the NJ Senate Commerce Commission passed the measure , allowing the bill to go to vote on the Senate floor, where it passed 30-2. Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie signed the bill. This win is a long-time coming for the electric car maker. Tesla hasn’t released a public statement in response to the bill’s passing, but surely, CEO Elon Musk is thrilled that this impediment has been lifted. Read the rest of Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: direct sales of electric cars , electric car sales , electric cars , elon musk , gov chris christie , governor chris christie , new jersey , nj tesla sales ban , tesla , tesla direct sales , Tesla sales ban , tesla sales ban lifted

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California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

March 19, 2015 by  
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California has been making headlines for the gravity of its prolonged drought . This January was the driest month on record since 1895 and the latest estimates warn that the  Golden State has just one year of water left. If dried-up wells and sinking farmland are not dire enough, how does drinking prehistoric water sound? That’s right, California is so thirsty that it’s drilling down through the eons to tap water that fell on Earth 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. Read the rest of California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california drought , Carbon dating , ground water , ice age water , los angeles times , Pleistocene Epoch , prehistoric water , subsidence , us geological survey , water drilling , water issues

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Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue

January 23, 2015 by  
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On January 1, Architecture for Humanity (AFH) quietly closed its doors in a move that took the design world and AFH’s own global network of over 20,000 volunteers by surprise. Problems appeared to have been brewing for months and many of those in contact with headquarters could tell all was not well – but staff in international field offices and 59 volunteer chapters were left largely in the dark. But as the dust begins to settle, leaders of many of AFH’s volunteer chapters have come forward eager to continue the organization’s mission. Read the rest of Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: afh , Architecture for Humanity , architecture for humanity closing , cameron sinclair , closed , haiti , Hurricane Sandy , Kate Stohr , new jersey , volunteer design , what’s next

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