Staten Island is seeking proposals for a High Line park of its own

March 1, 2017 by  
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Why should Manhattan hog all the fun? Staten Island may soon get a “High Line”  of its own. Much like the OG linear park in Chelsea, which was constructed on an elevated section of a historic freight rail line, the proposed North Shore High Line could sprout from a similarly abandoned set of tracks in Port Richmond. The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation , a nonprofit group that advocates for the borough’s economic development, has issued an open call for ideas. “Realizing we have this long abandoned North Shore Rail Line, I wanted to look into how we could replicate what they did in Manhattan,” Cesar Claro, president and CEO of the SIEDC, told SILive . “We met with Friends of the High Line in Manhattan … and came up with a plan using the Manhattan High Line as the roadmap, and it will start with a design competition.” Photo: Screenshot from video by Russ Ott A North Shore High Line along the half-mile stretch between Richmond Terrace at Heberton Avenue to Nicholas Avenue would not only rehabilitate what is currently an illegal dumping ground, but it could also pose an “unprecedented economic and recreational opportunity,” according to Salvatore Calcagno, Jr., SIEDC’s ambassador for the project. “Based on the success of the High Line on the West Side of Manhattan, we believe that activating the dormant line in a similar fashion can be a transformative project for the area. We hope this leads to an active public space along the line,” Calcagno said. A 2014 University of California, San Diego study showed that Manhattan’s High Line boosted the prices of adjacent homes by as much as 10 percent. “If our high line is half as successful as Manhattan’s, it will be a major boon to the community,” Calcagno added. Related: Proposed Staten Island vineyard would produce local wine for New Yorkers Designers who want a shot at $10,000 in prize money have until April 7 to submit a proposal to the SIEDC, which will put the entries to a public vote before announcing the winner at its annual conference on April 27. Claro, the president of the SIEDC, says he hopes to be able to work with local officials to fund the project, which could run up to some $30 million. But even if greenlit, such a scheme would take years, perhaps even decades, to come to fruition. “Keep in mind Manhattan’s High Line took 20 years from idea to creation,” Claro said. + North Shore High Line competition + Staten Island Economic Development Corporation Via SILive and DNAinfo Photos: Screenshots from video by Russ Ott and Wikipedia

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Trump begins process of rolling back Obama-era clean water rule

March 1, 2017 by  
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As part of his ongoing campaign to repeal and undermine many of Barack Obama’s environmental accomplishments, yesterday President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the EPA to roll back a 2015 regulation known as “Waters of the United States” rule. The regulation gives the federal government the authority to limit pollution in major bodies of water, rivers, streams, and wetlands. Trump’s executive order, on its own, can’t repeal the rule. However, he’s directed the controversial new EPA head, Scott Pruitt, to begin the complex legal process of rescinding and rewriting the rule, which the New York Times writes could take longer than Trump’s first term to actually carry out. The rule was originally created to clear up confusion about the federal government’s authority in regulating streams, wetlands, and major bodies of water after a series of court decisions created legal confusion. Related: New EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s emails reveal troubling oil-industry ties Though the rule was put forward jointly by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, many business owners in industries including property development, oil and gas , and fertilizer and pesticide manufacturing claim it stifles economic growth. Environmentalists, on the other hand, contend that it will help provide healthier drinking water and cleaner natural areas to people around the nation. This isn’t the only environmental executive order Trump’s expected to sign in the near future. Reports are also circulating that in the coming week he’ll sign a similar order directing the EPA to dismantle Obama’s 2015 climate change regulations as well. Via NRDC Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Rebuild By Design: Living Breakwaters Acts a Buffer Against Wave Damage in Staten Island

June 4, 2014 by  
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Rebuild by Design Awards PennDesign/OLIN $20M to Protect Hunts Point from Storm Surges

June 4, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Rebuild by Design Awards PennDesign/OLIN $20M to Protect Hunts Point from Storm Surges Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bronx , cleanways , hud rebuild by design , hunts point , hunts point lifelines , hurricane sandy task force , new york city , OLIN , olin landscape architecture , penndesign , Rebuild by Design , rebuild by design competition , resiliency , storm surges , working waterfront

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6 Fun Father’s Day Activities to Do With Your Dad in NYC

June 12, 2013 by  
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If your dad’s sock drawer is already looking pretty full, skip the Father’s Day gifts this year and spend some time good ol’ quality time with him instead . From foraging for wild edibles to sampling local flavors, check out all of our ideas for fun Father’s Day activities to do in NYC this weekend . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: father’s day , father’s day activities , Father’s Day at the Audubon Center , Father’s Day at the Staten Island Zoo , Father’s Day NYC , father’s day things to do in nyc , fathers day gift ideas , Food Truck Rally , green events , green events nyc , green things to do for father’s day , Kayaking on the Hudson , MillionTrees NYC Father’s Day Workshop , nyc activities , nyc events , things to do nyc , Wildman Steve Brill Foraging Tour        

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Six Things You Can Do To Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 6, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Donate Money to the Red Cross The American Red Cross is the number one disaster relief charity in the US, and it’s far and away the most trusted and most popular charity that you can donate to. In the days since Hurricane Sandy hit, the Red Cross has seen its donations spike, and its disaster response vehicles have been on the ground distributing hot food to hurricane victims. To make an immediate impact, you can donate money to the Red Cross website . Photo via Occupy Sandy Donate Goods and Money to Occupy Sandy One of the early leaders in organizing and distributing shipments of much-needed goods to some of the places that were hit hardest by the storm has been Occupy Sandy . The group is taking both cash and in-kind donations, and it has even set up a wedding registry on Amazon.com where you can donate things like cleaning supplies and blankets. Photo via Shutterstock Donate Food Although sending cash is the easiest way for people from around the country to pitch in and help the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, you can also give food. You can donate nonperishable food and money to  City Harvest  and  Food Bank  in New York City. Occupy Sandy and several churches in the NYC and New Jersey areas are also collecting food donations. Photo by  David Berkowitz Volunteer Your Time If you live in NYC or New Jersey, one of the best ways you can make a direct impact on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts is to volunteer your time. There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities available. Mayor Bloomberg is directing people to the website NYC Service , which lists several organizations through which you can volunteer; Occupy Sandy also has a regularly updated list of places where volunteers are needed. The website Volunteer Match is also a great resource to locate volunteer opportunities. Photo by  Lauren Bozarth Donate to Architecture for Humanity’s  Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Campaign Architecture for Humanity , a volunteer non-profit organization that provides design and construction services after disasters, has developed a five-point plan for long-term reconstruction of areas that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The group plans to provide community planning and architectural support to local agencies as they rebuild to ensure that coastal communities are greener and more resilient, and they are currently taking donations. Photo via Shutterstock Blankets for Sandy With cold weather setting in and a potentially strong winter storm brewing later this week, new blankets are one of the best things you can donate to Hurricane Sandy victims. The Huffington Post has done a nice job of rounding up some of the different churches and other locations that are accepting blanket donations in New York and New Jersey.

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One Two Tree: An Eco friendly Christmas Tree That can be Styled to Suit any Space

November 6, 2012 by  
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Standing 84.5 cm tall, One Two Tree is an eco-friendly Christmas tree that consists of 26 ‘branches’ that rotate on a ‘trunk’. A hole drilled in the end of each branch enables you to create a unique look that can be updated year after year. One Two Tree is cut from untreated high-grade Australian hoop pine plywood grown in managed plantations in the Yarraman region of Queensland, Australia. It arrives flat packed with easy-to-follow instructions for instant assemblage. Check out One Two Tree’s video to see how easy it is to set up! + One Two Tree The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The Whirlers: A Colorful Wind Turbine Installation for Fresh Kills Park

November 6, 2012 by  
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Whirlers is project by Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte  that proposes building a large cluster of colorful wind turbines at Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island. The project is part of the Land Art Generator Initiative  exhibition, which opened in October at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art. The Whirlers design is based on the  Darrieus , a popular vertical-axis wind turbine. Tiazzoldi and Benamor Duarte conceived of the project as a sort of “whirling artificial forest” of 10,000 colorful turbines that would give visitors the experience of walking amidst a spinning forest. The Land Art Generator Initiative is a design contest that challenges designers to come up with innovative public art installations that produce clean energy. Tiazzoldi’s and Benamor Duarte’s Whirlers project provides a dynamic landscape for visitors to the park to interact with. The turbines vary in height and color, responding to the topography of the site. + Caterina Tiazzoldi + Eduardo Benamor Duarte The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Caterina Tiazzoldi , Darrieus wind turbines , Eduardo Benamor Duarte , fresh kills park , land art generator initiative , renewable energy , Staten Island , vertical axis wind turbine , Whirlers , wind energy

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Solar Loop by Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects is a Flower-Shaped Solar Array and Performance Venue

November 2, 2012 by  
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“Solar Loop,” designed by  Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects , is a sculptural solar array that doubles as a performance venue for Staten Island’s Freshkills Park. The aim of Solar Loop it to create a venue with a photovoltaic roof that exposes as much of its surface area as possible to the southern solar rays. The shape of the pavilion is drawn directly from solar diagrams, enabling it to harness power from the sun at any angle, almost like a static artificial sunflower. The structure could double as a shelter or even an arena for larger indoor concerts and events. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Solar Loop by Paolo Venturella & MenoMenoPiu Architects is a Flower-Shaped Solar Array and Performance Venue Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: freshkills park , MenoMenoPiu Architects , MMPAA , NYC , Paolo Venturella , Soar Loop , Staten Island

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New York To Harvest Energy From Sewage Waste

February 9, 2011 by  
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New York City’s sewage treatment plants will now be in the business of harvesting and selling renewable energy.  Heating fuel will be extracted from sludge, butanol (a gasoline alternative) extracted from the algae that grows in wastewater and, of course, methane gas will be captured from sewage plants’ digesters. The city’s residents create 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater daily, which results in a daily yield of 1,200 tons of sludge being sent to landfills.  The city is looking for vendors to turn that sludge into renewable energy, fertilizer, and paving and building materials.  City officials plan to have contracts by 2013.

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