Five writers tag along as scientists assess bat, insect, dragonfly, moss, and other plant populations during a 24-hour biological survey of Staten Island's Freshkills Park.
Geographer Marla Emery explains the nuances of urban foraging — its cultural and personal purposes, public health benefits and risks, and potential and pitfalls for land management.
Becca Cudmore reports on a new social and ecological health assessment of New York City’s parkland — the largest dataset ever gathered in a city — and its implications for the management of our wildest urban spaces.
Food chain expert Karen Karp weighs in on the complex policies behind school lunches, equity and access to healthy food, and ambitious new initiatives to better connect New York City residents to upstate agricultural wealth.
Marie Warsh draws on recent archaeological discoveries to revisit the history of the northern end of Central Park. Touching on geology and topography, 19th century military strategy, and new readings of documentation of Central Park's creation, she reveals a more densely layered cultural landscape than is commonly understood.
Elizabeth Rush traces the implementation of New York State-led property buyouts in three Staten Island neighborhoods and weighs the benefits and costs of this potentially important model for addressing the vulnerability of coastal communities.
Eric Rothstein lets us in on the particular challenges of restoration, mitigation, and water resources management in New York and offers a measured but optimistic assessment of the role of green infrastructure in fostering sustainable urban development.