Typecast: Row House

The Row House on Rising Waters

For our Typecast series, Henry Grabar visits Canarsie, where long rows of attached brick houses defy traditional flood-proofing elevation. Could rising flood insurance premiums pose a greater immediate threat to homeowners than rising sea levels?

Leaf Head: A New Yorker Learns to Look at Trees

When Russell Jacobs started identifying trees, he found history, conflict, and company in an overlooked component of the streetscape.

Seeking a Future New York in Weeds

Landscape architect David Seiter explains to ecologist Timon McPhearson why he loves weeds — and why you should too.

Mapping Gowanus Today, Imagining Gowanus Tomorrow

Allison Henry explores seven proposals for the future of the Gowanus Canal.

Salt Pile

As a pit deepens in Chile, a pile rises in New York City. Dan Adams and Marie Law Adams chart the story of New York's relationship with one mineral — from explosions on a faraway salt flat, across oceans, and to its landing in a dynamic mountain on Staten Island's North Shore.

Citymakers

Ted Nabavi Turns Hazards to Riches

The chemist who monitors gas and liquids produced by the world's largest landfill touts the benefits of harvesting environmental hazards and the monitoring system with aviation roots that gives him eyes across thousands of acres.

Ventilation Goes Vegetal: CASE's Plant-Based Air Filtration System

Jason Vollen walks us through the many processes and benefits — health, environmental, and economic — behind the installation of novel plant wall technology in the City's new Bronx-based Public Safety Answering Center.

Dispatches from the Blitz: On the Trail of Biodiversity

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.

Forager's Metropolis: A Conversation with Marla Emery

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.

New Yorkers of the Urban Wild

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.