Canal Nest Colony

FASLANYC chronicles the progression, from design experiment to multi-disciplinary operation, of a small group effort to celebrate and activate the ecology of the Gowanus Canal.

A Country of Cities

Spill, Baby, Spill

As oil spills into the Gulf, blood spills in the streets of Greece, and cash spills from terrorist wallets into the hands of willing airline agents, one wonders who can clean up this mess. We tell our children to clean up after themselves, but can we? Disciplining a child is a perilous affair, but in the end self-discipline is the challenge. Self-discipline requires introspection, but how much of it can we muster in a world careening towards 9 billion people?

Minds in the Gutter

What if sewers no longer overflowed when it rained? Kate Zidar talks about designing for stormwater management and why it is crucial to our health, our waterways and our city.

Clip-on Architecture: Reforesting Cities

Vanessa Keith explores some simple yet radical ways to retrofit our urban building stock to address a chief cause of climate change: tropical deforestation.

“Any place can become a park” – thoughts from Adrian Benepe

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe shares thoughts on recent and upcoming additions to the city's collection of parks on unlikely sites.

MTS casts shadow on West Harlem Piers Park

The West Harlem Piers Park is the last jigsaw piece in a now unbroken strip of publicly accessible waterfront running all the way up from Battery Park.

George Trakas at the Water’s Edge: Newtown Creek

Artist and longtime creek explorer George Trakas shows us around the Nature Walk he designed at Newtown Creek.

Who takes care of New York?

STEW-MAP plots the experience of more than 600 caretaker groups ranging in size and scope from informal block associations to national membership organizations.

Urban Agriculture: East New York: Agricultural Organizing

Deborah Greig, Urban Agriculture Coordinator for East New York Farms!, explains the history of the organization in the context of the neighborhood.

Urban Agriculture: East New York: Land Transfers

In this piece, Holly Leicht, Deputy Commissioner of Development at HPD, explains the recent history of the city's involvement in East New York.