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.
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.
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.
Navigating Policy Toward a Good Food New York
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.