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Gimme Shelter

Photographs of Prospect Park’s unsanctioned constructions simultaneously suggest traces of past settlement and the start of a new civilization. Behind the scenes is a struggle for ecological succession among salamanders, kindergartners, and park management.

People Movers

A Safe Space

Immigrant day laborers, construction workers and domestic workers experience hazardous conditions in the best of times. Worker's Justice Project and its worker centers are building a culture of safety and solidarity.

Citymakers

Signs of the Times

From small and ubiquitous markers to massive bespoke steel numerals, this longstanding Greenpoint signage company helps New Yorkers navigate the city.

Reflections on a Rising Hudson

Two hundred years of environmental change have meant both destruction and conservation of the most interesting river in America.

The Truth About Trees

An artist and a historian talk trees: What they mean, and what it takes to get city-dwellers to see them clearly.

Offsetted: After Green Infrastructure

What’s lost when the value of city trees is reduced to the “environmental services” they provide?

Lavender Lane

Getting to the bottom of a mysterious streak of purple cropping up along Manhattan’s eastern edge.

People Movers

Building Consensus

Buildings are responsible for two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City. Can tenants, landlords, and environmentalists finally get together to make them more efficient?

Buried Grudges

From deadly explosions to silent climate warming emissions, the contemporary troubles of the city's gas infrastructure have roots in the tumult surrounding its installation more than a century ago.

Shelf Life

Do You Remember How It Was?

Residents recall a decade of upheaval in the East New York Oral History Project.