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Parks

Castaways of Jamaica Bay

By way of natural disaster and human folly, a staggering amount of marine debris litters the waters and shores of an important estuary habitat. Meet the volunteers trying to salvage the situation.

Reflections on a Rising Hudson

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

People Movers

For a Level Field

For an equal shot at competitive sports in New York City public high schools, students and teachers fight to untangle the knot of race and space.

Freshkills: Reorientation

Our inaugural Urban Wild Writer in Residence reports from the four mounds of the future Freshkills Park.

Underexposed

Underexposed | 12

In the middle of a paved Midtown park, tunnel air whirs through 46 huge fans.

The Location of Justice: Systems

The Happy Prison

Where do the street trees come from, and where does the compost go? Rikers Island was the city’s growing outpost for years. But does “greening” the prison always improve things for prisoners?

Underexposed

Underexposed | 11

In West Harlem, a wastewater treatment plants hides beneath a 28-acre state park.

Shelf Life

Cataloging Comfort

A recently uncovered album reveals some of New York City parks' least exposed precincts — their public bathrooms.

Intersections: Behind Closed Doors

Off the Beaten Path

For WXY and New York State Parks, designing comfort stations to accommodate more than 60 million annual visitors — representing many different genders, backgrounds, and accessibility needs — is no simple task.

Capturing Change

Nesting Season

Photographers focus on the grasslands that cap the former Fresh Kills landfill and provide new homes for threatened wildlife.

Call for Proposals: Urban Wild Writer Residency

We seek a writer to explore and interpret the contemporary urban landscape where highways meet gas wells, herons, and kayakers.

Capturing Change

Leachate and Landscape

Photographers explore the infrastructural underpinnings of Freshkills Park.

Capturing Change

The Golden Hour

A photo essay documenting what will become Freshkills's East Park shows that new life can emerge from the most toxic environments.

City of Cycling: Empathy

Escape and Microcosm

SLO talks to Matthew Faber about the Central Park Arch Project and how the historic visions of Olmsted and Vaux could help cope with the many modes of transportation that jockey for space in New York’s most famous, and most crowded, park.

City as Playground

Artist Julia Jacquette and writer James Trainor discuss Jacquette's graphic memoir, Playground of My Mind, digging into the sandbox of their memories and a critical chapter in the history of New York City's public spaces.

Capturing Change

Revisiting Freshkills' West Mound

Five photographers return to the site of the Freshkills Park Project to document the transformation of landfill into landscape.

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.

Capturing Change

Freshkills: Open Sky Country

Five photographers roamed a wintry Freshkills Park, finding company in ducks and deer.

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.

The "Endangered" Surfaces of Hunters Point South