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Waste Management

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

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

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

For Capturing Change, photographers explore the infrastructural underpinnings of Freshkills Park.

Super Strategies

Three supers of three very different buildings get into the nitty gritty of their work, helping us understand what it might take to make the city's ambitious Zero Waste vision a reality.

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.

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.

Capturing Change

Freshkills: Open Sky Country

In this installment of "Capturing Change," five photographers roamed a wintry Freshkills Park, finding company in ducks and deer

Untrashed: The Incredible Gallery of New York City Garbage

Retired sanitation worker Nelson Molina has collected and curated thousands of things New Yorkers threw away. A photo essay by Lana Barkin.

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.

Pneumatic Tubes for One New York’s Trash

Juliette Spertus and Benjamin Miller lay out their ambitious proposal for a pneumatic waste system affixed beneath the High Line and articulate how this expansion of infrastructural repurposing could fundamentally reshape what we do with our garbage.

Urban Omnibus Writing Competition: Common Shares

A Commons of Unwanted Things

Presenting the winner of our Common Shares writing competition: Frederica Hill sifts through what her neighbors discard to find her own place in the city.

Wasted: The Future of New York's Garbage

Marketing Waste: Recycling New York City

Thomas Outerbridge explains the infrastructure of recycling in New York City, touching on how public awareness, household participation, and new recycling technologies can contribute to reducing waste.

Daylighting Rivers in Search of Hidden Treasure

Restoring paved-over waterways is rightly celebrated for its environmental benefits. Zach Youngerman explores the practice in terms of post-industrial urban revitalization strategies.

 

City of Soil: A Walk Down Stratford Avenue with Paul Mankiewicz

Biologist and plant scientist Paul Mankiewicz explains the Gaia Hypothesis, the inherent environmental productivity of organisms, and why the city's waste stream is our greatest untapped ecological and economic asset.

A City Built on Dredge

Tim Maly takes us on a tour of New York City's landscapes of dredge, and explores how the city's past, present and future are shaped by technologies and processes of what he calls "the greatest unrecognized landscape architecture project in the world."

Undercity: The Infrastructural Explorations of Steve Duncan

Steve Duncan — historian, photographer and explorer — reflects on wastewater infrastructure, underground rivers, and the thrills and urban lessons he's discovered beneath the surface of cities.

City of Systems

City of Systems: Waste Removal

In our final video on complex urban systems, writer Elizabeth Royte offers a snapshot of the past, present and future of what happens to New Yorkers' trash once it leaves the curb.