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Brooklyn Bridge Park Makes Good Use of Recyclables

In Brooklyn, Go Coastal, Public Waterfront on August 31, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Out with the old and in with the new” is one of the more flippant cliches we keep hearing, especially at the New Year. (The precise quote, from Tennyson, is “Ring out the old, ring in the new.”) Read the rest of this entry »

Save the eerie canal: Leave the cleanup of Gowanus waters to the city

In Brooklyn, Dive In, Working Waterfront on August 31, 2009 at 6:57 pm

The blossoming neighborhoods along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal face becoming dead zones – but not because of anything in the waterway’s famously polluted murk. Read the rest of this entry »

Scavengers scan beaches seeking valuable trinkets; reporter digs up coins, earring and metal junk

In Brooklyn, Get Wet, Public Waterfront on August 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm

The economy is down, the price of gold is up and I’ve got a kid who needs to go to college someday. Read the rest of this entry »

New York City's Waterfront in Photographs on View at Museum of the City of New York

In Get Wet, Manhattan, Public Waterfront on August 31, 2009 at 6:38 pm

The dramatic transformation of the New York City waterfront from a hub of industry and commerce to a vestigial space reclaimed for recreation and public use will be documented in historic photographs by Berenice Abbott, Andreas Feininger, and David Robbins, Read the rest of this entry »

Coast Guard Aims to Halt Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species

In Dive In, Maritime, Region on August 31, 2009 at 1:47 am

Rules Offered on Ships’ Ballast Water Read the rest of this entry »

Hitching Rides Up Henry Hudson’s River

In Get Wet, Natural Waterfront, Region on August 31, 2009 at 1:36 am

I NEVER thought much about the Hudson River. It was merely that watery western terminus of Manhattan streets; a place where bodies sometimes floated up and jetliners crashed safely; that thing you had to cross to get to New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »

New York, Looking Lovely, in Works From Six Centuries

In Get Wet, Natural Waterfront, Region on August 31, 2009 at 1:29 am

IF you asked a group of artists and curators to think of a New York cultural institution with the oldest, most comprehensive collection of watercolors and drawings focused on the New York region, there are many, no doubt, who would say the Metropolitan Museum of Art or even the New York Public Library. But the correct answer is the New-York Historical Society, Read the rest of this entry »

EPA River Clean-Up Uncovers Pools of Cancer-Causing PCBs

In Dive In, Natural Waterfront, Region on August 28, 2009 at 4:42 pm

A controversial Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dredging project in the Hudson River — originally designed to prevent cancer-causing chemicals in the riverbed from contaminating fish — has struck “oil,” so to speak – a toxic “oil” of previously unknown pockets of liquid polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. Read the rest of this entry »

Holland on the Hudson

In Get Wet, Manhattan, Maritime on August 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm

If you want to explore your Dutch heritage next month, book a flight to New York City. Read the rest of this entry »

Dispute at Staten Island's Snug Harbor appears settled after return of items

In Go Coastal, Maritime, Public Waterfront, Staten Island on August 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

The return Wednesday of some old items – including Plexiglas, bathroom tiles and a former church’s door – seems to have resolved a three-weeks-old dustup at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, but not before ruffling feathers. Read the rest of this entry »