Browsing: Green

Green Prospect Park, Lakeside
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported high levels of Blue-green algae blooms in Prospect Park Lake last week. Based on lab testing, there are toxins in enough quantities to cause health effects when people and animals come in contact with the water through swimming or drinking, so the DEC recommends staying out…

Animals Moth
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Drunk on light, moths gather frantically ’round the lights at night, which you’ve no doubt experienced during the summer on a local stoop or backyard. No one is quite sure why moths are so fixated, but regardless, thousands of “moth­ers” will be taking advantage of this tendency to find as many moths as they can…

Events climate change event flyer 1
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Join Councilmember Brad Lander to learn more about Climate Change and the active steps we can take to fight it Wednesday, July 22, at P.S. 321 on 7th Avenue at 6:30pm. The event will begin with a presentation on the One NYC Plan, Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to help New York obtain a sustainable and resilient city that…

Art & Music Photo by Bianca Nelson/Prospect Park Alliance
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How about some public art you can relax in? The Prospect Park Alliance and Paul Smith’s College, located in the Adirondacks, present Park It, an art installation featuring Adirondack chairs located throughout the Park. Artisans from Paul Smith’s College crafted the chairs and each site was carefully selected to highlight the Park’s geographical richness and…

Events reflection on the gowanus canal
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The City of Water Day Festival, a free day-long celebration of the world-class potential of the water that surrounds us, is happening on Saturday. The main event, which is put on by the Waterfront Alliance, is held on Governors Island and Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, New Jersey. But if you can’t make it out…

Green Photo via DEP
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The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging people to stay hydrated this summer with its Water-On-The-Go program. Since 2010, the DEP has placed portable NYC water drinking fountains at public plazas and parks to offer NYC tap water as an economical, healthy, and environmentally responsible alternative to bottled water and sugary beverages. This year, in…

Animals Doggie Spots on Union Street
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We were quite surprised and perplexed when we found these round disks of grass all along Union Street a couple of weeks ago. It turns out Union Street neighbor and gardener Jon Crow was fed up with dogs peeing on the trees and flowers on his block, so he built what he calls “Doggie Spots” and placed them…

Animals a brooklyn swallow
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Few birds have evoked as much wonder and respect from cultures around the world as swallows have. In medieval Europe, legend had it that swallows were harbingers of feast — or famine, if they’re not treated well. Native American legend said that the barn swallow brought fire to earth and that an angry god singed…

Green Activist Christopher Swain swims the Gowanus Canal.
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Hoards of media and curious individuals waited on bridges along the Gowanus Canal to see a clean-water activist swim its polluted length on Wednesday afternoon. Christopher Swain, who has taken similar swims through other, somewhat less toxic, bodies of water, jumped in (eventually) to the Superfund site to call for an accelerated cleanup of the canal. And…

Green gowanus canal in the fall
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To raise awareness for the need to hurry up and clean the Gowanus Canal, a man plans on diving into the polluted waterway this Earth Day and taking a swim. Christopher Swain, a clean-water activist who has taken similar swims through other, somewhat less toxic, bodies of water — including the entire 315-mile stretch of the…

Gardens Photo via Gowanus Canal Conservancy
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Nothing says springtime like new green shoots sprouting from the ground and leaves on trees. That’s why you should register to pick up a free tree at one of 18 locations in Brooklyn this March through mid-May! Courtesy of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the city’s MillionTreesNYC program, the tree giveaway includes popular…

Events (crop) seed swap
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Attention all you green thumbs: The 10th annual Seed Celebration and Swap is this Saturday, February 7 from 10am-3pm at The Old Stone House, 336 5th Ave, between 3rd and 4th Streets, presented by The New York Permaculture Exchange, The Park Slope Permaculture Guild, and The Old Stone House. Bring some seeds to trade with…

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