Browsing: Green

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…

Green Bag of fall leaves
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The annual Project LeafDrop, where community gardens and other organizations collect leaves from neighbors to turn into compost, is now underway. If you’ve got a tree shedding its leaves into your area, once you’ve raked and bagged them into paper or clear plastic bags (just leaves — no branches, twigs, or trash), consider dropping them off…

Green tap water faucet
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If you’ve ever wondered about where the water coming out of your faucet originates, the New York Times recently posted a cool video about the three-month journey from our reservoirs upstate to the tap. It’s a pretty neat look at something we use every day (and we use lots of it — 60-70 gallons per…

Green Prospect Park Long Meadow
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To help renew the fields from heavy use over the past year, Prospect Park will close the Long Meadow Ballfields to the public this winter. Starting today, Friday, September 19, fencing will go up around the area to help it recuperate for the spring season. Organized sports on the fields must have permits through November…

Green Daffodils on Flatbush Ave
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We’re only just on the brink of fall, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about next spring! And if you’re anything like us, one of the best indications that winter’s over is the appearance of daffodils all over the neighborhood, from tree pits to community gardens. Want to help make that happen? It’s…

Gardens Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest via BBG on Flickr
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Congratulations are in order for a few Park Slope blocks and windows, which were presented awards in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden 2014 Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. We all know we’ve got a neighborhood full of colorful streetscape gardening, beautifully maintained trees, and stoops lined with potted greenery, but it’s always wonderful to see our neighbors’ hard…

Gardens GreenSpace on 4th, before, with mural
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A garden decades in the making on 4th Avenue is finally opening its gates to the community this summer. The new GreenSpace on 4th, which will take over about half the empty lot above a watershaft for the Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Tunnel Number 3, is on 4th between Sackett and Union Streets, and…

Gardens 8th Street Greenest Block 1
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This year’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest is already rolling, but luckily for all you gardeners, registration is open until June 1! The competition evaluates by residential and commercial entries across the borough on the way they’ve employed cooperative cleaning, greening, and sustainable practices near their homes and businesses. In addition to the Greenest Block prize, categories…

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