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N.Y. Declares Moratorium on Fracking

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Temporary ban will give the state time to address environmental concerns.

This week, the New York State Assembly approved a temporary moratorium on the controversial natural gas exploration technique known as "fracking." Combining hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling, fracking uses large quantities of water and chemicals to blast through the earth's surface and uncover natural gas reserves. The moratorium is aimed at the Marcellus Shale field,......read more

Big Win For New York Fracking Opponents

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In a case of NIMBYism doing good, a New York court rules in favor of a regional ban on gas drilling

Good news for fracking opponents in New York state this week, as an N.Y. Supreme Court judge ruled that the upstate town of Dryden is within its rights to ban a company from drilling for natural gas within its borders. Last August, Dryden's Town Board passed a drilling ban and was sued a month later by the Anschutz Exploration Corporation, whose lawyers argued that the town had no power to......read more

Sigur Ros, "Varuo"

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Sigur Ros teams with longtime collaborator Ryan McGinley for latest film experiment

Are we majorly late on this? Ah well, the latest collaborative art vid for Sigur Ros's Valtari Mystery Film Experiment is a must-post. This one comes courtesy of NYC photographer Ryan McGinley, who follows a young girls skipping around Manhattan in blonde wig, before stopping everything around her and turning the bustling streets into a frozen backdrop for the surreal sounds of "Varuo." "This......read more

Vermont Sail Freight Project

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Anchors away! This boat is sailing the Hudson with fifteen tons of groceries

The Vermont Sail Freight Project is up and running, delivering fresh farm-to-table goods over 300 miles down the Champlain-Hudson waterway to Manhattan, the Hudson Valley, and points between. In April the project reached its $15,000 Kickstarter goal and founding farmer Erik Andrus set to work building a 39-foot sail barge named Ceres (after the Roman goddess of agriculture). Farm advocacy group......read more

Rain in the City: Photos by Christophe Jacrot

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French photographer captures downpours in cities around the world

When the rain hits, Christophe Jacrot pulls out his camera and starts snapping. The Paris-based photographer started taking pictures of the rain almost by accident. He had a commission for a travel book about Paris, and the brief called for sunshine. But the weather at the time was rotten, so he had the idea of starting a photo series on Paris in the rain. It turned out so well that he continued......read more

NYC Garbage Cube

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Artist Justin Gignac would like to thank you for littering.

The key to a successful business is good margins, the difference between what you buy stuff for and what you sell it for. So when what you're selling costs you nothing to buy, and it retails for $50 or $100, you're in good shape. Such is the case with Justin Gignac's New York City Garbage project, in which the artist/entrepreneur gathers trash found on the streets of Manhattan,......read more

Brooklyn Informed: The Gowanus Canal

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Learn more about the Gowanus Canal "sewershed," newly named an EPA Superfund site.

The murky depths of Brooklyn's highly polluted Gowanus Canal conceal the remains of its industrial past. Now, having recently been listed on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund National Priorities List, it looks to a clean future ahead. The best part? Restoring the canal will be paid for by polluters, not taxpayers....read more

The End of the Line

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Stephen Mallon chronicles the repurposing of NYC subway cars.

Since 2000, the NYC Transit Authority has been dumping decommissioned subway cars into the Atlantic Ocean, where they assume new lives as artificial reefs. In Next Stop Atlantic, photographer Stephen Mallon documents the process, uncovering the melancholy of the experience. As he says in his artist statement: “Seeing these massive mechanisms being tossed into the......read more

Gardens NYC: Let It Grow

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On a Brooklyn rooftop, Justin Vernon joins the shift.

For Justin Vernon, there's more to gardening than growing plants. His rooftop garden, one of the many cropping up on the Brooklyn skyline, is part of a broader shift in environmental consciousness. The moment he started thinking of the planet as a living entity, Justin couldn't wait to get some seeds and get down to business. Now, with the Gaia philosophy informing his approach, Justin raises......read more

Delancey Underground: The Low Line

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Subterranean park proposed for Manhattan's Lower East Side

In New York City, where land for parks is scarce, the biggest new green space is the High Line, a mile-long stretch of elevated railroad repurposed as park. Now, a group of innovative urbanists is proposing a subterranean version. As reported in this week’s issue of New York Magazine, the Delancey Underground (affectionately dubbed "The Low Line") would convert the......read more

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