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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

Pretty Lights "Around the Block" (feat. Talib Kweli)

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Watch Brooklyn bump and bounce in this energetic clip from director Anthony Dickenson

Music video and commercial filmmaker Anthony Dickenson teamed up with Pretty Lights (aka Derek Smith) to create this lively clip for "Around the Block," from Smith's recently-dropped full-length A Color Map of the Sun. Shot in and around the Brooklyn studio where Pretty Lights works, the video is heavy on visual effects that bounce and shudder with the beats and bass. Completing the summer-in-NYC......read more

Manhattan in Motion

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Stunning NYC time-lapse by Mindrelic

Vimeo user and photographer Josh Owens (aka Mindrelic) recently spent a month "hotel hopping" in Manhattan (sounds expensive!) shooting a bunch of time-lapse footage. Then he whipped up this video from an hour's worth of footage. Pretty outstanding. Here's an earlier Mindrelic NYC time-lapse, and another shot in the "sacred lands" of eastern California. ...read more

NYC to Iceland with Alex Olson

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Pro skater travels from the concrete jungle to the remote wilderness the in this video from Poler and Nike SB

Poler Outdoor Stuff and Nike SB have collaborated on a new collection built for outdoor use, whether in the concrete jungle or the remote outdoors. To promote the launch, the brands tapped Nike SB pro Alex Olson for this campaign video, which begins with him cruising the NYC streets, hitting tricks in the sun. At the halfway point, the clip abruptly shifts overseas to find Olson in a Land Rover,......read more

Gardens NYC: Peter's Place

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Sowing seeds on a Brooklyn rooftop

Native New Yorker Peter Manerva comes by his love of gardening honestly. His parents were into plants, and when he was a kid, instead of building forts out of sheets and couch cushions, he would create his own little jungle worlds from all the plantlife around the house. That childhood interest in greenery blossomed into an adult obsession. Peter was kind enough to show us around his spectacular......read more

Gardens NYC: It All Ties In

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A '60s flower child and native Brooklynite shows off his gawwden

If you were in New York City in the late '60s, you may have come across a longhaired Stephen Rutsky out in the streets with his hippy brethren, advocating for social and political change. These days, you're more likely to find him among the abundant greenery of his Park Slope garden, where he practices a quieter, more personal form eco-activism... by growing plants. From beans for his table to......read more

Gardens NYC: Melting Pot

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George Iliopoulos's garden thrives in Staten Island

Growing up on a farm in Greece, New York restauranteur George Iliopoulos learned a thing or two about growing food. At 12, he hopped on a ship and headed to America. He finally settled in Staten Island, where his garden now produces plenty of fresh veggies for his family's table. But it wasn't always easy; despite his understanding of farming, things didn't always grow like he thought they......read more

City Lapse

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Superb time-lapse video of NYC and San Diego.

We all love time-lapse photography, but for Drew Geraci, it's something much, much more. "Time-lapse is a way of life," says the photographer. "And my life is taken 1 frame every .00000001 second." Geraci took more than 13,000 photos of New York City and San Diego to weave together City Lapse, a time-lapse portrait of the two cities that captures the frenetic pace of city life. Lots more......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

Gardens NYC: Creative Living

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Garden as canvas.

Ten years ago, when artist Greg Van de Hey felt the creative impulse, he'd make a painting. But now, with two young kids, there just isn't enough time to make art. That's where his garden comes in. Whether it's building a rain barrel, making a grapevine trellis, or making wine, the young dad can always find a garden project that satiates his creative drive. It all plays into......read more

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