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"New York City wilderness" might sound like an oxymoron--planned parks, tree pits, and cramped courtyards hardly count as untamed nature. But as photographer Leah Oates reveals in her series "Transitory Space: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and Beyond," on view now at the Brooklyn Public Library, otherworldly landscapes often hide in plain view here. In Oates’ trippy images, captured on 35mm film and manipulated in-camera using double exposure techniques, the trees of Prospect Park transform into...
It’s easy to lose track of things like fresh air, wide open spaces and nature while traipsing around congested city streets, but New York actually has an abundance of trees and greenery that you'd notice if you ever slowed down and observed your surroundings once in awhile.  But to get a better picture of exactly how many trees line the city's streets, the Parks Department is crowdsourcing data for its Trees Count! 2015 project, a tech-savvy...
In this, the bleakest pit of mid-winter, it is hard to imagine that there is wildlife in New York City. Even the pigeons and rats seem to be hibernating. February is too much for them. But indeed, there is wildlife and it is pretty cute and relatively accessible. Harbor Seals are way into these freezing temperatures, because they have blubber to protect them and arctic climates are their jam. They've been flocking to New...
Now that winter is technically behind us (even though there is still a chance that it might snow before the end of the week), we have but one concern: What will New Yorkers get to complain about en masse? Oh, that's right: allergies. And according to scientists, this year's gonna be a sniffly, snotty, miserable mess. On the plus side, more weather-related hashtags! Allergists predict higher-than-average pollen levels this spring due to—you guessed it—all those...

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