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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...
New York City is a cruel and unforgiving place. Our subways are loud, dark and smelly. Our buildings--if they’re not new, glistening glass condominiums--are falling apart and randomly exploding. New Yorkers are often left to their own devices for a lot of things (nothing like that good ole’ self-sustaining American work ethic!), and as you may have noticed while traipsing around the five boroughs, there aren’t a lot of places to pee in this...
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced Tuesday that thanks to a $5.2 million budget for 2015, nine Brooklyn parks are getting the star treatment. The 10% increase from last year will be used for already specified upgrades and repairs.  Aside from a multi-million dollar project for Heckscher Playground in Bushwick, the New York Daily News reports other improvements are scheduled for  “the eastern edge of Prospect Park, better bus access to Brooklyn Bridge Park, and playground...
The McCarren Park pool won't officially open for the summer season until June 26, but already, there's a bit of controversy surrounding the pool. Since its completion in 2012, an 11,000 square foot elevated space designed to hold a poolside cafe has remained empty because the city doesn't want to pay to make said cafe handicap accessible. According to the Daily News, after spending $50 million on renovating the once-decrepit pool, the city never put aside the...

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