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The idea for +Pool—the floating pool in the East River that'd render a small corner of a notriously filthy waterway safe and swimmable via an elaborate filtering system—has been kicking around for a while now, having launched its Kickstarter back in 2011 and embarked on a meticulous testing process in the time since. But everyone's favorite "Sure, why the hell not?" civic project takes an important step this summer, and will soon launch a...
Courtesy zazzle.com Look, we're not trying to tell you what to do with your lives, but we have to talk: It's time to tighten your belts and quit the Newtown Creek seafood habit. A new state study from the Department of Health (DOH) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) suggests that eating things caught from a Superfund site waterway might not be the best idea—that means no more Channel catfish, no more...
In the largest contribution ever given to a city park, Joshua Rechnitz, a competitive cyclist, donated $40 million to Brooklyn Bridge Park on Thursday, report the Daily News and the New York Times. The funds come with the expectation of a giant, 115,000 foot recreation center near Pier 5 that will house a cycling racetrack (a velodrome) and various other sport facilities. In addition to Rechnitz' gift, State Senator Daniel Squadron announced that the...
Prop Styling + Photos: BLOW UP! Though their artistic legends grew from bohemian lives lived in New York City, Truman Capote, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Patti Smith all spent significant time in Brooklyn, actually making art. Capote's time in Brooklyn Heights is the stuff of literary lore, but fewer people know about Smith's cohabitation with Robert Mapplethorpe in Clinton Hill in the late 60s, or Brooklyn native Basquiat's couch-surfing back and forth across the East River...