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An Atlantic Response Inc. boat travels the Arthur Kill in Woodbridge on a hazy day. Fresh Kills park is seen in the background.

20 years on, the world’s biggest trash dump is now a green oasis

In its heyday, the Fresh Kills trash dump on Staten Island was one of the world’s great eyesores. Imagine New York’s Central Park with trash mounds 20 stories high. Now imagine that times three. That’s how bad it was. By the late 1970s, an estimated 28,000 tons of trash arrived at Fresh Read More...

6 dirty power plants in New Yo

6 dirty power plants in New York to transition to cleaner technologies

Power plants that rely on fossil fuels are already bad enough, but what makes these polluting plants even worse is that they are disproportionately located near communities of color. In a study from the University of Washington and Stanford University, researchers found that Black, low-income Read More...

Homebase: Stopping homelessnes

Homebase: Stopping homelessness before it happens in New York

Although homelessness across America has been decreasing since 2010, New York City has witnessed an opposite trend. From 2007 to 2018, the state has witnessed a staggering 47% increase in homelessness. That’s where a grassroots program called Homebase steps in. Founded in 2004, Homebase is Read More...

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What life is actually like at NYC’s hotels-turned-temporary shelters

With the coronavirus pandemic leaving hotels without guests, a few hotels in New York City’s Upper West Side have welcomed homeless residents temporarily. It is a great initiative, but it recently attracted negative press after the New York Post reported that “crime and chaos” had overtaken Read More...

Three months after its impleme

Three months after its implementation, NYC’s bus-only lane is a transportation win

As major cities continue to grow, improved public transportation infrastructure will be critical to meeting the needs of residents on the move. A couple of months ago we shared a story about how Amsterdam is pushing to improve public transit and minimize personal vehicle traffic, now New York City Read More...

Lebron James and Lyft team up

Lebron James and Lyft team up to give thousands of teens free bikeshare access

Growing up in Akron, Ohio, LeBron James relied on a bike to get to basketball practice and school and visit friends. Today, recognizing that access to a bike helped change his life, his company, Uninterrupted, is partnering with Lyft to give thousands of teenagers free one-year memberships to Read More...

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To prevent algorithmic bias, NYC has created a position to oversee ethics in AI

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken a major step forward in ensuring that the city’s AI systems are fair and bias-free after creating a position dedicated entirely to overseeing the ethics of AI and other algorithms. AI systems are based on data, but the problem is bad data can contain Read More...

Why the MTA flooded its own su

Why the MTA flooded its own subway entrance in Brooklyn

A flooded subway entrance stopped Brooklyn commuters in their tracks.  For four hours on Wednesday, the staircase leading down to Broadway Station in Williamsburg was blocked off and completely submerged. The sight was even stranger since it hadn’t rained in New York City that day. It turns Read More...

What it’s like to ride on NY

What it’s like to ride on NYC’s first self-driving shuttle

We write quite a lot about the development of self-driving vehicles, but it will surely feel a bit strange the first time we actually step foot in one and watch the steering wheel turn itself. In New York City, autonomous car company Optimus Ride just debuted the first public self-driving vehicle Read More...

NYC approves law that targets

NYC approves law that targets its biggest source of CO2 emissions: buildings

Since the building and construction sector is responsible for around 30 percent of global energy consumption and the greenhouse gas emissions that come with it, decarbonizing our buildings is an essential step for curbing climate change. On Thursday, the city of New York demonstrated that it’s Read More...