Canines -- Wild and Tame
March 22nd, 2006

Guard your chickens. A coyote is on the loose in Manhattan, having been spotted near the Central Park zoo yesterday. And its not an escapee from the cages but an immigrant from Westchester. ”It didn’t look the least bit worried,” parks commissioner Adrian Benepe, who spotted the coyote along with the remains of a duck or pigeon, told the New York Times. “People shouldn’t feel threatened.”

Far from being alarmed many bloggers seemed delighted. I love when stuff like this happens, it shows the environment is not totally lost. Coyotes are making a big comeback upstate, and so is a lot of other wildlife. writes spelling witch. And favorite-child hails the beast for leaving the posh confines of Westchester. Tired of the suburbs. Willing to risk all to live the coyote dream….life in the big city, the blogger writes. I say live and let live.

In other canine news, the Post reports that the Juniper Park Civic Association in Middle Village, Queens plans to take the city to court over its informal policy of allowing dogs in parks to be let off their leashes between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. The group says several people have been bitten as a result. The city has not yet announced a policy — informal or otherwise — on coyotes. Benepe advises, though, “Treat it like a strange dog.” And he adds, Never pet a strange dog.”

By on March 22, 2006, 10:38 am
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Go Yankees
March 13th, 2006

The editorial writers at the Times and the Post take a look at the Yankees plan for a new stadium — and, on balance, they like what they see. The Post thinks the deal — which has the Yankees paying for a new stadium on parkland near the existing House that Ruth Built — is a home run for New York. The city stands to secure a 40-year lock on the most successful franchise in professional sports,” the paper says, adding that the Yankees investment in the area will improve the Bronx.

The Times has some qualms — it thinks the Yankees should pitch in more for the cost of parking garages and would like to see the team provide more funding for the new parks slated to replace the ones Yankees are taking over. But, on balance, it says, the ratio of private to public spending is tilting in the right direction.

By on March 13, 2006, 8:38 am
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Advice from Jersey on Governors Island
March 9th, 2006

Last month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor George Pataki asked developers and architects to submit ideas for what to do with Governors Island and unveiled a futuristic elevated gondola designed by architect Santiago Calatrava as an example of the kind of creative ideas they will entertain.

This approach does not please James Ahearn, a columinst at The Record in New Jersey, who offer the mayor and governor some advice from across the river.

“The city and state of New York do not have a clue what to do with Governors Island,” writes Ahearn. “They seem about to botch what could be a terrific recreation and historic-preservation opportunity, one that would benefit the whole metropolitan area.”

Ahearn suggests that the entire island be turned into a park and that the mayor instead hold a design competition like the one that resulted in the creation of Central Park.

“Please, no gondolas,” he continues. “Ferries would work fine and would be more appropriate. They could run from New Jersey as well as Battery Park and Brooklyn.”

By on March 9, 2006, 12:54 pm
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Brooklyn Greenway -- in 2016
February 23rd, 2006

Some Brooklynites have a vision for the boroughs waterfront that goes beyond luxury apartments in Greenpoint. Metropolis, the urban architecture magazine, describes efforts to create a 14-mile Brooklyn Greenway that will span from Sunset Park to Greenpoint and will accommodate a seven-foot bike lane, a ten-foot pedestrian path and six feet of landscaping. No one expects it to happen soon; Milton Puryear, one of those spearheading the plan, said, Realistically, it will be 10 years before the greenway is finished. It’s important first to get dots and dashes on the map. It’s our hope that our children and grandchildren will connect these dots.”

But despite the timing, Brownstoner considers the plans pretty darn exciting and notes that Metropolis features pictures of bike paths and plantings running through such currently forgotten zones as Flushing Avenue, Navy Street and the Carroll Gardens waterfront. And Curbed said, It’s just a dream at this point. But a possible dream.

By on February 23, 2006, 11:43 am
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Record-Breaking Snow
February 13th, 2006

Although not officially the Blizzard of 2006 it wasnt windy enough to fit the formal definition of a blizzard, according to the National Weather Service - the 26.9 inches of snow that fell in Central Park yesterday was the most snow for a single storm since record-keeping started in 1869.

Reactions have varied.

Snow fights and snow angels – it was a lot of fun!
blogger Anu wrote.

Others are not as pleased, thanks to several other records the snow has broken: Several airports were closed, including New York’s John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airport, which shut for the first time in five years. More than 500 flights were canceled. Delays on commuter trains Monday morning reportedly were as long as 90 minutes.

By on February 13, 2006, 9:53 am
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Power Plant Instead Of Park in Williamsburg
November 16th, 2005

In his attempt to build a 1,100-megawatt natural gas power plant in Williamsburg, Adam H. Victor, the president of TransGas Energy Systems, went to court to condemn eight acres of land along the waterfront, using “an obscure 1909 state law that lets utilities and railroads condemn and acquire land for their needs, including power projects,” according to an account last August in The New York Times. The Bloomberg administration counter-sued “to condemn the same piece of land as part of its effort to establish a 35-acre park in Williamsburg.”

The case is scheduled today to go before a state court judge, Abe Gerges, according to an editorial in today’s New York Post, which urges the judge to reject the city’s arguments and let the power plant be built instead of the park. Ruling for the city, the Post writes, “could set a precedent for local jurisdictions looking to use their powers of ’eminent domain’ — even when the state sees a more important need for the land.” Also: “Gotham needs the juice.”

By on November 16, 2005, 5:59 am
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