When Starrett City Boxing Club in East New York opened in 1978, it was surrounded by dirt roads and blight. And in the marshes just out back, "people would dump things," says longtime trainer Ewart Chance. "This place used to be a dump." These days, the smooth, slate-colored, asphalt streets bear a ... More >>
On September 22, 2010, an NYPD helicopter crashed in Jamaica Bay. The six officers onboard had been patrolling the sky because President Obama was in town for a meeting at the United Nations. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS New York that the pilot "heard a loud bang and then lost altitude r ... More >>
Machine pols and reformers alike are ensnared
On Tuesday, the Bloomberg administration released its long-awaited resiliency plan to shape up a city that will see a quarter of its land become floodplain in the next 40 years. The city had a comparatively early start on climate planning--in 2007, it came out with PlaNYC, a set of recommendations ... More >>
A sea worthy clam shack
Two days after Hurricane Sandy, the situation in the storm-stricken Rockaways and other southern Queens neighborhoods is getting worse in terms of the need for basic supplies and aid. Anger is growing that the government relief agencies have been slow to deal with the problems. Tonight, in Broad Ch ... More >>
Water on the brain
A recent post on the Environmental Protection Agency's Greening the Apple blog about seasonal birdwatching in Sandy Hook, New Jersey got us thinking: Do you have to go all the way to a neighboring state to check out the summer's cool birds? So we hit up two area birders -- Dr. Robert "Birding Bob" ... More >>
Restaurant owners and residents of the waterfront of the Shellbank Basin in Howard Beach, Queens will finally get a break from the rotting fish stench that has been plaguing the neighborhood for decades, reports the New York Times.
A dead baby dolphin washed up on the Queens shoreline, and scientists think the infant might be part of a lager group that had recently been stranded off the Cape Cod coast. Officials from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation told the New York Daily News that the 3-foot d ... More >>
Howard Beach stinks. But soon it won't smell so bad, because New York's Department of Environmental protection has just finished building a new, odor-curbing station in Jamaica Bay's Shellbank Basin. The area, known to reek of rotting fish during the summer, gets an olfactory reprieve because two n ... More >>
Go fishing on the Hudson River
Besides fish, a whole meal includes rice, refried beans, salad with avocado, tortillas, and a welcoming basket of tortilla chips with homemade red and green salsas. Sometimes what you really want is a simple fish simply cooked. Whether snowy or dusty, there's nothing better than the moist f ... More >>
Brooklyn has - and has always had - a treasure trove of undeniable culinary delights, ever since the first Canarsie Indian sat cracking oyster shells on the lip of Jamaica Bay. It's where Italian-American cuisine was invented, with its glorious meatballs, Sunday gravy, and hero sandwiches, an ... More >>
Scrooge locks workers out in the cold
Because untreated grease gives us all something to smile about!Here's yet another reason we find ourselves weary of the continuing existence of T.G.I. Friday's.
You may have put it out of your mind temporarily, in an effort to heal, but you should never forget. We're talking about those hundreds of geese (and baby geese!) brutally murdered over the summer because they might "accidentally" fly into planes. According to the Brooklyn Paper, they "were o ... More >>
This is something that happened within city limits. All photos by Georgia KralTodd P's 2010 Unamplified Acoustic BBQ Raptor Point Sunday, September 12 Better Than: Being dry. When two shirtless men playing bongos tell you to clap, you clap--even when the sky is pouring rain, even when you'r ... More >>
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Wal-Mart thinks they're wanted by New Yorkers. Wal-Mart's also denying a rumor that they're coming to New Yorkers, for now. The idea of Wal-Mart coming to New York is pissing off New Yorkers to the point of preemptive protest.
As expected, the state has proposed closing or limiting services to a lot of state parks and historic sites is response to its "historic fiscal crisis." The local damage is limited. Under the recommendations, the 12-acre Bayswater Point State Park in Jamaica Bay would close. And Riverbank S ... More >>
The Rockaway Lobster House in Jamaica Bay, which featured arguably the best views of the bay, has closed and is for sale. The space is now owned by the Wharf, a bar and grill hidden behind a gas station. [Grub Street] DUB Pies, the Australian pie joint in Red Hook, is shuttering its Columbia Street ... More >>
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