WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — An outdoor chess area in Inwood Hill Park, a community food garden and new playgrounds for local elementary schools are some of the projects Uptown residents will have the chance to vote on during District 10’s participatory budgeting process.
“The New York Public Library is planning a major civic initiative aimed at turning historical maps and other geographic sources into a digital time-travel service for New York City.
“The NYC Space/Time Directory will make urban history accessible through the kinds of interactive, location-aware tools used to navigate modern cityscapes. It will provide a way for scholars, students, and enthusiasts to explore New York City across time periods, and to add their own knowledge and expertise.”
Visit Space/Time at NYPL Labs
Blogger and OpenStreetMap enthusiast Serge Wroclawski writes, “A community mapping project in New York is showing how OpenStreetMap can not only show how mapping can help people navigate, it can shape how people perceive their city.”
OpenStreetMap and GrowNYC collaborated in a meetup with Eric Brelsford, a NYC Mapper and founder of 596 Acres, a non-profit dedicated to land use and advocacy issues in New York City and Mara Gittleman from the NYC Community Garden Coalition, an activist organization working to protect community gardens in the city.
Fast Company, November 10, 2014: reviews an online Tool, Urban Reviewer, created by 596 acres to view the history of urban renewal plans in New York City. Local community groups hope to use the tool to identify lots to convert to community gardens, playgrounds, and other uses.
596 Acres is a grassroots community land access nonprofit.
In an article in the Huffington Post, dated October 28, 2014, author, Frances Beinecke, NRDC President offers six ways New York cN BCE back after Supersorm Sandy, including:
3. Expand the Region’s Green Infrastructure
Green roofs, roadside plantings, porous pavement, and sidewalk gardens have been proven to reduce flooding. They absorb rainwater before it swamps the streets and sewage systems. They also add green space to neighborhoods and enhance property values. New York City just announced it is building 2000 sidewalk gardens to aid in storm water capture. And New York State has taken steps to fund green infrastructure projects. Yet officials could do so much more–from using State Revolving Funds for large-scale green projects in flood zones to strengthening storm water management standards.
Read the whole article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-beinecke/superstorm-sandy-two-year_b_6064992.html.
Channel 12 reports on the opening of the Willis Avenue community garden in the Bronx, with Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project. I love the “ribbon” cutting with leafy vines and garden shears.