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Rooftops in New York City: Climate change responses

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on June 20th, 2012

The Guardian site is hosting a series of videos from the Climate Desk about New York’s rooftop revolution.  The three high quality videos – each with site visits and interviews – take the viewer through an overview of emerging projects in the area of green roofs, solar harvesting, and white roofs.


Urban Farming: Video showcase

Posted in Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on July 22nd, 2011

Source: Bright Farm Systems

Brightfarms was featured in the Wall Street Journal, in a video piece on the growing urban farming industry. Paul Lightfoot, BrightFarms CEO, savors the taste of locally grown tomatoes at The Science Barge.

While up front capital costs are higher, the Journal reports, rooftop greenhouse farms pay off with lower operating costs, an improved environmental impact and tastier vegetables.  The other enterprises featured in the 5-minute film are Brooklyn Granges and Gotham Greens.

Watch the video on the Brightfarms blog or over on WSJ.

Contested Streets: Breaking NY City Gridlock

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 20th, 2011

Source: Streetfilms via Going Solar

From “Contested Streets: Breaking New York City Gridlock” by Clarence Eckerson, Jr:

Produced in 2006 as part of the New York City Streets Renaissance Campaign, Contested Streets explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times to present. This examination allows for an understanding of how the city — though the most well served by mass transit in the United States — has slowly relinquished what was a rich, multi-dimensional conception of the street as a public space to a mindset that prioritizes the rapid movement of cars and trucks over all other functions.

Central to the story is a comparison of New York to what is experienced in London, Paris and Copenhagen. Interviews and footage shot in these cities showcase how limiting automobile use is in recent years has improved air quality, minimized noise pollution and enriched commercial, recreational and community interaction. London’s congestion pricing scheme, Paris’ BRT and Copenhagen’s bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure are all examined in depth.

New York City, though to many the most vibrant and dynamic city on Earth, still has lessons to learn from Old Europe.

Watch the film on Vimeo

Sharing City Space: A Temporary Playstreet

Posted in Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on February 10th, 2011

Via Going Solar Transport Newsletter

Photo of Playstreet © Dudleystewart via flickr

78th Street Playstreet, Jackson Heights, New York City:

The idea is simple: 78th Street, between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue, is closed to traffic on Sundays in Summer to allow for games, free play, performances, markets, and other activities to take place in the car-free street.  78th Street is right next to Travers Park, our small neighborhood park. With thousands of residents around it, Travers Park is very crowded on weekends, and often there is not enough space for everyone to enjoy the park. The Play Street makes it possible for the park to spill into the street, allowing people to stroll, play, attend events and relax in the space, while reducing crowding in the park.

The Play Street is also a space for the Greenmarket on 34th Avenue to expand, adding more vendors, and making it more comfortable for shoppers.  Jackson Heights has one of the highest densities of children per acre of green space and is the city district with the second-to-last amount of green space in the entire city. We need more park space, and the Play Street is a small practical step in our search to expand and improve neighborhood parks.

A coalition of neighborhood groups initiated and developed this project with the support of NYC Department of Transportation. These groups are: JH Green, Friends of Travers Park and The Western Jackson Heights Alliance.

Each year since the launch in 2008, the Jackson Heights Green Alliance has been able to gain permission for the Playstreet to continue.  Looking at their website, it looks like the event is running more often and for longer periods.  Check out their website for photos, presentations and the original proposals for council.

Call for Rooftop Agricultural Greenhouses: New York

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 24th, 2010

Source: Bright Farm Systems

From Call for Rooftop Agricultural Greenhouses:

On February 17, 2010, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer published his second report on the future of New York City’s food system – FoodNYC: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Food System. This groundbreaking report outlines a wide range of initiatives and policy changes which, if implemented, Stringer suggests will dramatically improve the quality and environmental sustainability of New York City’s food system. At the top of the list of recommendations is a call for the development of rooftop agricultural greenhouses. The report argues that, New York City should “establish food production as a priority … for personal, community, or commercial use by the year 2030.” To achieve this, the report recommends, among other production approaches, “the development of rooftop agricultural greenhouses.” BrightFarm Systems welcomes the report’s recommendations, and thanks the Borough President for his support of sustainable food policy. We are particularly pleased to endorse the call for changes to be made, or exceptions granted, to zoning and building regulations which currently inhibit the development of New York’s rooftop farming industry. Greenhouses installed on a roof currently count towards a building’s FAR (the rules dictating the height or volume a building can be built to). BrightFarm Systems has long argued that classifying greenhouses along with commercial and residential space in this manner is counter-productive and unnecessary. We welcome the Borough President’s call to address this and similar policy barriers, and to create a simple mechanism for the consideration of worthy rooftop greenhouse projects.