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Wangari Maathai... WOW!

Wangari Maathai… WOW!

Last night I attended a lecture at the Museum of Natural History by 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement, Wangari Maathai. What an inspiration! For those not familiar with her organization, The Green Belt Movement provides income and sustenance to millions of people in Kenya through the planting of […]

Park(ing) Day coverage

Park(ing) Day coverage

Park(ing) Day 2007 in New York was a big success, with more than 20 temporary park installations throughout the city! Streetfilms has a great piece that shows most of the locations; if I hadn’t been hanging out in the grass at Cortelyou Rd. Park my first choice would have been to spend the day at […]

Cortelyou Rd. Park!

Cortelyou Rd. Park!

Yesterday was Park(ing) Day, and Sustainable Flatbush celebrated by creating Cortelyou Road Park! This neighborhood is full of greenery — majestic old-growth trees and beautiful landscaping — but it’s all private property. We are seriously lacking in community gardens, all-age recreational facilities, and public parks closer than the Parade Ground and Prospect Park (more than […]

Park(ing) Day is on!

Park(ing) Day is on!

THis FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21st is PARK(ing) DAY! Sustainable Flatbush is bringing Park(ing) Day to Cortelyou Road, between Argyle and Rugby (that’s Brooklyn, baby)! Our park will have grass, plants, seating, and games! Hours will be approximately 10am – 6pm. =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+ “PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily […]

Fl@bush Frolic

We interrupt the “What-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation” essay to give a brief report on this week’s activities back in Brooklyn… The 30th Annual Flatbush Frolic street fair took place last Sunday on Cortelyou Road. Sustainable Flatbush was out promoting recycling and biking, and I acquired my new favorite T-shirt: photos by Keka Thanks to Eve Martinez from NYC […]

Portland photo album

Portland photo album

More photos from Portland here: • Views from bridges and mountains • Bicycle-loving graffiti and architecture • Stormwater management strategies • Gorgeous produce at the Farmers’ Market • Did I mention the bikes? Have a look! Next up, a report and photos from the Sustainable Energy in Motion Bike Tour…

Portland City Repair

While in Portland, I was eager to check out some of the projects spearheaded by a local organization called City Repair (“an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live”). One of their traffic calming “intersection repairs” turned out to be a few blocks from […]

Portland (Heart)s Bikes

Portland (Heart)s Bikes

Having heard (and seen) amazing things about the city of Portland (OR)’s alternative transportation infrastructure from Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms, I planned my itinerary to spend a little time there prior to the bicycle trip. Portland’s reputation is well-deserved: light rail and buses both allow bikes on board, there is a great system of bike […]

Back in Brooklyn!

Back in Brooklyn!

For those who haven’t guessed (or, perhaps, even thought about it), I was out of town for most of August on a series of adventures. Not the least of these involved getting to work on the day I left, which happened to begin with Brooklyn’s first tornado of record (see Brooklyn Eagle article here). Being […]