70’s/80’s BW New York City photo series by Morris Engel.
Welcome To Fear City: A Survival Guide for Visitors to the City of New York published by the NYC Council for Public Safety in 1975.
The furry black mass lay hidden under a bush near Central Park’s main loop, unnoticed, unmoving and partially concealed by an abandoned bicycle. A dog rustling in the brush drew the first eyes to the bush and a sight rarely, if ever, found in modern Manhattan: a baby black bear, dead.
Bears have not been seen outside captivity in the park in recent memory. History records the shooting of a wild black bear in Manhattan, but it was several centuries ago. “This is a highly unusual situation,” said Elizabeth Kaledin, a spokeswoman for the Central Park Conservancy. “It’s awful.”
Major WTF indeed.
How To Save New York [Slate]
The cost of securing Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and Hudsdon County in New Jersey from from flooding and massive storm surges with a Dutch-style system of dams and sluices: about $15 billion. Money well spent? Definitely.
So true. “You have to go to Brooklyn. It’s the law!” and “I wanna dog” are my favorites.
Hurricane Irene is set to hit New Jersey and New York tomorrow.
Both New York and New Jersey have declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm. Governor Cuomo urged residents to take stock of their emergency supplies, and assist elderly and disabled neighbors in the case of emergency orders.
Hurricane Irene: Regional Impacts for Northeast [Weather.com]
Imagine a 9,000 square feet floating swimming pool in East River. Sounds unreal, right? Well, + Pool is an initiative by a group of architects and designers to build a floating pool in the rivers of New York City.
The project was launched with the ambition to improve the use of the city’s natural resources by providing a clean and safe way for the public to swim in New York’s waters.
Our next step is to partner with local cultural, developmental and environmental groups to raise public and private interest, identify civic potential and approach the municipality, while working with engineers, planners and specialists to refine the social and ecological performance of + Pool.
I demand this to be done by the end of next year.