Up on the roof

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

The environments high on the rooftops of the world’s cities are hidden from street views. There are great things happening up there, changing our perspectives and scale. Here is a sampling of them.






Urban farming grows in bunches

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Repurposing what appears at first glance as waste, and applying brain power, technology and innovative thinking has revitalized the landscape and industries in many big cities around the world. That’s urban farming.











2011: In review

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Tweet“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein How about that – Einstein and I have something in common. Some of the most interesting finds I made in 2011 were random – and local – discovered while walking around the city. As the world struggles through economic challenges, political uprisings and […]






More urban sprouts

Monday, August 8th, 2011

TweetI stand corrected. It seems that Riverpark Farm is not the first example of farming in Manhattan (since roughly the 17th century.) While strolling in lower Manhattan yesterday, I spotted this happening in urban agriculture: The Parks Department teamed up with the Battery Park Conservancy and several area high schools to plant crops in an […]






Manhattan returns to its roots

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

TweetNow, I’m sure all the curious g readers know that back in the 1600s to mid-1700s, most of upper Manhattan was rolling farmland. Do I hear a yes? The original city of New York began at the southern tip of Manhattan and slowly expanded north. While lower Manhattan was dominated by Five Points and other […]