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New York City Breaks Ground on New Public Park on Governors Island

August 4, 2013 - in Planning, Projects

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today broke ground on The Hills, new public park land on Governors Island, and announced that a $15 million donation from Wendy and Eric Schmidt, in addition to several other commitments of private funding now totaling $36 million,…

New Sensors to Provide Warming to Avoid Blackouts

August 1, 2013 - in Energy

After the lights went out for 50 million people from the Northeast to the Midwest on Aug. 14, 2003, investigators found readings from two obscure instruments…

Reworking New York’s Flood Map Post-Hurricane Sandy

June 13, 2013 - in Emergency

On Wednesday, FEMA released new, preliminary flood insurance maps for New York City. The maps specify how likely areas are to flood, and the minimum elevation…

New York City Undertakes Detailed Parks Assessments

June 2, 2013 - in Modeling

Over the last three years, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has been remeasuring every park in the system — from tiny South Oxford Park in Brooklyn to the behemoth Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx — using mapping software and satellite…

Redesign of Culverts Due to Extreme Weather Impacts will Factor in Wildlife

April 12, 2013 - in Projects, Transportation

The extreme weather events that have hit the Northeast United States in the past few years, washing out roads due to overwhelmed culverts, provides an opportunity to design them better. There is an ongoing effort to rebuild these storm-damaged culverts, and…

FEMA Updates NYC Flood Maps as Recovery Funds Arrive

January 31, 2013 - in Financial, Uncategorized

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided new flood maps for the New York City area this week, just as recovery money was. The reassessment of risk to neighborhoods updates the existing, 30-year-old maps, adding some 35,000 new homes and businesses…

NYC MTA Map App Alerts Subway Riders

December 28, 2012 - in Transportation

The Metropolitan Transportation Association (MTA) released a free app Friday that provides real-time estimates of train arrivals so riders can better plan out when to show up at the station. The app is called Subway Time and is currently only available on…

Using Digital Maps To Study Disaster Preparedness and History

November 30, 2012 - in Smart Cities

This week on WNYC's New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi speaks with Steven Romalewski, director of the Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center, about mapping before and after Sandy. Plus, a visit to the map room at the…

Insight: Flooded New York Plans to Tame the Sea, but Who Pays?

November 3, 2012 - in Environment

When Jeroen Aerts, a Dutchman tasked with crafting a plan to defend New York City from flooding, first looked at its coastline seven years ago, he was taken aback by how vulnerable it was. Unlike some of the other large cities around the world, such as London…

How Army Engineers Are ‘Unwatering’ NYCs Tunnels

November 1, 2012 - in Emergency

The scale is staggering: Superstorm Sandy flooded New York City’s network of underground and vehicular tunnels with up to 400 million gallons of water. On Thursday, the U.S. military began to bring some of its heavy equipment into place – from generators…