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Urban Outdoors was created to communicate a vision for a greener, healthier, and more humane city with adequate and well-maintained public space (parks, plazas, waterfronts, greenways, streets and community gardens) available to support the physical and mental well being of all New Yorkers. Known for its timely short news briefs and observations about our public space system, Urban Outdoors reaches a primary readership of over 10,000. A significant pass-along readership builds the circulation month by month.

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No. 113 - March, 2007

A Good News Budget for Parks
NYC Parks Privatization Surges
Whose Island is it?
Leasing the Parks
Public School Park Closed to Students
Ferry Point in the Bronx
Icing the Public
Making Public Sand PrivateMaking Public Sand Private
Cynicism Runs High Even Among Activists Cynicism Runs High Even Among Activists
Setting Limits on Privatization
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No. 112 - January, 2007

A Parkie's 10 Ideas for a More Sustainable New York
IMPROVING BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION IN NEW YORK
TREES AND LANDSCAPING
PUTTING RAINWATER INTO AQUIFERS
LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION CUTS TRANSPORTATION COSTS
NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLYARDS
DECENTRALIZED COMPOSTING
A SUSTAINABLE CITY IS ONE THAT ENCOURAGES
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEEDS TO MOVE
INCREMENTAL UPZONING TO ENCOURAGE HAT-HOUSES
PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE OF THE PROGRAMS

More from the Coalition:
Malfeasence at NYC Parks?
We have written about misuse of Spring Creek Park in the past. We thought that with the closing of the composting operation there things might get better. Not so. Here's a link: Click here: The Brooklyn Rail - Spring Creep

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No. 111 - September, 2006

Furnish the Streets
BID's Provide a Bright Spot
Personal Mobility and a Place to Sit
A Tough Town to Shade.
DOT's limited vocabulary
Don't Walk! The Air is Dirty
Mayor Bloomberg Loses his Cool
More from the Coalition:

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No. 110 - May, 2006

THE YANKEES WIN, THE KIDS LOSE
A NEW GREENWAY FOR MANHATTAN
THE PRICE OF PARK DEVELOPMENT
THE BOAST AND THE REALITY
BUDGET TIME IN NYC
HOW TO FUND IT
REMEMBERING JANE JACOBS
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No. 109 - September, 2005

PARKS UNDERFUNDING BRINGS BENEFITS
PARKS PRIVATIZATION CONTINUES
STADIUM OBSESSION MOVES TO BRONX & QUEENS
LUXURY GOLF COURSE CAUGHT IN SAND TRAP
GREENPOINT REZONING DEFIES NYC WATERFRONT PLAN
CONEY CAROUSEL SOLD TO CITY
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!

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No. 108 - June, 2005
Working for a more humane New York

A SPECIAL GATEWAY ISSUE
SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES
A NEW WAY TO BUILD A GREAT PARK
GROWING CHILDREN AND TREES
EXPLORING NEW YORK'S "NATURAL" WATERFRONT
BUILDING A STREET END PARK
CELEBRATING FLOYD BENNETT'S HISTORY
HELP BRING YOUR CHILD'S DAY CAMP TO GATEWAY
AS FoG WORKS TO IMPROVE THE PARK, AGENCIES & ENVIRONMENTALISTS TEAM UP TO IMPROVE THE BAY
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!

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No. 107 - April, 2005
Working for a more humane New York

COUNTING NYC's TREES
STATEN I. GREENWAY KILLED
JAMAICA BAY PARKLAND TAKEN FOR COMPOST DUMPS
PARKS ADVOCACY DAY SAVING THE FLOWERS: GARDENS BECOME PARKLAND HONORING IMMIGRANT HISTORY MIRAMAR THE GATE

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No. 106 - February, 2004
Working for a more humane New York

BETRAYAL ON THE BROOKLYN WATERFRONT?
FROM STAGE RIGHT: A DESIGN FOR THE PARK
LUX RMS W/VU
THE TAIL THAT WAGS THE DOG
WRECKING BALLS DESTROY RED HOOK LANDMARK
ORGANIC INFRASTRUCTURE
THE NEED FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
WALKABLE NYC WORKSHOP

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No. 105 - December, 2004
Working for a more humane New York

THE TROUBLED WATERS
OF JAMAICA BAY
BUTCHERING THE BAY
CAPPING THE LANDFILLS
NARROWING THE SEWERS
DEALING WITH THE DIGS
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING ISLANDS
SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC ACCESS
CORRECTION
WALKING THE V-BRIDGE KAPLAN FUNDS A STREETEND PARK FOR JAMAICA BAY
A NEW VISITORS STATION
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!:

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No. 104 - Octobers, 2004
Working for a more humane New York

EAST COAST GREENWAY MEETS IN JERSEY CITY
PARKS PRIVATIZATION AND CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING
HIGH PRICED GOLF TO CONSUME FERRY POINT PARK
WATER TREATMENT PLANT CLEARS COUNCIL HURDLE
COST ESTIMATES UP AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
THE COST OF BASEBALL, SOCCER AND ROLLER HOCKEY
SHOULD PARKS KEEP THE MONEY THEY MAKE?
A TAX ON GUM
COMMUNITY GARDEN INSURANCE GREEN CITY SHORTS
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!:

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No. 103 - September, 2004
Working for a more humane New York

WEST SIDE STORY: THE JETS AND THE SHARKS
SPENDING MILLIONS FOR THIRTY LUXURY BOXES
BROOKLYN NETS PRO B'BALL
STATEN ISLAND STADIUM FALLS SHORT OF PROJECTIONS
ARE THE COSMOS IN THE WINGS?
DECKING THE WRONG RAILROAD YARD
A NEW YORK GHOST STORY
GREEN CITY SHORTS
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!:

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No. 102 - July, 2004
Working for a more humane New York

LIFE'S A BEACH
NEW PARK ON BQ BORDER
TREES AND SIDEWALKS
A JOYFUL NOISE, A JARRING DIN
POLLUTION ICED OUT
WHAT A WEEK!
URBAN OUTDOORS MESSES ONE UP
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!:

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No. 101 - May, 2004
Working for a more humane New York

NOSC's BROOKLYN BROWNSTONE PARTY
EDITORIAL: THE BILL PAYER CALLS THE SHOTS
JAMAICA BAY ACCESS, FOR WHOM
OPEN SPACE & EMINENT DOMAINE
WITHERS A BIT IN BROOKLYN PLAN
THE FORDHAM TOWER COMES DOWN
TREES SPUR LOCAL INVESTMENT
PUBLIC SPACE: FOR CUSTOMERS ONLY
NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SPACE
BROOKLYN WATERFRONT GREENWAY TOUR

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No. 100 - December, 2004
Working for a more humane New York

OUR 100th ISSUE
BETTER STREETS AND WATERFRONT GREENWAYS
FOR STATEN ISLAND
PLANT A TREE IN BROOKLYN
JOIN A COMMUNITY GARDEN
PARTY WITH US!!
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!

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Urban Outdoors
No. 99 - December, 2004
Working for a more humane New York




Urban Outdoors
No. 94 - July 23, 2003

LATE BULLETIN:
VICE TIGHTENS ON VAN CORTLANDT PARK
MAKE NO SMALL PLANS: DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN ON THE PRECIPICE
EAST COAST GREENWAY DEDICATED IN MANHATTAN
LATE BULLETIN: TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS
THE FAT TAX
THE CLOSING OF CONEY ISLAND
CURTAINS FOR MANHATTAN OLD GROWTH TREES?
NYC TREES GROW FASTER
NO RELIEF FOR PARKS


Urban Outdoors
No. 93 - June 12, 2003

WHAT GOVERNMENT SAYS VS. WHAT GOVERNMENT DOES:
DUMPING IN JAMAICA BAY
UNLOADING "SURPLUS" LAND
GREENSTREETS IS BACK IN LOWER MANHATTAN
COMPOSTING CENTER FOR HUNTS POINT
GREAT PARKS CONFERENCE ENCORES
GREEN NOIR: THE SWEATSHOP DISTRICT CHAINSAW MASSACRE
LONGHORN BEETLE ATTACKS FOREST PARK
AN ARBOR DAY AT AN URBAN GATEWAY
WALKING MANHATTAN'S RIM

Urban Outdoors
No. 92 - May 7, 2003

EASTER COMMUNITY GARDEN MASSACRE
DOOMSDAY BUDGET FOR PARKS
THE MOST WALKABLE CITY IN AMERICA
SPORTS MALL FOR FLOYD BENNETT FIELD
PARKLAND PICKED FOR NEW BUNKER
SOME TREES INCREASE URBAN POLLUTION
TREE COVER COOLS CITIES
EATING WEEDS
SI LIGHTHOUSE RESTORED IN TIME FOR 100th BIRTHDAY

Urban Outdoors
No. 91 - March 29, 2003 - Water War in the Bronx

WILL PARKS SURVIVE THE COMING BUDGET CRUNCH?
CAN AN OPTIONAL TAX SAVE OUR PARKS?
DAMN THE PARK, BUILD THE CHEMICAL PLANT!
BRUTALISM AND THE VOCABULARY OF OPTIMISM
EXTEND YOUR LIFE WITH GREEN STREETS & GREENWAYS
NYC DOT IGNORES MAYOR ON MANHATTAN WATERFRONT TRAIL
URBAN MAGIC: MAKING TRAFFIC DISAPPEAR
COMMUNITY GARDENS STILL AT RISK
OTHER NOSC AWARDS
NEW PARK FOR STATEN ISLAND'S NORTH SHORE
BUILDING WENDY'S PARK
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!
HELP US BUILD A GREENER, HEALTHIER NYC.

Urban Outdoors
No. 90 - February 15, 2003
Armchair Activists Issue -Make some phone calls and help improve your environment.

FAT AMERICA MAKES THE NEWS
THE BIG BROKEN BRIDGE
DOT TO BROOKLYN WATERFRONT GREENWAY: DROP DEAD
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME
UNMAPPING AN UNBUILT HIGHWAY
NEW VISITOR CENTER FOR WILDLIFE REFUGE
JAMAICA BAY SHOPPING CENTER IS DEAD
GOVERNORS ISLAND RETURNED TO NEW YORK
BRONX SPEAKUP
GRAPHING PROGRESS ON GREENING NYC
CASTING CALL…

Urban Outdoors
No. 89 - January 15, 2003 - A Look at Lower Manhattan

MAYOR TOUTS GREENWAYS, GREEN SQUARES AND GRAND BOULEVARDS!
BACK TO THE FUTURE:
TOWERS IN THE SKY
HIGH LINE FLIES AS MAYOR WALKS WITH TRAIL MAKERS
IN JERSEY CITY: ARCHES CANYON TO BECOME A GREENWAY BUFFERING THE BAY WITH STRIP MALLS
SHUTTING DOWN ENVIRO-ED
THE GREY LADY IS BACK
MARCH FORTH, AGAIN
FoG / NOSC EVENTS

Urban Outdoors
No. 88 - December 10, 2002 - East Coast Greenway Celebration

THE CUTS GO DEEPER
IS IT DEEP SIX FOR BIG PLANS?
DEVELOPING PLANS FOR AN UNDEVELOPED PARK
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING ESTUARY
A COMPROMISE ON BLOOMINGDALE WOODS?
ROUNDABOUT BB PARK
A CRACKDOWN ON NOISE! DID YOU HEAR ME?
CONNECTING THE DOTS…
DEDICATION DELAYED
AN HOUR A DAY KEEPS THE PEOPLE AWAY…


Urban Outdoors
No. 87 - October 28, 2002 - East Coast Greenway Celebration

THE GARDEN SETTLEMENT IN CONTEXT
EAST COAST GREENWAY TO BE MARKED IN MANHATTAN
ECG MOVES UP AND DOWN COAST
FRIENDS OF GATEWAY EXPANDS TREE NURSERY PROGRAM
A SOLEMN CEREMONY OVER DIRT
A BUNKER FOR HIGHLAND PARK
OOPS…
We forgot to include this link to the wonderful www.nywatertaxi.com in our last issue.


Urban Outdoors No. 86 - September 18, 2002 - Transportation and Public Space COMMUNITY GARDEN LAWSUIT SETTLED: SAVES APPROX 200 MORE GARDENS, 38 DOOMED, OTHERS STILL IN LIMBO
OLYMPIC FINALIST! STUDY SHERIDAN CLOSURE! PLAYING ON THE GEORGES POMPIDOU EXPRESSWAY IN STATEN ISLAND: "PARK" AND RIDE BUILDING UNSAFE STREETS IN BROOKLYN? PRESERVING A PIECE OF WORKING HISTORY WATER TAXI AN URBAN SCENIC BYWAY IN MANHATTAN/BRONX WORKING FOR CHANGE IN RIVERDALE TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!
Urban Outdoors No. 85 - August 12, 2002 - Big Plans for NYC!!!
"GARDEN PRESERVATION HEARINGS ON HOLD" -ADDABBO "GAME SHOW GOVERNANCE" OLYMPIC PLANS FOR WEST MIDTOWN IS THERE A ROLE FOR LIGHT RAIL IN A NEW CITY PREPARING LONG ISLAND CITY FOR THE NEW URBANISM NEED A NEW HIGH SCHOOL? BUILD IN A PARK GARDEN GUIDE: NEW YORK CITY GREENWAY WALK BLOCKED BY PARK PRIVATIZATION
Urban Outdoors
No. 84 - July 8, 2002 -
Bringing People to Place in NYC

NEW MAYOR, NEW COUNCIL, / SAME OLD BUDGET SCRIPT
CITY KILLS COMPOSTING
WHILE OUR STREETS ARE CLOGGED WITH GARBAGE A CITY RAILROAD IS BARRED FROM MOVING WASTE
BKLYN BEEP LIGHTENS UP
FEDS SUE NYC PARKS ON JOB DISCRIMINATION
WILL WFUV'S RADIO TOWERS VISUALLY POLLUTE A TRANQUIL SETTING?
NEW WALLS ON THE WATERFRONT
BALD EAGLES TO SAIL MANHATTAN SKIES
GARDENERS RESTORE OUR WORLD
REINVENTING NEW YORK'S FOREST
WTC CONFERENCE


Urban Outdoors
No. 83 - June 1, 2002 -
Bringing People to Place in NYC

GARDEN LEGISLATION BACK ON TRACK
LUXURY HOMES OR WATERFRONT PARK?
JETSKIS BANNED FROM SOME NYC WATERS
BROX GROUP OPPOSES PUMPING IN PARKLAND
OZONE CAUSES ASTHMA
MORE PAY-FNOR-USE PARKS
BRITS MULL OVER IRISH BAG TAX
WNYC TALKS IT UP IN THE APPLE
THROWING OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATH WATER
NOSC COLLECTS HEALTH AWARD
REMEMBERING HOLLY WHITE
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!

Urban Outdoors
No. 82 - May 1, 2002 -
Bringing People to Place in NYC

LITTLE RELIEF FOR PARKS IN BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS
BKLYN BEEP SAYS: "LIGHTEN UP"
PATHS AND SCENERY INFLUENCE DECISION TO EXERCISE
BRONX CASITA GARDEN HAMMERED
COMMISSIONER: "KEEP YOUR GARDEN GATES OPEN"
THE STATUS OF COMMUNITY GARDENING
GREENSTREETS PROGRAM BITES THE DUST
DROUGHT
GOVERNORS ISLAND: A GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE
BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES HIGH LINE FEASIBILITY STUDY
GATEWAY CELEBRATES ITS WW2 HISTORY AT FLOYD BENNETT FIELD
TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!

Urban Outdoors No. 81 - March 28, 2002 - Gardens, Greenways and 1% for Parks NYC BUDGET SQUEEZE ISSUE BLOOMBERG POSTS A DOUBLE HITTER BUDGET HEARINGS - PUBLIC PARKS & PRIVATE FUNDS THE GROWTH OF BOROUGH-WIDE PARK SUPPORT GROUPS PARKS COUNCIL GETS A MAKEOVER WILL AN END TO BOTTLE DEPOSITS LEAD TO DIRTY PARKS? AN END TO CITY COMPOSTING WILL HURT PARKS AND GARDENS IRELAND TAXES PLASTIC BAGS A LIGHT GOES ON IN THE GREY CRESCENT THE GREMLINS WERE OUT NOSC/ FoG FUN-RAISER
Urban Outdoors No. 80 - March 4 2002 The Citywide Voice for Public Space: the Infrastructure for Public Health A BUDGET FOR A WOUNDED CITY DOWNTOWN LOOKS TO ITS FUTURE
TRANSPORT PRIORITIES CHANGE SPECIAL FEATURE:
BUILDING SAFER AND HEALTHIER STREETS AN ANOMALY IN BED-STUY BROOKLYN'S DOWNTOWNERS SAY "ENOUGH"
WHAT IS TRAFFIC CALMING? DOIN' THE RIGHT THING
WHAT'S GOING WRONG IN BROOKLYN? WHAT MUST BE DONE TO ASSIST CHANGE? JERSEY ENTERS THE TRAILS COMPETITION BEETLE INVADES CENTRAL PARK TAKE A WALK, NEW YORK!

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No. 94 - July 23, 2003

LATE BULLETIN: VICE TIGHTENS ON VAN CORTLANDT PARK
MAKE NO SMALL PLANS: DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN ON THE PRECIPICE
EAST COAST GREENWAY DEDICATED IN MANHATTAN
LATE BULLETIN: Transportation Enhancements
THE FAT TAX
THE CLOSING OF CONEY ISLAND
CURTAINS FOR MANHATTAN OLD GROWTH TREES?
NYC TREES GROW FASTER
NO RELIEF FOR PARKS


No. 93 - June 12, 2003

WHAT GOVERNMENT SAYS VS. WHAT GOVERNMENT DOES: DUMPING IN JAMAICA BAY
UNLOADING "SURPLUS" LAND
GREENSTREETS IS BACK IN LOWER MANHATTAN
COMPOSTING CENTER FOR HUNTS POINT
GREAT PARKS CONFERENCE ENCORES
GREEN NOIR: THE SWEATSHOP DISTRICT CHAINSAW MASSACRE
LONGHORN BEETLE ATTACKS FOREST PARK
AN ARBOR DAY AT AN URBAN GATEWAY
WALKING MANHATTAN'S RIM

 

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March 2008
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BROOKLYN-QUEENS GUIDE Published!

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