Travels to New York City Via Instagram

October 21, 2013

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It may be my backyard, but whenever I’m in New York City I like to view it as though I’m visiting it for the first time. Join me on a visual and virtual journey to one of my favorite cities. No … Read More…

Farm School NYC Seeds Local Urban Food System

January 29, 2013

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Next generation of urban farmers and food justice leaders.

Within New York City’s approximately 305 square mile radius and amid its vast stretches of concrete and high rises, there is a school without borders whose mission is to cultivate modern Read More…

Ten Most Walkable Cities in America

January 8, 2013

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Photo: Iviak via Flickr

Did you know that people in walkable neighborhoods weigh on average 6-10 pounds less than folks in less walkable communities? Or that walkable places make you happier and healthier and short commutes reduce stress and increase community Read More…

Holiday Stroll Through New York City

December 28, 2012

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The holidays are really all about hope. And although the New York area experienced a great share of tragedy in the past two months, as the city lit up in winter’s darkness, it brought to mind that as we move forward, … Read More…

New York City’s 80 Foot Holiday Symbol

November 29, 2012


Photo: Bob Horton

We didn’t make it last night to see the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City, but my husband caught a glimpse of the enormous 80-foot Norway spruce as it was … Read More…

Post-Hurricane New York City Park and Garden Update

November 14, 2012


Prospect Park volunteers cleaning up after the storm. Photo via Prospect Conservancy.

Since Hurricane Sandy blew in and out, many people have asked about the city’s green areas–the parks and gardens. Many of the city’s parks and public gardens suffered … Read More…

My Rooftop-to-Table Dinner at Rosemary’s

July 12, 2012


Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton, Urban Gardens

I began this week dining with a foodie friend at Rosemary’s, the latest addition to New York City’s restaurants with rooftop gardens and farms. Though our expected 45 minute wait turned into an hour … Read More…

NYC’s Alphabet City Neighborhood Botanical Garden

December 7, 2011

On a stroll through New York City’s Alphabet City recently, I discovered some wonderful obscure gardens–that is, I almost walked by before noticing them. Coined Alphabet City because it encompasses the areas between Avenues A through D, the neighborhood … Read More…

On the High Line: The Lull Before the Storm

August 27, 2011


Toddler poses for us on The High Line. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton.

With cloudless cobalt blue skies above and people coming out of the woodwork, you wouldn’t have known yesterday that Hurricane Irene’s wrath was predicted to hit New York Read More…

Fruitful Art From the Greenhouse

March 9, 2011

An orchard of trees with genetically altered properties was growing at this year’s Armory Show in New York City.

In the installation, New Edens, by artist Sam Van Aken, the trunks and leader branches identified the trees as peach, plum, … Read More…

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