Posts Tagged ‘Freshkills Park’

Where once was trash

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fresh Kills. First it was an estuary. Then it was a landfill. Now it’s a park with an active blog and a brand new app.

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Freshkills Park Blog announced today that smartphone users visiting the park may now enhance their visits with an augmented reality app.

The experience, which is available to users of iPhone 4, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices, was constructed using theLayar browser, which makes use of a phone’s camera, GPS, compass and accelerometer to enhance what is seen with a layer of digital information.  Users are able to view the landscape through their phone, and Freshkills Park+provides relevant information, audio, video, links and downloads in real time.

Pretty snazzy. Can’t wait to try it out!

The Twist-Ties that Bind

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

On Wednesday, December 8th, Dr. Robin Nagle, New York’s Department of Sanitation anthropologist in residence, is giving  a talk entitled “The Twist-Ties that Bind” as part of an ongoing series of Freshkills Park talks. Here’s the description:

Join Dr. Robin Nagle to learn (almost) everything you ever wanted to know about garbage in New York. Discover how profoundly it connects us to each other, to history, to politics, to infrastructure and technology. Hear stories and reflections from people who shoulder its burdens. Glimpse some of its surprising secrets. Consider why we need to ignore it, and ponder the consequences of its invisibility. The insights you glean migh…t just change forever the way you see your city.

Dr. Nagle is the anthropologist-in-residence for the Department of Sanitation. She is also director of the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University, where she teaches anthropology and urban studies. Her book Picking Up, about what it is to be a sanitation worker in New York and why you should care, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Sanitation and the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University.

I highly recommend checking out this event if you’re in or near NYC. Freshkills Park has created a Facebook event so you don’t forget. And even if you can’t make it, check out Dr. Nagle’s garblog, Discard Studies. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s rad.

Freshkills trash talk

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mark your calendars, NYC trashies. Freshkills Park is sponsoring a series of talks this summer. Here are details on the next one. And you don’t even have to go to Staten Island to hear it.

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The Design of South Park, Phase One at Freshkills Park
Tatiana Choulika, Senior Associate at landscape architecture and urban design firm James Corner Field Operations, will present the first phase of design for South Park, one of the five sections of Freshkills Park. At 425 acres, South Park comprises some of the most varied and scenic landscape within the extraordinary Freshkills Park site.  It is envisioned as a connected series of overlooks, meadows and recreational facilities including walking and biking paths, softball fields, play areas and event spaces.  This phase of South Park will also be the first project allowing public access to the top of one of the mounds, with expansive views of Staten Island and beyond.
Wednesday, May 26th, 6:30 p.m.
@ The Arsenal, 4th floor
830 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Free. No RSVP necessary.

Freshkills Park announces haiku winner

Friday, May 14, 2010

The second annual Freshkills Park haiku contest is over. Check out the winners of the adult and student categories over at their blog.

Freshkills 2010 tour schedule

Friday, March 5, 2010

Attention NYC: The Parks Department has just announced a dozen opportunities for you to experience a guided tour of beautiful Freshkills Park.

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Tours in April, May and June are currently open for public sign-up. The tours begin at the Eltingville Transit Center, 90-98 Wainwright Avenue in Staten Island, at 10am and 1pm on alternating Saturdays, and are free of charge. They will run through the middle of November. Here are the exact dates and times:

April 10, 10am and 1pm

April 24, 10am and 1pm

May 1, 10am and 1pm

May 15, 10am and 1pm

June 5, 10am and 1pm

June 19, 10am and 1pm

I plan to attend at least one of these dates myself. Who’s in?

Fresh stuff at Freshkills

Friday, August 7, 2009

New Yorkers, mark your calendars for two upcoming tours of Freshkills Park! The first requires a whopping $2 entry fee; the second one is free. Both require RSVPs.

Fresh Kills Park: Draft Master Plan,

Fresh Kills Park: Draft Master Plan,

The Staten Island Compost Project presents a Freshkills Park Compost Workshop

Saturday, August 29, 2009

12:00pm -2:00 pm @ the Freshkills Park site (a Parks bus will pick up at the St. George Ferry Terminal)

Nearly half of what we throw away could be composted and returned to the earth. Composting at home reduces the cost of yard trimming collection and processing, keeps kitchen waste out of the landfill, and turns organic material into a valuable amendment for gardens and houseplants. Best of all, it’s easy.
Join us as Mark Bigelow, Director of the Staten Island Compost Project, teaches us about the different ways to compost, the science behind the process, ways to ensure healthy compost and how to troubleshoot common issues. The workshop will be held on top of North Mound at the Freshkills Park site, with expansive views of the former landfill and the Department of Sanitation’s ongoing operations at the municipal compost facility. A tour of the site will accompany the workshop.

Space is limited, and registration is $2 per person to support the cost of demonstration materials and compost tip sheets. To register, please email with the subject heading “Composting Event” or call (212) 788-8277.

Staten Island OutLOUD presents The Poetry of Robert Frost

Saturday, September 12, 2009

12:30pm-2:30pm @ the Freshkills Park site (a Parks bus will pick up at the Eltingville Transit Center)

One of America’s most important poets, Robert Frost’s meditations on nature are considered to be some of the finest reflections on the complex relationship between humans and the natural world.

Please join us as Staten Island OutLOUD, a community dialogue and performance project, presents the Poetry of Robert Frost, a reading and conversation on the author. The readings will be held on top of North Mound at the Freshkills Park site, with expansive views of the former landfill and the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge. A tour of the site will accompany the readings.

Space is limited. To register, please email with the subject heading “SI OutLOUD” or call (212) 788-8277.

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