Trick-or-Treat? Fake or Real?

Photos by Emma Kazaryan

A “Haunted Pumpkin Garden,” at the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx, included more than 500 unique pumpkins, some carved, others in their natural state — many of them not real pumpkins. The exhibit attracted many families. Take our photo quiz and see if you can tell the real from the fake.

Gowanus: Threatened by Pollution

By Adrien Hobbs

Transformed from a creek in 1869, Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal helped to spark the growth of the surrounding industrial area. Warehouses, cement plants, paint factories, chemical plants, coal stores, manufactured gas refineries and many more industrial businesses sprang up as a result of its construction.

The availability of industrial jobs in the area attracted large numbers of people to an area that was not ready to accommodate them.  Improper waste-water sanitation from the large local population eventually led to raw sewage draining directly into the canal and sewage was not the only contaminant.

Industrial pollutants including cement, coal tar, PCBs, oil, mercury and lead began to destroy the once self-sustaining ecosystem.

From the turn of the century until 1955, the canal was frequently dredged, but this ended when many industrial practices in the area became obsolete. As businesses faded, maintenance of the canal was no longer a priority, leading to the conditions of today’s Gowanus Canal.

Today, the canal’s overwhelming stench of sewage can deter a visitor. For those determined to walk near its waters, the level of visible pollution is strikingly apparent.

A Passion for Belly Dancing

Photos by Emma Kazaryan
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A Neighborhood in Photos: Harlem’s Sweet Spot

Photos by Emma Kazaryan
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A Neighborhood in Photos: Flushing

Photos by Rukmani Nayyar
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A Neighborhood in Photos: Meatpacking

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Creativity Galore at Easter Parade

Photos by Christopher Ludgate
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Bloggers’ Street Style at NYFW

Photos by Henry Wu
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Scenes After Sandy

Devastation and Dislocation…

Call it a hurricane, a superstorm or a frankenstorm, Sandy ravaged the New York metropolitan area, leaving death and destruction in its wake and many months of recovery ahead. In the photos and unedited blog posts that follow, Baruch students reported on the unfolding horror. Also, Juliya Madorskaya details her escape from the flooding, Malynda Salamone tells of her efforts to get word on the safety of her father, who was in a nursing home in Far Rockaway when the storm hit, and Justin Goldberg and Elisha Fieldstadt recount a Lower Manhattan restaurant’s struggle to reopen.

See more storm coverage here…

Originally published on November 9, 2012.

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