Zany East River Pool Inches Toward Reality With Filtration Lab

Big news for everyone who wants to swim in a giant floating pool in the East River. (So that’s everyone.) The team behind +Pool just positioned Float Lab, the “mini, temporary and floating science-lab version of + Pool’s filtration system,” into its spot at Pier 40 along the Hudson. [Curbed NY]


State Expands Sandy Buyout Program to Graham Beach

Under the program, homeowners who had their properties wiped out or heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy can receive the pre-storm value of their homes plus incentives. [NY1]


NY Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, a target of fracking critics, quits for Calif. job

During Shah’s tenure as state health commissioner, he became a lightning rod for critics of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas because of the Cuomo administration’s plan for an extended review of the technology. []


Sticky Business on the Palisades

LG’s new $300 million, 490,000-square-foot headquarters would rise 143 feet high on a site next to the Palisades, which have been designated a National Natural Landmark. That’s several stories above the tree line. The site had been zoned to prohibit anything over 35 feet high, a provision that protects the view, but the company, a hefty local taxpayer, won a variance. [New York Times]


Enviros: Flood Maps Skipped 300,000 New Yorkers in Sandy’s Path

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council puts a number, if not a face, to the idea that federal flood maps in effect when Sandy hit vastly underestimated the extent of likely flooding: 289,719. [WNYC]


NY Renewable Energy Study Finds New York Could Soon Be Powered By Wind, Water And Sunlight

A new study says New York could get the power it needs from wind, water and sunlight by 2030 with a concerted push… [Huff Post Green]


Will Bushwick Inlet Get its Park?

Slowly but surely, as if assembling a puzzle, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is trying to gather up pieces of land between Greenpoint and Williamsburg, in what is know as the Bushwick Inlet, where the city wants to build a public park. [NY City Lens]


Report Details Woes for NYC’s Electric-Cab Experiment

New York City’s experiment with electric taxis has been beset by problems, including long delays, technical malfunctions and a lack of willing participants. [City Limits]


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