This Is What New York Would Look Like If The Whole City Was A Giant Urban Farm

We discovered that with intense use of vertical agriculture and a change in diet, we could in fact physically provide the facilities to grow 2,500 decent calories for every resident in New York. But the energy estimates were so enormous we estimated that 25 nuclear power plants would be required. [Fast Company]

ULI New York Announces Recipients of 2014 Resiliency Grants: Assessing the Economic Value of Investing in the MTA System

Hurricane Sandy had devastating effects on the MTA system, shutting it down for nearly one week and causing nearly $4.7 billion dollars in damages…the justification of increased investment in maintaining reliability and increasing resilience needs to be made to the key stakeholders and elected officials. [Urban Land Institute press release]

FEMA’s New NYC Flood Maps Will Soon Be Out-of-Date

While the new maps are a big improvement over the previous ones, there are areas inundated by Sandy that still lie outside the newly mapped 100- or 500-year flood plains – and the impact of sea level rise on future flood risk isn’t accounted for at all. [NRDC Blog]

Schumer Says City ‘Taking Sweet Time’ Dispersing Sandy Aid

Since the storm, nearly 20,000 single-family homeowners have applied for aid through the Build It Back program, which is federally funded and administered through the city. But construction has not started on a single home as of Feb. 23, the latest available data. [DNAinfo New York]

These 8 Images Show What a Stronger, Sexier LES Waterfront Might Look Like

While the project is addressing the entire “Big U” that is New York City’s waterfront, Rebuild By Design is putting an extra focus on the Lower East Side, which is especially vulnerable with a floodplain that is four blocks deep. Of the Lower East Side’s 130,000 residents, some 86,000 of them are low-income, elderly or disabled. [Bedford + Bowery]

Council’s green grab provokes pushback from appliance industry

A new city law forces the manufacturers of refrigerators and air conditioners to take responsibility for the disposal of the environmentally harmful gases that keep the appliances cold – and the trade association for companies like Whirlpool and Friedrich is suing to block the measure. [New York World]

Farm-to-Table Living Takes Root

The neighborhood is called Agritopia, and it’s one of a growing number of so-called agrihoods, residential developments where a working farm is the central feature, in the same way that other communities may cluster around a golf course, pool or fitness center. [The New York Times]

Opening at Parks Dept

Bill de Blasio has appointed most of his commissioners, but not one for Parks. Chris Smith, contributing editor for New York Magazine talks about why the search for a new NYC Parks commissioner is so complicated, and fraught. [WNYC]

This Storm-Proof House Could Be The Future of Breezy Point

The Urban Green Council has announced the results of its R3build contest, which asked designers to come up with ideas for single-family homes that could be built for $150,000 or less and would fit into the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Breezy Point neighborhood in the Rockaways. [Curbed]