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Travis »

Staten Island Deer Hunter Becomes First in NYC to Plead Guilty to Poaching

David Oakes, 48, pleaded guilty to charges of poaching and faces $3,000 in fines. 

Civic Center »

Barry Diller's $130M Floating Hudson River Arts Park Wins Approval

The Hudson River Park Trust unanimously approved the Pier55 park and performance space.

Washington Heights »

State AG Sues Uptown Landlord for Violating Oil Spill Laws

The state alleges that Florence Edelstein ignored an order to correct the violations.

Ocean Breeze »

Cull Canceled After Staten Island Turkeys Find New Home

The nearly 100 birds will instead be relocated to an upstate farm.

Park Slope »

Toxic Algae in Prospect Park Could Be Making Dogs Sick, Owners Worry

Dog groups are warning pet owners to avoid Prospect Park Lake, where blue-green algae has been spotted.

Greenpoint »

Businesses Near Newtown Creek Eyed After Series of Oil Spills, State Says

Nine separate oil spill incidents were reported this year, up from two in the same period last year.

Port Richmond »

Environmental Group Wants Your Photos of Flooded Staten Island Streets

The North Shore Waterfront Conservancy is collecting photos of flooding for its climate change study.

Richmond Town »

Students Count Eels In Richmond Creek for Third Year in a Row

The DEP and DEC joined students from a Great Kills school to count eels at Richmond Creek.

Lower East Side »

Soup Kitchen Cook Faces 'Iron Chef' Challenge Three Times a Day

Bowery Mission chef Ping Lo invents menus as donations come in.  

Ocean Breeze »

Special Permit Aims at Speeding Up Demolition of Sandy-Damaged Homes

The DEC issued a permit which will speed up the demolition of homes adjacent to wetlands.

Ocean Breeze »

Pardoned Staten Island Turkeys Enjoy Thanksgiving Upstate

The turkeys have adjusted well to an upstate animal sanctuary, the director said.

Ocean Breeze »

Staten Island Turkey Cull Will Restart, Dept of Agriculture Says

The USDA said the plan to cull the turkeys are still in effect, even after some were relocated.

Ocean Breeze »

Staten Island Turkey Cull Halted as Birds Sent to a Sanctuary

Twenty-eight of the remaining turkeys were given new homes in the Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

Richmond Town »

Staten Island Students Count Eels in Richmond Creek

A group of students counted glass eels at Richmond Creek.

Red Hook »

'Toxic Sludge' Developer Owes Up to $20M for Environmental Violations

John Quadrozzi, who hopes to use toxic sludge as landfill, hasn't paid fines he owes the state.