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Prospect-Lefferts Gardens »

Toxic Algae Harmful to Dogs Found in Prospect Park Lake

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the blue-green algae bloom is "widespread."

Red Hook »

'Prehistoric' Looking Sturgeon Washes Up on Red Hook Rocks

The 6-foot fish was spotted by shoppers behind Fairway Market. 

Prince's Bay »

First Bald Eagles to Nest in City in 100 Years Fail to Breed, Experts Say

Workers for the EDC said the Staten Island nest is now abandoned.

Meatpacking District »

Civic Group Sues Hudson River Park Trust to Block Barry Diller's Pier Park

The City Club of New York is suing Hudson River Park Trust over Pier55.

Prince's Bay »

Vito the Bald Eagle and Mate Lay Eggs on Staten Island

The eagles appear to be incubating eggs, the New York Audubon Society said.

Park Slope »

This Map of Brooklyn Toxic Spills is Enthralling and Terrifying

Brooklyn web developer Jill Hubley's map shows all of the spills that have occured since January 2014.

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.