In this week's Newsletter: Learn about POPS (privately owned public space) in your hood, more about the glorious fun inherent in batteries, Sinking Cities: New York now streaming on and much more!
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How Much Do You Know About POPS?

Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) abound in NYC, from small parks like Zuccotti Park to atriums like the one pictured above to impressive projects like Domino Park in Brooklyn. Developers can negotiate larger or taller buildings in exchange for offering public access and open space at ground level.

But in order for these spaces to maintain their public character, people need to know where they are and that they can use them! To this end, the Municipal Art Society has created this great website to map all the POPS in the city, Advocates for POPS. And they're recruiting citizen volunteers to collect pictures of these spaces and upload them to their site.

Help your fellow New Yorkers identify and enjoy these public assets the way they were intended by sending us your photograph (mobile phone images are fine!) from any of the POPS locations listed here.

How to Submit

  • Find a location of a POPS that needs a photo, listed here.
  • Submit your photo in one of the following ways:
    • Submit Online
      Fill out this form with the POPS photo and address.
    • Post on Facebook
      Visit the Municipal Art Society on Facebook, and post your photo to our page. Remember to include the address and use #APOPS!
    • Share on Instagram or Twitter
      Add #APOPS and the address of the location to your post. And make sure your account is set to public (otherwise we won’t see your photo!)
  • Disclaimer
    You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by submitting your photo, you grant the Municipal Art Society of New York a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed. Any photograph used will include a photographer credit as feasible. The Municipal Art Society of New York will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

What's So Fun About Batteries Returns with "Grid Is Great"

Here Comes Solar's blog series, What's So Fun About Batteries, is the most entertaining blog you'll ever read about energy, energy storage and battery technology. Resilient Solar Associate Derek Nelson is a superstar when it comes to explaining how energy storage works, which technologies look the most promising, and why anyone should care about this stuff in the first place.

Now in its fifth installment, WSFAB tackles the ever-popular and possibly non-intuitive question, "Should I go off-grid?" The answer may surprise you!

Read all about it on the HCS blog here.

Sinking Cities: New York Now Streaming on PBS

As part of their climate series Peril and Promise, PBS is currently airing and streaming Sinking Cities, a four-part miniseries about major cities that face serious threats from climate change: London, Tokyo, Miami and New York.

The New York segment is currently streaming on PBS, and Stuyvesant Cove Park gets a couple of briefs cameos. You can check it out online here.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

TOMORROW! Community Volunteer Day: Put the Park to Bed
Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East River, Manhattan, 9am-12pm, free
Pizza lunch will be served. RSVP Park Manager Emily Curtis-Murphy:

Upcoming Events

NY-NJ Harbor and Estuary Program, Science & Action Conference
Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, 1 Bowling Green bet State St & Broadway, Manhattan, 9am-4pm, $20

Gowanus in Flux: Planning for Neighborhood Resiliency
NYC College of Technology, 300 Jay Street, Suite L632, bet Tillary & Johnson Sts, Brooklyn, 8:30-10am, free

E-Waste Collection with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Throgs Neck
Randall Avenue bet Hollywood Ave & Throgs Neck Expwy, Bronx, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Collection with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Jackson Heights
37th Avenue bet 78th & 79th Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

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