These 2 photos are of the same spot, or at least that’s the plan. This is the site of the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, which at one point was not only the largest landfill in the world but was also the largest man-made structure in the world. The landfill has long taken in debris from New York City, including remnants of the World Trade Center after the collapse of the buildings.
Starting in the 2000’s, New York City began developing an ambitious plan to salvage this area. Years of planning produced a design for a park to sit on the site that would be one of the largest in the New York City area; three times the area of Central Park. Over the last decade, this dump has been slowly reclaimed, with wetlands, fields, and open spaces starting to return.
On Monday, outgoing New York Mayor Bloomberg announced that a portion of the land in the park will be leased to Sun Energy, which will develop the largest solar generating station in New York City on the site. When complete, it will increase New York City’s solar generating capacity by 50% over what is currently installed, enough to supply approximately 2000 single-family residences, and adding another bit of cleanup to the site; helping clean the air.
Sea ice is forming on the Hudson Bay, allowing polar bears to head to their seal-hunting grounds. Conservation officers began to release polar bears from Churchill’s holding facility yesterday and will continue to do so today.