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Jenna Bagcal is a Masters Candidate at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her passions are music and writing, but after discovering she would probably not become a concert pianist, she chose to become an Arts and Culture Journalist. Aside from music, she loves all types of food and experiencing different cultures through travel.

Harlem Heat Project-Heat Sensors-NYCPhoto via Flickr/John Keefe/WNYC

New York City summers can be brutal, and for some, the extreme heat in certain neighborhoods poses health risks and even death. Harlem is a neighborhood that attracts a great amount of heat due to the high concentration of brick, concrete and asphalt, which trap heat during the day and keep temperatures high at night. The WNYC data team along with the AdaptNY news team and the ISeeChange weather journal have launched new initiative called the Harlem Heat Project, which will measure and record the heat and humidity levels inside un-airconditioned homes from July to September using 60 sensors built by WNYC. (more…)

Everyday, billions of gallons of water are used in New York City for showers, filling up toilet bowls and consumption – and one government agency ensures that the entire system stays intact. The Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for maintaining New York City’s water supply, as well as the city’s air quality and excessive noise caused by everyday occurrences.

Here are 10 Secrets of the Department of Environmental Protection and New York City’s water supply.


Tucked away in the northeast section of the Bronx is the lesser-known Pelham Bay Park, a reminder of the borough’s bucolic past. Former Parks Commissioner Robert Moses transformed the woodland area into a functioning park and recreational facility, complete with playgrounds, a golf course and a racetrack, but it has a long history dating back to before the Revolutionary War.

Here are ten secrets of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.


Studio in the Park 2016-Nathan Kensinger Chance Ecologies Flushing River-NYCPhotos via Queens Museum

For years, New York City parks and green spaces have featured artwork and exhibitions for public consumption. Some examples of this are The Art Students League Model to Monument series in Riverside Park and Isa Genzken’s Two Flowers statues in Central Park. On July 2nd, the Queens Museum in partnership with ArtBuilt Mobile Studios and NYC Parks announced the return of the Studio in the Park series with the exhibit Chance Ecologies: Flushing RiverThe exhibit which opened in July and will have a six-week residency in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.


Places to Find Nikola Tesla-Nikola Tesla Corner Bryant Park-NYCPhoto via Flickr/storm2k

July 10th, 2016 marked the 160th birthday of inventor, engineer and physicist, Nikola Tesla, regarded as one of the most important figures of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1884, a 28-year-old Tesla was hired by Thomas Edison, and moved from his home country, Serbia, and would go on to live and work in New York City for 60 years. Tesla was credited with the advancement and creation of a number of important inventions, but unfortunately, others would often be credited for his work. Here is a list of the top 10 places to find Nikola Tesla in New York City.


Sharing Models Manhattanisms-Storefront for Art and Architecture-NYC

New York is a city where many people keep to themselves on daily basis. Yet living in the city provides New Yorkers with opportunities to share and cohabitate a lot of the same spaces. On Friday July 15, ‘Sharing Models: Manhattanisms‘ opened to the public at Storefront for Art and Architecture. At the exhibit, 30 architects from around the world presented a combination of real and fictionalized aspects of urban life which display how the concepts of sharing and interconnectedness shapes the present and future of New York City.