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Stuyvesant Cove Park

Very Scary Indeed

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The Solar One staff had a blast scaring trick-or-treaters, teens and joggers on Halloween night in Stuyvesant Cove Park (as well as handing out treats). Scroll down to see some more pictures or check out the full set on our Facebook page. And don’t forget to “like” Solar One while you’re there: https://www.facebook.com/solaronenyc?ref=hl Eternal thanks to Build It Green! NYC, Art for Progress and the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association for your help in making our Halloween so spooky!

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Come to Haunted Halloween in Spooky Stuyvesant Cove Park

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Join us for a spooky evening of ghosts, spiders, bats, witches, a sea monster, a mad scientist’s laboratory (where you can play the victim!), special surprises, and even some haunted plants- thrills and chills galore await for those brave enough to walk through Stuyvesant Cove Park on Halloween!

Costumes are encouraged, and if you’d like to be part of the scaring, we’d love to have you! Please email dina[at]solar1.org for more information on participating.

Suitable for kids and adults 5 and up- it’ll be scary but not too scary. The event runs from 5pm to 8pm Thursday October 31, although the tour will probably take 15-20 minutes, depending on how you choose to explore. Treats will be available for those who make it to the end of the tour!

One Year After Hurricane Sandy: What Have We Learned?

newplants2013_1-500x288In the year since Superstorm Sandy inundated Solar One and Stuyvesant Cove Park, a lot of work has been done and much has been learned. While Sandy may have been an unusual once-in-a-hundred-years storm, it’s difficult to say how soon or how often storms like that may hit the NYC Metropolitan area in the future, and as an environmental organization located right at the edge of the East River, Solar One has a strong incentive to make sure we and our community are ready for the next time. In the Park, we’re planting thousands of new plants, including more shrubs, grasses and hardier salt-tolerant plants. Some species were all but wiped out last year, while others have come back stronger than ever. Among the new natives are seaside goldenrod, blue mist flower, bitter panic grass, smooth and aromatic sumac, purple love grass and bush honeysuckle. Park staff and volunteers have been working hard throughout October to get them all in the ground before the first frost.

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Education Program Updates

gardner-solar-oneHelping PS 33 Rock Sustainability

On Saturday September 28th, Solar One Educators joined a group of speakers to discuss  kick-starting sustainability efforts at one of our partner schools, PS 33 Chelsea Prep. Solar One Educators focused on informing families about the Green Design Lab energy challenge, and the students were able to show off their human powered bike blender that Solar One helped to fund through a partnership with IOBY last school year. The event was part of the USGBC Green Apple Day of Service, which is an annual event where communities around the world work on projects to help make schools more sustainable.

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Go Fish! a Big Hit, As Always

go-fish-2A gray and overcast afternoon didn’t dull the excitement of last Saturday’s culmination of the 2013 Family Day series. With help from Dan Tainow of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, visitors to Solar 1 learned to string poles, bait hooks, and cast their lines into the East River for an urban taste of catch-and-release fishing.

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Oysters and Water Quality Monitoring Station

Oyster-1Solar One took great strides this week to study and improve the quality of the East River at our Stuyvesant Cove location.  Working with our partners at NY/NJ Baykeeper, we have re-initiated our oyster gardening site!  The new oysters, which contain 38 juveniles and hundreds of infant oysters [known as spats], will be monitored by visiting school groups and Solar One staff. In addition to caring for the oysters, the above groups will work together to collect data to help decide how hospitable our East River location is for oyster restoration.

The gardening project has the goal of bringing back the oyster to the New York harbor estuary and allowing this keystone species to provide its number of benefits to our waters ways, including water quality improvement and habitat creation.

We are also very excited that our new automated water quality monitoring equipment has arrived.  Once this system is in place, we will have real time data posted online.  This will help us try to understand the relationship between our oysters’ health and the East River water quality!

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