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Header photo by cartoonist and writer Bob Eckstein Protecting nature isn’t an easy assignment, especially in the midst of the growing specter of climate change. The Nature Conservancy, founded in 1951, is a leading organization undertaking the daunting task of safeguarding our fragile environment. Operating projects in 69 countries, the Nature Conservancy works to counteract pollution, […]

Time's Up Rides

The members of the Time’s Up bike co-op have a passion for bicycles—the kind of passion that makes a person don a cape, a pink boa, and a top hat and ride through the streets proclaiming his love for the bike lane. Going on a bike ride with this eclectic group is like watching Sufjan […]


Hopping on a Metro-North train from Grand Central, I’m heading up to the new Canaan Farmer’s Market (Saturday’s May – December) to meet entrepreneur Donny Raus and try his Cold Roman coffee.  After a little over an hour on the train (and a switch in Stamford), I hop off to walk a half mile into […]

Erin Barnes

Standing on a street corner in Brooklyn, Erin Barnes, co-founder and executive director of, a crowdfunding start-up for environmental and urban renewal projects, is addressing a question about what motivates her busy early mornings that seem gaga, even by New York standards. “The environmental movement has been focused on wilderness for a long time, […]

croteaux vineyards

We asked some of our favorite notable New York writers and editors where they go to feel far away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Whether they like to re-energize on a trail in Connecticut, take the train to an Orioles game, or escape to the Catskills and completely unplug, this is their advice […]

On one of those winter days posing as spring, I meet Fast Company‘s senior editor Jason Feifer in Brooklyn Bridge Park. His wife is teaching a class at home around the corner in Brooklyn Heights, so he has time to kill—something that doesn’t come naturally to Jason. (“Fair warning,” he wrote to me. “I’m a […]

There are few more knowledgeable about New York travel than the savvy Dorothy McGivney, founder of four-year-old website and weekly newsletter, Jauntsetter. New York is one of Dorothy’s best kept secrets. Leave it to Dorothy to find the only acceptable place to get a croissant in Penn Station—she has the eye of a traveler while […]

walking is good for the soul

At first glance, Walking Off The Big Apple seems like a diary of one woman’s strolls on and off Manhattan. WOTBA, as Teri Tynes refers to it, is a curated account of her New York experiences on foot. But a closer look reveals her work is less about the walking and more about the vast […]