Written by Betsy Ladyzhets
September 23, 20177:46 pm 0 Comments
During a symposium at the New York Botanical Garden last week, senior staffer Betsy Ladyzhets learned about an site that allows users to play with the environmental conditions of New York City, and she found it cool enough to share here.
Have you ever wondered what NYC looked like what the first Europeans landed here in 1609? Or are you perhaps interested in how NYC could look in the future, if our city follows the lead of other, more sustainable cities around the world and implements policies to combat climate change? If either of those questions appealed to you, Visionmaker NYC is probably your next procrastination device.
Visionmaker NYC is a site developed by the Welikia Project at the Wildlife Conservation Society (the nonprofit responsible for running the Bronx Zoo, as well as other research and conservation projects around the world). This team of researchers worked on collecting ecological information on the history of NYC, starting with Manhattan, then working outward to the other boroughs. This research has focused on the city’s biodiversity; the researchers hope to find out what NYC lacks in plant and animal communities, and what we could be doing better in order to preserve the wildlife in and around the city.
One major piece of the Welikia Project is public education – bringing the information that researchers have collected to non-scientists of NYC. The Visionmaker site is a major part of that educational message: it allows users to explore the NYC of the past (“Welikia” means “my good home” in Lenape) and create their own visions for NYC of the future, by adjusting general lifestyles, precipitation levels, and other pieces of the wider NYC environment.
I spent some time playing around with the site today, particularly focusing in on Columbia – we’re (literally) greener than many other parts of the city, but we clearly still have a long way to go.
See some photos of Columbia’s terrain after the jump
Tags: bet you could drink from the hudson in 1609, connecting science and humanities???, ecology bwog, science bwog, this map still shows lehman on barnard's campus :(, when will barnard's green spaces be great again, wild to think that all the buildings weren't always here
Written by Bwog Staff
September 23, 20175:32 pm 1 Comments
Dungeons, dragons, and coffee – oh my!
Seemingly overnight, a new board game café sprouted up next to the Heights. This establishment is a testament to opposites. It’s an odd, irreconcilable mix of hipster coffee and nerdy décor, of gift shop and cafe. We sent Bwog babies Jenny & Hyonju to check it out.
Upon first entrance, we were greeted by a wall of neatly stacked, packaged board games available for purchase, which struck us as jarringly gift-shop-esque. Opposite of this wall was the coffee bar, in which customers could order a range of drinks and baked goods. One of us bought a medium iced coffee with milk, priced at $3.50, while the other took advantage of the free iced water dispenser – a polite gesture that we appreciated. It only got more interesting from here.
Tags: board games, brooklyn roasting company ofc, dungeons and dragons and coffee, gentrifying the uws through board games, is this place sponsored by cafe east, knights in shining board games, medieval themed wtf, what's wrong with board games?, where is shoots and ladders
Written by Sarah Kinney
September 23, 20173:46 pm 1 Comments
Get off campus this week! We believe in you!
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
Photo via Bwog Staff
Tags: bwog is art, Columbia is not art but Columbia can be art, make your week artsier than getting drunk at a football game, where art thou?
September 23, 201711:30 am 0 Comments
Bwog likes His Excellency’s enthusiasm!
Last week, a number of powerful world leaders flocked to Columbia’s campus to participate in the university’s annual World Leaders Forum. To continue our coverage of the Forum, we sent new staffer Megan Wylie to see the current president of Austria, Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen.
I went to His Excellency Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen’s speech for multiple reasons: I wanted to see PrezBo, to see something actually happen in Low, and to get free Columbia swag. I also went to hear the current President of the Republic of Austria discuss the current state of the European Union and the concept of togetherness in Europe today. According to a little Wikipedia research, President Bellen, a former member of the Green Party, made history when he defeated the far-right Freedom Party candidate, Norbert Hofer, by only 30,863 votes. While Hofer preached a message of European separatism, nativism and extreme nationalism, Bellen advocated for policies welcoming migrants and strengthening the bond between the European community.
Tags: "No Kim Jung Un I'm still not inviting you to the World Leaders Forum!", are you there PrezBo? It's me Finn, austrian president, happy world leaders, nationalism!!!, president of austria, prezbo, van der bellen, world leaders forum
Written by Amara Banks
September 23, 20179:03 am 2 Comments
Happening Around the World: Currently without power, a failing dam threatens Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. (BBC)
Happening in the US: A 71-year-old man with a raccoon-hunting headlamp was arrested after police discovered 1,700 marijuana plants on his property. (USA Today)
Happening in NYC: The MTA started a program that allows those who are pregnant or disabled to wear a button asking for a seat. It has had some success, but riders for the most part just don’t know about it. (NY Times)
Happening on Campus: The first event for the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Global Language Justice is tonight from 6pm-9pm. Call the ICLS for more details: 212-854-4541.
Overheard: “I’m going to name my daughter McChicken”
Tags: bwog baby daddy, bwoglines, sorry im late tags are gonna suck today bye, what the frog
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