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Marielle Anzelone
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Marielle Anzelone is an urban ecologist whose experience centers on people’s daily connections with nearby nature and the role that design, education, and government can play in fostering this relationship.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of NYC Wildflower Week – an organization that produces cultural and educational programming to engage the public with the wilds of the Big Apple.

In addition to HuffPo, Marielle is also a contributor to The New York Times.

Entries by Marielle Anzelone

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

(27) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 4:50 PM

"It's like a forest," the high school student marveled as she strained her neck to see the oak and maple trees that rose high above her head. "Like"? That's a peculiar qualifier to use for a forest, especially after having just jumped across a muddy stream bank, admired a profusion...

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How the View From Apartment Windows Affects Your Health and Well-being

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 4:17 PM

When temperatures keep my young sons and me from heading outside, we get our nature fix by looking through their bedroom window. Outside a scraggly tree-of-heaven, a weed native to Asia and common in vacant lots in New York City, presses up against the glass of our fourth...

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Nature in New York City

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 3:11 PM

Dominated by soft rush (Juncus effusus) and fragrant water lily (Nymphaea odorata) is Lily Pond, an example of an intact urban ecosystem, located in Blue Heron Park, Staten Island.

"Skyscraper national park." Kurt Vonnegut's description supports the widely held view...

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NYC Nature 101: Urban Ecology

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 12:37 PM

Urban nature at work in Alley Pond Park, Queens

Looking forward to the release of PlaNYC 2.0 and what will hopefully be the Five-Borough Year of Biodiversity, what is nature in NYC? Urban ecology. The study of urban...

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2011 Is Five-Borough Year of Biodiversity

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 5:26 PM

2011-01-18-CorsonBrookWoods.jpg Will healthy forests and natural streams like Corson's Brook Woods in Staten Island be part of PlaNYC 2.0?

As the year 2010 drew to a close, so too did the United Nation's International Year of Biodiversity. This year-long, global recognition of our planet's...

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More Than the Million Trees, Where Is Nature in PlaNYC?

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 11:09 AM

Doll's eyes is the kind of plant you remember. Not in spring, when its small, starry white flowers are easily overlooked. The season when it shines is fall. About this time of year, its berries have ripened to a ghostly white with dark "eye" spots in the centers....

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What Edward Norton Should Know for the UN's Biodiversity Summit

(7) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 11:20 AM

Actor Edward Norton is unhappy. He is miffed because although he had starred as The Hulk in an earlier movie, he was not cast as the great green hero in a follow-up film. Cheer up, Ed! You've landed an even greener role: United Nations' Biodiversity Ambassador. As the former botanist...

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