According to a new study from Sustainable Yards, New York isn't as much of a natural dead zone as you may have thought. About 27% of the city is covered by front and backyards—twice as much acreage as the city's public parks have! Researcher Evan Morris used Google Earth to measure the city's yardage, and said in an interview, "the more information we have about the environmental benefits of these spaces, the more we see that cumulatively, tremendous benefits can be realized." Like the benefit of having something to tell the young whippersnappers to get off of! [Via Observer]