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Could fermentation be the solution to NYC’s food waste woes?

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Despite NYC’s numerous efforts to curb its massive food waste issues, there is still a lot of work to be done in reducing the amount of organic waste clogging up local landfills. One enterprising startup says they may be able to divert food scraps from landfills altogether by using the age-old process of fermentation. Brooklyn-based Industrial Organic thinks their new process based on the principles of Japanese bokashi composting, which ferments organic matter in an acidic environment in a process much like beer or wine production, could revolutionize way the city handles its food waste.

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NY State Supreme Court rules that NYC can enforce salt content warnings on menus

by , 05/31/16
filed under: Health,News

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New York City’s salt warning rule was approved by the NYC Board of Health last year, but the city had been unable to enforce the legislation due to a ban spearheaded by opponents of the controversial salt icon. Last week, however, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court lifted the ban, making way for the new salt icons to be legally required on the menus of some 3,000 chain restaurants in NYC in an attempt to convince New Yorkers to shake their salty habit.

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World Trade Center’s elevated Liberty Park set to open this summer

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Could this 3.5-mile suspension bridge between NJ and Queens solve some of NYC’s transportation woes?

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The Empire State Gateway is a wild new proposal that calls for a 3.5-mile suspension bridge to be built from New Jersey, across Manhattan at 38th and 39th Streets, and into Queens. Designed by a traffic consultant from Delaware who thinks the elevated twin suspension bridge would be an efficient solution to some of the city’s transportation troubles, the concept could have a relatively short construction timeline, but would most likely be extremely expensive.

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Sunken soul-searching spiral proposed for Crown Heights

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Staten Island’s active art scene to benefit from new community initiative

by , 05/27/16
filed under: Art NYC,Staten Island

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Staten Island’s bustling North Shore waterfront area, known for its active art scene, is set to become even more vibrant thanks to some targeted community planning. A collaboration between Design Trust for Public Space and Staten Island Arts, Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront is a new multi-year project aimed at bringing together local artists and community members, developers, and NYC agencies in order to create long-term strategies for public space in the area through neighborhood revitalization, sustainability, and equitable economic development.

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VanMoof launches new SmartBike that “eliminates bike theft fears once and for all”

by , 05/26/16
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Five solar-powered charging benches to be installed in NYC

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Instead of making meat eaters feel guilty, The Veg Effect shows what people *can* do to help animals, their health and the planet

by , 05/25/16
filed under: Food,Food

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What do a butcher, a hip-hop legend, a stuntwoman, a dancer and a beer brewer all have in common? As random as it sounds, these five very different people from very different backgrounds have all made the choice to adopt a more plant-based diet into their lives (yes, even the butcher). Directed by award-winning filmmaker Alison Klayman (“AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY”), “The Veg Effect: When Less Meats More” is a new documentary series that follows the personal paths that led each of these individuals towards living a more vegetable-based lifestyle. It’s important to note that the film was produced by Morningstar Farms, a company that makes meat alternative foods and therefore stands to profit from people eating less meat, but the series presents a balanced take on the subject that sidesteps the guilt and scare tactics so commonly employed in other “why you should give up meat” films and instead observes people (some of whom have not even given up meat completely) eating more plant-based foods and living happy and healthy lives. Read on to see “The Veg Effect” trailer, and learn more about why you don’t have to be a full vegan or even a vegetarian to make a difference for animals, your health and the planet.

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Innovative solar, geothermal, microhydro projects win New York ‘Energy to Lead’ competition

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) just announced that Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College are the winners of the New York State Energy to Lead Competition. They each will receive $1 million for their winning project submissions focused on solar, geothermal and microhydro power.

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New floating bar and restaurant aboard revamped 10,000-square-foot yacht coming to Pier 81

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Breaking Ground’s Park House to provide sustainable housing for 248 low-income families in the Bronx

by , 05/23/16

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Breaking Ground, a non-profit organization that matches low-income New Yorkers with homes, hosted a topping-off ceremony this month for their latest project in the Bronx. Designed by COOKFOX Architects, Park House is the organization’s first residence and, once completed, will provide affordable green housing to 248 families.

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Former Brooklyn Navy Yard cemetery transformed into vibrant public space that pays tribute to veterans

Naval Cemetery Landscape

Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects recently cut the ribbon on a brand new public green space located on the site of a former naval cemetery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Christened the Naval Cemetery Landscape, the 1.7-acre park will be used for passive recreation and a way to escape the bustling urban environment.

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Decked-out pedestrian plaza will add a permanent car-free oasis in Midtown

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According to the NY Daily News, the pedestrian walkways lining a swath of Broadway in Midtown Manhattan are in for a glitzy urban makeover. Representatives from the Garment District Alliance have confirmed that two lanes of Broadway from 35th St. to 41st St., which connect Times Square and Herald Square, will be permanently transformed into a welcoming public plaza complete with trees, lighting and water fountains.

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New Dock 72 technology hub breaks ground at Brooklyn Navy Yard

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The Brooklyn Navy Yard will soon be home to an exciting new technology hub. Called Dock 72, the ambitious renovation project will convert 675,000 square feet of the yard into office space for innovative technologies and startups. The hub, designed by S9 Architecture, is expected to bring $380 million of private investment and 4,000 living wage jobs to the former naval shipbuilding facility when complete.

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Top NYC architects team up with students to build imaginative LEGO creations

Top NYC architects team up with students to build imaginative LEGO creations

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Eye-tricking “windows” at NYC subway station give the illusion of looking into an underground park

Eye-tricking “windows” at NYC subway station give the illusion of looking into an underground park

Park Windows comprises a panoramic view of a brightly lit blue sky punctuated by clouds and glimpses of a tree canopy on a blustery spring day. Divided into separate frames, the installation was arranged and captured in such a way that suggests change,

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New York launches climate science data website

New York launches climate science data website

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) launched a new website to help communities with climate change adaptation and mitigation. The Climate Change Science Clearinghouse contains a treasure trove of information including

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WXY reveals plans for Brooklyn Strand greenway connecting Downtown Brooklyn to waterfront

WXY reveals plans for Brooklyn Strand greenway connecting Downtown Brooklyn to waterfront

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TaskRabbit is building a tiny home in Chelsea to battle homelessness

TaskRabbit is building a tiny home in Chelsea to battle homelessness

Related: Ambitious Brooklynite builds her own tiny home inside of a Crown Heights warehouse

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