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State Senate guts measure to tax plastic bags in New York City

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This week, the state Senate voted to gut the plastic bag tax in New York City. The New York League of Conservation Voters has estimated that every year New Yorkers throw away 10 billion plastic bags.  So, passing a law to tax people 5 cents each if they choose to use a plastic bag while shopping seems to make sense, and the approach has been successfully employed in several cities in the US and in many other countries for its waste reduction benefits. The City Council had voted to implement at tax in May, but the Senate has other plans, passing a measure that prohibits bag taxes or fees in cities with one million people or more.

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The Women’s March on NYC and other ways to make your voice heard this week

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Looking for a way to make your voice heard about the incoming Trump administration? The New York City sister march to the Women’s March in Washington D.C. takes place this Saturday with supporters like the Mayor, Rev. Al Sharpton, State Senator Liz Krueger and Michael Moore, along with thousands of concerned New Yorkers attending. Read on for all the details, and a few alternative protests if the Women’s March isn’t your thing.

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Governors Island will open early this year with a new sustainable seafood restaurant

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Governors Island, that 172 acre isle of green which used to be a military base, will open early this Spring for the first time ever. This extends the season for the Island, which traditionally has opened its doors to public access only the summer months. The Trust for Governors Island said that the longer season gives New Yorkers even more time to experience the outdoor space, enjoy the arts and educational activities, and experience the park’s new sustainably-sourced seafood.

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Gowanus Canal is safe enough to boat in, just don’t take a swim, says new report

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An study eight years in the making reveals that you can breathe and hang out around the Gowanus Canal, just don’t get in it. Or touch it. Or eat seafood from it. Other than that, totally safe. The 86-page report analyzed the toxic “black mayonnaise” at the bottom of the canal, which is made up of chemicals and contaminants from industrial pollution, and found that breathing the water won’t give you cancer, but coming in contact with it could definitely elevate your risk.

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70,000 birds have been killed so far to prevent another ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

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Eight years ago this week, “Sully” Sullenberger landed in the Hudson, and since then, nearly 70,000 birds have been slaughtered to prevent another catastrophic bird strike from happening again. But data show that the problem hasn’t gotten better thanks to the effort – bird strikes have actually gone up.

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Greenwich Village’s Gotham Bar and Grill to be powered with 100% clean energy

Gotham Bar and Grill, Green Mountain Energy Club, clean energy, green design, sustainable energy, renewable energy, solar energy, nyc green restaurants, nyc sustainable energy, nyc restaurants, renewable energy, nyc diningNYC is constantly getting greener and it’s nice to see that popular eateries are also jumping on the clean energy bandwagon. One of the city’s most iconic restaurants, Greenwich Village’s Gotham Bar & Grill, has just announced that it will be partnering with green electricity provider Green Mountain Energy Company to power the restaurant with 100 percent clean energy.

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This organization is bringing the first monument honoring a woman to Central Park

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It took over seventy years of advocacy for women to be granted the right to vote in the United States. Determined, pioneering citizens such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony helped make that happen. And while there are 23 monuments in Central Park (including one honoring a dog), there is not one paying tribute to their efforts – or that of any woman. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund is hoping to change that. The volunteer-run organization is raising funds and awareness to bring a monument honoring the great achievements of women to the city.

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Studio Gang reveals new details about the American Museum of Natural History revamp

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Troubled Indian Point Nuclear Plant shutting down by 2021

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The troubled Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant is slated to shut down by 2021, according to a recently-reached agreement between New York State and Entergy. The plant is located just 30 miles north of New York City, and environmentalists have long called for its closure due to the danger it poses to millions of people downstream. This was made all the move evident when it was discovered that the plant was leaking into the groundwater last February.

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Citi Bikes to start projecting lasers onto the streets

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NYC’s Citi Bike is aiming to make the already safe bike sharing scheme (nearly 37 million trips since the system’s installation in 2013 and zero fatalities) even safer by installing laser safety lights that project a bright green bicycle outline 20 feet ahead, making bicyclists more visible to drivers and pedestrians at night. The Laserlights from UK company Blaze will be piloted on 250 bikes by mid-March. If funding is secured, all 6,000 bikes at 603 stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City will be equipped with the laser safety lights by the end of this year.

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Times Square Valentine’s Heart celebrates diversity and immigration in NYC

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This year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition will celebrate the role that immigrants have played in the development and vibrancy of New York. Called “We Were Strangers Once Too,” the winning design was created by The Office for Creative Research in order to open a dialogue about the value of immigrants in making the city what it is today, and given the current political climate, the conversation couldn’t be more timely.

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BMW MINI unveils 23,000-square-foot creative hub and restaurant in former Greenpoint warehouse

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Central Park gets a new fleet of clean, green garbage carts

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You’ve probably seen them buzzing around Central Park: those garbage carts used to pick up the park’s trash. Until now, those city employees in their carts have been puttering around 7 days a week, keeping the park clean, but emitting tons of carbon into the city’s atmosphere. But this week, a fleet of shiny new electric vehicles will descend on the park to help keep both it and the city’s air a bit cleaner.

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Cuomo wants to build a 750-mile trail from NYC to Canada

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What if you could travel across the state on foot – from top to bottom and one end to the other – using one continuous trail. Say hello to the Empire State Trail. Governor Cuomo just announced intentions to complete a 750-mile trail that will stretch across New York, from NYC to Canada and across to Buffalo, taking joggers, bikers and walkers past small towns, historical areas and green spaces all across the state.

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Olin Studio announces plans to turn Pier 26 into a vibrant park

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MIT’s ‘Treepedia’ tells you how green your spot in the city ranks

MIT’s ‘Treepedia’ tells you how green your spot in the city ranks

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6 Clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

6 Clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

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Professional interior decorators have been saying this for ages, but it bears repeating – lightening up your floor color can make your home feel more spacious and airy. Just like in fashion, darker colors are “slimming,” and tend to constrict,

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Governor announces a $10 billion overhaul for a more green, accessible and tech-enhanced JFK airport

Governor announces a $10 billion overhaul for a more green, accessible and tech-enhanced JFK airport

In 2004, just two weeks after finishing graduate school, Rebecca van Bergen began Nest with the idea that supporting craft and small businesses could be an empowering tool for positive social and economic change. Led by a team of committed and creative

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Kimbal Musk just launched a revolutionary shipping container farm initiative in Brooklyn

Kimbal Musk just launched a revolutionary shipping container farm initiative in Brooklyn

Near Jay Z’s childhood home and an old Pfizer factory, one will find a set of ten steel shipping containers. Launched by Tobias Peggs and and Kimbal Musk, brother to Elon, the containers are part of a project called Square Roots, an urban farming to a

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Just 3,000 ride-sharing cars could replace nearly all 14,000 cabs in NYC, new MIT study reveals

Just 3,000 ride-sharing cars could replace nearly all 14,000 cabs in NYC, new MIT study reveals

There are 13,000 taxes cruising around New York City. Just think of all that stop-and-go pollution, not to mention traffic congestion. A new study says that just 3,000 ride-sharing cars could replace every single one of those taxis. In an article by by

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