Cat DiStasio

 

Cat DiStasio is a writer, storyteller, and community architect. Previous to her freelance career, Cat worked in human resources and recruiting in a variety of industries. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies from the University of Washington. Cat believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of freshly baked bread.

Artist raises money to install living billboard at Brooklyn Botanical Garden this spring

Artist raises money to install living billboard at Brooklyn Botanical Garden this spring

Brooklyn-based artist Edina Tokodi is building a living art installation that highlights the effects of climate change and “dissolves the barriers... between nature and art.” Her…

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NYC's first vegan butcher shop set to open this spring

NYC's first vegan butcher shop set to open this spring

The former location of a Chinese restaurant is preparing to take on a new life as the home of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s first vegan butcher shop. Monk’s Meats has been hocking its vegan…

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New law saves NY's mute swans from execution...for now

New law saves NY's mute swans from execution...for now

Mute swans just got a stay of execution from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he signed a law on Monday preventing wildlife officials from euthanizing the majestic birds. The new law…

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There's a humpback whale living in the Hudson River

There's a humpback whale living in the Hudson River

Ahoy, there’s a whale swimming in the Hudson! Although New York is filled with wildlife, whales are a pretty rare sight from the city’s riverbanks. Yet, an increasing number of…

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This adorable red 'train' carts books around the New York Public Library

This adorable red 'train' carts books around the New York Public Library

Many people worry about robots taking over their jobs, but librarians in New York aren’t concerned at all about the trains helping move books around. A little red book train carries…

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People are going crazy over this family of raccoons living at Central Park

People are going crazy over this family of raccoons living at Central Park

While many of us struggle to cope with recent events and all the streses of our complicated lives, these bashful bandits remind us that, sometimes, you just have to take a break and…

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Twinkling cemetery would turn the deceased into a dazzling sea of lights under the Manhattan Bridge

Twinkling cemetery would turn the deceased into a dazzling sea of lights under the Manhattan Bridge

A creepy new proposal suggests transforming the undercarriage of the Manhattan Bridge into a twinkling graveyard, where human remains decompose in biomass pods and emit lights that…

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Columbia's sprawling 17-acre Manhattanville campus will invite the community to learn and grow

Columbia's sprawling 17-acre Manhattanville campus will invite the community to learn and grow

Leaders of Columbia University met Monday to dedicate the new 17-acre Manhattanville Campus, which will be constructed along Broadway above West 125th Street. Columbia President Lee C.…

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This former FDNY fireboat is set to be NYC's next floating restaurant

This former FDNY fireboat is set to be NYC's next floating restaurant

One of NYC’s former fireboats will soon embark on a new life as a floating restaurant. FDNY’s Fireboat Governor Alfred E. Smith, renamed simply “The Governor,” was purchased at…

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NYC launches United States' first citywide film and television industry sustainability program

NYC launches United States' first citywide film and television industry sustainability program

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced today a new sustainability initiative focused on film and television productions operating in the city. The “NYC Film Green” Program is…

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NYC moves forward with bag fee despite efforts to block it

NYC moves forward with bag fee despite efforts to block it

NYC leaders are moving forward to roll out the five-cent plastic bag fee approved by City Council in May 2016. As environmentalists applaud and store owners rush to follow instructions…

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Feral cats find work at Javits Center in exchange for food and shelter

Feral cats find work at Javits Center in exchange for food and shelter

Rural farms rarely have trouble with rodents, due to diligent barn cats who chase and catch the little vermin. Now, convention center managers are taking a note from country life and…

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"Trash Man" who wears all of his garbage is a walking, talking landfill

Rob Greenfield is a self-described adventurer and environmentalist, and if you happen to spot him on the streets of New York, he may also introduce himself as the Trash Man. The…

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BIG unveils design update and hotel plans for twisted High Line towers

BIG unveils design update and hotel plans for twisted High Line towers

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) released a new set of renderings this week for its High Line-adjacent condo project at 76 Eleventh Avenue, which is now being called simply The Eleventh.…

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Proposed Staten Island vineyard would produce local wine for New Yorkers

Proposed Staten Island vineyard would produce local wine for New Yorkers

New plans for a $20-million development https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20161002/travis/vineyard-staten-island-wine-nicotra-group include a proposed vineyard that will produce wine…

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W Hotel's Extreme Wow Suite lets you go glamping in a yurt in the middle of NYC

W Hotel's Extreme Wow Suite lets you go glamping in a yurt in the middle of NYC

Camping is probably the last thing most people think about when it comes to the Big Apple. Glamping, on the other hand, fits right in. Just when we thought the popular trend of…

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Brooklyn Navy Yard completes 3,000+ solar panel rooftop array

Brooklyn Navy Yard completes 3,000+ solar panel rooftop array

The epic 3,000+ solar panel rooftop installation at Brooklyn Navy Yard is now complete, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office has announced. Installed by ConEdison, the sprawling solar array…

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NYC launches city's largest tech space for startups tackling urban challenges

NYC launches city's largest tech space for startups tackling urban challenges

New York’s largest urban tech space kicked off in a ceremony this week hosted by Grand Central Tech (GCT), Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, and the New York City Economic Development…

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NYC's green building programs are on target to reduce GHG emissions 80% by 2050

NYC's green building programs are on target to reduce GHG emissions 80% by 2050

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced progress on several green building programs that will get closer to the city's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.…

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NYC expands organics composting collection to reach nearly 1M residents

NYC expands organics composting collection to reach nearly 1M residents

New Yorkers will be seeing a lot more brown refuse containers around the city, as the sanitation department expands its curbside pickup of organic waste to serve nearly one million…

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UGE is building a massive rooftop solar array atop this popular Brooklyn church

UGE is building a massive rooftop solar array atop this popular Brooklyn church

Leading energy solutions firm UGE International (UGE) is in the process of installing a 261 kW rooftop solar project for a non-denominational church in South Brooklyn. Christian…

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BIG completes its iconic VIA 57 West Courtscraper pyramid high-rise in NYC

BIG completes its iconic VIA 57 West Courtscraper pyramid high-rise in NYC

Over five years and lots of hype in the making, the newest NYC project by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is finally complete. VIΛ 57 West, also known as the VIΛ Courtscraper, is an…

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Review of lead testing at NYC schools reveals that exposure levels may be higher than reported

Review of lead testing at NYC schools reveals that exposure levels may be higher than reported

A closer look at lead contamination tests of New York City schools, released in July, shows a much higher risk than originally thought. Initially, officials reported that fewer than 1…

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Lawyer sets world record for hitting every NYC subway station in 1 day

Lawyer sets world record for hitting every NYC subway station in 1 day

How far would you go to get into the Guinness Book of World Records? One intrepid New Yorker has mastered an amazing feat that many would think impossible: he hit every stop on the…

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Hamptons food trucks plug in to cleaner energy with new power pedestals

Hamptons food trucks plug in to cleaner energy with new power pedestals

The food truck trend is getting a smart upgrade in posh places like the Hamptons, where a new clean energy system from is fueling beachside meals on wheels. WXY architecture + urban…

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