New York state budget deal hikes minimum wage to $15 and rolls out paid family leave

New York state budget deal hikes minimum wage to $15 and rolls out paid family leave

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new budget deal Thursday that will boost support for the state’s residents and their families. Much like the aggressive goals to increase renewable…

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Federal prosecutors look into lead exposure and other health issues in NYC public housing

Federal prosecutors look into lead exposure and other health issues in NYC public housing

The nation’s awareness about the dangers of lead poisoning is elevated this year, after news of widespread lead contamination in the drinking water in Flint, Cleveland, and other…

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MTA offers its first-ever green bonds to people who want to invest in the planet

MTA offers its first-ever green bonds to people who want to invest in the planet

The busiest mass transit agency in the country is showing a softer, greener side in hopes of getting more attention from young people. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority…

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Keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter by donating your used coats

Keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter by donating your used coats

90% of NYC's homeless will rely on a donated coat this winter to keep from freezing. If you have outerwear to spare, give a fellow New Yorker the gift of warmth by donating it to the…

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Designers create extravagant tablescapes to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge

Designers create extravagant tablescapes to raise money for the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge

harmonie club, hope lodge nyc, Michael Aram, Guillaume Gentet, Michael Tavano, Anne Rue, Gregory Allan Cramer, Robin Baron, Caleb Anderson, Rachel Laxer, Louis Navarrete, holiday…

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Heroic Food Farm gives returning veterans a new mission cultivating sustainably grown food

Heroic Food Farm gives returning veterans a new mission cultivating sustainably grown food

Heroic Food was founded in 2014 by screenwriter Leora Barish in order to address two problems: the challenges veterans face as they transition back into civilian society, and America's…

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Award-winning KinesicMouse lets the disabled control computers with facial gestures

Award-winning KinesicMouse lets the disabled control computers with facial gestures

AT&T, NYU ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF $100,000 CONNECT ABILITY TECH CHALLENGE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES Senator Charles Schumer and Disability Advocates Join…

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Have your wedding or event at this opulent ballroom where all proceeds go towards helping the homeless

Have your wedding or event at this opulent ballroom where all proceeds go towards helping the homeless

The Prince George Ballroom is the premier event destination in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, where history meets elegance. Built in 1904 as one of NYC’s premier hotels, the Prince…

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Brilliant new app may help the blind safely navigate the New York subway system

Brilliant new app may help the blind safely navigate the New York subway system

A new app on the market may just be the thing to help the blind navigate the sprawling New York subway system. Lantern, designed by New York-based copywriter Eugene Gao, would work by…

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Don't miss ESNYC's celebrity chef-studded benefit tonight + chef Kevin Pemoulié's turnip carpaccio recipe

Don't miss ESNYC's celebrity chef-studded benefit tonight + chef Kevin Pemoulié's turnip carpaccio recipe

Turnip Carpaccio Kevin Pemoulié, Thirty Acres 4 servings Ingredients: 4 medium-large sized purple top turnips 2 watermelon radishes, sliced thin 1bu chives, sliced 1/2 cup…

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7 easy ways to help victims of the Second Avenue explosion

7 easy ways to help victims of the Second Avenue explosion

Last month’s tragic gas explosion on Second Avenue left three buildings leveled, and many locals families displaced, with a lifetime of belongings gone. Good Samaritans Bowery Boogie…

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9 cool and quirky recycled quilts spotted at IIDA NY’s 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction

9 cool and quirky recycled quilts spotted at IIDA NY’s 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction

Join the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New York Chapter this Wednesday, March 25th for their 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction! Taking over the Open House Gallery…

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Dine at these restaurants on Sunday to raise money for hunger-relief

Dine at these restaurants on Sunday to raise money for hunger-relief

Looking for a place to grab brunch, lunch or dinner on Sunday? Why not stop in at one of the 70+ restaurants participating in Time Out For Hunger to raise money for hunger-relief while…

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Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Airbnb has seen its fair share of controversy in New York City - is it legal or isn't it? - but now it's getting a chance to set the record straight. The New York City Council will be…

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6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

Real Life Church Real Life Church serves up a free Thanksgiving dinner every year in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, and thankfully this year, their volunteer registration is now…

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New York Teen Invents In-Sole Sensor that Can Track Wandering Alzheimer's Patients

New York Teen Invents In-Sole Sensor that Can Track Wandering Alzheimer's Patients

New York City teen Kenneth Shinozuka has invented a new wearable sensor called the SafeWanderer that can help keep Alzheimer’s patients safe. Inspired by his own grandfather’s…

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Join Architecture for Humanity NY and Make a Difference on Day of Impact 2014

Join Architecture for Humanity NY and Make a Difference on Day of Impact 2014

If you've been enjoying all of the wonderful architectural activities that Archtober has to offer this month, why not show your appreciation by helping out some communities that could…

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Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Tomorrow and Help Plant a Wish Garden in the Bronx

Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Tomorrow and Help Plant a Wish Garden in the Bronx

New York Restoration Project and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are teaming up to plant a “Wishes in Bloom” garden tomorrow and they need your help. 637 daffodil bulbs will be planted…

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Recycled Stone Company Gives Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers Jobs and a Second Chance

Recycled Stone Company Gives Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers Jobs and a Second Chance

NYC green company Urban Stone diverts stone construction waste from landfills and recycles it into green building materials. But in addition to improving the environment, they are also…

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Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

Just in time for the crisp fall weather, Bronx residents are celebrating the opening of a newly revamped green space in Mott Haven. The Willis Avenue Community Garden officially…

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Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

We know the names and stories of male CEOs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, but what about female entrepreneurs? What do their lives look like? That's exactly what…

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Grab Your Crew and Fight These 18-Foot-Tall Monster Weeds at Prospect Park

Grab Your Crew and Fight These 18-Foot-Tall Monster Weeds at Prospect Park

Giant monster weeds have invaded Prospect Park, and now the popular green space is looking for brave volunteers to help fight the infestation. The invasive plants, called phragmites,…

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WeeWeeFree Directs Those That Need to Pee to Local Businesses with Toilets

WeeWeeFree Directs Those That Need to Pee to Local Businesses with Toilets

There's a reason that NYC subways have that oh-so-distinctive "eau de toilet" scent. Sometimes finding an open bathroom in the city without having to make a purchase can be close to…

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6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

Photo by Yuka Yoneda RED HOOK While it doesn't have the most inviting of names, Red Hook is actually one of the most romantic and charming neighborhoods in Brooklyn. If you've been…

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Free Outdoor Gym with Fitness Machines Pops Up on the East River Waterfront Esplanade

Free Outdoor Gym with Fitness Machines Pops Up on the East River Waterfront Esplanade

The new outdoor gym on South Street opened to the public on Friday, May 15th and it didn't take long for neighborhood residents to catch on. Although, as you can see from our photos,…

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