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NY City Council may turn the 5-cent bag fee into a 5-cent bag refund to appease state lawmakers

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NYC’s pending five-cent plastic bag fee was approved by both the City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio last month, but now it may not happen. What began as an unpopular initiative has grown into a true controversy, with the political machine showing its muscle. After Albany lawmakers in the Senate approved a bill last week that would effectively create a statewide ban on any kind of bag fee or tax, the City Council has one last chance to revamp its measure into something the state Assembly might like. And, at least for the time being, the power is in the hands of a man who happens to be from the one borough that didn’t like the city’s bag fee, the Bronx. That man is Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

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Who let the cats out? Tomorrow is the first-ever ‘Take Your Cat on an Adventure’ Day (VIDEO)

by , 06/14/16
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Green walls and a yoga studio are just some of the perks at this new wellness-focused co-working space

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Solar Impulse 2 lands in New York City, final U.S. destination

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Swiss pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard brought their vision for a clean energy future to New York City with the successful landing of their sun-powered, zero-emissions Solar Impulse 2 airplane at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Saturday morning. Before arriving at its final stop in the United States as part of a journey around the world, SI2 flew over the Statue of Liberty. “It was symbolic to fly over the Statue of Liberty being free from fossil fuel,” said Borschberg, who was in the cockpit for the 14th leg of the trip — a five hour flight from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania to NYC (Piccard is taking the helm for the cross-Atlantic portion).

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Statue of Liberty at high risk due to climate change, says new report

by , 06/13/16
filed under: Climate Change,News

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Climate change has already been wreaking havoc across the world, but, according to a new study, NYC’s beloved Statue of Liberty could be its next victim. The UNESCO report, entitled “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate,” warns that the historic landmark, along with many World Heritage sites like Venice, Stonehenge, and the Galapagos Islands, are at risk of impending damage stemming from climate change.

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Long Island welcomes bats that can eat 1,000 mosquitoes an hour to fight Zika

by , 06/12/16
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New EOS eco-tower gives residents access to hooked-up Nike gym and rooftop recreation area

by , 06/11/16
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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Rooftop park and LEED Gold-seeking tower coming to vacant building in Long Island City

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Long Island City’s long-vacant Apple Tag & Label building is about to get a bright green makeover. Alma Reality Corp recently announced that the empty 213-square-foot shell will soon be transformed into a LEED-seeking tower with retail and office space, topped by an expansive rooftop park.

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LEED Gold-seeking 10 Hudson Yards marks mega-development’s first completed building

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Escobedo Soliz Studio’s colorful woven rope “sky” blankets MoMA PS1 (PHOTOS)

by , 06/09/16
filed under: Architecture,Art,Queens

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State Senate attempts roadblock to derail NYC’s plastic bag fee

by , 06/09/16

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Despite the efforts of city leaders to push NYC in a greener direction, the state Senate has other ideas. Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat from Brooklyn who caucuses with Republicans, recently introduced a new bill that would essentially reverse NYC’s ‘plastic bag fee’, which Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law last month. Felder’s bill, which prohibits “any tax, fee or local charge” on carryout bags of any kind throughout the state, was approved 36-22 this week. If it passes the Assembly and is signed into law, it would be the final nail in the coffin of the plastic bag fee initiative.

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Use this new interactive map to explore NYC’s 10,000 acres of natural areas

by , 06/08/16
filed under: Green Space,Parks

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Following an intensive study of NYC’s natural areas, a new interactive map features all 10,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and grasslands managed by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. The new map, hosted by the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC), makes it easy to scope out the city’s green spaces and learn more about them, including each park’s history, terrain, public accessibility, and wildlife. NAC will celebrate the map’s launch with a series of summer events designed to inspire folks to get out and get active in one of the greenest cities in the country.

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Foster and Partners reveal designs for massive Red Hook office complex in former sugar refinery

by , 06/07/16

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Foster and Partners recently unveiled their plans for a gargantuan new office complex on the Red Hook waterfront. Located in the former Revere Sugar Refinery, the massive project will consist of a four-story, timber-framed building with 600,000 square feet of office space and 23,000 square feet of retail space. In addition to the new building, the design also calls for a publicly-accessible waterfront esplanade, rooftop terraces, and a central courtyard.

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Mobile Caribbeing shipping container pavilion brings Caribbean art and culture to NYC communities

by , 06/06/16
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NYC giving away free reusable bags in support of new plastic bag surcharge

by , 06/06/16

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Come and get ’em! To prepare for NYC’s impending five-cent plastic bag surcharge, local officials are showing their support by giving away free reusable bags around the city. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Mark Levine were on hand last week at Manhattan’s Montefiore Square Park giving away bright green eco-bags to spread the word about the new initiative, which aims to reduce plastic bag use across the city. But if you missed that giveaway, the council members plan to host several more in the upcoming weeks.

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Resolution 4’s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

Resolution 4’s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

Located Wainscott, NY, the luxury vacation home is set in a wooded three-acre site, offering an idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of NYC. The home’s six bedrooms, seven baths, media room, pool house, rooftop deck and numerous screened-in porches

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New York lawmakers introduce bill to reach zero emissions by 2050

New York lawmakers introduce bill to reach zero emissions by 2050

A group of New York lawmakers have introduced a bill that aims to eliminate the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 100 percent by 2050. The New York state climate and community protection act (General Assembly bill number A10342) would codify Gov. by

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The MTA is secretly testing Wi-Fi service in subway cars

The MTA is secretly testing Wi-Fi service in subway cars

According to an exclusive by NY1, the MTA has started testing Wi-Fi service in the subway. In a move that should have New Yorkers jumping for joy, the MTA has installed Wi-Fi on four cars along the E line.

Related: Mayor Bloomberg Announces as

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Innovative Solar Canopy offers smart solution for New Yorkers looking to install solar power panels

Innovative Solar Canopy offers smart solution for New Yorkers looking to install solar power panels

Related: LowLine Unveils Solar Light Canopy That Allows Sunlight to Fill an Underground Park

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6 floating bars and restaurants to eat and drink at this summer in NYC

6 floating bars and restaurants to eat and drink at this summer in NYC

THE WATER TABLE
If the idea of savoring a three-course tasting menu featuring local and seasonal ingredients aboard a historic vessel built during World War II floats your boat, head to The Water Table. Start off with the chilled cucumber soup, work your

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