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

by , 01/18/17
filed under: Brooklyn,News,Parks

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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

by , 01/13/17

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

by , 01/12/17

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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

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Trees are vital for cities: not only do they clean the air and make things prettier, but they can prevent floods and even lower temperatures. MIT Senseability Lab created this insanely detailed, interactive map that lets you see how good the green canopy is in any particular spot in the city. Each area of the city is assigned a Green View Index number that tells you if a spot is lush or a desert. Aptly named Treepedia, you can drill down and see where tree cover is making a street a healthy spot to live or play, or if it needs some tree love, stat.

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

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Over 60 million people passed through John F Kennedy Airport in 2016, but even with as much traffic as it sees, the airport has long been the focus of criticism. Its terminal 3 has even been named one of the worst in the world by Frommer’s. Recently, Governor Cuomo announced a complete overhaul with a $10 billion agenda to revitalize John F. Kennedy Airport into a more innovative and accessible center for global travel.

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

by , 01/06/17
filed under: News

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There are nearly 14,000 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 nearly every single one of those taxis. In an article published by MIT’s CSAIL, researchers found that by using ride-sharing carpools, we could reduce traffic, fuel consumption and pollution dramatically.

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Curvaceous Ex of In House is a solar-powered guest residence aligned with the natural world

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Governor Cuomo and Bernie Sanders unveil free tuition proposal for New York colleges

Governor Cuomo and Bernie Sanders unveil free tuition proposal for New York colleges

Governor Cuomo has started 2017 with a substantial plan designed to respond to the financial challenges most students and families face today in pursuing higher education. On January 3rd, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to launch the Excelsior at

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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 upcoming exhibit, Living Fence, combines the technologies of a green a

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6 clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

6 clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

LIGHTEN UP
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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Recycle your holiday tree while also helping homeless teens

Recycle your holiday tree while also helping homeless teens

As this year’s holiday season comes to a close, revelers will be able to do two good deeds in one fell swoop. Christmas Tree Brooklyn, which sells its trees online and in-person throughout New York City, offers its customers a chance to donate items a

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Times Square redesign completed just in time for New Year’s Eve festivities

Times Square redesign completed just in time for New Year’s Eve festivities

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Administration has announced that the reconstruction of Times Square has finally come to completion. The nearly eight-year-long project was design to improve pedestrian flow and safety as well as provide almost two acres of for

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