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Is NYC’s sustainability plan hurting the people it should be helping the most?

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The Environmental Justice Alliance is getting tough with its criticism against Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying his OneNYC sustainability plan leaves out the people who need it the most. Rather than improving conditions for poor residents of the city, the EJA says that environmental projects under the plan equate to “gentrification growth” that hurts lower income residents and people of color. The community group applauds the city for taking on climate change, but says it hasn’t done enough to help those most threatened by flooding and other health issues.

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VIDEO: Sony’s new LED light bulb has another very unusual capability

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

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new budget deal last week that will boost support for New York residents and their families. Much like the state’s aggressive goals to increase renewable energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions are aimed at improving the environment, two key parts of the new budget are designed to boost quality of life for many residents. The deal implements a hike in NYC’s minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2018, making NY the second state to adopt that threshold. Other areas of the state will also work to meet to the $15 mark at a slower pace. The new budget deal also outlines the state’s new family leave rule, which is being touted as ‘revolutionary’ by family health advocates. NY’s law is the fourth of its kind in the nation and the most generous, as it calls for paid family leave up to 12 weeks following the addition of a child or to care for an ill family member. Furthermore, most employees in the state are eligible once they meet employment requirements. These long anticipated changes are more than just line items in the budget, but legislation that truly helps change people’s lives, making for a happier, healthier New York state of mind.

Via The New York Times

Image via Governor’s Office

 

NYC’s iconic MetLife building becomes a vertical farm in quirky architecture comic

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Watch New York City get devoured by a swarm of plants in this breathtaking short film

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NYC could be under water in less than a century according to new climate change study

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Although the climate change alarm bells have been ringing for some time now, a new study reveals that we will be seeing the effects of climate change sooner rather than later, especially along US coastal regions. As reported by The New York Times, the new paper entitled Contribution of Antarctica to Past and Future Sea-Level Rise, predicts that cities like NYC could be completely flooded in less than 100 years.

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Jon Stewart rescues slaughterhouse runaway bull in Queens

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Now here’s a happy animal rescue story that ain’t no bull. Last week, a brave bull was found on the York College campus in Jamaica, Queens after a daring escape from certain death. The bull broke free as he was being unloaded at a live market and made a run for it, causing a bit of local panic. The rambunctious runaway could have easily been sent back to slaughter had it not been for animal-loving comedian Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, who stepped up to take the brazen bovine to live out the rest of his life at their Farm Sanctuary in New Jersey.

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Giant cheeseburger-shaped museum proposed as a way to revitalize the New York State Pavilion

by , 04/05/16

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Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion announced their competition for the redesign of the iconic New York State Pavilion last month, numerous viable entries have been submitted to transform the derelict site into a modern landmark. As one might expect, forward-thinking innovators have come forth with ideas ranging from creating a vibrant arts and community space to a state-of-the-art space museum. However, there is one entry that stands out from the rest with its juicy ludicracy: a proposal to turn the historic structure into a giant cheeseburger museum.

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New Aging: Architect Matthias Hollwich’s new book explores how we can live smarter now to live better forever

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Proposed floating island with pyramids connects the High Line to the Hudson River

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Avant Garden serves up delectable vegan delicacies in a twinkly LES retreat lined with salvaged wood accents

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America’s tallest man moves into NYC’s first micro apartment building

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If you’re wondering whether an average-sized person would feel cramped living in one of NYC’s new micro apartments, how about someone who’s 7’10”? According to the East Side Gazette, Henry Prater, who is currently the United States’ tallest living man, will be moving into one of the Big Apple’s smallest dwellings this week. While it may seem like a bit of a marketing ploy on the part of the building’s developers, Prater says that it was entirely his own decision to make the move from his current 1,350-sq-ft digs, and that he is not being compensated in any way by the city or other backers of the project.

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Crazy proposal exposes Central Park’s underground mountains and surrounds it with 1,000-foot glass walls

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Reclaimed shipping container radio station pops up in Greenpoint

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NYC launching sustainability boot camp to help building owners meet emissions goals

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NYC leaders have set some lofty goals for greening the city, with a focus on slashing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Recent studies have shown how improvements in heating efficiency can save building owners tons of money while cutting emissions, but many property owners and building supervisors still have a lot to learn about how exactly to accomplish that. To that end, the city is partnering with other organizations to launch a pilot program to teach sustainability techniques and energy efficiency to building managers throughout the city.

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VIDEO: Karim Rashid and Richard Smiedt unveil new ‘bump’ all-in-one device-charging solution

VIDEO: Karim Rashid and Richard Smiedt unveil new ‘bump’ all-in-one device-charging solution

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NYC’s first floating food forest to hit the Hudson River this summer

NYC’s first floating food forest to hit the Hudson River this summer

NYC’s first ‘floating food forest’ is preparing to sail down the Hudson River this June. Inhabitat reported last year on the plans for Swale, a project conceived by artist Mary Mattingly, and now the barge-top fruit and veggie garden is under The

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Governors Island recycled adventure playground meets fundraising goal to support ‘free play’ for NYC kids

Governors Island recycled adventure playground meets fundraising goal to support ‘free play’ for NYC kids

Play:groundNYC has already raised over $16,000 in crowdfunding pledges toward a $25,000 goal to fund its “adventure playground” on Governors Island in Manhattan. The unique play area is an outdoor park modeled after a junkyard that puts to use such as

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VIDEO: Casa Collection’s new Urbano Loft Bed is the answer to your small space storage problems

VIDEO: Casa Collection’s new Urbano Loft Bed is the answer to your small space storage problems

Remember when we reported on Charlie’s Well it seems like Red Hook’s own Roberto Gil heard our pleas because

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High-tech hydroponic rooftop greenhouse opens atop Williamsburg’s PS 84

High-tech hydroponic rooftop greenhouse opens atop Williamsburg’s PS 84

“This a generation of stewards of this planet, for environmental and climate change stress,” said Diana Zelvin, vice-president of the school’s parent-teacher association.

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