Bill de Blasio says he'll support a plastic bag fee to cut down on the 9 billion bags used annually in NYC

Bill de Blasio says he'll support a plastic bag fee to cut down on the 9 billion bags used annually in NYC

New York City could be the next American city in line to institute a plastic bag ‘tax’ on single-use grocery bags. Mayor Bill de Blasio suggest this week that he’d support a…

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It may soon be illegal to declaw cats in New York, and for good reason

It may soon be illegal to declaw cats in New York, and for good reason

For as long as people have invited cats into their homes, furniture has been destroyed, drapery has been shredded, and the occasional pointy claw has made contact with tender human…

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Mayor compromises on Central Park horse carriage deal in the face of intense criticism

Mayor compromises on Central Park horse carriage deal in the face of intense criticism

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s stance on horses in Central Park has shifted quite a bit since his campaign days two years ago. Back then, he took up the cause to ban the park’s historic…

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Gov. Cuomo mandates 50 percent renewable energy for New York by 2030

Gov. Cuomo mandates 50 percent renewable energy for New York by 2030

As predicted, Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially mandated that 50 percent of all electricity consumed in New York by 2030 come from clean and renewable energy sources. This new Clean…

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Mayor de Blasio proposes divestment from coal to step up NYC's fight against climate change

Mayor de Blasio proposes divestment from coal to step up NYC's fight against climate change

Mayor Bill de Blasio http://inhabitat.com/nyc/tag/de-blasio/ announced yesterday his proposal that NYC’s pension funds divest from coal. This marks the most recent development in the…

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Details of NYC's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface

Details of NYC's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious goal of reducing New York’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Now some of the details of the plan are surfacing,…

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NYC to Install Solar Panels on 24 Public Schools

NYC to Install Solar Panels on 24 Public Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a $23 million investment to install solar panels on 24 public schools by 2016 as part of his One City, Built to Last green…

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

In what one participating organization is calling a "holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment", tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to…

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Mayor de Blasio Vows to Close the Door on “Poor Door” Practices in NYC

Mayor de Blasio Vows to Close the Door on “Poor Door” Practices in NYC

In response to the public outrage caused by news of a “poor door” entrance designated for affordable housing tenants at an Upper East Side luxury condo development, Mayor de…

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NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's recently released $41 billion affordable housing plan to create or preserve 200,000 units for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers over the next…

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Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

Just when they thought they were finally beginning to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, some New Jersey residents are now saying that debris from the super storm is…

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Should Barbecuing Be Banned at This New York City Park?

Should Barbecuing Be Banned at This New York City Park?

BBQing is a favorite summer activity for many New Yorkers, but a small group of Brooklyn residents is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ban the practice in Prospect Park. Park Slope…

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Lawmakers Extend NYC Solar Panel Tax Abatement Program to 2017

Lawmakers Extend NYC Solar Panel Tax Abatement Program to 2017

Lawmakers in Albany have passed a bill that would extend tax breaks for New York City properties that install solar panels. If the legislation is signed into law by Governor Andrew…

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New York State Bans Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horns

New York State Bans Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horns

Last Friday, the New York Legislature officially banned the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horns in the state. On top of cracking down on the ivory and horn trade in…

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Biggest Update to NYC's Air Pollution Control Code Since 1975

Mayor de Blasio Announces Biggest Update to NYC's Air Pollution Control Code Since 1975

This week, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced the biggest update to the city's Air Pollution Control Code since 1975 at an Earth Day event in Union Square. The plan will…

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Could a Canadian Man Be the Savior of Citi Bike?

Could a Canadian Man Be the Savior of Citi Bike?

It's no secret that New York’s Citi Bike program is in financial trouble, but the person who could help to save it might come as a bit of a surprise. Bruno Rodi, a Quebec businessman…

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Could This Proposed Tax Break Help Citi Bike with Its Financial Woes?

Could This Proposed Tax Break Help Citi Bike with Its Financial Woes?

It's no secret now that Citi Bike is having financial woes, but New York Senator Charles Schumer has an idea that could help them out. Schumer has proposed an amendment to a tax bill…

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Liam Neeson Clashes with Mayor de Blasio on NYC Horse Carriage Ban

Liam Neeson Clashes with Mayor de Blasio on NYC Horse Carriage Ban

You probably know Liam Neeson for his Taken movie series, but now the actor has taken a starring role in the fight against Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposed horse carriage ban. Last…

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You Might Still Be Able to Buy a Nice NYC Apartment for Under $50,000 Thanks to This Initiative

You Might Still Be Able to Buy a Nice NYC Apartment for Under $50,000 Thanks to This Initiative

In 2010, New Yorker Tracie Hunte bought a 600-square-foot one-bedroom with a balcony in Brooklyn Heights for a little more than $38,000. While it might sound like a deal that would only…

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Medical Marijuana to Be Legalized in New York for Limited Use

Medical Marijuana to Be Legalized in New York for Limited Use

Photo via Shutterstock New York is set to soon become the 21st state to legalize medical marijuana use. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an executive action today that will loosen…

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Where Does New NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Stand on Environmental Issues?

Where Does New NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Stand on Environmental Issues?

It's a new year and New York City has a new mayor. Bill de Blasio was sworn in yesterday as the 109th mayor of NYC, and described the metropolis he inherited as a "tale of two cities"…

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5 Pointz Could Be Saved Through a Visual Artists Rights Act Law Loophole

5 Pointz Could Be Saved Through a Visual Artists Rights Act Law Loophole

A few weeks ago, the fate of the infamously graffiti-tagged 5 Pointz building appeared to be certain doom. But in a frantic effort to save the Long Island City warehouse from becoming…

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What Green Initiatives Does New York City's New Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Have in Store?

What Green Initiatives Does New York City's New Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Have in Store?

It’s a new day and New York has a new mayor-elect. Bill de Blasio won the 2013 NYC Election by a landslide last night with a solidly liberal campaign focused on ending…

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Bill de Blasio vs. Joe Lhota: Which Candidate Would Make a Greener Mayor?

Bill de Blasio vs. Joe Lhota: Which Candidate Would Make a Greener Mayor?

NYC Election Day 2013 is today! The polls are now open, but if you haven't voted yet, you might want to consider one last deciding factor before you cast your ballot - which candidate…

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NYC City Council Approves Raising of Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

NYC City Council Approves Raising of Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

New York's City Council recently voted to approve a law that will raise the legal tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21, a controversial move that continues a long and storied battle…

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