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Debate Over Dismantling Of General Electric Cleanup Facilities On The Hudson

(NYLCV) General Electric has been spending billions of dollars cleaning up PCB pollution in the upper Hudson River over the past 6 years. PCBs were used by GE in the manufacturing of electronics but were eventually linked to cancer...
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Far Rockaway Breaks Ground On Storm-Resilient Low-Income Housing For Seniors

(INHABITAT) Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens officials announced last week the groundbreaking of an affordable housing development for low-income seniors in Far Rockaway. The Beach Channel Senior Apartments, slated for completion in 2017, will be a seven-story mixed...
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Construction Begins On New 151st Street Bridge To Hudson River Greenway

(STREETS BLOG) The state broke ground this month on a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge linking West Harlem with the Hudson River Greenway. For cyclists, the bridge will provide stair-free access between the greenway and the intersection of 151st...
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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Is Responsible For Half Of Energy Sector Emissions Reductions

(NYLCV) According to a new study from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was responsible for half of the carbon dioxide emissions reductions achieved in the power sector in...
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Oily Spill Closes Popular Beach At New York’s Lake George

(THE EPOCH TIMES) A popular beach at New York’s Lake George is closed after an oily substance was spilled into the water. The Post-Star of Glens Falls (http://bit.ly/1MSyxJl ) reports that the Department of Health ordered the state-run Million...
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As Coal Plant Closures Loom, State Plans For Aftermath Are Unclear

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Western New York labor leader Richard Lipsitz has been planning for the expected retirement of the Huntley coal-burning power plant for more than a year. The plant in Tonawanda had in recent years cut dozens of...
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Unions Urge Residents To Support Pier 6 Redevelopment Project In Brooklyn Bridge Park

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) As a state vote over the future of Brooklyn Bridge Park draws closer, a union-based coalition supporting a construction project on the site is urging thousands of residents to line up behind the plan. In a...
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Bratton: Pedestrian Plazas Haven’t Made Times Square Safer

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) New York Police Department commissioner Bill Bratton said the creation of pedestrian plazas in Times Square has not reduced the number of accidents in the area, challenging a recent report in the Wall Street Journal. The...
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Potential For Flood Insurance Hikes ‘A Great Concern,’ De Blasio Says

(THE NEW YORK OBSERVER) Mayor Bill de Blasio today rolled out plans to make Lower Manhattan safer in the face of storms like Hurricane Sandy—and said the specter of increasing flood insurance premiums for that area and others posed...
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These New York City Cabbies Pass Their Time As Urban Farmers

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) As Pedro Santana waited to pick up his first fare on a recent Saturday night, he stepped away from his cab, leaned over and plucked an ear of corn from a tall green stalk growing...
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Horse Carriage Debate Rekindled By Mayor’s Radio Interview

(TIMES LEDGER) Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly pushed legislation in the City Council that would ban the horse carriage industry in the city as it exists today, but now has called on advocates to get the measure passed...
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Bronx Activists Petition For Public Hearing On Waterfront Power Plants

(DNA INFO) A group of South Bronx activists want to see a pair of power plants along the waterfront leave their borough to make room for fresher air and recreational use. The Harlem River Yards plants, located at 688...
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New York City To Fund $100 Million In Storm Protections For Lower Manhattan

(DNA INFO) The city plans to invest $100 million to create new storm protections for Lower Manhattan, nearly three years after Hurricane Sandy overwhelmed the area with fast-moving floods, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. The new storm barriers...
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The High Bridge, A Scenic And Serene Cousin Of The High Line

(THE NEW YORK TIMES) For as long as New York has been New York, its inhabitants have looked for ways to escape the city’s frenzy. They have sought out breathable air, fresh vistas or a simple patch of greenery....
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Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Raises Concerns With Algonquin Pipeline

(NY STATE OF POLITICS) Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins this week sent a letter to federal regulators urging them to halt the construction of a pipeline being constructed near the Indian Point nuclear plant. In the letter to Federal...
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Tenants Of NYCHA Building Flooded By Raw Sewage Say Problem Is Longstanding

(DNA INFO) Tenants in a New York City Housing Authority-run apartment building in Jamaica flooded by raw sewage earlier this week said this wasn’t the first time they’ve faced this problem — and they fear it won’t be the...
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Busted! 26 NYC Buildings Are Still Using Banned No. 6 Oil

(INHABITAT) According to a new report by DNA Info, more than two dozen NYC buildings are still illegally burning No. 6 oil, although the harmful sludge-like oil was banned under the Bloomberg administration in 2010. Despite building owners having...
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How To Go Camping For Free In Prospect Park

(DNA INFO) If you’ve always wanted to sleep under the stars in Brooklyn’s backyard, mark your calendar for Sept. 9. That’s when the Parks Department will hold an online lottery for people who want to sign up for the...
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How To Solve NYC’s Rude-Cyclist Problem

(NY MAGAZINE) When citizens of the internet get annoyed by boorish plutocrats, sexually rapacious entertainers, or lion-hunting dentists, they respond with a blowtorch of outrage. Out in the streets of an actual city, we have fewer weapons: just a...
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Staten Island Assemblyman Matthew Titone Wants To Ban Sale Of Sugary Drinks To Minors

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) A Staten Island Democrat wants to ban the sale of large sugary drinks to children. Assemblyman Matthew Titone says sugar is dangerous and New Yorkers are likely consuming far more than they realize because foods and...
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Municipal Art Society Backs Petition Drive To Save Times Square Pedestrian Plaza

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) There’s a bumper crop of urbanists outraged by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s stated openness to giving the Times Square pedestrian plaza back to cars. On Wednesday, the Municipal Art Society emailed supporters asking them to sign...
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Banners Dropped, Residents Organize Picket Against Power Plant In Orange County NY.

(HUDSON VALLEY EARTH FIRST) Early this morning, Hudson Valley Earth First! And local residents enraged by CPV’s fracked gas power plant dropped 2 banners over the I-84 highway overpass adjacent to the construction site on route 6 in Wawayanda,...
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College Students And Great Grandmother Stand Up For Future Generations At Seneca Lake

(WE ARE SENECA LAKE) Led by college students and inspired by the Haudenosaunee directive to consider how our decisions will affect the next seven generations, 13 people, including a great grandmother from Yates County, blockaded the north entrance of...
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Improving Public Plazas At Times Square And Beyond

(MAS NYC) Pedestrian plazas have quickly become an integral part of New York’s landscape. Today there are approximately 65 plazas in place or in development across New York, in all five boroughs. These plazas have animated neighborhoods, created opportunities...
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UES Two Boots Pizza Forced To Shut Down After Gas Leak Found, Manager Says

(DNA INFO) Two Boots Pizza on Second Avenue was closed this week due to a gas leak, according to a sign posted on its window on Tuesday. A break in a gas line was discovered above the restaurant, on...
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A $579 Million Hurricane Levee Could Be Coming To Staten Island

(INHABITAT) As sea levels continue to rise and climate change threatens to spank the northeast with future storms, urban planners in the area have been struggling to find ways to keep the water quite literally at bay. Staten Island...
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Stunning Hudson River Preserve Reopens With Upgrades

(POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL) My colleague here at the Poughkeepsie Journal, music writer John Barry, calls Scenic Hudson’s Esopus Meadows Preserve his “go-to spot.” Barry told me he was “crushed” to find the preserve had been closed when he stopped by...
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City Launching $47M Clean-Up To End Rotten Egg Smell Near LaGuardia

(DNA INFO) The noxious smell from Flushing Bay will be pumped out thanks to a multi-million dollar project to dredge it of the sludge that’s accumulated at its bottom for years, officials said. The Department of Environmental Protection will...
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Dunkirk Coal Plant Outside Buffalo To Be Taken Offline

(CAPITAL NEW YORK) Tuesday’s announcement of plans to mothball a struggling coal-burning power plant in Western New York could cure a major headache for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Dunkirk plant outside Buffalo will be taken offline starting in January,...
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Lawmakers Call For Independent Risk Assessment Of Algonquin Pipeline

(PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE) Two New York lawmakers are calling for an independent risk assessment of a natural-gas pipeline near the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, D-Ossining, and Assemblyman David Buchwald, D-Mount Kisco, said...