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Panel: NYC Electeds Need To Get Serious About Funding Infrastructure

(STREETSBLOG) This morning, the Association for a Better New York, a business group, hosted a discussion on the city’s infrastructure. The focus was squarely on transportation, and the message wasn’t pretty. Panelists warned of dire consequences if elected officials don’t act on the precarious state of transportation funding. Calling himself “the ghost of infrastructure past,” former traffic

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Greenpoint’s McGuinness Boulevard Gets Slow Zone’d

(GOTHAMIST) Between the speeding trucks and the crater-like potholes, McGuinness Boulevard is a transit menace. But Vision Zero is coming for the notoriously lethal road, which stretches from the Pulaski Bridge through Greenpoint before terminating at the BQE. The DOT announced yesterday that McGuinness will become the city’s third “Arterial Slow Zone,” reducing its speed

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How NYC Can Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis

(GOTHAMIST) How can New York City solve its shortage of affordable housing? Simple: Preserve the cheaper housing we already have, and build new housing that New Yorkers can actually afford. The problem is that the most effective ways the city can do that—strengthening rent regulations and building publicly funded housing—are currently illegal. The city’s rent

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Port Authority Should Make $400M Bus Garage A Top Priority, Locals Say

(DNA INFO) The Port Authority’s proposed $400 million bus annex near the Lincoln Tunnel should move forward no matter what, locals say — even as the authority warns that the project’s completion hinges on federal funding. Fed up with buses that idle for hours outside their homes and businesses, dozens of Hell’s Kitchen residents called

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Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug MRSA Is Now Colonizing People’s Homes; Researchers Traced An NYC Outbreak To Private Households

(SALON) Avoiding hospitals, gyms and communal showers isn’t a failsafe against getting infected with MRSA — that’s methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus — a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. Instead, researchers tracing a specific strain of the contagious staph infection found that the bacteria has also been breeding in private households, meaning that

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Brooklyn Roasting Company Launches The “Citi Bike Of Coffee Cups”

(INHABITAT) Considering that the average New Yorker can drink several gallons of coffee a day, you can imagine the amount of disposable java cups clogging up our landfills. So could a coffee cup-sharing program, like Citi Bike but for cups, be the solution? Good to Go is a bold new idea that the Brooklyn Roasting Company is currently piloting in

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New York City’s Most Serious Pollution Continues To Plague Its Residents

(PLANETIZEN) Imagine living high above Manhattan but unable to open your windows because of soot-laden smoke from surrounding buildings. Toxic emissions from burning dirty heating oil continues despite a 2011 law requiring conversion to a cleaner fuel. “A few years ago, around 10,000 buildings in New York City were burning the cheapest, heaviest and dirtiest

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Upper West Side Gluten-Free Bakery Sweetens The Deal For Patrons With Food Allergies

(DNA INFO) A new gluten-free bakery has arrived in the neighborhood, adding to the growing collection of dessert shops making their home here. Tatz Gourmet Sweetz opened earlier this month on Amsterdam Avenue between West 101 and 102nd streets, offering a range of confections for those with dietary restrictions. “We don’t just sell gluten-free sweets,

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EPA Honors Work Of Exceptional New York Environmental Leaders

(EPA) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today honored 17 individuals and organizations from across New York with Environmental Quality Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck presented the awards at a ceremony at EPA’s offices in Manhattan. Michelle DePass, former Assistant Administrator of the EPA

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Former Mobil Oil Exec Urges Brakes On Gas Fracking

(TIMES UNION) As a retired high-ranking oil company executive, one might expect Louis Allstadt to sing the praises of opening up New York to natural gas hydraulic fracturing. But Allstadt, who worked 31 years for Mobil Oil, stood among elected officials from several upstate communities Tuesday to urge the state not to allow hydrofracking, and instead

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Is A Waterfront Streetcar Line The Future Of Transportation For Brooklyn And Queens?

(INHABITAT) Would a streetcar line running along the waterfronts of Brooklyn and Queens benefit your commute? New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman recently revived the idea, which was originally proposed by urban planner Alex Garvin nearly a decade ago, in a new article entitled Brooklyn to Queens, but Not by Subway. In the piece, Kimmelman proposes

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Governor Cuomo Announces Climate Smart Communities Certification Program

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today applauded the first six municipalities to achieve certification as part of the state Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Program, which is designed to support municipal efforts to meet economic, social and environmental challenges posed by climate change. The new certification effort, which awards certification, bronze, silver and

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Governor Cuomo Announces $90 Million To Improve State Parks And Historic Sites Across The State

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State will advance 69 projects to improve and repair 53 State parks and historic sites. The projects are part of a $90 million statewide commitment funded in the 2014-15 State Budget, marking the third year of the New York Works initiative to revitalize

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Governor Cuomo Launches Initiative To Improve Water Quality And Resiliency On Long Island

(GOVERNOR CUOMO’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE)   Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York will undertake an intensive and collaborative review of clean water needs in Nassau and Suffolk counties to increase resiliency against future storms, improve water quality and provide additional protections for Long Island’s groundwater resources. This review will be undertaken in a

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