Category: Sustainability

  • NYC May Not Finish Sandy Repairs Before Next Storm Hits

    Even though Superstorm Sandy feels like it hit ages ago — Obama was still campaigning for his second term, for crying out loud — it should come as no surprise that as we arrive at the fifth anniversary of the storm on Sunday, recovery efforts remain underway. Officials warned us at the time that it […]

  • Is a Movie Enough? “Chasing Coral” Director Jeff Orlowski on Trying to Film Our Dying Planet

    Jeff Orlowski grew up wanting to be a nature photographer. But like so many in that field, his work now focuses less on capturing Earth’s natural wonders than on cataloging their steady demise. “This is an entire field of professionals who are witnessing firsthand the falling apart of our planet, and they’re all scared,” he explains. […]

  • Study: The Port Authority Is Still Choking Newark Residents With Truck Exhaust

    In 2010, the Port Authority announced a truck replacement plan aimed at getting ancient, exhaust-spewing trucks off the roads surrounding its port in Newark, New Jersey. The goal was to begin to undo the decades of harmful health outcomes for the low-income communities surrounding the port by making newer truck models mandatory, cutting 95 percent […]

  • Saving Queens’ Secret Wetlands

    One early-March afternoon in 2007, Rob Jett climbed through a hole in a chain-link fence and thought he had entered a lost world. He and two fellow bird-watchers rappelled into a dense swamp forest of birch and sweetgum, mosses and lichens. They were standing in ankle-deep water in the west basin of the 160-year-old Ridgewood […]

  • Proposed Citi Bike Expansion Would Finally Include All Five Boroughs

    Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez is calling on the mayor to sign on to a proposed deal with the company that runs the city’s wildly successful bike share program, a deal that would double the size of the bike share and bring the blue bikes to both the Bronx and Staten Island. Rodriguez has long pushed for […]

  • Chef Brendan McHale Brings a Little River to the Big City at the Eddy

    In New York, we jump to be included. We run to restaurant openings, want to be the first to critique, and feel accomplished when we know the hottest place to be on any given night. But there’s something to be said for letting restaurants age a bit, allowing them to figure out who they are […]

  • Market Watch: Coughs and Colds Getting You Down? It’s Honey Time

    The last days of winter drag until the edge of spring, when New York’s farmers’ markets come alive again. With winter gasping its last chilly breaths, it’s time to appreciate the truest of nature’s preserves that got us through cold days: honey. “Honey changes according to the season,” says Amilea Tremblay, of Tremblay Apiaries. Her […]

  • Telepan Celebrates Ten Years on the Upper West Side With a Trip Down Memory Lane

    The Upper West Side’s culinary scene is, generally speaking, one of flux. Yesterday’s sushi counter is today’s taco shop. Restaurants come and restaurants go; rents rise, strollers roll in, renovators follow. Change is the order of the day. But some institutions remain constant. “After a decade, I think people know you’re here to stay, at […]

  • Get Ready to See Hemp Fields Cropping Up in New York

    By spring, New York farmers may be able to grow hemp legally for the first time in decades. The Hemp Research Bill, introduced in Albany by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Tom O’Mara, was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last year. As its title suggests, the bill allows researchers to grow and study “industrial hemp” […]

  • Beyond Sustainability: Harry & Ida’s Will Horowitz Brings Past and Future Together

    “Right now, what I crave the most is being able to reconnect with our past,” chef Will Horowitz begins. “How can we use old methods and techniques to solve a lot of sustainability issues while creating food that’s really decadent, whether served on a tasting menu or chopped in a butcher shop?” It’s a big […]

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