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New York City, We Have A Deer Problem

bambionsiiTo many of us urban dwellers, the sight of a deer in the wild is something of a thrill. When the majority of the wildlife you encounter every day is limited to rodents and pigeons, a white-tailed deer looks beautiful, graceful, a special reminder that nature is all around us.

But to people who live in the suburbs or in the country, deer can be a tremendous nuisance. And now they’ve somehow managed to invade Staten Island- and they are taking over.

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Which NYC Neighborhood Is the Noisiest?

foggynycNoise annoys, as British punks The Buzzcocks said back in the 70s.  And in NYC, despite the new noise ordinances passed in 2007, there were more than 140,000 noise complaints dialed in to 311 between the winter of 2013 and the fall of 2014. That’s one complaint every four minutes, so it’s clear that noise pollution is not a small problem at all.

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NYC’s First Commercial-Scale Wind Turbine Spins in Sunset Park

bkwindturbineIn its first month of operation, Sunset Park’s new wind turbine, located at the 30th Street pier recycling center, has generated enough electricity to power a 20-watt lightbulb for a hundred years.

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Elaine Summers, Legendary NYC Choreographer Who Loved Solar One, Passes Away at 89

elainesummersThe word “legendary” gets tossed around an awful lot these days, but it truly fits the life and work of choreographer Elaine Summers, who passed away at Bellevue hospital on December 27 after a fall at her home. She was 89.

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New NYC ID Cards Are Perk-Laden & Free This Year

IDNYCcardEven though Americans are not required to carry identification, and we do not have a true national identity card, there are a lot of situations where photo IDs, and even government-issued photo IDs, are required. Such as opening bank accounts, buying prescription drugs and going to an emergency room. Since many New Yorkers don’t have driver’s licenses- the sort of de facto national ID system- it’s a good thing, especially for more marginalized citizens, to be able to get an ID.

So on Monday, Mayor de Blasio announced the introduction of ID-NYC, a new ID card for New Yorkers. And to make sure it’s not only undocumented immigrants who use them, they’re being offered free this year, and have lots of great perks and benefits that come with them.

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Goodbye, Expanded Polystyrene Foam, We Will Not Miss You

plasticfoamThis is a picture of a piece of expanded polystyrene foam- the ubiquitous squishy plastic foam that takeout food containers, hot coffee cups, hospital and school meal trays and packing peanuts are all commonly made from- under an electron microscope. Plastic foam (often referred to by the brand name Styrofoam) is lightweight and well insulating; it’s also unrecyclable and pretty damn near indestructible when put into a landfill.

There’s been talk of a NYC ban on plastic foam products for years, and a ban was actually approved under Mayor Bloomberg in 2013, but the city decided to do a study to see whether there might be an effective and efficient way to recycle it. That study concluded that trying to recycle the foam wouldn’t be feasible, so now it’s out. 

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