In 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.
Even 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.
This 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.
New York City has been reknowned as America’s melting pot long before it became the Big Apple. Today the city’s populatioin is so diverse that no one group dominates. But is leadership at the city’s cultural institutions keeping pace with these demographics?