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Green tech finds: big ideas in small packages

Green tech finds: big ideas in small packages

A “camper van” built over an electric bicycle may not attract a lot of buyers, but a 480 square foot off-grid cabin (with plenty of amenities and style) just might. Those and more in this week’s green tech finds.

Cory Booker, hero with a snow shovel and a smartphone

Cory Booker, hero with a snow shovel and a smartphone

The efforts of Newark Mayor Cory Booker to clean up his city feature prominently in the Peabody-Award-winning Docu-Series BRICK CITY, the second season of which will premiere on Sundance Channel on January 30. Those efforts are also capturing major attention this week, thanks to Booker’s use of Twitter to come to the aid of Newark citizens trapped in the aftermath of the blizzard that brought the Northeast to a standstill.

Burlesque Still Rules New York’s Clubland!

Burlesque Still Rules New York’s Clubland!

Nightclub-going New Yorkers owe a giant, heartfelt shout out to Rudy Giuliani. We should belatedly thank Rudy for his crackdown on “smut” and anything else that veered from traditional family values when he was a strict, disciplinarian mayor from 1994 through 2001. After all, it was that very gloss-over that led to an explosion of neo-burlesque sexual posturing in clubs all over town!

As porn shops were shuttered and escorts were driven to the Internet, loft parties and underground boites responded with strippers and other acts catering to everyone’s sex drives by turning genital-related amusement into performance art. For every sex palace that was bulldozed and reopened as a comedy club, there were suddenly a dozen ecdysiasts popping up at the Lower East Side’s hangout the Slipper Room and artful disrobers like Julie Atlas Muz and Dirty Martini were shaking their tatas for applause and dollars all over town. Thanks, Rudy!

But here’s the really shocking thing: In 2010, neo-burlesque still rules the scene.

New York City's Smaller Wetlands Remain Unprotected

New York City's Smaller Wetlands Remain Unprotected

NEW YORK, New York, February 2, 2009 (ENS) – It’s hard to image standing in midtown Manhattan, but wetlands do exist within New York City, and they both protect the city and need protection themselves, according to a report released Friday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Many New Yorkers don’t realize there are thousands of acres…

NBC Universal Teams With New York City to Recycle E-Waste

NBC Universal Teams With New York City to Recycle E-Waste

NEW YORK, New York, November 13, 2008 (ENS) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Lauren Zalaznick, president of “Green is Universal,” NBC Universal’s company-wide environmental initiative, Wednesday announced Green Screens, an electronics recycling drive taking place throughout the five boroughs this weekend to mark America Recycles Day November 15. From 8:00 am through 2:00 pm on…

Blue and Green Recycling Bins Bloom Across New York City

Blue and Green Recycling Bins Bloom Across New York City

NEW YORK, New York, October 27, 2008 (ENS) – In New York City, green is for newspapers and magazines, and blue is for bottles and cans. Starting today, a total of 105 new blue and green recycling bins will be positioned around the city so fewer recyclables will be tossed into street corner litter baskets.…

Demolition Opens New York's Governor's Island for Public Park

Demolition Opens New York's Governor's Island for Public Park

NEW YORK, New York, October 13, 2008 (ENS) – New York City officials Friday began opening up the southern end of Governor’s Island in New York Harbor with the demolition of 10 military buildings that were not built to city building code standards. The demolition of the three-story buildings, built in 1988 as housing for…

New York City Asks Public Input on Rainwater Control

New York City Asks Public Input on Rainwater Control

NEW YORK, New York, October 6, 2008 (ENS) – The autumn rains will soon flow down the streets of New York City, and as they do, city officials are asking for public input on how to capture more of the stormwater before it overflows the city’s sewer system, causes flooding and pollutes waterways. A plan…

Bloomberg: New York Short-Changed on Terrorism Prevention Funds

Bloomberg: New York Short-Changed on Terrorism Prevention Funds

NEW YORK, New York – “The federal government needs to do more to help us protect our city,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the first public hearing of the nine-member Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism Wednesday in New York. “I’m glad to see that Congress has…

Many New York 9/11 Workers, Residents Still Sick

Many New York 9/11 Workers, Residents Still Sick

NEW YORK, New York, September 4, 2008 (ENS) – Nearly seven years after the terrorist attacks that demolished the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, many people exposed to the dust, smoke and chemical fumes released into the environment by the airplane strikes on the twin towers continue to experience illnesses. Rescue and recovery…

U.S. National Clean Energy Summit Generates Fresh Ideas

U.S. National Clean Energy Summit Generates Fresh Ideas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, August 20, 2008 (ENS) – Windfarms offshore of New York City, wind turbines on top of the city’s bridges and skyscrapers, and the generation of tidal power, solar power and geothermal energy are all in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vision of New York’s energy future. Speaking at the first annual National Clean Energy…

New Climate Task Force Will Help Secure New York City

New Climate Task Force Will Help Secure New York City

NEW YORK, New York, August 13, 2008 (ENS) – The low-lying city of New York – with its complex underground water and sewer systems; electric, gas, and steam production and distribution systems; telecommunication networks and other critical infrastructure – is particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels and storm surges associated with global warming. To…

Big Apple Goes Car-Free

Big Apple Goes Car-Free

New York, NY, August 8, 2008 (ENS) – New York City will clear a stretch of clogged Manhattan streets for the next three Saturdays so that bicyclists, runners, walkers and dancers can enjoy a car-free and noise-free experience. Hip-hop star Jay-Z joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan yesterday to publicize the pilot…

Shrinking New York City's Carbon Footprint

Shrinking New York City's Carbon Footprint

NEW YORK, New York, July 11, 2008 (ENS) – St. Mary’s Recreation Center in the Bronx was the first indoor recreation facility to open in New York City in 1951. Now the aging building is about to receive energy-saving retrofits to fix outdated heating and cooling systems, insufficient ventilation, and windows and doors that leak…

New York Streets Open to Car-Free, Green Tourism in August

New York Streets Open to Car-Free, Green Tourism in August

NEW YORK, New York, June 17, 2008 (ENS) – On three Saturdays in August, cars will be barred from a route through Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street to give New Yorkers a car-free corridor for exercise and exploration. The experimental New York City program was announced Monday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and…

Tri-Generation Power Plant a First for New York

Tri-Generation Power Plant a First for New York

NEW YORK, New York, May 15, 1008 (ENS) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today flipped the switch to start the city’s first tri-generation power plant at Co-Op City in the Bronx, which is the result of a $65 million renovation. The plant will use less fuel, cut greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants by 40…

The Police Pledges $1 Million for MillionTreesNYC

The Police Pledges $1 Million for MillionTreesNYC

NEW YORK, New York, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland – The Police – Tuesday pledged $1 million to plant trees across New York City. This donation to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of MillionTreesNYC will be matched by the city. The total of $2…

Rockefeller and Bloomberg Plant $10 Million in MillionTreesNYC

Rockefeller and Bloomberg Plant $10 Million in MillionTreesNYC

NEW YORK, New York, April 23, 2008 (ENS) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and David Rockefeller Tuesday announced a joint Earth Day pledge of $10 million to the MillionTreesNYC initiative to plant trees in public spaces, including New York Housing Authority developments and at city schools. This donation of private funds made to the Mayor’s Fund…

Polluted Willets Point Divides New York City Government

Polluted Willets Point Divides New York City Government

NEW YORK, New York, April 22, 2008 (ENS) – The contaminated Willets Point area of Queens could become New York City’s first green neighborhood, but some of the area’s business owners object, and today they got the backing of about half of the New York City Council. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday that…

100 MPG Vehicles Will Race to Share $10 Million Prize

100 MPG Vehicles Will Race to Share $10 Million Prize

NEW YORK, New York, March 23, 2008 (ENS) – The Automotive X PRIZE Foundation will award at least $10 million in privately funded prizes to teams that can engineer clean, production-capable vehicles that exceed 100 miles per gallon, or its energy equivalent fuel efficiency, and win a cross-country stage race. Officially launched Thursday at the…

Mets' New Ballpark Covers the Green Bases

Mets' New Ballpark Covers the Green Bases

NEW YORK, New York, March 13, 2008 (ENS) – Recycled steel beams, concrete made from coal combustion ash, energy and water conservation, stormwater runoff controls – all will play a part in the construction and operation of Citi Field, the New York Mets’ new ballpark in the borough of Queens. The Queens Ballpark Company will…

Poll Finds New Yorkers Worried About Climate Change

Poll Finds New Yorkers Worried About Climate Change

NEW YORK, New York, March 6, 2008 (ENS) – A large majority of New York City residents are convinced that global warming is happening now and leaders should do more to address the threat, according to the results of the first survey of New Yorkers’ opinions about climate change. The survey shows that, in line…

New Yorkers Recycle Christmas Trees Into Wood Chip Mulch

New Yorkers Recycle Christmas Trees Into Wood Chip Mulch

NEW YORK, New York, January 3, 2007 (ENS) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe today fed branches from the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center into a chipper, converting them to mulch. The officials crafted the occasion to announce the 12th annual MulchFest, a citywide event where New…

Green Carts Will Bring Fresh Produce to New Yorkers

Green Carts Will Bring Fresh Produce to New Yorkers

NEW YORK, New York, December 21, 2007 (ENS) – Apples, oranges, lettuce, green beans – they are part of a healthy diet, but many New Yorkers live in neighborhoods where fresh fruits and vegetables are not available in stores. As a remedy, New York soon may be dotted with food carts that sell only fresh…