Finally, Staten Island is good for something besides a cheap booze cruise.
As part of the mayor’s PlaNYC 2.0, the Bloomberg administration is once again looking at turning the massive Fresh Kills Park into a power plant. Once the city’s largest landfill, Fresh Kills in in the process of becoming the city’s largest park, Read More
First it was a "low-down, muddy, tidal place." Some Native Americans called it "Aquehonga Manacknong, or ‘haunted woods.’" In the 1600s, it was settled by "French Huguenots, Walloons, and freed slaves." Henry David Thoreau used to dig for arrowheads there. Brickmakers dug for clay there. John Muir explored there. And then New York dumped trash Read More
New York City’s 8 million residents and millions of businesses, construction projects and visitors generate as much as 36,200 tons of garbage every day.
The city’s Department of Sanitation handles nearly 13,000 tons per day of waste generated by residents, public agencies and non-profit corporations; private carting companies handle the remainder.
During the twentieth century, Read More
The only issue Rudy Giuliani and his supporters talk about at length is 9/11.
The City defends how it searched through 9/11 debris at Fresh Kills.
Jeanine Pirro will run a television ad, maybe as early as tomorrow, saying she didn’t break any laws.
Hillary Clinton donated Read More
Somehow, they make it look pretty.
Amanda Burden sent us this master-planbook for Fresh Kills, once the world’s largest landfill, which by 2007 or so will start turning into a 2,315-acre park. (That’s three times the size of Central Park.)
Whether anyone who doesn’t live on Staten Island will go there remains the Read More
Each day, hundreds of heavy trucks carrying thousands of pounds of reeking garbage rumble across Canal Street on their way out of town. Since the city’s only landfill-Fresh Kills-closed two years ago, diesel trucks laden with garbage are now making hundreds of thousands more trips through the Holland Tunnel on their way to landfills in Read More
Fat of the Land: Garbage in New York–The Last Two Hundred Years , by Benjamin Miller. Four Walls Eight Windows, 315 pages, $18.
Garbage is a problem for all people who stay put, especially those who live in close quarters on islands. For nearly 300 years, New Yorkers lived on one island, Manhattan; excepting Bronx Read More
Al Sharpton was given the privilege of asking the first question at the raucous Democratic Presidential debate at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Feb. 21. So nothing that came afterward should have come as a surprise. And yet, somehow, the debate between Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley was surprising-for its Read More