Wake up and smell the garbage! Read More
Civilization and its Discontents
This morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the expansion of the city’s new voluntary composting program, which is expected to reach across the five boroughs by 2014.
But don’t expect the billionaire mayor to start collecting scraps and peelings in Tupperware containers at his ritzy townhouse any time soon.
“No, I don’t think we’ve cooked a meal since we started this, to be honest with you,” he told Politicker with a hearty laugh when asked by Politicker whether he’d had any personal experience with composting.
It's all garbage
Thus far, the protests against Citi Bike have largely amounted to a war of words and symbolic acts of protest—with the possible exception of flyers pasted on the Fort Greene stations decrying corporate branding in a historic district, critics have kept their attacks verbal and refrained from physically defacing or destroying the racks or bikes.
That’s the way it should be—everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, and fortunately, today there are more than enough forums and platforms for people to express those opinions. And, assuming that we’re now moving out of the general whining about things you can’t change stage and into examining how the program is actually working stage, criticism is important. Provided that it is thoughtful and directed to actual, fixable issues, it can help officials to remedy glitches, introduce improvements and just generally make the program better and more palatable for everyone.
Plains Trains & Automobiles
Something stinks on the Upper East Side.
According to DNAinfo, Upper East Side residents are fed up with the way the Clermont, a luxury apartment building at 444 East 82nd Street, dumps its trash.
You can take away the garbage cans but can you take away the garbage? The MTA, in expanding its no trash can pilot program last month claimed that the program would make subway stations trash can, and thereby trash, free. But Upper East Side residents, who have been left holding the coffee cup/apple core/dirty napkins, say that the policy has done just the opposite.
In a recent survey conducted by Council member Jessica Lappin’s office, 66 percent of 218 respondents said that they’d noticed more trash at the 57th Street F Train station since the garbage cans went away. But even people who hadn’t slipped on any banana peels in the last 30 days thought the removal was a bad idea—93 percent of 515 respondents.
While New York City’s inadequate waste management system is one of my constant themes or perhaps obsessions, at the end of December, the New York Post published a wonderful "man bites dog:" story: The amount of garbage we are producing is going down! David Seifman, one of the Post’s terrific political journalists reported Read More
Now that Simcha Felder is beefing up his campaign staff in a preparation for a possible citywide bid, it occurred to me that this might be a little bit what his candidacy would look like.
It’s a clip taken earlier this week of Felder demonstrating some legislative dexterity. He offers a Read More