Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

Polar Vortex Trash

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Polar Vortext Trash

My friend John Kearney took this photo today in Prospect Park of all the broken plastic sleds.

In related New York Winter news, I can’t get enough of this girl and her dog.

I heart Maira Kalman

Monday, September 28, 2009

…and her visual columns in the New York Times. This is especially true of her recent piece on trash and sewage.



Bottle bill mania and RFK Jr.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

bottled-waterBottlemania author Elizabeth Royte‘s waste and water blog has been pretty juicey lately. When it comes to single serving water packaged in plastic, the only thing more disturbing than how many plastic bottles are out there is how few people own them. That is, until they sell them to us and the problem of disposing of them becomes someone else’s problem. The question up for debate is whose problem is it? New York’s State Assembly is negociating the answer to that question now with a bottle bill that Royte points out has taken 20 years to see the light of day. But if you’ve been reading the news, you might have noticed that an unlikely pair have teamed up to sue the state over the bill: megaconglomerate Nestle and Riverkeeper Bobby Kennedy Jr. Very curious. Royte explains the drama in a recent post and subsequent update.

See also RFK Jr.’s op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times.

Trash Rebellion

Monday, May 18, 2009

It’s been a trashy day for The New York Times. Here’s another featured item on young yuppies in Pakistan cleaning up the Ghalib Market area in Lahore. They use Facebook to organize Sunday meetings of a club called “Responsible Citizens”. Cool initiative, though I think the story itself stretches it a bit with the political context. See what you think.

The green nuns of NYC

Sunday, February 1, 2009

If you haven’t yet,  you should really read Joseph Huff-Hannon’s fabulous piece about an order of nuns on a faith-driven mission to live the greenest life possible.  Go ahead and click through now, the rest of this post is just me gushing.

Photo by Josh Haner for The New York Times

Photo by Josh Haner for The New York Times

The story centers around the sisters’ efforts to build an eco-friendly convent and is full of fun scenes, like nuns sitting around  a table covered in BlackBerries negociating local food deliveries.

I love this article for a bunch of different reasons.  First of all, it is told respectfully.  It would be really easy for a piece about city nuns going green to feel expoitative or snarky.  This doesn’t.

Second, it takes place in Morningside Heights, my childhood neighborhood and home to the country’s finest journalism school (which I also attended).  The farmer’s market cited in the article is just in front of the University gate closest to the J school—a building teeming with ambitious young reporters and veteren journalists alike, all of whom are among the most news-infomed humans on the planet.  I love that this reporter—a J schooler himself—lifted a rock so close to home and revealed a world we never knew existed.

Third, it dresses dull waste politics up in compelling details.

Fourth, it covers faith in a fresh way.

Fifth and finally, it was sent to me directly by the author, allowing for a lazy Sunday of blogging from bed, thinking about the old hood and researching green building materials such as concrete visually and structurally enhanced by recycled glass (which the nuns hope to use for thier new HQ).

Thanks, Huff-Hannon.  I’ll be looking out for your byline.

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