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Things Are Good: In New York, Bikes Have Totally Victory Over the Car

NYC Streets Metamorphosis from STREETFILMS on Vimeo. New York City might be famous for its cabs, but in the future it might be famous for its bikes. The city has seen a big push for sustainable and fast transit in the last decade and everyone agrees: bike lanes are the solution. The city’s commitment to […]

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Things Are Good: Germs Are Everywhere, Don’t Worry About it

Recently, a study by Weill Cornell Medical College found that the New York City subway is filled to the brim with germs. They are plentiful and easily get on you, but don’t worry. Most of the germs are good for you and the rest are more or less harmless.

Over at CityLab they wondered then . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Germs Are Everywhere, Don’t Worry About it

Things Are Good: New York City’s Simple, and Green, Flood Prevention

New York, like other large cities, has a lot of impermeable services which means that when it rains there is little to contain the water. By using green infrastructure of soil, broken stone, shrubs, trees, etc. the bioswales can capture a lot of water. This green infrastructure is good for water management and obviously . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: New York City’s Simple, and Green, Flood Prevention

Things Are Good: Adding Bike Lanes Reduces Traffic Delays

Bike lanes are wonderful. We’ve already seen that bike lanes create jobs, save lives, and help local economies. Now from New York City there is a transportation report that says adding bike lanes can reduce traffic delays.

So what happened here to overcome the traditional idea that bike lanes lead to car delay? No doubt . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Adding Bike Lanes Reduces Traffic Delays

Politics, Re-Spun: A Little Bit of Civil Terrorism…

A little bit of civil terrorism keeps the population docile, afraid of irrational and unjust behaviour from law enforcement [sic] but hey, it helps us all live more peacefully because if you’re not a terrorist, you have nothing to fear from police terrorism via unconstitutional and racially discriminatory persecution. Right?

Nope:

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Melissa Fong: You know what I find really astounding?

That we still find childbirth amazing and incredible: Woman Gives Birth on New York City Street It’s pretty cool. Read story hereFiled under: Happy rant, No Rant-Just Interesting Tagged: babies, […]

Art Threat: Banksy in NYC: highlights from the first two weeks

New Yorkers have spent the past two weeks tripping over themselves as they attempt to locate new Banksy works as they pop up each morning.

The British artist is currently halfway through a month-long residency “on the streets of New York,” and his daily creations, which include video and other creative interventions, have been generating . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Banksy in NYC: highlights from the first two weeks

Things Are Good: Green Roofs Assist in Flood Prevention

Yesterday Toronto got more rain in two hours than it normally does in a month which meant some serious flooding happened. This got me thinking of a program that Toronto (alleged crackhead) Mayor (busted for DUI) Rob (loves pollution) Ford (reads while driving) cancelled. The cancelled program promoted green roofs to help with flood control . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Green Roofs Assist in Flood Prevention

Things Are Good: Moscow and New York City Both Launch Bike Sharing Services

Mayor Bloomberg in New York City has been clear that streets are meant to move people around and not just cars. The efforts the city has made to open up streets to people are working and the most recent push comes from their new bike sharing program.

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bastard.logic: Concert of the Day: Straight Outta CBGB’s

Bad Brains live at CBGB 1982:

Filed under: music, Uncategorized, video Tagged: Bad Brains, CBGB, CBGB’s, D.C. hardcore, hardcore punk, music, New York, NYC, video

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Things Are Good: NYC Mayor Bloomberg Loves Bike Lanes

As Toronto fights smart planning and removes sustainable transportation infrastructure (indeed, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to do so), New York City Mayor Bloomberg continues to espouse how great bike lanes are. In NYC they have added a lot of miles of bike lanes and found local business get more business, neighbourhoods become nicer, […] . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: NYC Mayor Bloomberg Loves Bike Lanes

Things Are Good: Good Designs to Protect Against Flooding

The damage of Hurricane Sandy is still being fully realized and we won’t know the full cost of the damage for a little while. What we can do for know is to look into ways to lessen the damage the next time an anthropogenically influenced storm hits the city. The Atlantic has put together some . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Good Designs to Protect Against Flooding

Art Threat: An art exhibition hidden in plain sight

Street artist JR’s pasted eye watches the corner of Berry St and South 5 in Williamsburg, NY.

If you happen to be walking around Williamsburg this month, you’ll likely pass right through the inaugural exhibition of New York’s newest art museum without realizing it. The Street Museum of Art has taken the . . . → Read More: Art Threat: An art exhibition hidden in plain sight

Canadian Progressive World: What We Missed: OWS Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with minor updates made on October 1, 2011. It is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park.

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: What We Missed: OWS Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

Things Are Good: In New York City Gay Marriage is Worth $259 Million

You read that correctly, a $259 million (USD) boom in New York City’s economy is thanks to respecting human rights! Changing the law to reflect reality and letting homosexuals marry one another has generated some needed economic growth for the local economy. All of this in just one year!

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Things Are Good: Empire State Building Gets a Green Overall

The Empire State Building in New York has received a green overall that has cut 20% of the building’s energy consumption and will save the owners a ton of cash.

The renovations are part of a $500 million rehab plan for the building. The building’s owners, Malkin Holdings LLC, filed for an initial public . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Empire State Building Gets a Green Overall

bastard.logic: RIP MCA aka Adam Yauch (and RIP the Beastie Boys)

Mark Richardson:

The Beastie Boys turned curiosity into a form of art. They wanted to know more about what was around them and learn everything they could about what wasn’t. Forget about Kurt Cobain for a second: For kids like me, the Beastie Boys invented the 90s. Technology was changing fast and the world . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: RIP MCA aka Adam Yauch (and RIP the Beastie Boys)

DeSmogBlog: Are New York Lawmakers Poised To Throw Upstate Residents Under The Fracking Bus?

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Despite last week’s temporary win protecting the Delaware River Basin and its inhabitants from natural gas fracking, the debate rages on in New York State. Lawmakers, industry lobbyists and concerned landowners have debated for over a year about whether or not to open up the state to the Marcellus Shale . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Are New York Lawmakers Poised To Throw Upstate Residents Under The Fracking Bus?

Art Threat: 28 films on 9/11 and its impact on our world

Over the past decade, filmmakers across the globe have tackled issues that have come about as a direct consequence of 9/11 and the United States’ response to the attacks. . . . → Read More: Art Threat: 28 films on 9/11 and its impact on our world

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Memorial Plaza

An architectural look at the heart of the Ground Zero redevelopment project. Seems altogether excessive when compared to past memorials to the dead, but perhaps that’s not altogether surprising if one considers it a reflection on the ridiculously oversized sense … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Memorial Plaza

Things Are Good: Subways to (Kinda) Power Themselves

Most hybrid cars capture energy excerpted while braking and use it to help refill the battery. A company that makes flywheels will be working with New York City to apply the same kinetic energy capture concept to subway cars, meaning that the subways will become an even more efficient way to travel. Every time a […] . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Subways to (Kinda) Power Themselves

Art Threat: Nude Wall Street performance art ends in arrests, charges

Three artists were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Monday for participating in a site-specific performance designed to protest US and international financial institutions. . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Nude Wall Street performance art ends in arrests, charges

Art Threat: New old school: bringing back NYC hip-hop – The story of the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective

“We want to politicize people organically. We want to do it internally. We want to do it in the ‘hood,” . . . → Read More: Art Threat: New old school: bringing back NYC hip-hop – The story of the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective

openalex: America’s Smallest Apartment: Walkable Micro-living in NYC

New York-based writer Felice Cohen lives in an amazingly small apartment — 90 sq.ft. to be exact. Since it was profiled in the Daily Mail, this video of her micro-abode has gone viral. Cohen’s Manhattan apartment isn’t breathtaking in terms of desig… . . . → Read More: openalex: America’s Smallest Apartment: Walkable Micro-living in NYC