Fresh Kills

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    Joe Lhota Has a Murky Past With the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station

    The reopening of the East 91st Street marine transfer station's a controversy a decade in the making. Sparked by Christine Quinn's "environmental racism" comment, the waste disposal spot has infiltrated the mayoral race discussion, leading candidates to pick a side on an issue that involves how we N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Q&A: Night Birds On Pizza And Bagel Snobbery, Being Fed Steak In Belgium, And Their Favorite NYC Venues

    New Jersey-via-Brooklyn-DIY-periphery act Night Birds have been hovering since about 2009, but they recently soared into a higher atmosphere, packing shows here and on the West Coast and garnering slobbering reviews for their debut LP The Other Side of Darkness (Grave Mistake) and recent singles (co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Staten Island's Cedar Grove Beach: Go For The Ocean Breeze, Stay For The Syringes

    There's good news for intravenous drug abusers: there are free syringes washing up on the shores of New York City beaches.This, of course, is bad news for the rest of us, who don't necessarily want to get poked with a potentially deadly needle while taking a stroll on the beach.Last month, an NBC 4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Adrian Benepe's Resignation: Will Changes in Parks and Recreation Affect Artists?

    Adrian Benepe, the Parks and Recreation Commissioner who helmed the Department for a decade, is leaving to go work at the Trust for Public Land, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Benepe's job will be filled by Veronica M. White, who heads New York City's Center for Economic Opportunity. Now, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Michael Bloomberg Talks Trash: Will Mayor's Waste-to-Energy Plan Survive Critics?

    New York has a lot of trash! (Both the people-kind and the garbage can-kind.) Today, though, Mayor Mike is concerned with the latter: He wants to build what's called a waste-to-energy plant, a fancy way to describe an electricity-generating, trash-processing factory. His administration is accepting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Q&A: Freshkills Frontman Zachary Lipez On Lounge Singers, LBJ, And The Landfill That Inspired His Band's Name

    Gentrified Brooklyn can be a rough place for the struggling artiste, what with ever-ballooning rent prices, subway breakdowns, and feeling of being in a constant state of catching up. But all three of those basic roadblocks can be an inspiring launching pad too—you've got to work hard to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    There's a Lot of Trash in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

    ​Two neighborhoods in New York City are trashier than ever, at least, in a manner of speaking. According to a new study released today, there are more garbage trucks in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, where 19 of New York City's 58 waste transfer stations are located -- "362 trucks per hour at si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Staten Island Dump May Get Windmills to Give New York Renewable Energy

    ​Wind and solar energy are probably the two coolest "human tricks" that we've pulled in the past 100 years. We've all seen the commercials for wind energy that feature cars speeding through plains (or deserts), past rolling hills studded with beautiful white towers. Gorgeous! And solar energy? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Fresh Kills Still Kind of Stinky, at Least Metaphorically

    Back in the old days.​Ten years ago today, the Fresh Kills landfill accepted its last garbage barge, closing after 54 years as a favor from Rudy Guilani to Staten Island. The dump, "visible from space, taller than the Statue of Liberty and once the world's largest landfill," as WNYC puts it, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    John Marchi, 1921-2009

    John Marchi, longtime state senator from Staten Island and two-time Republican mayoral candidate, died Saturday while vacationing in Italy. Marchi was first elected to the state senate in 1956 and retired in 2006. He chaired the state senate's finance committee during New York's fiscal crisis in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Staten Island Ballfields Contaminated with Radium, Closed

    We lived years ago in Staten Island, where we were frequently visited by a rotten-egg stench from Fresh Kills dump. (Today we live in the Greenpoint toxic waste zone. Funny how things work out.) Now Fresh Kills is slated to become a park. But the legacy of the old, pollution-friendly Island persists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    New York Schools Surprisingly Non-Polluted

    Few things can scare Americans into paying attention to the environment like risks to children's health. USA Today published the results of an interesting eight-month-long investigation this week. In "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools," the newspaper used the government's model ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Coney Island of the Mind: Big Thinkers Consider Coney, Offer Depressing Ideas

    video polaroidchio, music Lou Reed, h/t Kinetic Carnival The Center for an Urban Future has issued "Coney Island Visions," in which a bunch of local big-brains are interviewed about the future of the ancient seaside playground, which has suffered from the attentions of developers in recent years. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Parties on the Newtown, Gowanus: Does Nature Need Gentrification?

    The Gowanus Dredgers, brave navigators and fans of the slaggy creek that gave its name to an instanabe, are having a BacChANAL, get it, on September 25 with old-timey music, BBQ, and canoe tours. We note also that the Newtown Creek Alliance is sponsoring a cruise along that future Superfund site on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2008

    13th District Candidates Have "Conversations" on WABC

    WABC held two brief "conversations" with the Democratic and Republican candidates for the 13th District Congressional seat, shortly to be vacated by the scandalized Vito Fossella. Eyewitness News' Diana Williams and Tom Wrobleski of the Staten Island Advance did the questioning. First up: Democrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Drive Time Drop Box: Fresher Kills, The Yankee Pisser, and More

    Having trouble understanding how Staten Island's Fresh Kills, once a festering dump, is going to turn into a beautiful park by 2016? Popular Science magazine's lively PopSci website offers a six-panel cartoon rundown. WARNING: Contains environmentalist propaganda.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Loehfelm's Fresh Kills Dumps on Staten Island of His Youth

    “The forgotten fifth borough. The Cultural Void. Home of the world-famous ferry, the world’s largest garbage dump, and the world’s largest collection of identical people..." That's the opening description of Staten Island in Fresh Kills, the recent first novel by Bill Loehfelm, a native of t ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2006

    Death by Dust

    The frightening link between the 9-11 toxic cloud and cancer