An eleven-year-old who attended P.S. 51 for three years suffered brain damage from the toxic chemicals in the school building, the boy's father claims in a lawsuit filed on Monday. The boy had attended P.S. 51 from September 2007 to June 2011, two months before the Department of Education informed ... More >>
[UPDATE]: The Lightstone Group will continue its bid to build a 700-unit housing development on Bond Street along the Gowanus Canal despite concerns raised in a letter from Councilman Brad Lander yesterday, the company said in a statement released to the Voice. "The Lightstone Group is fully commi ... More >>
City Councilman Brad Lander let national realty firm, The Lightstone Group, in on a little secret yesterday: it's not a great time to build along waterfront neighborhoods in the city right now! Lander sent a letter to Lightstone Group chairman and CEO David Lichtenstein urging the company to withdr ... More >>
A few weeks ago, I wrote about celebrating the new Brooklyn wine trail. Both Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery, featured in the story, were relatively unscathed by Hurricane Sandy. But Red Hook Winery is located right over the water, nearly at the end of Pier 41, and the facility was completely ... More >>
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A recent post on the Environmental Protection Agency's Greening the Apple blog about seasonal birdwatching in Sandy Hook, New Jersey got us thinking: Do you have to go all the way to a neighboring state to check out the summer's cool birds? So we hit up two area birders -- Dr. Robert "Birding Bob" ... More >>
Invasion? The Voice recently wrote about bugs' inevitable(?) triumph over humankind. And though it doesn't look like bed bugs are necessarily going to be the creepy, crawly culprits who enslave us, we have recently learned about another species that comes out while you are asleep and defenseless: ... More >>
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has had his share of public reservations about hydrofracking, urging government honchos to keep drilling far from NYC's water. The City's environmental agency is on board, too. But a strange little newsletter released this afternoon from the Department of Environmental Protect ... More >>
Summer is great, isn't it? When the mercury rises, nothing beats pouring a cool glass of H20, watching the sprinklers overwater your lawn, or just taking a 3-hour shower. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior, combined with the heat itself, is doing a number on our nation's water piping. CNN r ... More >>
Like a cool shower giving respite from a heat wave, the U.S. women's soccer team rolls on, distracting us from ugly political and economic news and -- for at least a few moments -- bridging the country together. Today's 3-1 victory over France's Violent Femmes secures the U.S. team's positi ... More >>
Muffet/FlickrBummer.Well, here's a bit of news guaranteed to make shopping at the Park Slope Food Co-op a little less smug: turns out that even organic produce can contain commercial pesticides.
via Good Men ProjectThe government was this close to shutting down last night but managed to reach an eleventh-hour (literally) compromise before the midnight deadline. House Speaker John "Smarmy" Boehner presented the laundry list of spending cuts and revisions and got Congress' positive respons ... More >>
The Daily has an article (not that I can read the whole thing in my iPad-less state!) about irritating Berkeley, Calif. residents being irrationally afraid of radiation from the nuclear crisis in Japan. They are flocking to the area's health food vitamin apothecary-places to buy potassium iodide, ... More >>
A city councilman from Queens apparently wants your your teeth to rot and fall out. The Daily News says Councilman Peter Vallone is planning to introduce a bill that would end New York's 45-year practice of adding fluoride to its tap water, citing safety concerns and comparing the miner ... More >>
Wtih 12 new cases of illness in the Midwest linked to unpasteurized milk, the raw milk debate is heating up, leading Whole Foods to pull raw milk from its shelves. [Wall Street Journal] Environmental activists have been attacking Nestlé over YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter for its purchases ... More >>
Curtis Allina, the candy company executive responsible for the modern Pez dispenser, has died at age 87. The former vice-president of what is now Pez Candy helped develop the first character dispensers, which became highly collectible. [NY Times] A recent study reveals that nearly half of al ... More >>
The EPA is warning the state Department of Environmental Conservation that they need to do a lot more homework before they finalize the rules for natural gas drilling in the city's upstate watershed.
The Post announces that "the Gowanus Canal has finally joined the 21st century: The fetid waterway has its own group on Facebook." They mean the EPA has started a GC discussion group at its page, at which it encourages conversations that "follow the conventions of polite discourse." As you ... More >>
Despite preliminary guidelines released by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which declined to ban natural gas drilling inside the New York City watershed, Acting New York City DEC Chair Steven Lawitts says that drilling for natural gas upstate could pollute water for 15 million pe ... More >>
A veteran with a food cart in front of the Met, who doesn't pay for his permit in accordance with a law that allows veterans special access to steet vending, has led to other vets setting up shop in the coveted spot. [NY Times] Every fish tested at nearly 300 streams across the country was f ... More >>
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