Dog Waste Could Brighten Parks

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Growing up in Ethiopia, Melody Kelemu always had dogs, a lawn where they could walk around by themselves and gardeners who took care of any mess man’s best friend left behind.

When she moved to the city to start college at New York University, the Neuroscience and Environmental Studies major watched as residents cleaned up after their dogs every day, and began to wonder how the waste could be put to better use.

Now the 21-year-old junior is applying for an NYU grant to put machines into dog parks that would turn waste into energy to power lamps — including in Washington Square Park.

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Neighborhood Plagued by Dirty Parks

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Rami Ibrahim loves the swings and the basketball court at Power Playground near his Flatlands home.

The Avenue N park’s litter is another matter.

“The basket is right there,” said Rami, 11, as he stared at the trash strewn nearby – a styrofoam cup, a Swedish Fish wrapper, a losing lottery ticket. “It’s not good.”

That’s true for the Community District 18’s overall park ratings: For the past three years, the area has earned the city’s lowest marks for cleanliness and general conditions.

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East Village Stars in Video Games

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

As a video game designer, East Village-native Dave Gilbert creates brand new worlds, full of weird and interesting characters. He prefers to keep them on his doorstep.

The founder of Wadjet Eye Games, Gilbert and his wife Janet, earn a living making games based on their neighborhood. “You write what you know,” David said.

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Concern Over Lead-Tainted Medicines

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

City health officials are blaming banned dietary supplements popular with many South Asian immigrants for two non-fatal lead poisoning cases this year.

But some experts fear the problem could be more widespread.

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Hiroshima Survivor’s Peace Message

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

AudioFiles: The Tribes of New York

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Listening to the Trees

Monday, December 12th, 2011

AudioFiles: Let’s Hear it for the Ears

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Bronx Gym Fights For Life

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011