New Life for Old Clothes

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Nicky Nguyen carried two hot-pink plastic bags out of his house in Bath Beach on a recent weekday afternoon and left them at his curb. They contained old blankets, pillowcases, kids’ clothes, and jeans.

His bags were two of the 150,000 picked up as part of a month-long city Department of Sanitation pilot program for curbside textile collection that aims to gather clothing for charity and recycle garments too worn to wear.


Chased by Sandy, Caught by Mold

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The Santana family thought they’d escaped the devastation of Hurricane Sandy when NYCHA moved them from their flooded first-floor apartment in the Baruch Houses to another development a few blocks south.

But by last summer nearly everything in Maria Santana’s 16th-floor NYCHA apartment in the LaGuardia Houses was covered in plastic.


Stepping up Fines on Litterbugs

Monday, September 28th, 2015

New York is safer and more prosperous than it’s been in years, but the city still can’t figure out how to stop people from trashing streets with litter.

Despite a focus on quality of life issues, City Hall has made limited progress in dealing with a problem that has plagued mayors since the days when animals roamed Broadway. Even a small army of workers from the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), business improvement districts, and the Doe Fund still can’t fully police 6,000 miles of city streets and more than 27,000 public waste and recycling baskets on a daily basis.

Two bills discussed at a recent hearing held by the City Council’s sanitation committee aim to increase penalties for littering and illegal dumping, by doubling them or more in some cases, in an effort to curb bad behavior.


Water Work Dries Up Business

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Water main work that is expected to continue through at least October is disrupting small businesses along Myrtle Avenue, multiple merchants said.

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) began shutting water off in phases between Classon Avenue and Hall Street in order to replace underground pipes that have been there since 1908, officials said. But local businesses say the agency hasn’t done a very good job of keeping them informed in a timely manner.



Friday, May 29th, 2015

219 West: Underground and Outer Space

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Neglect Takes Toll On Tenants

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

NYCHA Tenants Fight Back

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

How Much Water Do You Use?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015