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Lemonade Out of Lemons: Out-of-Work Day Laborers Open Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service in NYC

Image: Bobbi Bowers via flickr

The New York Times had a nice story last week about women who would wait at a Williamsburg intersection to find work on a day-by-day basis. But there was no work on far too many days for comfort—getting a job for …

Why the USDA Rejected NYC’s Food Stamp Soda Ban

Photo: Ilovebutter

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been outspoken on the subject of obesity even stating that “[i]n spite of the great gains we’ve made over the past eight years in making our communities healthier, there are still two areas…

The Week in Pictures: New Zealand Oil Spill, How Steve Jobs Changed the World, and More (Slideshow)

Since the Rena, a Liberian ship, ran aground on a reef off the coast of New Zealand 10 days ago, an environmental catastrophe has been brewing. Oil is spilling into the ocean, harming wildlife and reaching shore.

We also have Steve Jobs’ use of des…

Occupy Wall Street’s Liberty Plaza Technically A "Bonus Plaza", Not Private Property

photo: Mat McDermott

In case your wondering how a private company, Brookfield, can claim authority to kick out Occupy Wall Street from Liberty Plaza (Zuccotti Park) so that it can be cleaned, it’s important to understand the legal status of the space…

Mayor Bloomberg Needs To Keep His Word, Let Occupy Wall Street Stay in Liberty Plaza

photo: Mat McDermott

I’m writing this as a pre-emptive post, one in which hopefully I’m proven to have overreacted. …Read the full story on TreeHugger

Walk to School Day in New York City (Video)

Getting Tomorrow’s Leaders Walking, Today
The International Walk to School Day aims to keep kids active and healthy, to improve air quality and the environment by reducing the number of car and bus trips, and to over time create more safe routes to w…

Images from Occupy Wall Street’s Protest Camp

Photos: Jess Root

After Brian’s inspiring coverage of Occupy Wall Street, I had to show support to my NYC brothers and sisters fighting the good fight against the 1% negatively ruling America.

I expected to emerge the Fulton St. subway to a band of …

The Week in Pictures: Solar London Bridge, Translucent ‘Chicken Chapel,’ and More (Slideshow)

Image: TreeHugger

London has announced grand plans to build the world’s largest solar bridge, which will generate 900,000 kilowatts of electricity every year and provide nearly 50 percent of the energy needed to power the central London railway termi…

Artist Crochet-Bombs NYC’s Astor Place Cube Sculpture (Video)

Photo: via Animal New York

In big, gritty cities, ‘bombing’ things with soft yarns is all the rage. From crocheted bikes to knitted plant pockets, “yarn bombing” is a way for citydwellers and guerilla artists alike to make their mark with something el…

The Week in Pictures: Living Map of Central Park, a Bike with Metal Tires, and More (Slideshow)

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We’ve featured a lot of vertical gardens on TreeHugger, many of them superb but none quite like this one, grown as a living map of New York’s Central Park.

We also have a bike with innovative metal wheels, avant-garde DIY fall har…