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Streetfilms: Summer Streets 2008

Streetfilms: Summer Streets 2008

For your viewing pleasure! This is history in the making, folks. As Gil Peñalosa says in the film, Mayor Bloomberg and (especially!) Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan deserve credit for having the guts to try something new.

Summer Streets!!!!

Due to a MOST unfortunate prior commitment I was unable to attend the historic kickoff of NYC Summer Streets on Saturday… but I did manage to grab a photo (camera phone, sorry!) of the last few precious car-free moments. Union Square, car-free!

I Wanna Be a Solar Empowerment Zone!

I Wanna Be a Solar Empowerment Zone!

Last week I attended a special hearing of the New York City Council’s Infrastructure Task Force, on the topic of Distributed Energy Generation in NYC – essentially, how to encourage it.

Lawn Litter Law Goes Into Effect!

Lawn Litter Law Goes Into Effect!

Mark Levy represented Sustainable Flatbush at Sunday’s Lawn Litter Law press conference. Here’s his report from the event:

Summer Streets coming soon!

You may have already heard about NYC Summer Streets, the car-free celebration coming up in August. On the 16th we will be hosting a “feeder” ride from Flatbush to join the party, stay tuned for details! For now, enjoy this promo video courtesy of our friends at Streetfilms:

Barrel of Oil vs. Bubble Gun

Barrel of Oil vs. Bubble Gun

More wisdom from my favorite Soho street vendor: Yes folks, the bubble is about to burst! Barrel of Oil = $142 Bubble Gun = $5 On a hot summer day, which sounds like more fun?? Check out last winter’s version, with oil at $90/barrel…

New York State Environmental Politics

New York State Environmental Politics

For those of you who are interested in following New York State environmental politics, a great online resource is Environmental Advocates of New York. I also receive their email alerts, and was pleased to learn that my State Senator, Kevin Parker, supported all four Environmental Super Bills that were being considered in the state legislature […]

Neighborhood Solar Forum on July 16th!

Neighborhood Solar Forum on July 16th!

Wondering if you can convert your house to solar? Come to the… Neighborhood Solar Forum for single family homes sponsored by Sustainable Flatbush July 16th @ 8pm Ditmas Workspace 535 East 17th Street (corner of Ditmas) http://www.ditmasworkspace.com/ Peter Landy will speak about his experience converting his house to solar power. Chris Neidl of Solar One […]

Scheduling, and Re-Scheduling

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGES: There will NOT be a meeting for the Flatbush (Comm)Unity Garden tomorrow (July 8th). Sorry for any confusion and inconvenience!! The next Sustainable Flatbush monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday July 22nd… and it’s gonna be a BARBEQUE! Come out, meet your environmentally-inclined neighbors, and bring something to eat, drink, or […]

Newkirk Block Party report!

Newkirk Block Party report!

Saturday’s Newkirk Avenue Block Party was a great day of fun. In addition to a full schedule of live music (courtesy of Make Music New York, and coordinated by Mannix Gordon), we had Solar One, Brooklyn Compost Project, Alive Structures, and Transportation Alternatives represented; plus a paper casting workshop by Flatbush artist Kathy Levine, fitness […]