Some bicyclists decided that they would rather visit chickens than grill them during the Memorial Day weekend. They biked to various chicken coops and community gardens along a 5-mile route for the second annual "Chicken Coopapalooza" on Saturday. "We want people to come out, to exercise and eat healthy," said Karen Washington, of Garden of Happiness.
[Citizens Committee grant recipient NYC Yoga Project] is more of a getaway, more of a stress reliever, a relaxer, some time for yourself," Jasmin Alemany, a shelter resident, said. "It's teaching me a lot about myself. It's helping me out with my body a lot. I found energy I didn't know I had in me.
Audrey Johnson has partnered with Columbia University on a math program that sends coaches into the classroom and with New York University for a literacy initiative that allowed the school to create a lending library for families. The center recently received a grant from the Citizens Committee for New York City to put planters in each room, according to Julie Dent, the executive director of Audrey Johnson.
Congratulations to the diverse coalition of civic, community, school and environmental groups that supported this legislation during the multi-year campaign. In addition to NRDC, they include: activist extraordinaire Jennie Romer; Citizens Committee for New York City.
Consumers are being encouraged to use canvas bags. The city and advocacy groups plan to give away many canvas bags. Supporters hope it will reduce the number of bags in landfills and save the city millions of dollars every year.
We’re betting [Assembly Speaker] Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) will stand up for good government and pollution prevention by rejecting the Senate’s attempt to block the city’s sensible new anti-litter statute.
Peter H. Kostmayer, CEO of Citizens Committee for New York City, said: "What does it say about us that we are unwilling to either pay five cents for a plastic bag or bring our own reusable bag when shopping? Does it indicate the level of sacrifice we as Americans are willing to make to save our environment? Countries far poorer than ours have given up plastic bags in the fight against waste and climate change. Is it really too much to ask of ourselves? Are plastic bags something we can do without or at least reduce in the struggle to save our planet for our children and for their children? It’s not someone else’s decision. It’s ours. Do the right thing.
Funding goes a long way for these groups because many of them operate on a shoe string budget," said Saleen Shah of Citizens Committee for NYC. "So, to have city agencies on board like NYC Service, this is a true public private partnership.