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Bus Driver Darnell Barton Pulls Over on Highway to Save A Woman’s Life (VIDEO)
Tennis program serves up big advantage for kids
A Brooklyn-based program teaches inner-city youth how to play tennis.
NBC’s Rehema Ellis reports.
Russell Simmons donates $10K to New York anti-violence program Life Camp
Miss New York crowned 2014 Miss America
AP: Nina Davuluri has become the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America title. Davuluri won as the nationally televised pageant returned to Atlantic City after a six-year period in Las Vegas. Davuluri is the first winner of Indian descent.
Photo: Nina Davuluri (Miss America via NBC News)
Indigenous canoe trip celebrating 400-year-old peace treaty culminates with UN event
9 August 2013 – More than 200 indigenous and non-indigenous canoe paddlers arrived in Manhattan today, after having travelled for almost two weeks down the Hudson River from upstate New York, to take part in an event at the United Nations to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
This year’s International Day aims to highlight the importance of honouring agreements between States, their citizens and indigenous peoples, emphasizing the principles of friendship, cooperation and peace.
The paddlers started their journey on 28 July, near Albany, New York, to travel 140 miles down the Hudson River to New York City, side-by-side in two lines, in honour of the first treaty concluded in 1613 between Dutch immigrants and the Haudenosaunee (a confederacy of six nations, with its seat in the Onondaga nation in New York state).
The treaty, called the Two Row Wampum, emphasized the principles of friendship, cooperation and peace, and formed the basis for all subsequent indigenous peoples’ treaties with the English and the United States.
“Our ancestors made this great agreement on our behalf 400 years ago,” noted Hickory Edwards, the lead paddler for the Onondaga Nation. “Now is the time for us to think about the people living in the next 400 years.”
New York City is getting a new beach!
"The area — 11,000 square feet at low tide — will feature sand, terraced seating, a kayak launch, a spot for fishing, tree-lined walkways and concession stands, all just minutes from Wall Street in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge."
via NYC to build Brooklyn Bridge Beach along East River
Cronut creator to give to charity
The creator of the newest food craze, the cronut, has pledged to raise money for the Food Bank for New York City by holding daily raffles for cronuts and donating all of the proceeds from the sale of cronut T-shirts.
NBC’s Katy Tur reports.
Sag Harbor’s Old Watch Factory Reassembled as Luxe Lofts
For decades, the former Bulova Watch Factory in the charming Long Island village of Sag Harbor sat abandoned and deteriorating. The 132-year-old landmark was in danger of degrading past the point of restoration by the time developer Cape Advisors — known for Manhattan’s Jean Nouvel-designed 100 Eleventh Avenue — stepped in and began convincing the town to permit the transformation of the old factory into high-end lofts and the addition of new houses on the perimeter of the 2.5-acre property. Now known as the Watchcase, the historic building has been shored up and the project is finally entering the last phase of construction, with completion scheduled for early summer 2014.
Whey from NY’s Greek yogurt used to produce power
The Greek yogurt boom in New York is being harnessed to make electricity.
More Greek yogurt production has meant more whey, a watery byproduct from the process. Yogurt makers commonly ship it back to farms for use as feed and fertilizer, but it’s also is being used to generate power in several places.
At the Gloversville-Johnstown wastewater plant west of Albany, it’s pipelined from the nearby Fage yogurt plant, where it goes into a 1.5 million-gallon tank filled with anaerobic bacteria, called an anaerobic digester. The resulting methane gas becomes combustible fuel that generates nearly enough electricity to power the plant.
"If the generators are off, we have a $500,000-a-year electric bill. So 90 percent of that is kind of offset by this kind of generation," said consultant George Bevington. He said about 500,000 gallons of whey come into the plant weekly, about two-thirds of the organic waste that goes into the digester.
New York City unveiled the first of 25 free solar charging stations for mobile phones on Tuesday, installed in response to Superstorm Sandy, which wiped out power and forced residents to walk miles to charge their phones.
The Street Charge stations are New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest answer to flaws in infrastructure and operations exposed by the historic storm that ripped into the East Coast in October 2012 and left about 900,000 New York City dwellers and millions of others in the region without power.
Located throughout the city’s five boroughs, the charging stations are part of a public-private partnership with AT&T, according to a news release. Powered by solar panels, they will work day or night, in sun or shade, the statement said.
Six ports in each station will allow the public to charge phones, tablets and other devices even if the city’s power is out, the statement said.
In the first days after the storm, some of the city’s residents walked miles to line up and charge their electronic devices. The city then set up mobile charging stations and generators in the blacked-out areas of New York, which inspired the idea of creating solar-powered charging stations for everyday use.
Street Charge units were put to work this week in Union Square in Manhattan, Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn and on Governor’s Island, with more opening by the end of the summer, the statement said.
AT&T is paying for the 25 stations, with the city bearing no cost, Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T’s New York office, told Reuters.
Sandy brought a record 14-foot storm surge to lower Manhattan and inflicted an estimated $19 billion in damages on the city. The storm, which claimed more than 130 lives in the United States and Canada, left more than 8 million homes and businesses along the East Coast in the dark.
Last week, the Urban Resource Institute in partnership with the Mayor’s Alliance For NYC’s Animals launched People and Animals Living Safely, a new initiative in which a New York City shelter will welcome the pets of victims of domestic abuse.