Good morning on this summery Tuesday.
By many measures, the average New Yorker is pretty green.
But even among the most eco-friendly, some people have taken reducing their footprint to the next level.
Colin Beavan, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is the author of “No Impact Man,” which is about the year he spent trying to live with zero environmental impact. He survived for six months without electricity, which meant doing laundry by hand, and he refused food that was produced more than 100 miles away, which in winter required him to bake a lot of his own bread.
Bea Johnson, who lives in Mill Valley, Calif., has generated less than a pint of trash per year for the last decade. She shops for bulk food using glass containers and pillowcases, can fit her entire wardrobe in a carry-on and uses only nondisposable items.
We’re not ready to turn over our toilet paper or dental floss just yet, so we asked these no-waste veterans for some (realistic) tips on living a greener life in New York City.
Learn to say no. “In today’s consumerist society, there are so many freebies,” Ms. Johnson said, especially in New York. Samples. Flyers. Business cards. Plastic bags and straws. Hotel shampoo bottles. “Once we bring them into our home, they become our trash problem.” An approachable project she suggests? Cancel your junk mail.
Stay on tap. “Not drinking bottled water is not just about the plastic bottles,” Mr. Beavan said. “Politically speaking, the less we use our tap water, the more likely it is that we’re going to end up losing it to the fracking industry.” This morning, toss a reusable bottle in your bag.
Shop at farmers’ markets. “Eating local is good to lower food miles,” Mr. Beavan said, referring to the distance food must travel before it ends up on your plate. “And in terms of our water supply, farmers are helping to protect our lands from development.” Find one near you.
Buy secondhand. “Oftentimes, a gently used secondhand item bought from someone you trust is actually more reliable than a new item,” Mr. Beavan said. “Statistically speaking, products tend to fail when they’re very new or very old.” Here are some neighborhood groups that can help save you money as well.
Make it work for you. Want to exercise more? Sign up for a bike-sharing program like CitiBike. Worried about your diet? Try to eat more like a vegetarian. On a budget? Sell reusable items instead of throwing them away.
“Look for the intersection of what’s good for us and what’s good for the world,” Mr. Beavan said, “and choose what makes sense for you.”
Here’s what else is happening:
Zero clouds. Scads of sunbeams. High of 74. Need we say more?
Get out there and enjoy it already.
In the News
• Nycha admitted to systematic misconduct, and as part of a settlement, the city agreed to spend $ 1 billion on the authority over the next four years, and $ 200 million per year after that. [New York Times]
• Mayor Bill de Blasio and Corey Johnson, the City Council speaker, agreed on a city budget that includes funding for discounted subway and bus fares for poor New Yorkers. [New York Times]
• Carl Beamon went to prison for trying to shove people onto subway tracks in 2001. A number of city programs have helped him transform his life. [New York Times]
• Gov. Philip Murphy signed a bill legalizing sports betting in New Jersey. [New York Times]
• Fifteen Syracuse University students who participated in fraternity videos described by the school’s chancellor as racist and anti-Semitic were suspended last week. [New York Times]
• Sam Hoyt, a former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has been cleared of sexual harassment after a woman had publicly accused him of threatening and groping her. [New York Times]
• The subway’s new leader, Andy Byford, has unveiled a plan to accelerate the modernization of the system’s antiquated signals. [New York Times]
• Rep. Dan Donovan and his predecessor, Michael Grimm, spent much of yesterday’s hourlong debate hurling insults at each other and arguing about who aligned more with President Trump. [New York Times]
• More than 130 yellow taxi medallions will head for bankruptcy auction, where they will be sold for a fraction of their original value. [Curbed]
• Craigslist’s founder, Craig Newmark, donated $ 20 million to fund programs at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. [New York Daily News]
• John Travolta is returning to Brooklyn. Streets will be closed around Lenny’s Pizza for a ceremony at 1 p.m. celebrating the actor who made Bensonhurst famous in “Saturday Night Fever.” [Bklyner]
• A new documentary will tell the story of Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A. [Bowery Boogie]
• After nearly eight years of construction, 3 World Trade Center debuts as city’s fifth tallest building. [AM New York]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “The Hill at 187th”
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• Online lottery registration for summer swim classes is now open. Sessions begin July 1. Registration ends June 24. At various locations. [Free]
• The Museum Mile Festival shuts down 20 blocks along Fifth Avenue to vehicles and offers people free admission to museums. 6 to 9 p.m. [Free]
• Learn how to grow mushrooms at the U.C.C. Youth Farm in East New York. 6 p.m. [Free]
• The comedian Natasha Vaynblat performs at Carolines on Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. 7:30 p.m. [$ 18]
• The Washington Square Music Festival presents an evening of classical music under the stars at Washington Square. 8 p.m. [Free]
• Yankees host Nationals, 7:05 p.m. (WPIX). Mets at Braves, 7:35 p.m. (SNY).
• Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Friday.
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
Two years ago this month, New York lost a fashion icon.
Bill Cunningham, the legendary New York Times fashion photographer who chronicled our city’s street style for nearly 40 years, died at 87.
Mr. Cunningham was designated a living landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2009, received the Legion of Honor by the French government and was the subject of a documentary that premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010.
And now, you can explore the photographer’s personal effects — including a pair of scrapbooks that have never been displayed — at “Celebrating Bill Cunningham,” which opened at the New-York Historical Society on Friday.
Tickets are $ 21, and the show runs through Sept. 9.
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