Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Recycle Your Holiday Tree

The Prospect Park Alliance is holding their annual "Mulchfest" event this weekend. On Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., if you bring your tree to the park, volunteers will put it in a tree chipper and turn it into mulch. You can even take that mulch home to your yard or garden. Mulchfest will be happening at two locations: Third St. and Prospect Park West, and the Park Circle entrance to Prospect Park at Prospect Park Southwest and Parkside Avenues.
Make sure to remove the decorations first!

Photos of volunteers from previous Mulchfests courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance.

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CB 10 Approves Plan For More Bike Parking

The voting wheels turned at Community Board 10’s recent meeting in favor of a new city zoning requirement to place parking for bicycles in most newly constructed buildings, enhancing the sustainability of life in the city and boosting bike ridership.

The board serving Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights at its recent meeting easily approved the Department of City Planning’s Bicycle Parking Zoning Text Amendment, which is making the rounds of boards in the city and gaining support.

It would “require the placement of indoor, secure, long-term bicycle parking in new multi-family residential, community facilities, and commercial buildings,” as stated in the city’s provision. “The proposed text amendment would provide for bicycle parking and storage at both home and in the workplace.”

“The text amendment is part of an overall citywide effort to promote bicycle usage, and to reduce congestion and carbon emissions in keeping with PlaNYC-2030 and to promote fitness,” said Chair Joanne Seminara of the Zoning and Land Use Committee. She gave her report at the meeting held in the Shore Hill Community Room.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC-2030 was created to make the city more eco-friendly and sustainable ... read more

Story by Harold Egeln

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