Textile Recycling in McCarren Park

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Starting Saturday, August 1, 2009, the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC) is expanding its textile and clothing recycling project to four additional Greenmarket locations, including McCarren Park from 8am – 2pm.  It will be an ongoing weekly program.

CENYC is partnering with Wearable Collections, a NYC-based textile recycling company. (The company donates part of the proceeds from the reclaimed materials to support costs associated with operating the program.)

“About 400,000 pounds of used clothing, shoes, linens, towels, and accessories have been dropped off by New Yorkers since the summer of 2007 at four textile recycling collection sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn,” explained David Hurd, director of Office of Recycling Outreach & Education.The textiles are transported to a sorting facility where everything gets categorized based on reusability and type of fabric, then sent to different markets where there is a demand for that type of material.”    More > >

Corcoran Group: Listings of the Week

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112 Greenpoint Avenue:

Apts 4-B, 2-A and 1-A

Three apartments available in renovated six-story townhouse located in the heart of the culturally vibrant and thriving neighborhood of Greenpoint.

The historic building is surrounded by shops, bars, and restaurants including The Pencil Factory and Polonaise. Each apartment is grounded on corded oak floors and finished with the bedrock of fine materials; including granite countertops, Italian porcelain tiles, and white oak custom cabinetry. To stand the test of time, all appliances are of superior quality; Bosch washer/dryer, dishwasher, and cook top stove, LG microwave, Liebherr refrigerator, Toto toilet, and Delonghi gas wall oven with infrared broil, are all settled into the custom design of each unit.  More > >

“Told you so!” Scaffold Collapse Predicted

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Local resident Shannon Manning snapped photos of a scaffold collapse that occurred at a construction site on Roebling St, between North 10th and 11th, on Monday, July 27.  She reports that the scaffolding has since been pulled away from the building:  “At one point,” she says, “the workers were attempting to pull it down using ropes, employing an unconventional and comical lasso technique!”

A union contractor, who is also a neighbor of Manning’s, informed her that the site is non-union with numerous violations, and that he had filed complaints regarding the scaffolding which he could tell was improperly secured. He even went as far as alerting the head of the Dept of Buildings. No action was ever taken until the collapse.  Both the DOB and the NYC fire fighters arrived at the scene.  NYFD stood at the sidelines says Manning, “I guess there are limits to what the NYFD can do.”    More > >