New York City Electronics Recycling – Ecology, one step at the time

Image

new york city electronics recycling information

Information about New York City electronics recycling

European readers will probably not believe me when I tell we can throw electronics, such as computers and TV’S in the trash here in New York.  At least, it will not be illegal till this day is over! New York City has Electronics Recycling enforced now. It takes some time, but we are getting there, and the New Yorkers seem to accept the changes and their responsibilities towards the environment.

 

Continue Reading…

End of year, who to tip?

Who to tip at the end of the year?

Who to tip at the end of the year, a form of thank you for the people who help us every day.

Who to tip at the end of the year, a form of thank you for the people who help us every day.

By now, you figured out that tipping in the USA is different from most countries in the world. The customer shows his appreciation of the service rendered. For the ones that serve us on a regular base, there’s a little extra at the end of the year.

Continue Reading…

North Cove Marina Bidding Process – where is the transparency?

Gallery

The Stag Hound, one of the sailing boats based in the North Cove Marina, makes its way upstream on the Hudson River, with the Honorable William Wall in the background (Image: koen blanquart)

The Stag Hound, one of the sailing boats based in the North Cove Marina, makes its way upstream on the Hudson River, with the Honorable William Wall in the background (Image: Koen Blanquart)

Remember 2004? For Lower Manhattan, it was still a time of grief, since the local economy in the Financial District was still very much on its knees after the 9-11 WTC attacks. It was a time when starting a business in the lowest part of the Island was seen as madness. It would take until 2006 before the building of One World Trade Center would actually start, and 10 years before the first tenants would work in any of the restored and rebuilt WTC buildings. Continue Reading…

Santacon New York: the other Santa

Image

Santacon New York Fighting Santas

Santacon New York brings out the best in Santa (Image by Alex Fitzpatrick, Flickr)

Some events in New York attract more attention from people trying to stop the event, than we can expect actual participants. Santacon is definitely one of these. The Santacon organization had to hire a famous civil rights lawyer in its defense, the transit systems into New York City changes their enforcement of alcohol bans for the event, and community boards in the city are looking for cameras and journalists to tell how much they dislike having the event in their neighborhood.

Continue Reading…

Saint Nicholas Day today!

Image

Saint Nicholas Day - Saint Nicholas Waiving

The holy man waving on Saint Nicholas Day (Image:Hans Pama)

December 6th is Saint Nicholas Day. Most of my American friends never had a chance meeting this holy man: Santa Claus in in charge of the United States Department of Happy Children. In the low countries of Europe, Saint Nicholas rules the roofs and chimneys of the houses where well behaving children live. In Flanders, Belgium, where I grew up, he’s called “Sinterklaas”. When I moved to New York, I left his jurisdiction.

Continue Reading…

I fail to understand!

Image

The Eric Garner decision leaves questions

I can't breathe - signs being held by protesters in New York City, refering to the last words of Eric Garner. (image: Dave Bledsoe, Flickr)

I can’t breathe – signs being held by protesters in New York City . (image: Dave Bledsoe, Flickr)

After this weeks decision by a Grand Jury in Staten Island (NYC) not to bring officer Daniel Pantaleo to trial after he choked Eric Garner, lots of questions remain. And I cannot believe I’m the only one that is looking and waiting for some answers…

Continue Reading…

How many police killings per year in the USA?

Image

The USA has a long loving relation with numbers. Most sports fans can give you totals, averages and dates from events in current and past history for their beloved athletes. This country is governed by politicians relying on poll data, even asking what presidential candidate the average american would preferred to be cared by if they were ill… (Oh, just so you know in 2012, that was 49% Obama – 36% Romney). When I was writing an article about what goes on in the USA these days, I found that there is no reliable data available about the police shootings, police killings, etc…

Continue Reading…

Eric Garner’s death – Grand Jury Decision today

Image

Eric Garner being hold by the NYPD. (image by Ramsey Orta - Time Magazine)

Eric Graner being hold by the NYPD. (image by Ramsey Orta – Time Magazine)

An african american man is stopped by the police for a minor crime. The Police is using force to hold him. The man dies. A grand jury has to decide on the indictment of the Policeman. This is not Ferguson, it’s New York City. It’s today.
Continue Reading…