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Environmentalists’ beef with the Keurig system is in the single-use, non-recyclable nature of the packaging, given the implications for our waste stream. The individual parts of a K-Cup (plastic, paper and foil) could theoretically be recycled on their own, but the combination is too small and messy for recycling facilities to be able to sort. So our only choice is to throw the whole K-Cup pack, lock stock and barrel, into the garbage.


You may have noted, as I did, that the press has been singularly unimpressed with Obama's gift to the Pope. The hand-crafted wooden, velvet-lined box containing seeds of plants growing on the White House property seemed, at best, inadequate. At worst... downright insulting!


Okay, perhaps I'm jealous.

Jane Fonda has been appearing on the media circuit to publicize her new book Being a Teen. A woman of admirable achievement, Jane has gone on to write a valuable book of advice for teens.


On St. Patrick’s Day, at TGIF Friday’s off Vanderbilt Avenue (47 East 42nd Street), the McManus breakfast will be held this year.

Aside from Jim McManus, head of the McManus Midtown Democratic Club, and his Chief of Staff Sing, you never know who you might meet. THIS is the year to make the trip. Last year, Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Ray Kelly, Mike Bloomberg, among others, appeared to pay respects. This year, with Hilary starting to make her move and along with Bill, you never know who may stop in.


We're only two weeks into 2014 and I'm wondering how many of you are following up on your New Year's resolutions. Now this is simply a question, and not a finger-pointing accusation. Far be it from me to attempt to make you feel guilty. I personally have made resolutions for decades and never fulfilled most of them.


While the holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the environment. All that shopping, decoration, food preparation and travel adds up to more carbon emissions and more waste. But there are ways to minimize our impact and still celebrate the season in grand style.


On Thanksgiving, when we Americans sit around our Thanksgiving dinner tables expressing gratitude for what we've been given are we in denial about what we've taken? This is a question I've been considering as the holiday festivities are approaching. Seems to me that that the table-dominating turkey with its sleep-inducing polyurethanes overlooks the actual originof this holiday. 


Our oceans are indeed in a terrible state, thanks primarily to unrestrained commercial and industrial activity. Overfishing and pollution have decimated once abundant stocks of fish and other marine life, and the damaging practices continue to this day despite international agreements outlawing them.


Elections come and go and the results sometimes actually change things. We now have bike lanes in SoHo and almost everyone from out of town is now happy. The billboard people are happy despite years of complaints and lobbying the politicians in office, we have more of them. And, real estate people are also happy. Original art, affordable housing, including rent control stabilization and development rights, have all inured to their best interests. The art and artists are nearly gone; stabilization and affordable housing and controlling 45 story buildings, is an ephemeral dream; and the fight to protect SoHo from even further debasement in the form of the SoHo BID, is all but over.

 

The lot bordered by Grand, Varick, Canal Streets and Avenue of the Americas, just west of Duarte Square, is about to feature prominently in the ‘rezoning of Hudson Square.’  Over the last few years, the lot has hosted, through LentSpace, various art installations, events, live music, gourmet food trucks and lessons on how to take care of city tress by the Million Tree Inititive.