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Joined by patients and insurance reform advocates, Senator Eric T. Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx) announced the introduction of major legislation today that protects patients from egregious insurance industry practices. “Ian’s Law” (S.6263) makes it illegal for insurers to drop entire classes of insurance as a pretext to deny coverage to individual policyholders...

The second hearing on the proposal to move Greenwich Village Middle School (GVMS) to 26 Broadway is on Wednesday, November 4, 6 p.m., at the Broadway Education Complex, 26 Broadway (at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan).

Suzannah B. Troy takes you right to the New York voting booth as she votes for Bill Thompson.

One of our favorite descriptions of tenant harassment was posted in the Daily Slope by Marian Tortorella, one of the tenants of 598 6th Street in Park Slope detailing the lengths that his new landlord was going to in order to evict the rent stabilized tenants.  The SoHo Journal has long been covering the means and manipulations that have been affecting rent stabilized housing, though even after all these years the fight continues.  Rob Hollander, downtown community activist and author of the blog ‘Save the Lower East Side,’ writes about the ongoing battles and the importance of the upcoming election.

As the lowest link on the marine food chain, plankton—that tiny aquatic plant, animal and bacterial matter floating throughout the world’s oceans—is a vital building block for life on Earth. Besides serving as a primary food source for many fish and whales, plankton plays a crucial role in mitigating global warming.

Supporters of landmark designation for the South Village packed the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Tuesday; among the scores of attendees thirty-seven people testified, virtually all in support of landmark designation, and nearly all joiningGVSHP in calling upon the Commission to move quickly on its proposed designation and to consider the remaining two-thirds of our proposed South Village Historic District as soon as possible. 

“Vertical farming” is a term coined by Columbia University professor of environmental health and microbiology Dickson Despommier to describe the concept of growing large amounts of food in urban high-rise buildings—or so-called “farmscrapers.”  According to the vision first developed in 1999 by Despommier and his students, a 30-story building built on one city block and engineered to maximize year-round agricultural yield—thanks largely to artificial lighting and advanced hydroponic and aeroponic growing techniques—could feed tens of thousands of people.

“A standard wine bottle holds 750 milliliters of wine and generates about 5.2 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions when it travels from a vineyard in California to a store in New York,” reports writer Tyler Colman, who blogs at “A 3-liter box generates about half the emissions per 750 milliliters.”  He concludes that switching to wine in a box “for the 97 percent of wines that are made to be consumed within a year” would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about two million tons, or the equivalent of removing 400,000 cars from the roads.

In July 2009 a Federal Court ruled that Southampton Village Police Sergeant Christopher Broich could proceed with a trial against the Village of Southampton for retaliation and discrimination. This was a major victory for Sergeant Broich and his attorneys. The Southampton Press and the East Hampton Independent DID NOT cover this story at the time of the decision.

Here’s a victory for the good guys!  The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is a national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups and parents whose mission is to “limit the impact of commercial culture on children” especially from corporate marketers.  In 2006 the CCFC filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission that forced Disney to rescind its claims that Baby Einstein videos were educational for infants...