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This Week’s Highlights: November 1

Brooklyn Bridge Walking Path - Photo: Nadia ChaudhuryEach week we will bring you news on issues related to New York City’s livability. Feel free to comment or post a link to other interesting articles about our city. The City broke ground this week on the new $80 million Sims Municipal Recycling Facility. A key part of PlaNYC, the facility will serve as the principal processing facility for all of the city’s metal, glass, and plastic recyclables, reducing the amount of trucking needed for recycling pick-up by more than 260,000 miles a year. Wired magazine takes a look at what 100 million calls to 311 say about New York, including the history of 311, its current operation, and what we can learn once each 311 call is tagged, mapped and analyzed. Have a great idea for the Greenpoint waterfront? “In the coming weeks, Brooklyn residents will be able to cast ballots with the City Parks Foundation” to help allocate $7m “in a half-mile radius from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.” (The Brooklyn Paper) Thanks to the internet, we can now see an amazing video of a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge, shot by Thomas Edison…in 1899 (Gothamist). The Bronx County Historical Society is campaigning to preserve Edgar Allen Poe’s Bronx cottage (NY Daily News).
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