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Brooklynites are pretty good at purchasing secondhand. But if you grew up almost anywhere else in the country, newness abounds--in your closet, around your kitchen, and in your garage, a place that, in itself, is foreign here. But today is National Thrift Store Day, and New York City Department of Sanitation is doing its due diligence to mark the occasion by hanging out at Housing Works, one of the city's most renowned symbols of thrift. Sanitation Commissioner...
Tuesday's relatively paltry snow offering might not seem quite so slight when you consider the cost of the actual clean-up. Despite the widely cited official figure that it costs the city, what with snowplows and salt and traffic concerns, roughly $1 million every time an inch of snow falls on our fair city, a new study reveals that this estimate isn't quite generous enough. In fact, the figure is closer to $2 million per...
You know those clothing donation bins padlocked to various corners in the city? Well, you're about to see a whole lot less of them. Back in July, we wrote about the bins actually being a scam: They don't "provide money to charities," as many of them claim, but instead sell the clothing that unwitting Brooklynites donate to thrift shops and for-profit businesses overseas. The city's way of dealing with them up to this point...
Ah, New York, where the sidewalks are paved with opportunity gold dog poop. A new map, helpfully compiled by DNA Info, categorizes neighborhoods by the number of violations filed with the city in the last two years. The results? The Bronx is by far the dog poop-iest borough, with 252 violations in that time period, more than the other four boroughs combined. The crappiest neighborhoods are Norwood, West Farms, and Soundview. Queens came in second with...

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