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“Everything you guys flush—we’re happy to receive it,” Plant Superintendent Zainool Ali told a seated crowd of about 100 people on Saturday. This was at the fourth annual Valentine’s Day tours of Greenpoint’s Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant: three sessions of 100+ people each, of all ages and backgrounds, united by their interest in the way our city processes our poop. Romantic, right? For some, it actually was kind of romantic, like Patty Reid, who...
In a weird privatized-utility remix of the nitrogen cycle, National Grid hopes to reap natural gas from the process of waste treatment overseen by New York City's Department of Environmental Protection in Greenpoint. National Grid's proposed plan is to harness the gas waste produced by the processing of solid and liquid waste, then sell it back to customers in New York City as natural gas. If all goes to plan, we'll be buying our...
Before we get into it: Another congratulations to Greenpointers for making it to Week 4 of the G train shutdown. Hang in there! But make sure that while you're coping, you continue to stay far, far away from the Newtown Creek because apparently, it's been more toxic than usual this year. Via DNAinfo: The state is currently investigating businesses located along the Newtown Creek following a sharp increase in reports of "unknown petroleum." Last year, there...
If you've been down in the subway system lately, you might have noticed posters from the city urging residents to figure out if they live in a hurricane evacuation zone. The appearence of the colorful PSAs was prompted by the official start of hurricane season (June 1) and the reality that hurricanes--along with snowstorms and heatwaves--are now a fact of life in New York City. With that in mind, former Mayor Bloomberg launched a plan...

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