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So long, packing peanuts, styrofoam cups, and foam takeout containers. De Blasio's administration is expected to announce a ban on the environmentally-hostile packing stuff later today, fulfilling one of the dreams of his predecessor Mayor Bloomberg. The ban will go into effect on July 1, and will prohibit the sale of styrofoam containers within New York City (though they can still be sent to you from outside). That'll probably go a long way towards...
The thought of a swarm of ants may be disconcerting (particularly if they're in your apartment), but, according to a recent study, those little dudes are goddamn garbage-eating heroes. That's right: Ants that live in the medians and sidewalks of New York City turn out to be a vital part of the sanitation system. A team of researchers found that just the ants living in the medians on Broadway can eat about 60,000 hot...
New York City has many urban legends: There are alligators in the sewer, buried treasure on Liberty Island, affordable apartments in Brooklyn. But one of the most persistent has to do with the rat population. The old figure goes that there's a rat for every person living here. As of 2013, the population of New York is around 8.4 million, which would translate to, honestly, just far too many rats for us to think...
So, maybe you just finished a horrible slog to the office, or maybe (hopefully) you've turned this weather into a viable excuse not to leave the house. I think we can all agree, though, that it's real bad out there, right? In a season full of 'em, this is already the worst snow storm yet, by all objective measures! But it's by no means the worst one of all time. Weather being what it is and...