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Sugarcane Cafeteria Trays Help Battery Park City School Go Green

P.S. 89 parents and students on the "Green Team" celebrated their awards from the Department of Sanitation on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Julie Shapiro & DNAinfo)


By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

A Battery Park City elementary school won top honors this week for using cafeteria trays made out of sugarcane rather than Styrofoam.

P.S. 89 earned a citywide elementary Golden Apple award from the Department of Sanitation and a Golden Shovel from the department’s NYC Compost Project after cutting its lunchtime trash output by more than half in just the last few months.

“We could see how dedicated your school was to reduce, reuse, recycle and to composting,” Carey Pulverman, a manager for the NYC Compost Project, told the students at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

“A lot of you changed your daily habits here in the lunchroom, and we’ve been very impressed by that.”

P.S. 89’s parent-led “Green Team” spearheaded the switch from Styrofoam trays to biodegradable trays made of sugarcane, starch and wood pulp earlier this year after becoming concerned about the school’s trash output, said Diana Biagioli, a P.S. 89 parent.

The PTA pays the extra two cents it costs to purchase each environmentally friendly tray and is working with Holton Farms in Vermont to compost them after they’re used. The school goes through about 350 to 400 trays per day, Biagioli said.

Rather than dumping everything, including the trays, into the trash after lunch, P.S. 89 students now carefully remove any leftover food from their trays and stack them on a table. They also pour out their extra milk and recycle the cardboard cartons.

Parent volunteers are on hand every day to supervise the process — but most students know the routine and say they didn’t mind the extra steps.

“If we don’t take care of our planet, it will become a big dump,” said 7-year-old Himani Sirsi, who lives in Battery Park City. “The Styrofoam trays release toxic gases, and they’re bad for the planet.”

Since switching to sugarcane trays in February, P.S. 89 has reduced its lunchtime trash output from eight to 12 bags of garbage a day to just four, parents said.

Michelle Lee, 7, a Battery Park City resident, said that after learning about the environment in school, she often reminds her parents to recycle at home, and now she hopes to spread the lesson to other schools as well.

“If every school in the universe does this, it’ll be happier [for] the planet,” she said.

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Audience Directs Battery Park City Actors With Texts

The two actors wear corporate black suits and respond to text messages from the audience.

By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

“The Attendants,” allows viewers to text instructions to actors and runs Thursday to Saturday in the Winter Garden.

An interactive performance that conveys the frustration of being trapped in a cubicle is opening this week in the World Financial Center
Called “The Attendants,” the installation features two people stuck in an 8-foot, plexiglass cube, acting out their responses to text messages from the audience. The two actors will wear corporate-looking black suits and will respond only physically, not with words.

“It speaks to the way we live now,” said Chance Muehleck, co-founder of The Nerve Tank, which is producing the show. “The way we’re connected, and yet the distance that exists with all the technology.”
From Thursday through Saturday, the clear cube — which has an open top to allow the actors to breathe — will sit in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, in the middle of one of the largest office complexes in the city.

“I think people will be intrigued by it,” said Debra Simon, artistic director of Arts World Financial Center. “I think they will be puzzled [at first] and then they will be intrigued.

Muehleck hopes the installation will attract tourists and residents in addition to the thousands of office workers who pass through the Winter Garden each day, because the more people interact with the cube, the more interesting it will be.

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This Weekend’s BPC Events

The coming weekend will be a busy one in B.P.C. On Fri., May 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the first of the year’s Sunset Singing Circles will take place in Wagner Park. Accompanied by guitars, people sit on the grass and sing folk songs and standards (song sheets provided) as the sun sets over the harbor. The event is free.

On Sat., May 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be the first of the season’s family dances on the Esplanade Plaza by North Cove Marina. The theme is “Bluegrass” and the Ebony Hillbillies, a band consisting of fiddle, banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar and washboard, will provide the music. Don Coy, from Louisville, Ky., will teach square dancing steps and call the dances — no partners or experience needed.

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10 Spots Every Kid Should See

Battery Park made it on MSNBC’s (written by ShermansTravel) list of 10 Spots Every Kid Should See. While the destination on the list was our neighbor, Lady Liberty, Battery Park City was included as a great view point and something the youngsters would enjoy. Among other things in the area MSNBC mentioned that every kid is fascinated watching the giant cruise ships dock and sail out. You can view the whole list with photos here.

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Its Officially Summer – Time To Hit The Park

Phot Credit: DNAinfo/Tara Kyle

Monday, June 21, was the first official day of Summer. With the temperatures climbing and most children out of school for the summer, it is a great time to hit the park. Battery Park is known for its great views of the water, shade, and the sprinkler fountains that kids love. DNAinfo.com has more pictures and the full story here.

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Play In The Park

Play in the Park…Literally! It is almost that time of year again when you can head to the park to watch plays and Shakespearean Theatre. “Much ado About Nothing” will be in Battery Park City on July 17th through August 1st. For more information and full summer schedules, visit the New York Classical Theatre.

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From dnainfo.com: Asphalt Green Discusses Details Of Battery Park City Center

Asphalt Green executives pledged Monday night to be a good neighbor when they open a $55 million community center in Battery Park City next year.

Some local groups have expressed concerns that Asphalt Green’s programs will compete with existing community centers and sports leagues and could put them out of business.

But Carol Tweedy, executive director of Asphalt Green, an Upper East Side fitness nonprofit, told community leaders Monday night that they had no reason to worry.

“We don’t believe our presence will have a negative impact on anyone,” Tweedy said at a Community Board 1 meeting. “If we thought that was the case, we wouldn’t be here.”

Asphalt Green will not run youth baseball or soccer leagues, since the neighborhood already has the Downtown Little League and Downtown Soccer League, said Paul Weiss, senior program director at Asphalt Green. Instead, Asphalt Green will supplement the leagues with camps and clinics, he said.

Asphalt Green Unveils Details of Battery Park City CenterThe 50,000-square-foot community center will include two pools. (Asphalt Green)

Asphalt Green will compete more directly with Manhattan Youth’s Downtown Community Center, which opened two years ago several blocks away.

But Tweedy said that while both community centers will offer swimming programs, for example, Asphalt Green would make its classes distinctive enough to attract a different audience.

Tweedy also pointed to the Downtown Alliance’s recent study of lower Manhattan’s growing population and said there is enough room for everyone.

Asphalt Green’s 50,000-square-foot Battery Park City center, which is in the base of Milstein Properties’ Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green condo towers on North End Avenue, could open as soon as September 2011, Tweedy said.

The center will feature a six-lane, competition-length pool, a smaller warm-water pool with an adjustable floor, a full-court gym, a 156-seat theater, a culinary center, a juice bar, a computer lab, dance studios and classrooms.

Asphalt Green will run the center’s athletic programs and will bring in outside groups to run the cultural programs.

Tweedy wants as many types of people as possible to use the facility and said the culinary center, for example, could offer mommy-and-me classes, wine tastings for young professionals and cooking lessons with celebrity chefs for adults.

Several neighborhood residents at Monday’s meeting worried that the programs would be too expensive. Family membership could cost as much as $2,400 a year, according to preliminary plans.

Tweedy said Asphalt Green would offer reduced-fee classes for seniors and would consider expanding its scholarship program for children.

Community Board 1 is collecting suggestions from local residents and workers about what they want to see at the center. Those who have ideas can e-mail Anthony Notaro.

Thanks to our friends at dnainfo.com for this article.

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