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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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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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World Financial Center Dishes Up Three Lunchtime Food Events

A sandwich from Quality Burger, which reopened Thursday on the World Financial Center plaza.


By Julie Shapiro
DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

The World Financial Center had three separate lunchtime culinary events on Thursday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the EAT World Financial Center Restaurant showcased more than a dozen of the building’s eateries in the Winter Garden, each selling tastes of their signature dishes for $5 or less.

The Grill Room offered a shrimp and vegetable stir-fry for $5, SouthWest NY will dish out pulled-pork sliders, two for $5, and Devon & Blakely sold a blackened chicken sandwich for $4. For dessert, Financier Patisserie offered a black and white mousse cake for $3, while Godiva Chocolatier will sell two chocolate-dipped strawberries for $5.

Thursday also marked the return of Ed’s Lobster Bar and Quality Burger, the food kiosks by the North Cove Marina that drew long lines when they debuted last summer.

This year, Ed’s will bring back its $15 lobster roll, $6 grilled shrimp skewers and $2 grilled corn on the cob, while Quality Burger will offer freshly seared cheeseburgers for $5.25 and loaded-up chilidogs for $3.75.

Within the next couple of weeks, a third kiosk will open: Fatty ‘Cue, an outpost of the popular Williamsburg barbecue joint by the same name.

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Merchants River House Now Open in BPC

Photo courtesty of Downtown Express & Terese Loeb Kreuzer

This past Monday, a new restaurant came to Battery Park City. Owner Abraham Merchant, and his wife Lyn, opened the doors to the Merchants River House restaurant (formerly known as Steamers Landing) with an opening event for the public.

Merchants River House will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. For more information call (212) 432-1451.

Read more about the Merchants River House restaurant and the grand opening from Downtown Express.

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Security Screening For Statue of Liberty Leaving BPC

For years the lines and security for Liberty Island have found their home in Battery Park and now they are working to resolve the issue and return the park to an actual park. One idea is to keep the metal detectors on Ellis Island and screen visitors there. While a decision will not be made for at least six months on the move of the security, the National Park Service plans to remove the big baracades at the entrance and all across the park and replace them with ropes similar to those you would find at a movie theatre. Hopefully, this will help make the park feel more like a park again. You can read the full story from dnainfo.com here.

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P.S./I.S. 276 Winter Carnival In BPC

This winter P.S. 276, Battery Park City’s newest school hosted its first fundraiser and winter carnival. The carnival included games, crafts, “hiphop hustle” and karaoke, an International food fair. Principal Terri Ruyter felt it was a great success for the school’s first big fundraiser and they look forward to many more in the future to keep families involved and benefiting the children. The TribecaTrib has a great photo reel here.

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Merchants River House Coming To BPC

For 26 years we have known it as Steamers Landing in the Battery Park City esplanade between Liberty and Albany Streets but this January that will change. The restaurant will close on Jan. 2 and reopen as the Merchants River House on Jan. 17. The new resturant will be an American bistro complete with apitaziers, a cocktail menu and entrees from $10-18. You can read more here.

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New Term For Downtown Area

It feels like everyday someone comes up with a new abbreviation for an area of Manhattan (SoHo, BoCoCa, DUMBO, and so on.). Here comes another one and it encompasses Battery Park City. A marketing group in the city has picked CanDo (pronounced “can due”), short for Canal Downtown which they would like to be the name for the area south of Canal Street. The marketing group says it is an attempt to give the area more a attractive feeling for those visiting as right now the majority of tourist do not lodge in our area unless they have work on Wall St. The marketing group plans to put out maps with the labeled CanDo area at local hotels in the beginning of the year. So far CanDo has received mixed reviews. We would love to know what you think. You can read the full story here.

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Art On A New Canvas in BPC

Last week David Stern, a German artist taught art workshops in the World Financial Center and in place of canvas and charcol students created their masterpieces on iPhones. The 54-year-old Stern has taken up art creations on his mobile phone and taught a series of workshops to encourage others to see the availability of resources right at their finger tips. You can read the full story here.

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Skating Rink In Battery Park

The W New York Downtown’s 5th floor terrace will be the newest host to ice skaters this season. They have build a small 12-foot-by-40-foot rink on the terrace which overlooks World Trade Center construction. It will be much smaller than the previous year’s 17,000-square-foot BPC rink but it will at least be a place to go ice skating locally. The rink will be open now through February. Read here for more information.

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