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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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Battery Park City’s Real Estate Moves City Forward

There is no part of the country that has not been effected by the economy over the past few years, but as far as Manhattan goes, Battery Park City’s real estate growth has been key to leading BPC on the rebound. BPC leads the way for growth and new residents in Manhattan. Milsteen properties is completing Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green which are being finished as the last of the new real estate developments to go in the area. Battery Park in the past two years has developed a new P.S. school and a new branch of the NY Library, both of which lead the area in Green technologies and reusable resources. BPC is also getting a handful of new restaurants to accommodate the boom in population including Shake Shack. You can read the full story here.

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Living In Battery Park City

While we think Battery Park CIty is top notch and one of the best places in the US to live and visit, we know we are a little biased. A writer, Erika Bielberg, recently took a bike tour of Battery Park City and this is what she had to say. “Here, the built environment echoes natural surroundings and the river is allowed to dominate. Riverfront esplanades, marinas, parks, playgrounds and abundant sculptures dot the 92-acre neighborhood. In my opinion, the parks, maintained by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, rank among the best urban green space on the planet.” You can read more about Erika’s bike tour here.

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Battery Dance Company Downtown Dance Festival

This is the last week to catch Battery Dance Company’s free performances. At 2 p.m. daily on the corner of Water and Whitehall Streets the company performs featuring local and international company members. Call (212) 219-3910 or visit for more information.

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Shake Shack & Blue Smoke head to Battery Park

After all the talk and speculation, it is official; Battery Park City is getting Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke and Shake Shack. The two eateries will be joined by a third, yet to be named but more upscale restaurant, all of which will open in 2011 on ground floor of the Embassy Suites hotel. As the construction of Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green finishes it is a perfect time to welcome our new neighbors with new great places to eat! You can read the full story here.

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Liberty Luxe & Liberty Green Complete Vibrant Neighborhood

Photo Credit: Buck Ennis

Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green are under construction and scheduled to be done next year, but that means more than just being open and finishing construction. We are going to welcome new neighbors to our neighborhood. In this story by Amanda Fung (Crains New York) she agrees that Battery Park City is a place that people want to work and live.

“Early next year, two luxury condominium towers—Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green—will open in Battery Park City. The buildings, which will be 33 and 23 stories, respectively, and will feature similar brick-and-glass facades, are being developed by Milstein Properties.

More important, the two towers will bring to a close one of the largest and most remarkable development projects in New York City’s history: the transformation of 92 acres of landfill across the West Side Highway from the World Trade Center into a vibrant neighborhood…”

You can find out more about Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green and you can read the full story by Amanda Fung here.

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Tourist Boats to Help Reduce Bus Traffic Near WTC

Next year when the 9/11 memorial opens there is a big concern about how many more tour buses will clog downtown city streets. In an attempt to help minimize additional traffic Statue Cruises is encouraging bus drivers to park in Liberty State Park in nearby New Jersey and send tourists across the Hudson on ferries. The tourists would land at the World Financial Center in Battery Park City, only a short walk from the World Trade Center site. It seems we aren’t the only ones excited about this idea; Michael Burke, vice president of Statue Cruises, got positive feedback when he presented the idea to Community Board 1’s World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee. You can read the full story (By: Julie Shapiro/ here.

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Construction of Liberty Luxe & Liberty Green

Check out this awesome time lapse video of the construction of Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green in Battery Park City. Ever wonder what changes from day to day in the area? Well, here is your answer!

The grass is so green at the end of the video.

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Skyscraper Activity Saturday

Join The Skyscraper Museum this Saturday (39 Battery Place) for a fun and educational morning. The hour long activity, geared towards youngsters, will start at 10:30am and encourage an appreciation and understanding of our city’s biggest buildings by creating skyscraper replicas out of stacking blocks and kid-sized images. You can even have your picture taken with the skyscraper you constructed! Please RSVP by calling 212-945-6324 or emailing Click here for more information and additional summer events by The Skyscraper Museum.

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Looking For A Fun Summer Family Activity?

Have you considered taking a family sailing lesson? Or spending a weekend with friends learning your way around a sail boat? Manhattan Sailing Club in Battery Park City offers lessons for families, youth, adults and groups. In a NYTimes story, Jonathan Wehrung, a 10-year veteran sailing instructor commented, “No PlayStations, no GameBoys, nothing like that — it’s just a chance to get out on the water.” Sailing sounds like a great way to take advantage of our close access to water and to spend some quality family time or a great weekend with friends. Click here to read the full NYTimes story.

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