Concert to Benefit NYU Divest Draws A Crowd That Doesn’t Even Go Here

“This is such an exciting evening that has really not even been put on by us,” Gallatin Junior Sophie Lasoff told the audience gathered at a benefit concert for NYU Divest on Saturday night. An NYU divest student leader, she seemed blown away by the way the night’s audience and entertainment stretched far beyond the university community.

NYU students were well represented in the audience, but they were far outnumbered by the activists, artists, and neighbors who came out to support one of our school’s most provocative environmental groups.

The NYU Divest coalition wants university President Sexton and the NYU Board of Trustees to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies, and divest existing oil and gas company holdings within the next five years. Since the burning of fossil fuel is a major contributor to global warming, NYU Divest believes the university has a moral imperative to withdraw its financial support from the fossil fuel industry. As climate change activist Bill McKibben puts it, “If [a student's] college’s endowment portfolio has fossil-fuel stock, then their educations are being subsidized by investments that guarantee they won’t have much of a planet on which to make use of their degree.” McKibben is the co-founder of 350.org, NYU Divest’s parent organization.

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Hurricane Sandy Filled New York City’s Waterways With Poop, Report Says

After Hurricane Sandy walloped the northeast last fall, we saw some of the worst environmental impacts the New York City has ever experienced. There were threats of water-borne illnesses, garbage floating in plain sight, and even rumors of “super-rats” roaming the trash-strewn streets.

Now, a new study from the research group Climate Central has announced what may be the grossest aftereffect of them all: 10 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage that was released during the storm. The sludge was enough to cover Central Park in a 41-foot-high pile of muck, the report says. In layman’s terms, the city’s rivers, lakes, and streams became one giant toilet.

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Governor Cuomo’s Ultimatum Leaves Con Ed Execs Without Bonuses

This past weekend, Gothamist reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently released a statement about the bonus checks given to Con Edison employees for their work during Hurricane Sandy.

Four executives–including president of the gas and power subsidiary, Craig Ivey, Chief Financial Officer Robert Hoglund, and utility’s general counsel Elizabeth Moore–were given $614,000 in bonus pay. The New York Post said that the company claimed that they deserved these bonuses for supervising ”significant challenges” six months ago.

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NHL Alumni And NYPD Face Off In Charity Hockey Game For Sandy Relief

At the end of October, Hurricane Sandy hit. For us at NYU, it created a weird limbo; classes were canceled, we had no power or water, and some were evacuated from dorms. Surrounded by destruction, we had a pseudo-vacation, complete with Alec Baldwin. While that may seem like a distant memory, Sandy is still affecting plenty of New Yorkers.

With that in mind, the New York Police Department hockey team squared off with a team of NHL Alumni in the Rivals For Relief game on Sunday. 70 percent of the proceeds went to the Mayors Fund to advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on behalf of the Stan Lee Foundation. The hockey game, assumed to be a secondary draw behind the charity, was surprisingly competitive and entertaining.
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[PHOTOS] Four Months After Sandy, Staten Island Still Recovering


Although Staten Island’s suburban expanse often flies below the radar of cosmopolitan Manhattanites, it’s still a part of New York City. Hurricane Sandy tore through the region at the end of October, but even after four months, it’s obvious that coastal areas are still hurting. We took the X1 bus to Great Kills one morning to document the lingering effects of the storm on coastal Staten Island. More photos after the jump.

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NYU Langone Reopens With Tension

Not everyone knows how hard NYU’s Langone Medical Center worked in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. More than 6,000 patients were forced to leave their hospital beds during the storm, and the back-up power generator went out at NYU Langone, forcing evacuation.

While now most of NYU Langone is back up and running, Sandy cost NYU $1.2 billion. WNYC reported that though funding from FEMA, the National Institutes of Health and NYU’s insurance policies should help recover between the next two to five years. The question still looms whether NYU will lose some of the patients and staff who sought refuge at Beth Israel or Mount Sinai. Around 500 NYU doctors left for other hospitals during the storm–and most have returned–but more than a dozen have applied for permanent privileges at other hospitals.

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Barge Spills Oil In Staten Island: NYC Waters Can’t Catch A Break

Just as New York City was recovering from one environmental catastrophe, another one is threatening to take its place.

Last weekend, a barge reportedly carrying 112,000 gallons of oil leaked some of its fuel into New York’s waters, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. Reports of oil in the waters around Kill Van Kull, a strait between Staten Island and New Jersey, came in around 11 pm on Friday.

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Fracking Pipeline Threatens Sandy’s Worst-Hit Victims

Just weeks after Hurricane Sandy walloped New York City in one of the most devastating episodes of destruction the city has ever seen, new safety concerns for those who were hardest-hit have come to light–namely, a pipeline for fracked gas that is proposed to go right underneath the battered areas, many of which are still without power.

The Williams’ Transco Rockaway Lateral Project will consist of a 3.17-mile, 26-inch pipeline, mostly offshore, planning to deliver natural gas to the Rockaways as early as 2014. Williams Transco, or Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation, is a subsidiary of The Williams Companies, Inc., which operates a 10,000-mile natural gas pipeline that stretches cross-country from Texas to NYC, among other pipelines. Read more…


Eat Down, Tip Up And Help Rebuild Lower Manhattan

Not so long ago New York City had this thing called a hurricane. There was flooding, no electricity, no running water, no cell service, et cetera. While now it might seem like things are back to normal in our part of lower Manhattan, there was still a lot of property damage and flooding, and many are still suffering from Sandy’s fallout. The nor’easter and dropping temperatures certainly didn’t help. Luckily, most of us at NYU didn’t have it that bad or were able to travel to places with amenities like running water. However, the time span between the hurricane and the nor’easter was devastating not only to homes and families but also to local businesses. This is how #EatDownTipUp was created. Read more…


Sorry, Everyone In Brooklyn, The MTA Won’t Be Refunding Your MetroCard

If we can learn anything from Taylor Momsen’s character on Gossip Girl (known for atrociously showing up to her Upper East Side high school armed with only “a bagged lunch and a MetroCard”), it’s that only people who live in Brooklyn take the subway – like, ever. Obviously, those NYU students in their cushy and cozy (sometimes very, very cozy) East Village apartments roll out of bed and directly into a car service every morning, and have all of their food and other wordly needs delivered to them. So it is only those brave souls (seniors) amongst the NYU student body who are affected by the MTA’s decision not to refund unlimited MetroCards, rendered unusable for nearly 1/4 of their lifespans (in some areas) during Hurricane Sandy.

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