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West 80s Neighborhood Association’s “Love Your Street Tree Day” initiative in America Adapts Podcast: 

This summer’s NYC Parks Department’s Super Tree Stewards Social Networking event at the Arsenal included Doug Parsons from the America Adapts Climate Change podcast.  His interviews include several Super Stewards, including Melissa Elstein of West 80s Neighborhood Association’s “Love Your Street Tree Day” Coalition at 1:40:45 - 46:27. Listen here.

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New York City removed 110 trash cans. Now garbage is overflowing and the rats are 'running wild'

By Mogan Hines on July 17, 2019 via USA Today

According to the New York Times, rat complaints have risen from 12,617 in 2014 to 17,353 last year. That's a 38% jump citywide — and comes even after Mayor Bill de Blasio allocated $32 million in 2017 to reduce the number of the rodents. Read more...

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Three Unique Events This Weekend

May 16, 2019

This weekend is packed with events, and we wanted to highlight three unique ones. Read more.

Fifth Annual NYC “Love Your Street Tree Day”

May 12, 2019

The fifth Annual NYC “Love Your Street Tree Day” will be held on the Upper West Side on Saturday, May 18th from 12-2pm. Read more.

Love Your Street Tree Day' To Hit Upper West Side This Weekend

May 19, 2017 via Patch

Volunteers can help restore tree beds with mulch and compost and sweep the neighborhood during a "trash audit." Read more.

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Sunday: Love Your Street Tree Day

May 18, 2017 via West Side Rag

Learn how important urban trees are to our health, environment and economy, and how properly cared for permeable soil slows down stormwater runoff into our waterways preventing combined sewage overflows. Read more.

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Manhattan Week: The Mayor of the Upper West Side Uses Her Green Thumb to Keep the Neighborhood Serene

By Michael Scotto on October 15, 2016 via NY1

As our series "One City, Many Mayors" continues, we move to the Upper West Side, where a local resident is working to beautify the neighborhood, one tree at a time. Read more.

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Greening New York

By Melissa Elstein (West Side Spirit) on June 15, 2016

New York City recently planted its millionth new tree after a roughly decade-long environmental initiative started under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration and continued by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s. Of these, more than 625,000 are street trees. Read more.

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The Bag Bill

By Ian Frazier (The New Yorker) on May 2, 2016

"... One morning, I met Romer at Eighty-fifth and Broadway, where she had come to talk to a group from the West 80s Neighborhood Association. Members of that group, led by Melissa Elstein, a yoga teacher and former attorney for the N.Y.P.D., had gathered to learn how to take bags out of trees. Skilled professional bag snaggers from the New York Restoration Project, or N.Y.R.P., the environmental organization founded by Bette Midler, were there to provide instruction. In the lobby of Elstein’s building, we stood in a circle and introduced ourselves—fifteen of us in all..." Read more.

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The West 80s: An Aesthetic of Its Own

By Aileen Jacobson (NY Times) on January 13, 2016

The [West 80s] association’s Recycling and Zero Waste Forum in November drew about 100 people, she said, and the inaugural Love Your Tree Day last May is scheduled for a reprise this spring. Read more.

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How and Why to Get to Zero Waste

By Lisa DiCaprio and Melissa Elstein (West Side Spirit) on November 24, 2015

To confront the enormous societal and economic costs of our waste problem, we need a cultural shift to acknowledge and reduce our trash footprint.

While supporting new recycling policy measures, we must also reduce waste and consumption. It really is true that when we throw things away, there is no away.  Read more.