In this week's Newsletter: The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project wants your ideas, come to the New Museum IDEAS CITY & Streetfest, eco-hot dogs hit the streets, and much more!
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East Side Coastal Resiliency Project Seeks Community Input at Design Workshops Next Week

The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (also known as the Dryline) is NYC's portion of the $930 million dollars that the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development has dedicated to resiliency and storm mitigation strategies for areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. HUD solicited concepts from over 200 design firms as part of the year-long Rebuild By Design competition. The purpose of the project is to reduce the risks of extreme weather and climate change, as well as improve quality of life and expand community access to the waterfront. This project focuses on neighborhoods near the East River between Montgomery and 23rd Streets, and is included as part of the City's new sustainability plan, One New York.

Over the next two weeks, the City will be holding three Community Workshops where participants will be able to contribute their thoughts on the preliminary concepts being developed.

The workshops will occur on: 
  • Tuesday, May 19th, doors open at 6:30 P.M., meeting at 7:00 P.M.
    Washington Irving High School, 40 Irving Place
    Focused on the waterfront between E. 14th & E. 23rd Streets
  • Wednesday, May 20th, doors open at 7:00 P.M., meeting at 7:30 P.M.
    PS 134 Henrietta Szold, 293 East Broadway
    Focused on the waterfront between Houston & Montgomery Streets
  • Thursday, May 28th, doors open at 6:30 P.M., meeting at 7:00 P.M.
    Church of St. Brigid, 119 Avenue B (enter on 8th Street)
    Focused on the waterfront between Houston & E. 14th Streets
Light refreshments will be served. All locations are ADA accessible. Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese interpreters will be present at all workshops. A Fujianese interpreter will also be present on May 20th. 

The New Museum's IDEAS CITY & Streetfest Returns to the Bowery May 28-30

The New Museum's biennial IDEAS CITY festival is back, and this year's theme is The Invisible City. Over three days at the end of May, the festival will host lectures, dance parties, interactive art events and more, all culminating in the Streetfest on Saturday May 30. Some events are ticketed, but the Streetfest is completely free, open to the public, and will include a lot of interesting art/design/concepts that should enthrall kids and adults alike.

Solar One will be there demystifying the (usually) invisible-but-crucial phenomenon known as electricity. You'll find us alongside the Institute for Public Architecture, so stop by, say hi and learn something!

You can find the full event schedule here.

Eco-Friendly Hot Dogs? 500 "Green" Food Carts Will Hit the Streets on Memorial Day

Food vendors on the streets are something New Yorkers have been enjoying for hundreds of years, from the days of the oyster roasters and chestnut sellers to knishes, pretzels and hot dogs to the gourmet food truck. And now the classic hot dog cart itself is getting an update: Thanks to a partnership between the city and startup MOVE Systems, 500 eco-friendly food carts will be provided for free, including 100 to veterans trying to start small food businesses.

NYC currently has 8,000 food carts and trucks on the streets every day, and most of them use propane, not exactly the cleanest fuel. The new cart, known as the MRV100 vending vehicle, includes a restaurant-grade kitchen with refrigeration and a sustainable energy system that utilizes solar power, alternative fuel, and plug-in hybrid technology. Each cart will be modeled after a stationary kitchen and will be equipped with refrigeration and sink for proper food preparation.

You can find more information about the program here.

Upcoming Events at Solar 1

Solar One Family Day: NYC Wildflower Week Interactive Plant Fair
At Solar 1, 23rd Street & the East river, 10am-2pm, free

Other Events

2015 Bike to Work Challenge
All day, everywhere, free

NYC Bike Expo
Penn Pavilion, 33rd Street & 7th Avenue, Manhattan, Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-6pm, free

Spring E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Astoria)
Broadway Library, 4020 Broadway bet Steinway & 41st Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free
For a list of accepted electronics, click here.

Spring E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Brooklyn Heights)
First Unitarian Chapel, Pierrepont Street bet Monroe Pl & Clinton St, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free
For a list of accepted electronics, click here.

Spring E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Jackson Heights)
37th Avenue bet 77th & 78th Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free
For a list of accepted electronics, click here.

GrowNYC 45th Birthday Celebration
Union Square Greenmarket, 15th Street & Union Square West, Manhattan, 12-4pm, free

350NYC Divestment Working Group
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, Room 508, Manhattan, 7-9pm, free

Clean Energy Connections: Architecting Energy's Future

The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC, 44 Charlton Street at Varick St, Manhattan, 7-9pm, $20 general admission/$10 students
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