In this week's Newsletter:  Weigh in on the new OneNYC plan, come to the opening of Threshold, an exhibit of Maya Brym paintings, take your old tree to Mulchfest and much more!
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Weigh In on the New OneNYC Plan


OneNYC is the plan for a sustainable, equitable and resilient New York City. It is the successor to the Bloomberg administration's original PlaNYC sustainability plan. It's been three years since the De Blasio administration launched OneNYC, and now they Mayor's Office is soliciting feedback from the public. You can read the plan and the latest report on it at the OneNYC website here, and you can make yourself heard about the issues that are most crucial to your quality of life and any ideas to make the city better here.

The form to voice your opinion is a very simple, anonymous single page, with boxes for longer comments if you feel moved to share any. Participants are only asked to give their ZIP codes, to help ensure equal representation across neighborhoods. So let your voices be heard, NYC! You're not known for your shyness!

Come to the Opening of Threshold, an Exhibit of Paintings by Maya Brym

Long-time friends of Solar One may remember Maya Brym, who was a key member of our grant writing team for many years and helped us secure some of the initial funding for our most foundational programs.

But what you may not know is that Maya is not only an amazing writer, but an immensely talented painter! The image above is a detail from her painting High Noon, which will be part of her solo exhibit Threshold at frosch&portmann. The opening is Thursday, January 17 from 6-8pm at 53 Stanton Street bet Eldridge & Forsythe Sts. The exhibit can be viewed Wed-Sun from noon to 6pm, January 17-February 24.

From the gallery invitation:

"The paintings in this exhibition engage with the tradition of still life in their attention to the domestic space of the table and everyday household objects – bottles, vases, bowls, animal figures – that have existed in all cultures from antiquity. As Norman Bryson argues in his 1990 book, Looking at the Overlooked, still life painting encodes this “low-plane,” domestic reality with cultural concerns relating to the world outside the home, the space of “History.” In Brym’s compositions, these two realities or spaces appear together as her ‘table’ can be interpreted as a windowsill and vast landscapes generate complex backdrops for the everyday objects. Two planes superimposing, Brym’s works represent a threshold between still life and landscape painting, between domestic interior and the reality of the world outside. The paintings depict and transform objects and artifacts from the artist’s own domestic surroundings. Vessels and animal figures she has owned for decades interact with fruit and vegetables, plastic bottles, items sourced from the internet, and more abstract, invented forms. Concerns about ecology, sexuality, economics and class, embedded in the choice and transformation of specific objects set against landscape, are interwoven with the technology and material processes of acrylic paint."

It's a New Year, Time to Mulch Your Old Tree

It's a sad but inevitable moment at the end of the holiday season- they are beautiful and beloved, but Christmas trees don't last forever. But at least yours doesn't have to end up in a landfill!

The Parks Department can mulch your tree and even give you mulch to take home, for your garden, yard or the tree pits on your block at their annual Mulchfest. Fast-growing farmed pine trees are actually a lot greener than people may think, and mulching them when their best days are done makes the choice even more ecologically sound.

This will be the final weekend of Mulchfest (it actually started January 4th, for those Type A personalities), so bring your trees to the closest location to you. In our case, there will be a Mulchfest location on the 20th Street Loop in Stuyvesant Town. Maybe we'll see you there?
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

There are currently no public events scheduled at Solar 1. We'll see you in the Spring!

Upcoming Events

1/12
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: St. Albans
113-43 Farmers Boulevard bet 113th St & Murdock Ave, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

1/13
E-Waste Collection with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Georgetown
Georgetown Shopping Center, 2181 Ralph Avenue bet Ave K & Ave L, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

1/15
NYLCV’s Education Fund presents the NYC’s Public Advocate Candidate Forum
Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon Street bet Court St & Brooklyn Bridge Blvd, Brooklyn, 5:30-7:30pm, free

Gingerbread Passive House Competition
Urban Green Council, 55 Broad Street bet Beaver St & Exchange Pl, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $15 general admission, $10 Urban Green & Passive House members

Waterfront Parks & Resiliency Committee Meeting: CB1 Manhattan
Community Board 1 Conference Room, 1 Centre Street, Room 2202A North, at Chambers St, Manhattan, 6-8pm, free

1/17
Historic Preservation on Roosevelt Island & Beyond with Thomas A. Fenniman, Architect
New York Public Library, Roosevelt Island Branch, 524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, 6:30-8pm, free
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