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State Bill Would Aid City’s Move Toward More Climate-Friendly Food Sources

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New York City’s efforts to green its food system have been limited by a conflicting state law that says food must be procured by government entities based on cost alone. A bill being re-introduced in the upcoming legislative session in Albany would amend the existing law and allow every municipality in the state to opt into values-based procurement, factoring in other qualifications like nutrition and environmental sustainability when choosing food vendors. Adi Talwar Home delivery and grab-and-go meals being served and packed at Encore Community Services’ Senior Center. On a sunny day in February, Mayor Eric Adams stood at a podium outside Mercy Center, a community center and emergency food pantry in The Bronx, and signed Executive Order 8. That signature, which committed New York City to the Good Food Purchasing Program, was just one step in a years-long attempt to transform the city’s food system. The Good Food Purchasing Program (which is just called Good Food Purchasing,

Opinion: More Housing is the Progressive Choice

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“More housing at any income level lowers nearby rents. We progressives should therefore be fighting for new housing with every bone in our bodies.” Adi Talwar Homes in Queens. CityViews are readers’ opinions, not those of City Limits. Add your voice today! With housing serving as the bedrock of many New York City policy discussions over the last few months, it has become increasingly clear that many fundamentally misunderstand the way that housing markets operate—and, therefore, many self-styled progressives unknowingly make political decisions counter to their stated values. It is time for that to change. A review of the most contentious land use processes in the last few years—including SoHo/NoHo, Innovation Queens , One45 in Harlem, 9th Street in Gowanus, and the Bruckner rezoning in the Bronx—reveals that opponents repeatedly cite the same concerns: new housing will increase local rents and, therefore, displace existing residents in a community. To fight for vulnerable

Art at the Limits: A Conversation on Place & Cultural Identity

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Rodney Leon, Madeline Weisburg and Marjorie Martay. On May 18, 2022, City Limits hosted an intimate conversation about art and the power of place, featuring architect Rodney Leon and New Museum Curatorial Assistant Madeline Weisburg, moderated by City Limits Executive Director Marjorie Martay. About Rodney Leon, architect, founder & principal of Rodney Leon Design: Leon’s architectural career is centered on modern “culturally contextual” design, master planning and mixed-use housing developments for faith-based and international development organizations. He is the designer of the African Burial Ground Memorial in New York City and the Arc of the Return, a permanent memorial to enslaved victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the United Nations. Leon also designed the Cultural Museum of African Art in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, which will open this year. About Madeline Weisburg, curatorial assistant for The New Museum, New York: Weisburg is curatorial assistant for t

PODCAST: ¿Qué arrojó la investigación sobre abusos médicos contra mujeres detenidas en centro de ICE?

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 Aunque el centro de detención del condado de Irwin albergó solo al 4 por ciento de todas las mujeres bajo custodia de ICE entre 2017 y 2020, el Dr. Mahendra Amin, ginecólogo de este Centro de Detención, realizó más del 80 por ciento de cuatro procedimientos ginecológicos específicos (como laparoscopias, inyecciones de Depo-Provera, exámenes pélvicos y legrados) en detenidas durante ese tiempo. ICE En septiembre de 2020, la enfermera Dawn Wooten denunció que un ginecólogo en el Centro de Detención del condado de Irwin (CIDC por sus siglas en inglés) en Ocilla, Georgia, estaba realizando procedimientos médicos innecesarios, incluyendo histerectomías (la extirpación quirúrgica del útero) a mujeres detenidas por el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE por sus siglas en inglés). Un mes después, 19 mujeres alegaron que el Doctor Mahendra Amin, ginecólogo del Centro de Detención de CIDC, les practicó y presionó para que se sometieran a intervenciones quirúrgicas exce

NYCHA Tenant Committee Poised to Play Key Role in Comptroller’s Public Housing Audit

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A newly formed committee of NYCHA residents is advising Comptroller Brad Lander as he prepares to audit the public housing authority, with the task force first targeting the most common complaints made by peers. Sanitation and repair orders being closed without repairs topped the list. Adi Talwar NYCHA’s Wickoff Gardens. A newly formed committee of NYCHA residents is advising Comptroller Brad Lander as he prepares to audit the public housing authority, with the task force first targeting the most common complaints made by peers. The 21-member committee met for the first time Dec. 6 to review the results of a recent survey of 795 tenants from 132 developments that Lander said will inform the direction of his investigations. Respondents were asked to name the biggest challenges they experience at their campuses, with sanitation ranked the top or second biggest concern among 65 percent of participants. Safety and “repair tickets being closed before repairs” were the next most common

President Putin Offers Gas Supply To Europe Amidst Failed Relationship

Russia is ready to deliver additional volumes of natural gas to the European Union in the autumn-winter period, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. One of the two branches of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has survived the recent leak incident and Russia is willing to send gas through it to Europe, Putin said at the plenary session of the “Russian Energy Week” international forum in Moscow. “Its capacity is 27.5 billion cubic meters per year, which is about 8 percent of all gas imports of Europe. Russia is ready to start such deliveries. The ball is on the side of the European Union,” he said. Russia could also transfer the lost volumes through the Nord Stream pipelines to the Black Sea region and create key supply routes to Europe via Türkiye, “if, of course, our partners are interested in this,” he added. At the forum, Putin expressed concerns about unstable energy prices and an imbalance in supply and demand, and he criticized certain countries “who are guided solely by their o

Absolute Majority Of Countries Condemned Russia Referendum At United Nation

A strong majority of countries have condemned Russia’s annexation of some Ukrainian territory through a referendum held in the region after a strong objection from the US and her Western allies. 143 countries voted in support of condemning the referendum, 32 countries abstained from the voting process, and 5 voted against the topic of the day. The result of the vote has shown popular support in condemning Russia at the UN General Assembly which serves as the final decision of the Organization after a failed attempt in the UN Security Council where Russia vetoed the resolution of the body through its excessive power. The vote record an unprecedented spike in support of Ukraine, as the number rose drastically to the previous resolution held on the Russia-Ukraine Crisis. Despite much lobbying from the US, European Union, and allies in having support from China and India who have been Russia’s biggest allies since the latter invasion of Ukraine met with a dead end as both abstained fr

Putin Says Ukraine Mobilization Should Be Finished In 2 Weeks

President Vladimir Putin announced on Friday that Russia will stop calling up reservists in two weeks, putting an end to a divisive mobilization that has seen hundreds of thousands of men called up to fight in Ukraine and a large number depart the country. Putin also stated that Russia has no plans “for the time being” to carry out further big air strikes like the ones carried out this week, in which it launched more than 100 long-range missiles at targets across Ukraine. Putin directed the mobilization three weeks ago in response to Russian war failures. In addition, he has declared the annexation of four partially occupied Ukrainian provinces and threatened to deploy nuclear weapons. Since the start of the war, Russia has witnessed the first symptoms of public criticism of the leadership, and officials have admitted to making mistakes. Ethnic minorities and rural populations have complained that they are drafted at a higher rate than ethnic Russians and city dwellers. Putin defe

Coconut Butter Bars with Sea Salt Recipe

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A little while ago, I told you how much I adore coconut butter . My passion has not abated in the slightest, and I continue to enjoy it as the divine treat that it is — here’s 20+ recipes to use coconut butter if you’re curious to know more. But the tricky thing about coconut butter is how temperature-sensitive it is. Depending on the season, my jar of coconut butter can be super runny, which I don’t find the most pleasant consistency for eating with a spoon, or so solid you need a pickaxe to dig in. So I’ve found a neat little way to make sure I have coconut butter available in a snack-friendly format at all times. You know, for emergencies. I use my silicone chocolate bar molds — the very ones I bought to make these knock-your-socks-off caramelized sesame chocolate bars — to create these coconut butter bars , easily broken up into squares for popping into your mouth. All it takes is to soften the coconut butter in a hot water bath (unless it’s summer and the coconut butter

Best of June

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The end of the school year is fast approaching, and I attended my first end-of-year party (in French, une kermesse ) as a parent, twenty years after graduating from high school. Twenty years! I get dizzy just thinking about it, but if I was offered to push a button and go rewind my life to that day, I’m really not sure I would. As Paul Nizan wrote, “I was [sixteen]. I won’t let anyone say that it’s the most beautiful age of life.”* June Eats and Accomplishments • I joined a new friend for breakfast at Bol , a porridge bar (yes, it is a thing!) that recently opened on rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, in the 10th. You get a choice of hot and cold porridges, with different grain and milk types, and some savory options at lunchtime. I opted for the deliciously fresh bircher muesli , while Eleonora  chose a hot porridge with banana, maple syrup, and sesame. (Said new friend is the author of the brand-new cookbook As the Romans Do , which is very lovely. Check it out!) • I recently had

Modern Potluck: A Giveaway!

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Have you ever been invited to a summer potluck and found yourself with a bad case of the cook’s block and no idea what to bring? Former Food & Wine editor  Kristin Donnelly  has just released a cookbook for that very situation: in Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food To Share , she highlights perfectly shareable meals sure to impress at your next gathering. I love the book’s emphasis on vegetables and the wide range of flavors, from new twists on deviled eggs, to gracefully constructed salads, to no-noodle lasagna. Naturally, the photos are gorgeous (the book promises “beautiful food” in its subtitle and it certainly delivers) and there is a handy guide on what makes a perfect potluck , and what dishes may flop. It wouldn’t do to write a potluck book without having other people contribute, and I’m thrilled to say Kristen features one of my recipes in the book as well. Even better, Kristin’s (and my) publisher Clarkson Potter is offering to send a free copy of the book to 3 lu

Best of September

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Who’s with me in the I heart September camp? I enjoy the summer so much, and love it when Paris empties out and we get the city all to ourselves. But this is all to set the stage for that magical month of September: the good resolutions, the exciting new projects, and the very best, most bountiful time for French produce. I have been cooking up a tornado with my fab assistant Anne , developing and testing five to six new recipes each week for my upcoming book, Tasting Paris . It’s been a lot of fun, we have been eating really well, and I can’t wait to share with you. (In the meantime, you can follow along through my Instagram stories !) Best Eats this September • A lamb shoulder galette at Gilles Marchal’s brand new Montmartre restaurant Le Bistrot de la Galette , plus a perfectly dressed mesclun salad. The menu has some bistro classics plus a selection of “galettes”, i.e. puff pastry rounds garnished with various ingredients in the style of a vol-au-vent. (The night we went, t