My Speech Today at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

My Speech Today at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.  This year marks the Sixtieth session being held at the United Nations.  I was fortunate and honored to be one of six speakers invited to be on a panel being held today as part of the conference.  The text of my speech follows:

We must each speak to our own experience.    While I am here today to speak to women’s empowerment I recognize that my experience is different from my fellow panelists and their’s in turn is very different from each other’s.  It is these different experiences that we bring from around the world that will hopefully lead us to find some common perspectives as women. 

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The End of the Carriage Wars

The End of the Carriage Wars

New York City officials announced yesterday that a deal has been reached to keep some horse-drawn carriages in Central Park and build a new in-park stable for the horses rather than ban them altogether.

Mayor Bill de Blasio in a joint statement with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Teamsters union, which represents the carriage drivers stated, "We are pleased to have reached an agreement in concept on the future of New York's horse carriage industry,

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De Blasio admits Defeat in his effort to Ban the Famous Horse Drawn Carriages of Central Park

De Blasio admits Defeat in his effort to Ban the Famous Horse Drawn Carriages of Central Park

Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasi admitted that he did not have the votes in the NYC City Council to ban the Horse Drawn Carriages from Central Par.

I started IconicNYC in March 2014 because I did not want to see an important part of New York’s heritageand a treasured part of my childhood, senselessly disappear.

Early on, during my postcard campaign, I realized that the battle was for more than just the horses. It also was about the 300 drivers and their families.

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NYC to Move the Ramp to MTS

NYC to Move the Ramp to MTS

NYC finally admitted that the ramp to the garbage transfer station posed a risk to Children playing at Asphalt Green.

100,000 Children use a cross walk right where the trucks would have entered the station under the City's design. IconicNYC in our report, Garbage Kills, showed how these garbage trucks could not see the children.

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My Investigation of the E91st St MTS

My Investigation of the E91st St MTS

I was told by a garbage truck driver that he is not able to see a small car that was in his blindspot. A child is impossible. It seems incredulous to me that the politicians across the board acknowledge that children will be hurt/killed by placing the MTS where it is and refuse to do anything about it because of political correctness. Government above all should be there to protect the most innocent who cannot defend themselves -- children.

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Let's Pave Over Central Park!

Let's Pave Over Central Park!

Let’s pave over Central Park…The notion is ridiculous.  New Yorkers would be justifiably outraged and you could expect such a proposal would be met by such scorn that any politician that proposed it would be run out of town.

Yet, back in the 1950’s it almost happened.  

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My Visit to a Landfill

My Visit to a Landfill

Last year over my winter holiday break from school, I visited a landfill in Pennsylvania where New York City’s trash ends up.

This may not sound like the most exciting—or picturesque, traditional, or pleasant—place to spend one’s holiday, and is certainly not as glamorous as a ski town or beach where some of my other classmates went, but I wanted to experience what the residents of the Yorkville will experience if the East 91st Marine Transfer Station is built.

 

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Environmental Justice - At What Cost to NYC's Children?

Environmental Justice - At What Cost to NYC's Children?

Asphalt Green is a jewel of a park in Yorkville on the Upper East Side of Manhattan sitting across from the Stanley Isaacs Public Housing Complex where some 1,000 low income black and Hispanic families live.

Today 400,000 children use the park every year. Although Asphalt Green provides many of its services for a fee, one third of its programs are free to the public. 

The Park is once again fighting for its survival as Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to turn part of it into an access ramp for a dump which will be situated right next to the park.  Mayor de Blasio calls it “Environmental Justice”.  He talks of the small marine transfer station that used to exist at the site and how the predominantly white Upper East Side and how all of Manhattan must be responsible for its own garbage.

What the Mayor doesn’t talk about is the Marine Transfer Station he is building will be as large as the Empire State Building’s footprint and ten stories tall

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