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About lenmaniace

Award-winning writer and editor who has worked as a journalist and a corporate communications professional specializing in environmental sustainability and public health policy. Experience includes successful media outreach for a Manhattan publicity firm. Board member and president of a community-based nonprofit. Founder and leader of a series of successful park, art and environmental programs in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation’s most diverse city. * Executive Editor at Elsevier, a leading scientific and medical publisher. * Publicist, Media Advisor, Social Media Manager (part-time) at Monteiro & Co., a book-marketing company that specializes in business management, economics and politics. * Reporter (part-time) at the New York Post, specializing in breaking news in the world’s most competitive media market. * Senior Writer and Editor at The Journal News/, Gannett’s daily news outlet in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. Specialized in health policy and environmental sustainability issues * President the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, a volunteer nonprofit civic organization in Queens, N.Y. Leader of its innovative environmental sustainability programs, including the Green Agenda for Jackson Heights.

NY State Senate to vote on plastic bags law

By Len Maniace Decades after plastics bags were identified for their damage to the environment, the New York City Council finally took action last month, imposing a 5-cent charge on disposable plastic shopping bags. But now, in an example of … Continue reading

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What to do with the city’s stinkiest water bodies

By Len Maniace The coming months are likely to be crucial for the future of two of our city’s most odiferous water bodies, both in name and in fact. New York State is expected to rule on plans by New … Continue reading

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Flushing: A bay by any name would smell as foul

By Len Maniace The name of the community at the end of the No. 7 train is an accident of history. Settlers from the Netherlands named their 17th Century settlement after the Dutch city Vlissingen, which was Anglicized to Flushing … Continue reading

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Ecotourism: In search of the Digester Eggs of Greenpoint

  By Len Maniace Ecotourism usually conjures visions of rain forests and exotic fauna in Costa Rica and other distant locales. On Saturday I journeyed to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Well, at least my subway trip produced less climate-changing carbon dioxide than … Continue reading

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In Queens, a subway too far

It’s no mystery why Queens is behind the four big boroughs in transit. Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx have smaller populations than in 1950, while Queens has more 770,000 people – but nearly no gain in areas covered by the subway. Continue reading

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My city was gone: the case of America’s disposable cities

By Len Maniace Americans consume a lot of disposable products that are bad for the environment: plastic shopping bags, cleaning chemicals, flimsy furniture and digital devices that are tossed after a few years. But perhaps the disposable that has caused … Continue reading

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Learning to count trees and their benefits

By Len Maniace I’d like to learn to play the piano and to speak another language fluently, but instead I found myself learning how to count trees this Friday past. One does what one can. About 20 of us would-be … Continue reading

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A crucial role for volunteers in NYC’s underfunded parks

If you doubt that New Yorkers love their parks, consider this past Saturday. On what was the nicest day of the spring so far, more than 300 park advocates chose to sit inside NYU classrooms learning how to make their … Continue reading

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Building transit for NYC’s future and cutting congestion, too

It’s not often we point to the New York Post for a socially and environmentally progressive idea, but in all fairness this op-ed article is that. It supports the Move New York Fair Plan, which through a mix of new tolls … Continue reading

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BRT finally coming to Queens; Express to the beach and more

By Len Maniace For too long Queens has been the city’s stepchild when it comes to rapid transit; The borough is New York’s second most populous, but ranks fourth in how well it’s served. Improvements seem likely, however, and soon. … Continue reading

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