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Today is the first day of fall! September 22 marks the official start of the fall season, which lasts until December 21, the beginning of the Winter season. While the weather today is warm and sunny, we look forward to seeing New York City's beautiful fall foliage. What are you favorite fall activities in the city?

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© Karl Tepfer 2012, #LoveNYC Photo Contest entrant.
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Today the new “Recycle Everything" public information campaign launched as well as the expansion of the organic food waste recycling program.  The initiatives are part of the City’s work to double the recycling rate to 30% by 2017 and follow the largest expansion of the recycling program in 25 years with the processing of all rigid plastics that began last spring.  The “Recycle Everything" ads will be featured throughout the City and highlight policies and investments that will enable more waste to be recycled. The ads will run in newspapers, magazine, newsstands, transit shelters, subway cars, taxis and the Staten Island Ferry.

The organic food waste recycling pilot will be expanded to include neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island and will reach more than 100,000 residences by 2014.   In addition, the city has partnered with GrowNYC to begin food scrap collection at green markets where New Yorkers can bring food waste to sites where it will be used for composting at community gardens and other programs.

For more information, visit http://on.nyc.gov/19sOK5K.
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Today, new public WiFi service in 32 NYC Parks was launched. New Yorkers and visitors can now connect to the Internet for free using their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other WiFi-enabled devices for up to 30 mins each month and is free at all times for Time Warner Cable and Cablevision broadband subscribers. 

The NYC Parks WiFi will be maintained through July 2020 as part of the franchise renewal agreements. The agreement includes $10 million for WiFi deployment in parks and public spaces. Hotspots will be distributed throughout City parks with the majority of locations in outer boroughs. The goal is to equip areas currently lacking Internet access with high-quality WiFi. 

NYC Parks WiFi locations include:

Bronx:
Bronx Park (Ranaqua)
Gun Hill Playground
St. James Park & Recreation Center
St. Mary’s Park & Recreation Center
Seton Falls Park
Owen Dolen Recreation Center

Brooklyn:
Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center
Coney Island (Steeplechase Park)
Marine Park (Nature Center)
Wingate Park
Manhattan Beach
Gravesend Park
Brownsville Recreation Center
Cadman Plaza Park
Carroll Park
Prospect Park (Bandshell)
St. John’s Recreation Center

Manhattan:
Bryant Park
Jackie Robinson Park
Madison Square Park
Riverside Park (W.79th Street Boat Basin) 

Queens:
Baisley Pond Park
Bowne Park
Cunningham Park
Kissena Park
Railroad Park
Roy Wilkins Park & Recreation Center

Staten Island:
Greenbelt Recreation Center (Blood Root Valley)
Tappen Park
Barrett Park (Staten Island Zoo)
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Tompkinsville Park

Find the complete list at http://nyc.gov/parkswifi
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The City of New York announced today that it has been approved for its own geographic top-level domain (.nyc) which will allow New Yorkers and visitors to easily find local businesses, services and info online.  A .nyc address will show that a business or individual is located in NYC and identify products and organizations serving the NYC community.  The City is one of the first cities in the world to be granted a geographic top-level domain by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  

In order to register for a .nyc domain, registrants will have to have a primary residence in NYC with a physical address.  Small businesses would also be able to use a .nyc domain to allows customers to know where they are located in order to better build their online identity.  In addition, NYC government entities, nonprofit organizations and residents will be able to establish their identities online and enable community collaboration and communication.

Registration for .nyc addresses will open in late 2013 and fees are to be determined.

For more info, visit mydotnyc.com.

Full press release at http://on.nyc.gov/13p39gL
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NYC Digital invites New Yorkers to a series of listening sessions throughout the City this summer with the aim of encouraging feedback on New York City’s innovation progress and contributing to the upcoming version of the City’s Digital Roadmap. Today the City’s Digital Roadmap is over 90% complete, and in order to build on these achievements, NYC Digital will once again reach out to add new goals and objectives to the City’s innovation strategy. New Yorkers are invited to attend the sessions to share their thoughts about how to realize New York City’s potential as the world’s leading digital city, across the areas of Internet access, education, open data, engagement and industry.

The feedback that NYC Digital receives during these meetups will help to inform the next annual update to New York City’s Digital Roadmap, which outlines the strides the City has made to date, in its plans to increase Internet access for New Yorkers, invest in STEM education, release more open data, engage New Yorkers digitally and further develop the local tech industry. NYC Digital is a part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

“New York City has much to celebrate in digital progress since the 2011 launch of the Roadmap, but as New Yorkers, we never rest on our laurels,” said Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer. “Through these meetups, we aim to continue our approach of deep public engagement in the planning process and add new goals that build on the Mayor Bloomberg’s foundation of digital achievement. I look forward to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives from New Yorkers across the City and to continue to work together towards our shared digital future.”


NYC Digital Roadmap Listening Sessions – Summer 2013 

Brooklyn Listening Session: 
Thursday, July 11, 2013, 7:00pm
Location: NYU-Poly DUMBO Incubator, 20 Jay Street, Suite 313, Brooklyn 
Cosponsors: Brooklyn Tech Meetup and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Staten Island Listening Session:
Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 7:00pm
Location: Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D, Staten Island
Cosponsors: Staten Island MakerSpace

Bronx Listening Session: 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 7:00pm
Location: Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, 890 Garrison Ave (The Banknote Building), Suite L401, Bronx
Cosponsors: Bronx Tech Meetup

Queens Listening Session:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 7:00pm
Location: Hunter’s Point Plaza, 10th Floor Event Space, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, Queens
Cosponsors: Coalition for Queens’ Queens Tech Meetup

Sign up at http://www.meetup.com/nycgov

Be a part of the conversation online by using the hashtag #nycdigital.  
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Throwback Thursday: Astoria Park Pool 

Left: Today NYC public pools reopened for the summer season
Right: Astoria Pool opened on July 4th 1936 with the finals for the Olympic swim tryouts.

Astoria Park pool is located along the East River in Queens and is one the largest and most popular swimming facilities in the country, with a main pool and diving pool that meet Olympic standards, as well as a wading pool.  The main pool is the largest in NYC, at 330 feet in length.

For more history on the Astoria Pool, visit  http://on.nyc.gov/18iNr8Q.

To find a pool near you, go to http://on.nyc.gov/14zXf9t.
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I grew up in the Astoria Park, I can see my Grandma now sitting there under the bridge while I played and ran around. Many, many hours......Thanks for the memory.
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‪#‎TBT ‪#‎Throwback‬ Thursday: Coney Island Boardwalk

Left: Coney Island on a Sunday Morning in 1920s
Right: After rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy

Construction on the Coney Island Boardwalk began in 1921. The project required 1.7 million cubic yards of sand as well as 120,000 tons of stone, 7700 cubic yards of reinforced concrete and 3.6 million feet of timber. The 80-foot wide boardwalk stretched from W 37th Street to Ocean Parkway. "Coney Island’s Fifth Avenue" officially opened on May 15, 1923.

For more history on Coney Island, visit http://on.nyc.gov/13pRuNF.
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Today, Mayor Bloomberg broke ground on The Hills, a new public park on Governors Island. The Hills will be made of recycled construction and fill materials and will rise 25-80 feet above sea level. The summit of the tallest Hill will provide visitors with a 360 degree view of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline. 

The Hills similar to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Central Park topography will pay homage to lush, hilly landscapes of pre-colonial Manhattan. There will be 4 hills including a grassy hill with a 25 foot gentle slope, a slide hill with 4 slides for children, a 60 foot Discovery Hill with art along pathways and the Outlook Hill which will be 80 feet above the Island. The Hills are scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. 

For more visit http://on.nyc.gov/19kyBPX.
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‪Throwback‬ Thursday: Governors Island

Top: Present Day Bottom: Back in 1959

Governors Island was originally called Nutten Island and when the English captured New Amsterdam and renamed it New York, they also gained control of the island. The island served as an important military function for many years until the U.S. Coast Guard closed its facilities and relocated its personnel in 1996. By 2003, the island’s 22 acres were designated Governors Island National Monument and the remaining 150 acres were transferred to the people of New York for public benefit.

Learn more at http://bit.ly/1blrb0o.
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781 new NYPD police officers graduated today at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The class completed 6 months of intensive Police Academy training and all members will be assigned to Operation Impact, which is a program that pairs rookie officers with experienced supervisors and deploys the new officers to patrol higher-crime neighborhoods. 

This year’s class includes more than 45% that are college graduates and 11% have served in the US military. In addition, the class is 85% male and 15% females with one-quarter of the class having immigrated to the US. They represent 49 different countries and they speak 40 different languages.

For more, visit http://on.nyc.gov/14L7uHQ.
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Congratulations to all... Do your city proud and stay safe!
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Today, Mayor Bloomberg, DOT and the MTA announced the launch of the Bx41 SBS, the city’s fifth Select Bus Service route, on Webster Avenue, serving 20,000 daily bus riders along one of the Bronx’s main north-south corridors. Select Bus Service uses on-street fare collection machines to let passengers pay before they board. In addition, SBS buses make fewer stops and combined with improved street redesign and engineering such as installing off-set, dedicated, high-visibility bus lanes, will increase mobility and safety for all vehicles on the road.

Select Bus Service has increased ridership and improved bus service, speed and reliability along each of the 4 other corridors where it has been introduced.

Travel times are expected to be reduced by up to 20%. The route will serve Webster Avenue’s growing residential population along with many Bronx institutions such as Fordham University, The New York Botanical Garden and will provide a direct connection for the New Haven and Harlem lines of MTA Metro-North Railroad.

For more visit http://on.nyc.gov/14IzVpR.
See real-time bus locations: http://bustime.mta.info/#Bx41-SBS
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Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Quinn filed a joint amicus brief in support of constitutional challenge of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

"Generation after generation has removed barriers to full participation in the American dream, with each generation helping our country take another step on the road to a more perfect union for all citizens. The Supreme Court’s decision today brings us another step forward in the march of freedom, a journey we must never stop traveling. I’m honored to be a part of Mayors for Freedom to Marry, a coalition committed to advancing the American journey towards full equality in every state. Those who still stand in opposition should remember that on matters of freedom and equality, history has not remembered obstructionists kindly – not on abolition, women’s suffrage, workers’ rights or civil rights. The same will be true on marriage equality. The desire for equal standing has led to extraordinary advances in American freedom – it has never been defeated, and on marriage equality, it will not be defeated.” - Mayor Bloomberg

Celebrate NYC Pride this weekend with a variety of events including the annual LGBT Pride March on Sunday. The March starts at 12pm in Midtown at Fifth Avenue and 36th Street and ends in the West Village. 

For more info on NYC Pride events: http://bit.ly/pridenyc2013
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