Renata Yagolnitzer

Do You Compost Your Food Scraps?

I used to live in Berkeley - the bay area has such an amazing composting program, I am hoping something similar will come to NYC. Now that I'm living in Brooklyn, I (along with the my roommates who I've convinced to participate) freeze all our food scraps and tea bags (except meat), and then take it over the to the farmer's market in Grand Army Plaza every Saturday. It doesn't feel like a hassle at all, and is a great excuse to stroll through the farmer's market every week. I get really happy seeing so many full bins there every weekend, so it seems like a lot of folks are contributing. Another perk is our garbage is less stinky because there's virtually no food in our trash bin.

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Where to Drink in the East Village: 10 Great Cocktails

For spirits geeks, New York's East Village is a fabulously dense playground of trailblazers, tastemakers, and ambitious upstarts. Picking your poison presents a choice between a myriad of passions: mezcal, gin, sherry, bitters. It's where many of the talented folks making drinks in other parts of the city received their training, and it's a truly exciting place for a cocktail crawl. But where should you go? What should you order? Don't worry, we've been drinking our way through the neighborhood in order to present you with this guide to 10 of the East Village's greatest drinks right now. More

Where to Drink in the West Village: 10 Great Cocktails

While the East Village may be the more expected destination for a cocktail-lover's night out—it's got everything from classics PDT and Death + Co. to newcomers like Booker and Dax—the West Village has its fair share of great drinks, too. You might find fewer straight-up cocktail bars, but these days we're seeing good bar programs in all sorts of places: at restaurants, at Scotch bars and wine bars and pubs. Here are 10 great drinks in the West Village for your next night out. More