NY State Bans Plastic Bags

NY State Bans Plastic Bags

Reusable bags NYC. Photo by Jon Tyson By Orik Ehren, age 13 In a landmark piece of legislation, the state of New York has banned the distribution of nonbiodegradable single-use bags by retail stores from March 1, 2020. With consumers now being encouraged to bring...

The Fate of Horse-Drawn Carriages in Central Park

By LILY KUZMINSKI, age 10 Animal rights activist argue that horse-drawn carriages in Central Park, such as the one pictured here, are suffering under cruel conditions. PHOTO: Michael Femia/Flickr Since 1858, Central Park South has featured one of the city’s most...

Stronger Storms in a Warming World

By HARLEM RENAISSANCE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY Hurricane Sandy caused power outages across New York City in October 2012. PHOTO: Augie Ray/Flickr Hurricane Sandy was a massive super storm that unleashed high winds and large-scale flooding in New York and New Jersey in...

Hot Dog Vendors Facing Hidden Challenges

By SOPHIA ROTHMAN, age 10 The vendors working the carts are often not even the owners, and some work as long as 12 hours in one day. PHOTO: Eric Konon When you buy something from a hot dog vendor, do you ever think about how much they’re earning? It may be a question...