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Could More Be Done to Stop All the Suicides at the George Washington Bridge?

The George Washington Bridge has been the site of dozens of suicides in recent years. (Photo: Razi Syed)

Around 4 a.m. on Oct. 5, Daniel Lomtevas slipped out of his Dyker Heights home. Eight minutes later, the 17-year-old hailed an Uber to take him to 2111 86th Street, Brooklyn and boarded the D train towards Manhattan.

At 7:16 a.m., according to photo metadata, Daniel had reached the George Washington Bridge, which connects Washington Heights and New Jersey. He took a picture around the start of southern pathway, overlooking the Hudson River. Less than 20 minutes later, his unconscious body was brought to New York-Presbyterian hospital. He was pronounced dead about an hour after his arrival there.

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Spaghetti Donuts Came to Smorgasburg and the World Did Not End

(Photo: Pop Pasta’s Instagram)

The hybrid haters came out in full force when Smorgasburg announced that its new crop of vendors would include Pop Pasta, a specialist in “spaghetti donuts.” As you can imagine, that wasn’t going to stop trend-seekers from lining up for them when Smorgasburg returned to Williamsburg’s East River State Park on Saturday.

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Before You Go Back to Your Urban Garden, Get The Lead Out

Don’t get too excited. Up close and personal with a soil sample from McCarren Park (Photo: Jamie Cone, 2015)

Hey, I hate to be the one to tell you, but this fancy schmancy Spring weather? Yeah, it’s a total tease. Like, check back in 24 hours and you’ll see what I mean. Still, nothing should stop you from getting started on your backyard or finding out how to get involved in your community garden. Well, except for frost. Yeah, come to think of it frost will pretty much kill the fruits of your backbreaking horticultural efforts no matter what. Besides, according to Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) there’s one thing you absolutely must figure out before you plop down any seedlings: Do you know what’s in your soil?

“Everybody should be testing their soil before they garden,” said Allison Currier, an organizer at NAG. “North Brooklyn especially. That’s because if you’re a resident of Greenpoint or Williamsburg, in all likelihood you’ve got some lead on your hands.

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New Yorkers, Stop Being Babies About the Plastic-Bag Tax

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

A five-cent tax on disposable plastic bags is looming over New Yorkers, and many of us seem to be worried that a touch of mindfulness about unnecessary waste is going to turn us all into linen-pant-wearing, hybrid eastern spirituality weirdos who are really pumped up about goji berries. 

Relax.

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Can Reusable Takeout Containers ‘Take the Guilt Out of Takeout’?

(Image via Shareware/ NAG)

(Image via Shareware/ NAG)

These days, there are countless ways to act like an entitled jerk even if you don’t go around launching empty Turkey’s Nest cups into McCarren Park (pretty sure NYC squirrels are just paid actors anyway). For starters, Amazon Prime, Seamless, Caviar, and eBay have all contributed to a massive increase in packaging waste. But starting this week, if you live and/or order takeout food within the Greenpoint area, you can sign up for a new eco-conscious initiative that will help you hate yourself a little less. Patrons of two local restaurants will be given free takeout food containers that can be returned to the restaurant for reuse.

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Noho Gets Ready to Rumble, With Another Boxing-Inspired Gym

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

A dizzying number of boutique gyms have invaded the Noho/Astor Place area of late: Barry’s Boot CampMile High Run Club, ModelFit, OrangetheoryFlyWheel, the list goes on. The latest to get in the ring is Rumble, a boxing-inspired gym coming to 700 Broadway, near East 4th Street, this winter.

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It’s Leaf-Peepin’ Season in Cooper Square: New Plaza Gets Dozens of Trees

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

(Photo: Michael Garofalo)

The long redesign of Cooper Square and Astor Place is finally nearing completion– knock on wood. This morning, landscapers worked to plant dozens of new trees around the square. We’re told that in total about 55 trees—oaks, sweetgums, and blackgumswill be planted over the next few days, bringing some much needed greenery to the area.

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What Happens When a Driver Hits Your Bike and Ghosts

(Photo: Daniel Hoffman)

(Photo: Daniel Hoffman)

It’s like I’m on the set of a police series. Is it CSI or SVU? I’ve never been good with acronyms. Two cops escort me while an attendant pushes my squeaking wheelchair through the gloomy hallways of Wyckoff Medical Center’s ER. A drunkard soliloquizes in Polish, a crumpled woman has a coughing fit, and a patient in pajamas stares into space and smiles.

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I Tried an IV Treatment That Promised to Shoot Me Up With ‘Indigenous Wisdom’

Owner Stephanie Wang greets a dripper at the new Drip Alchemy Bar (Photo courtesy of The Alchemist's Kitchen/ Nutridrip)

Owner Stephanie Wang greets a dripper at the new Drip Alchemy Bar (Photo courtesy of The Alchemist’s Kitchen/ Nutridrip)

“It’s the age of integration,” explained Ingrid, the in-house herbalist on duty at The Alchemist’s Kitchen.

I would have nodded agreeably if there wasn’t a large needle jammed into my arm, delivering a pinkish-orange liquid straight into my veins by way of a plastic tube. It’s safe to say that I was probably one of the first people to shoot up on the corner of First and First since Mars Bar was torn down there years ago. But I wasn’t mainlining China White– I was undergoing the Drip Alchemy Experience, a “nutrient-rich journey” currently on offer at The Alchemist’s Kitchen, which opened in February on the ground floor of the sleek condo building that replaced Mars Bar.

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Shooting the Hallucinogenic Honey Harvesters of Nepal

Igor (Photo: Michael James Murray).

Igor Kropotov (Photo: Michael James Murray).

About halfway through Vice’s video about the hallucinogenic-honey harvesters of Nepal, correspondent Abdullah Saeed, dressed in a beekeeper suit, complains to the camera: “There’s bees everywhere. As soon as we got to the top of the hill our camera guy Billy [Voermann] got stuck in the back, so I know he probably hates holding that camera right now.” 

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