Natural Cleaning Tips For Healthy Living - November 2013

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Green Spotlight: East River Ferry

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Some island dwellers might say that the most important thing to know on an island is how to get off of it. We couldn’t agree more. We love our big apple island, but it’s nice to know that NY Waterway’s East River Ferry is standing by to take us on, off and around it when we want to explore our city and the outlying areas.

Jimmy Buffett was right – getting around by boat is the only way to travel. This eco friendly company offers frequent, reliable service that connects Manhattan with various destinations in Brooklyn, Queens and seasonally on Governor’s Island. Their website features neighborhood introductions along with the accompanying ferry schedule. It’s not just about transporting people and bikes from point A to point B with East River Ferry. They put on social events like booze cruises and contests for fans and customers as well.

The company partners with community businesses by featuring them on their neighborhood directories. A recent weekend found us checking out Hunters Point South, one of approximately ten neighborhoods that make up Long Island City in Queens. We had heard a lot about its burgeoning arts scene and we had to visit 5 Pointz, MoMA PS1, The Museum of the Moving Image and the Chocolate Factory Theater for ourselves. A short ferry ride from our location in DUMBO to the terminal in Long Island City and we were soon happily exploring a new neighborhood!

The double-decker boats depart every 20 to 30 minutes and they even offer free bus service during rush hour, taking passengers across 34th Street to Sixth Avenue, then over 38th Street to Lexington and back to the dock.  You’ll spend a shockingly low $4 to ride the ferry, plus a dollar if you want to take your bike along (highly recommended). An all-day pass with unlimited access is just $12.

According to an article published in the Akron Beacon Journal, “The East River Ferry has become so popular that many New Yorkers are now sailing to work. In July, Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcomed the 1 millionth passenger on board, noting that in just one year, the ferry had surpassed its expected 400,000 riders. Noticing the crowded docks one tourist was heard to utter the immortal words from the movie Jaws: “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”

As an East River Ferry community partner in the DUMBO/Brooklyn neighborhood, we second that sentiment!

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How to Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose Old Magazines

Aluminum cans, paper, and plastic are synonymous with the word recycling, but did you know that you can also do something useful with the old magazines you’ve been collecting?


One of our favorite repurposing ideas is to make bows out of old magazines as shown here in Whole Living. According to the DIY publication, you’ll need one magazine page per bow (best if the page is mostly one color) and some double-sided tape. Click here for detailed step-by-step instructions.

Would you like to make a vase out of your old magazines? This step-by-step video walks you through the process and even explains the supplies and amount of magazines you’ll need depending on the size of vase you’d like to make. The finished project looks hard, but this video makes it seem surprisingly easy: How to Make a Vase out of Old Magazines


Make your own custom magazine out of your favorite articles. Depending on how scrapbook savvy you are you can make your own colorful book out of old magazine favorites. The project can be as basic as collecting the best of your magazines in a large binder or file folder or scrapbooking them with notations and embellishments to be admired later. This project demands a gray afternoon and a cup of hot chocolate or tea. Spend hours cutting out articles, recipes and photos that you can’t bear to part with, then recycle the leftover pages.


Donating your old magazines versus throwing them in a recycling bin is a better way to give your favorite periodicals a second life. Visit Home Storage Solutions for some excellent options for magazine donations. Our favorite suggestions include contacting your local library, taking a gift of magazines to a nearby nursing home or hosting a magazine swapping party and exchanging glossies with your favorite friends or new acquaintances. Remember to remove your address labels and any other identifying packaging before you give them away. If you’re stuck for donation ideas consider reaching out to civic groups that share your interests. Hobbyist magazines would be most appreciated by a similar group, while fashion magazines might be best at a women’s shelter or other female-centric outlet.

Do you want more ideas? We recommend visiting Pinterest for hundreds of more ways to give your magazines an extended purpose.


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