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02.19.15 Prachi Gupta

After a few recent attacks involving machetes, a state senator wants to add the large blade to the list of knives banned in New York. If Tony Avella gets his way, New Yorkers caught with machetes could be put in jail for a year. It’s a penalty more severe penalty than the one in place, […]

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01.08.15 Rhett Jones

Mayor Bill De Blasio is expected to follow through today on the long-in-the-works ban of plastic foam containers. After a year of trying to prove that plastic foam containers are biodegradable, industry lobbyists have apparently lost to science. The initiative to ban foam takeout containers began two years ago when Mayor Mike Bloomberg put forth the proposal […]

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01.02.15 Prachi Gupta

For 15 years, ever since Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani shared his disgust for ferrets and implied their owners were mentally ill in a now-infamous radio exchange, ferret owners in New York City have been battling a stigma enforced by policy. Ferrets, lumped by Guiliani’s administration in the same category as lions or tigers, were said […]

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12.01.14 Rhett Jones

According to reports, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to eventually adopt electric “horseless carriages” over the horse-drawn carriages, is close to introducing legislation to ban carriage horses in NYC. Capital New York reports that no licenses for horse-drawn carriages will be renewed in 2016. Christina Hansen, spokesperson for the New York City Horse Carriage Association, […]

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11.18.14 Rhett Jones

An MTA board member made a lot of people shake their heads in collective disbelief Monday when he proposed a ban on backpacks in subways. Charles Moerdler sits on the board of the MTA and took a subway ride recently with his granddaughter, who was wearing a bag, when it suddenly occurred to him that backpacks are annoying in […]

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11.19.13 Marina Galperina

As promised by the soon-departing Mayor Bloomberg, as of today, you have to be 21 years old to buy tobacco products in New York. Bloomberg, the City Health Commissioner and the New York City Council have thereby restored that rebellious edge smoking seems to lose once you turn 18 and start making legal bodega runs for cigarettes, just like the rest […]

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04.22.13 Kyle Petreycik

A proposal drafted by NYC health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley aims to ban cigarette purchases by those under the age of 21. This isn’t much of a surprise, considering Mayor Bloomberg’s recent efforts to ban large sugary sodas. If passed, the proposal would make the minimum age for buying cigarettes the same as for buying liquor; yet […]

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12.05.12 Marina Galperina

Since seeing a resurgence in the street art/graffiti scene in Burma (aka Myanmar) earlier this year, the authorities imposed a ban prohibiting “drawing” on public buildings, roads and bridges. This week’s new law is unlikely to deter activity, just to contextualize it as illicit. Young graffiti artist Arker Kyaw explains: I cannot complain about the ban because many […]

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