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Walking Off the Big Apple

A roundup of eco-friendly goods and services.

National Green Pages is a "directory listing thousands of businesses that have made firm commitments to sustainable, socially just principles, including the support of sweatshop-free labor, organic farms, fair trade, and cruelty-free products." Free.

Windows, radiator covers, doorknobs and much else in the warehouse of salvaged or surplus building materials called Build it Green! NYC.

As with most Oxo products, this small compost bin is designed well, looks good (for a composter, at least), and is only $20.

A ceremonial burial at sea for cremated remains is facilitated by Sea Services.

Preserve kitchen and personal care tools—things like colanders, cutting boards, toothbrushes and razors—are made from recycled plastics. Preserve's Gimme 5 program, in conjunction with Whole Foods, accepts #5 plastics for recycling. That means containers for yogurt, margarine, hummus, cottage or cream cheese and any other plastic stamped #5 (which the City doesn't recycle).

Change by Us NYC, developed by the City, allows any New Yorker to create neighborhood projects, particularly green ones, find people who can provide an assist, and connect with public and non-profit programs that can fund the idea into being.

Too many of our mass-produced furniture pieces sit around off-gassing, slowly releasing little puffs of toxic effluvium from their nasty inner s(h)elves. Avoid them with materials and products (like Acrylacq, used by many chemically-sensitive people as a furniture finish) from Green Depot, 222 Bowery [Prince/Spring] 212.226.0444. The store has tons of other things for the green home, including Yolo Colorhouse paints, cleaning products, CFL lightbulbs, and baby products.

Eco-Libris is a business dedicated to offsetting the loss of 20 million trees lost annually for books published in the U.S.

Environmental Advocates of New York keeps a close watch on threats to air, land, water quality, and wildlife.

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Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

25 Things To Do Near MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art at 11 W. 53rd Street is near many other New York City attractions, so before or after a trip to the museum, a short walk could easily take in additional experiences. Drawing a square on a map with the museum at the center, a shape bounded by 58th Street to the north and 48th Street to the south, with 7th Avenue to the west and Park Avenue to the east, proves the point of the area's cultural richness.

While well-known sightseeing stops fall with these boundaries, most notably Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the great swath of famous Fifth Avenue stores, cultural visitors may also want to check out places such as the Austrian Cultural Forum, the 57th Street galleries, the Onassis Cultural Center, and the Municipal Art Society.

The image here shows an intriguing glimpse of the tops of two Beaux-Arts buildings through an opening of the wall inside MoMA's sculpture garden. These townhouses at 7 and 5 W. 54th Street are part of a longer row representing a time when millionaires lived in this part of Midtown. The building at 7 W. 54th dates from 1900 and was built for Philip Lehman of Lehman Brothers.


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