April 2019

As the city council polishes up a piece of legislation that would ban “cashless” retail, an early adopter of card- and app-only transactions has indicated it will be reversing course. The fast-casual eatery Sweetgreen announced in a blog post on Thursday it would transition away from its cashless policy, which its stores adopted two years ago. The national chain has 22 locations in the New York metro area, centered mainly on Manhattan and in parts of Brooklyn. Opponents to the practice complain the policy is discriminatory to customers who rely on cash—typically poorer and older residents. Similar to measures adopted by Philadelphia

This weekend is pandemonium in Astoria. All along 31st Street people hustle in and out of Greek bakeries and grocery stores and butcher shops, buying traditional tsoureki bread and lamb. “It’s our busiest weekend of the year.” says Michael Kallas, manager of Titan Foods, a Greek grocery store and sweet shop, before darting off to help a cashier with a line of customers. This Sunday is Greek Easter. The Greek Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar, which differs slightly from the Gregorian calendar used in many other Christian faiths. For Greeks, Easter (or Pascha) is the biggest holiday of the

New York City is finally going after its worst greenhouse-gas emitters: big buildings. In legislation approved by an overwhelming majority of the city council on Thursday, owners of building over 25,000 square feet will be required to meet increasingly-stringent emissions targets that will be phased in beginning 2024. The bill has been touted by its proponents as the most comprehensive policy fighting building emissions of any city in the world. “We are on the precipice of climate disaster, and New York City is acting. I hope other cities follow suit,” said Speaker Corey Johnson on Twitter. Buildings accounted for two-thirds of New York