Sarah Laskow

Sarah Laskow is a reporter based in New York City who covers environment, energy, and sustainability issues, among other things.

Living

This truck travels the country collecting stories about seeds

Seeds are natural beginnings for stories: From a small start, they grow into a larger world and eventually end. They’re also good subjects of stories: Where did they come from? Who loved them enough to keep them around? How’d they reach the person who planted them in the ground? What happened when they went viral on the internet? (Wait, does that not happen to most seeds?) The Seed Broadcast Station, a converted bread truck manned by the Fodder Project Collaborative Research Farm, is traveling the country, gathering those stories: Come and share your personal seed stories. We would like to …

Cities

New York’s newest street, 6 ½ Ave., is just for pedestrians

For years, 1,200 people an hour have been seeing this six-block stretch of street in secret. But finally, New York City is bringing these back-alley relationships into the light, and giving them the official municipal seal of approval. Now the street can announce to the world: “I’m here. I’m part of the city. I’m not an unnamed pedestrian walkway you’d be ashamed to walk your mother down. I’m 6 ½ Avenue.” The newly named avenue runs from 51st to 57th Street. It’s primarily a pedestrian walkway, and as Transportation Nation says, that makes the city’s official approval more significant: In …

Cities

Uber lets you summon the ice cream truck right to your doorstep

Today six U.S. cities (and Toronto, but who cares) have access to the most cherished dream of every American child: ON-DEMAND ICE CREAM. This changes summer forever. Uber, the start-up that will send a livery-service car to you at the touch of a smartphone-app button, is expanding for one day into ice cream. Touch one little button on your iPhone and it will, as it promises, “BRING ON THE ICE CREAM.” There is a catch. (Of course there is a catch.)