New York’s notorious Rikers Island jail could become a renewable energy hub

Good News Notes: “For many Americans, the name Rikers Island evokes a modern-day Alcatraz. The island jail complex, which sits a bridge away from the New York City borough of Queens, has over the last decade become synonymous with the abuses of mass incarceration, including violence by guards and between inmates as well as routine use of solitary confinement. Nearly 90% of…

NYC answers call to foster pets after Manhattan shelter shut by COVID

Good News Notes: “These furry friends are all good boys and girls — and big-hearted New Yorkers opened their arms and homes to help save their lives Wednesday. Animal Care Centers of NYC on E. 110th St., the only city-run animal shelter in Manhattan, shut down Wednesday after staffers tested positive for COVID-19 — forcing…

DeliverZero is a food-delivery platform that uses reusable packaging.

Good News Notes: “If you order from DeliverZero, a third party delivery service in New York City, your food will look different than the usual pile of plastic containers: instead, it will come in reusable clamshells. Then, the next time you order takeout from the platform, you can hand over those containers to the delivery…

Eric Adams Wants Brooklynites to Try This Meat Reduction Challenge

Good News Notes: “Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is throwing his weight behind a 21-day challenge to eat less meat. And he’s doing it by pointing out both his own transformational health journey, and how eating healthy can boost resistance to COVID-19. ‘When many people make small individual changes, it has the potential to transform…

Off-duty firefighter rescues man from burning car in Ronkonkoma

Good News Notes: “An off-duty firefighter sprang into action to save a driver trapped inside a burning car on Long Island. Ronkonkoma Fire Department Lt. Michael White spotted the fiery scene shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of School House Road and Cedar Grove Avenue.” View the whole story here: https://abc7ny.com/ronkonkoma-rescue-car-long-island-fire-lt-michael-white/8650674

Therapy dog Buddy visits NYC essential workers

Good News Notes: “He may be out of a job, but he’s still one of the hardest-working hounds in New York. Buddy, a licensed therapy dog who lives with owner Michael Gill in Manhattan, has reinvented himself as a furry freelancer since his regular volunteer gig with the Caring Canines program at Memorial Sloan Kettering…

NJ Transit cop revives baby born at train station

Good News Notes: “A newborn who was not breathing when she was born in a train station bathroom is doing well after a police officer performed CPR on the child and rushed her to a hospital. Body camera videoreleased Friday by NJ Transit police showed what happened when officers arrived at the women’s restroom in Newark’s…

Actor Jeffrey Wright’s Brooklyn charity gets big $$ from AT&T & WarnerMedia

Good News Notes: “Renowned actor and Brooklynite Jeffrey Wright started his Brooklyn for Life! initiative in mid-March to help first responders and healthcare workers. The initiative will now be able to expand further supporting more restaurants and delivering approximately 30,000 more meals to frontline healthcare workers, with a newly announced $250,000 donation from AT&T and its sister company…