Goodbye Craigslist, Hello AptDeco!

Goodbye Craigslist, Hello AptDeco! |

I'm super excited to share AptDeco, a new way to buy and sell used furniture in New York. Now, if you don't live in NYC, you may not realize the enormity of this development. Imagine trying to sell furniture to flakey, creepy, or cheap strangers who must physically enter your apartment to view your wares. Now imagine trying to move said furniture to or from your tiny apartment, through an elevator or (worse) narrow staircase, without a truck. Nor do you know anyone with a large vehicle except questionable strangers known colloquially as the "man with a van" hirable for usage of their questionable vans.

Formerly, Craigslist was one of the only options for buying or selling used furniture online in the city. While it was ingenious in the late 90s, Craigslist stubbornly refuses to innovate, is populated by creeps, flakes, and the cheapest people on earth, and is basically the website equivalent of the DMV. AptDeco, on the other hand, is actually helpful to those of us who don't wish to wait hours for someone to never show up only to email you days later to haggle for a lower price. Seriously. Read this all-too-real account of moving in New York by Alden of Ecocult.

AptDeco helps people in NYC and the surrounding areas buy and sell quality used furniture (they are hoping to expand to other cities soon). Sellers can list their items for free, and when it sells, AptDeco will arrange a time for pick-up. They charge a 14-19% fee based on the selling price and you get the rest via direct deposit. The best part, in my opinion, is the delivery option. They verify, pack, and pick up the item for you so you don't have to hassle with the "man with a van", although you also have the option to pick up the item should you so choose. Buyers can view large, clear photos with descriptions and dimensions, and benefit from AptDeco's delivery and verification services. 

Click the image to be taken to the item.

Now New Yorkers can be ethical (because: secondhand), save money, and have quality, grown up furniture. Brands include ABC Home, West Elm, Design Within Reach, and authentic vintage designers! Above are my favorites in my style, but there's more than midcentury minimalism to be had. Break up with Craigslist and check out AptDeco!


Make a Difference This Week: September 16-21, 2014

Living sustainably includes taking action! I'm starting this new series to get the word out on political and social actions happening during the week. If you have anything to add, please sent it my way at elizabeth[at]

Image courtesy of The Floating Libabry

Image courtesy of The Floating Libabry

The Floating Library | September 6 - October 3

The Floating Library is a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City for September 6- October 3, 2014. The people-powered library is initiated by artist Beatrice Glow to fortify a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming. The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. 

During this action-packed month, there is free public programming with over twenty roundtables, performances, art installations, and workshops that will shine a spotlight on maker culture, DIY politics, sustainability issues, and community engagement.

Location, directions, and hours here.

New York Cares

New York Cares can always use volunteers and they have a wide range of opportunities available for whatever you skills or interests are. Normally, you must attend volunteer orientation before volunteering, but New York Cares Day Fall is coming up on October 18th and anyone aged 12 and up can participate. You can register now as an individual, a team, or to generate sponsorship. Read the FAQs here.

Take part in New York City's largest hands-on volunteer day by joining more than 4,000 volunteers to paint a brighter future for our city's public school students. This year, volunteers will create murals, paint classrooms, plant school gardens, and engage school staff, students and families in service. By the end of the day on October 18th, 70 public schools in all five boroughs will be transformed.

New York Cares Day Fall is also a fundraiser for New York Cares. With your help, we hope to raise funds to support our year-round volunteer programs which provide services for 400,000 New Yorkers in need.

Brooklyn Free Store | September 19

The Brooklyn Free Store is a project of In Our Hearts, a New York City based Anarchist network made up of autonomous collectives, projects, and individuals. It operates in Herbert Von King Park in BedStuy on Fridays (weather permitting):

All are welcome to come and share what they have or just take what they’d like. There is no obligation to share or anything. These items and others are being shared in the spirit of community and mutual aid, please participate with that in mind and respect others.


Presentation: History of Grassroots Environmental Activism in NYC | September 20

Learn how community-based activism ignited social change and policy change and became a part of sustainable NYC, from recycling and composting to urban design. Hosted by The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, featuring a conversation and video screening by Wendy Brawer of Green Maps and Time's Up! Environmental Organization. The presentation begins at 6:15pm at The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces, 155 Avenue C (between 9th and 10th).


People's Climate March | September 21

Upwards of 100,000 people are expected to join the People’s Climate March this Sunday, September 21 in what will be the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The People’s Climate March has been endorsed by over 1,200 organizations, including the nation’s largest environmental groups, labor unions, faith-based groups, and social justice groups including environmental and climate justice groups in New York City.

Assembly Location: Central Park West, between 65th and 86th streets.

  • Enter on 65th, 72nd, 77th, 81st, or 86th street.

March Route:

  • The march will begin at 11:30 am.
  • March down Central Park West and go east on 59th Street
  • Turn onto 6th Ave. and go south to 42nd Street
  • Turn right onto 42nd Street and go west to 11th Ave
  • Turn left on 11th Ave. and go south to 34th Street

End Location: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th Street and 38th Street

Get all of the logistical details HERE. I'll see you there!

Also check out Ecocult's Eco-Friendly and Cool Things To Do in NYC This Week.


On Rebranding

On Rebranding |
On Rebranding |

You may have noticed some changes around here. Now, I know that people notoriously and passionately hate when websites change, but I let me tell you how much better things are now.

First, dear reader, I have struggled with designing a logo for a long time. Logos are one of the hardest things to design because you have to pack information, aesthetic, and emotions into a tiny space that looks good in various colors, sizes, and applications. I had a few that I used (but didn't really like) while I thought about it. I put it off for a long time, but since joining the Ethical Writers Coalition I have needed one several times. I went through many iterations and attempted to keep my previous title font, but eventually made the decision to change. This was no small feat because, despite Squarespace offering an incredible number of fonts, Zombie Checklist just wasn't one of them. So, with the help of Nathan, I learned a bit of CSS and manually added the font. 

The Note Passer name reflects my background in education and my obsessive information gathering. I think the look and feel of the site previously reflected that more than the new look does. I'm a sustainability nerd now so while I still hoard information like an academic, I'd like to appear a little cooler (online at least!). A while back, I bought these floral images from Eclectic Anthology which were well worth buying. I use them all the time and threw one up as the background header for Facebook and Twitter. The floral signals my new environmental and sustainable interests without being too literal. The floral package has so many great options, I might even have a rotating series. 

Finally, I made changes to the navigation and organization of the whole site. You are now called to action with FIND, READ, LEARN, and SHOP in the navigation. FIND is where you can search the site, categories, archives, or popular posts. READ is the "blog". I separated what was previously "Resources" into LEARN and SHOP. LEARN puts all of the ethical categories in one place for new readers to start with and old readers to return to, as well as links out to related organizations. SHOP has all of the shops from before plus more. They link out to the shops and brands I've vetted for you (I don't sell anything). They cover brands that are ethically sourced with regards to people and the environment, or are locally and responsibly made. Vintage and thrift options are inherently ethical because they use the existing pool of goods. Some of the shops now use affiliate links, which does not alter your price or my ethics (read my disclosure policy for more information). This infographic I created remains my guiding principle:

On Rebranding |

I hope these changes make things more streamlined and easier to find. The old "Resources" pages were getting to heavy to load in a reasonable amount of time. See? Better. But if you hate it, be gentle with me. If you can't find something, let me know. If you love it, well, thanks! I do too!