New York is known for its food niche stores: The Hummus Place. The Doughnut Plant. The Dumpling Man. Even a spot dedicated solely to rice pudding.
But this week, a store in the East Village went a step further: It sells New York City tap water.
Not just any tap water, insist the owners of Molecule. They say the water streams through a $25,000 filtering machine that uses ultraviolet rays, ozone treatments and reverse osmosis in a seven-stage processing treatment to create what they call pure H20.
“I mean it’s subtle, but if you have a sensitive palate you can totally tell” the difference, said co-owner Adam Ruhf.
Water quality has long been a point of pride for New Yorkers, touted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as one of the city’s signature distinctions.
The owners of Molecule vehemently disagree.
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Mike Bloomberg is a mayor with a mission. More specifically, a public health mission: Over the course of a decade he has made New York City a laboratory to test policies that manipulate the healthiness of public environments. His much-protested idea for a large-soda ban comes from a long lineage of much-protested smoking bans and trans-fat bans that have tested what, exactly, government can and cannot do to encourage healthier behaviors.
Some of Bloomberg’s ideas have proved remarkably effective in making New Yorkers healthier and become models for national policy. Some have flopped, showing little public health impact or running into trouble even getting off the ground. From smoking to soda bans, here’s a quick tour through Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s public health crusade.
- NYC first major city to ban smoking in bars and restaurants.
- Bans the use of trans-fat in all foods.
- Requires restaurants to post calorie counts.
- Proposes a voluntary effort on behalf of Americans’ food producers to reduce salt consumption by 20 percent.
- Congestion pricing for cars entering New York City.
- Limit access to sugary sodas.
keep reading to learn the impact on public health of each policy – Mayor Bloomberg Public Health: A Brief History
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