Handy Tips: Don’t Eat the New Bronx River Oysters

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This weekend, students from Urban Assembly New York Harbor School relocated 100,000 oysters to a man-made oyster reef off South Bronx as part of one of the biggest oyster restoration projects in the city. The Bronx River oyster comeback is part of a larger effort to restore the massive oyster beds that, as you've no doubt heard, once protected and fed the city before being nearly wiped out by pollution and overharvesting. But remember: These oysters are for filtering toxins and anchoring the ecosystem only, not for slurping down with some Muscadet so if Bronx-bred bivalves are on a $1-oyster-happy-hour menu, steer clear. [NYT]