Yuka Yoneda

 

Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University and holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Her love of maker culture and crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, and she believes that if you can "make it" here, you can "make it" anywhere. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

Tour NYC’s First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

The term "emergency housing" can have a negative connotation, conjuring up images of FEMA trailers or makeshift tents offering very few creature comforts. Fortunately, New York City and Garrison

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NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Gets Decked Out with Recycled Furniture

NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Gets Decked Out with Recycled Furniture

Care for a side of recycled furniture with that burger? Famed New York burger chain Shake Shack recently opened its latest branch in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and it features tables and other furnishings

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Dwell on Design 2014: America’s Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

Dwell on Design 2014: America’s Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, will be back at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014! Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day

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Archaeologists Unearth “Elixer of Long Life” Bottle from Beneath NYC

Archaeologists Unearth “Elixer of Long Life” Bottle from Beneath NYC

Is booze the secret to longevity? Archaeologists excavating a site in Manhattan's Chinatown recently came upon a green bottle that once contained the "Elixir of Long Life." The researchers are

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What is a “Cotel” and What Does It Mean for the Future of Travel?

What is a “Cotel” and What Does It Mean for the Future of Travel?

"Cotel" is still a relatively new buzzword, but the unique concept is slowly picking up steam. An amalgam of the words "collaborative" and "hotel", the new accommodation paradigm was introduced

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Jeff Koons’s Over-Sized Chia Pet Rises at Rockefeller Center

Jeff Koons’s Over-Sized Chia Pet Rises at Rockefeller Center

Ch-ch-ch-chia! Those of us familiar with the popular jingle will be excited to learn that acclaimed artist Jeff Koons will soon be unveiling what looks like a sort of over-sized Chia pet at

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Tiny 240-sq-ft Studio Boasts a Crawl-In Library

Tiny 240-sq-ft Studio Boasts a Crawl-In Library

Anyone who feels that fitting a library into a 240-sq-ft apartment would be impossible needs to check out this ambitious Manhattan studio. Designed by architect Tim Seggerman, the tiny space

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Incredible Transforming Furniture System Can Be Used in 36 Different Ways

Incredible Transforming Furniture System Can Be Used in 36 Different Ways

Photograph by Norman McGrath Why buy a couch, chairs, a bed, tables and storage units when you could just build yourself a set of Superstairs like the ones architect Dennis Holloway came up

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MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

Floor-to-ceiling windows: They're a good thing in theory, but finding window coverings to fit them can be a huge "pane" in the "glass"! Especially when you only have one floor-to-ceiling window

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Please Help Save This Colony of Cats

Please Help Save This Colony of Cats

A colony of cats in Plumb Beach, Brooklyn has been tagged for demolition, and local animal rights activists are working to save them or to at least buy a little time to find them new homes. The

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PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

It may seem like Hurricane Sandy was quite a while ago now, but many people are still displaced after losing their homes in the storm. In order to make sure the city is better prepared for

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

Last week, we showcased the Bicycle Library, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it was so unusual that we had to get in touch with its founder and pick his brain. We needed to

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Recycled Noah’s Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

Recycled Noah’s Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

A modern-day Noah's Ark has popped up at a park in Queens, New York. The overturned boat sculpture made of recycled materials was designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold with the purpose

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Brighten Up Father’s Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

Brighten Up Father’s Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

  Does your dad have a collection of CDs that's just sitting there collecting dust? Author and DIY expert Tiffany Threadgould recently shared this bright idea about how to turn those

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8 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts for the Procrastinator’s Papa

8 Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts for the Procrastinator’s Papa

Do you and your dad share a love of nature? If so, honor him by sending the Nature Conservancy a donation in his name. He'll receive a Father's Day eCard with one of three designs inspired by

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Could BIG’s “Big U” Proposal Protect New York City From the Next Hurricane Sandy?

Could BIG’s “Big U” Proposal Protect New York City From the Next Hurricane Sandy?

BIG U: A Day in the Life from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. "The Big U is an example of what we call Social Infrastructure," said Bjarke Ingels, BIG's Founding Partner. "The High Line shows how

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Have You Seen the New $125 Million Plan to Protect Long Island from the Next Superstorm?

Have You Seen the New $125 Million Plan to Protect Long Island from the Next Superstorm?

There's been a great deal of talk about how we can fortify areas affected by Hurricane Sandy and make them more resilient, but now some of those ideas are a step closer to reality. For Long

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VIDEO: Would You Eat Crickets? New Yorkers Give Them a Try

VIDEO: Would You Eat Crickets? New Yorkers Give Them a Try

Entomophagy, the consumption of insects as food, has been gaining popularity, and last week Inhabitat stopped by an event where curious New Yorkers were trying out the trend and tasting some

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Mysterious Piano Pops Up in the East River

Mysterious Piano Pops Up in the East River

Image © Pam’s Flickr NYC's East River is notorious for being filled with all kinds of contaminants, but a mysterious piano is tempting some brave New Yorkers to enter its waters. The

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Does BKLYN Designs 2014!

VIDEO: Inhabitat Does BKLYN Designs 2014!

If you weren't able to make it to BKLYN Designs this year, see what you missed in our new video of the Inhabitat editors shouting out their favorite green designs from the show. From reclaimed

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Help Make the Biggest Tiny World in the World a Reality!

Help Make the Biggest Tiny World in the World a Reality!

If you've ever wanted to feel like a giant, here's your big, er, small chance. Israeli entrepreneur Eiran Gazit has launched a Kickstarter campaign to build Gulliver’s Gate, the biggest tiny

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Eco-Friendly Tribeca Loft Marries Old World Charm with Modern Finishes

Eco-Friendly Tribeca Loft Marries Old World Charm with Modern Finishes

We're sure this dreamy Tribeca loft broke a lot of hearts when it was recently sold to some very lucky new owners. Featuring ample windows and eco-friendly finishes, the historic Pre-WW II

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Inception-Inspired Dish Rack Lets You Dry Your Plates Between Manhattan Skyscrapers

Inception-Inspired Dish Rack Lets You Dry Your Plates Between Manhattan Skyscrapers

Take your dishwashing game to the next level with this surrealist drying rack by Luca Nichetto. Inspired by the 2010 film Inception, the imaginative artpiece is actually a kitchen implement that

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DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

MATERIALS: For the packaging: A glass jar (we used a stout artichoke jar but you can use any jar you like) A rubber band A square of recycled fabric or tissue paper that will fit over

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Design of National 9/11 Museum Weaves a Path Through the History of Ground Zero

Design of National 9/11 Museum Weaves a Path Through the History of Ground Zero

After a tumultuous journey filled with all kinds of obstacles, the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum finally opened its doors to the public on Wednesday. Designed by Davis Brody Bond, the

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Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

New Yorkers looking to get their bodies beach-ready now have a new place to work out - a waterfront outdoor gym on the Lower East Side. The colorful fitness center features 12 exercise machines

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September 11 Memorial Museum Ribbon Cutting Takes Place in New York City

September 11 Memorial Museum Ribbon Cutting Takes Place in New York City

After overcoming numerous obstacles from financial woes to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, New York was finally able to cut the ribbon on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum this

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Mark Jupiter Wins the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Editors’ Choice Award!

Mark Jupiter Wins the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Editors’ Choice Award!

This year's BKLYN Designs showcase of Brooklyn-based furniture makers featured so many talented designers that it was really difficult to pick one that stood out from the pack. But after much

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PHOTOS: Giant Racially-Charged Sphinx Made of Sugar Rises Inside the Domino Sugar Factory

PHOTOS: Giant Racially-Charged Sphinx Made of Sugar Rises Inside the Domino Sugar Factory

A giant sphinx made of sugar has been drawing crowds to Brooklyn, but the installation is not as sweet as it may appear. The exhibit inside of the former Domino Sugar Factory was completed by

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Vote for Your Favorite Design To Win the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Awards!

Vote for Your Favorite Design To Win the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Awards!

BKLYN Designs - the annual Brooklyn-themed furniture show - kicked off New York Design Week last week with a blast, showcasing the BK's hottest "locally grown and internationally known" designs

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