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 stuff here, you can make stuff 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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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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250 Colorful Pringles Cans Make Up This Working Pipe Organ

250 Colorful Pringles Cans Make Up This Working Pipe Organ

Fall on Your Sword had to eat an ungodly amount of chips to complete their latest masterpiece, but it looks like it was well worth it. The Brooklyn-based art collective worked their way through

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Incredible World of Origami Masterpieces Coming to NYC This Summer

Incredible World of Origami Masterpieces Coming to NYC This Summer

If you're fascinated by origami, you won't want to miss "Surface to Structure: Folded Forms", a new show coming to NYC's Cooper Union in June. The exhibition will showcase the works of some of

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Dr. Cow Opens a Flagship Vegan Cheese Shop in Brooklyn

Dr. Cow Opens a Flagship Vegan Cheese Shop in Brooklyn

New Yorkers now have a new place to pick up delicious vegan cheeses and other animal-free treats! Popular nut cheese purveyor Dr. Cow recently cut the ribbon on its new flagship shop in

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Off Centre’s Delightfully Imperfect Glass Decor Celebrates Little Mistakes

Off Centre’s Delightfully Imperfect Glass Decor Celebrates Little Mistakes

Some say that the secret to happiness is learning to embrace imperfection, and if that's the case, Brooklyn-based Off Centre must be quite content. The design collaborative, founded by Romina

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Records Show That 1,600 Protected Birds Were Shot and Killed at JFK Airport Over Past Five Years

Records Show That 1,600 Protected Birds Were Shot and Killed at JFK Airport Over Past Five Years

Records show that more than 1,600 protected birds such as snowy egrets, red-winged blackbirds and American kestrels were shot over the past five years at JFK airport in Queens, New York. The

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How You Can Make an Edible Water “Bottle” at Home!

How You Can Make an Edible Water “Bottle” at Home!

We were fascinated when we first came across the Ooho, an edible water “bottle” conceived by three students to reduce plastic waste, and decided to make one of our own. Check out our

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there's still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Urban Chandy Founder Cassidy Brush

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Urban Chandy Founder Cassidy Brush

It was pretty much love at first sight when the Inhabitat editors first laid eyes on Urban Chandy's sparkling upcycled light fixtures at BKLYN Designs this year, and we recently got a chance to

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Elkamii Turns Wood Scraps into Space-Saving Home Goods with Minimalist Flair

Elkamii Turns Wood Scraps into Space-Saving Home Goods with Minimalist Flair

Looking at these elegant floating shelves, you probably wouldn't guess that they're made of discarded wood scraps. Designed and crafted in NYC, these charming "Peliships" are just a sampling of

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Inhabitat Talks to Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, About Growing a Green School

Inhabitat Talks to Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, About Growing a Green School

Do you remember the antsy feeling you would get in school while waiting for the recess bell to ring? Luckily, more kids today are spending time outdoors as educators begin to realize the link

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Salvaged Plane Parts Make Up This High-Flying “Aviator’s Villa” in New York

Salvaged Plane Parts Make Up This High-Flying “Aviator’s Villa” in New York

If you've ever dreamed of living in a castle in the sky, Urban Office Architecture's "Aviator's Villa" comes pretty darn close. The project was inspired by the feeling of being inside of an

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in

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