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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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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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural

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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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INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

Studies show that sustainable learning environments can be a big advantage for students, improving their well-being, happiness and even their cognitive processes. But how can parents ensure that

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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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Crazy Transportation Hub Looks Like and Alien Organism Landed on Queens

Crazy Transportation Hub Looks Like and Alien Organism Landed on Queens

The Long Island Rail Road station in Woodside, Queens is currently nothing to write home about, but that could all change if Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles of AMLGM Labs have their way. The duo

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Joinless Founder Ben Davis About How Buying Less Crap Can Make Us Happier

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Joinless Founder Ben Davis About How Buying Less Crap Can Make Us Happier

Have you ever felt like the objects you own actually own you? If so, maybe you should join Joinless, the world's first open source brand. Joinless is based on the idea that we shouldn't allow

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NYC’s New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

NYC’s New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

When it finally opens its doors on April 24th, NYC's famed Tavern on the Green restaurant will boast a slew of sustainable features that will help it live up to its verdant name. Inhabitat

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Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

The Bronx Box is a charming waterfront home that adds up to much more than the sum of its prefab parts. The two-module prefabricated structure features multiple skylights that fill it with

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NYC’s Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

NYC’s Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

It looks like some of New York's homeless are trading in their ground-level digs for ones with better views. According to the New York Post, the Manhattan Bridge has become a mini shanty town of

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Floating East River Pool Inches Closer to Reality with Mini Float Lab

Floating East River Pool Inches Closer to Reality with Mini Float Lab

The team behind the + Pool, a floating pool proposed for the East River, has launched a mini version of their design to test its water filtering abilities. Called the Float Lab, the model will

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MIT Proposes “New Meadowlands” Plan to Protect New Jersey and New York from Future Storms

MIT Proposes “New Meadowlands” Plan to Protect New Jersey and New York from Future Storms

How would some of the nation's smartest minds approach the Eastern seaboard's increasingly dire problem of rising tides and storms? A team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

Brooklyn's Barclays Center has announced that it will be topping off its already impressive environmental achievements with a 130,000-square-foot green roof. Designed by SHoP Architects, the new

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10 Designs Show How Sandy-Affected Communities Can Be Rebuilt More Resiliently

10 Designs Show How Sandy-Affected Communities Can Be Rebuilt More Resiliently

Rebuild by Design, a competition to find resilient solutions for restoring communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, recently unveiled its ten shortlisted designs. The selected proposals include

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VIDEO: How to Switch Your Light Bulbs And Get Ready for the Federal Light Bulb Phase-Out

VIDEO: How to Switch Your Light Bulbs And Get Ready for the Federal Light Bulb Phase-Out

You may have heard some buzz about the light bulb phase out - but do you know the details of what is actually happening and when? The Federal Energy Independence and Securities act began in the

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INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

Reading, writing and 'rithmetic may have sufficed in the past, but nowadays there are many more factors - like health and and environmental awareness - that come into play in a child's

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Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

New York City's Ink48 Hotel has taken poolside dining one step further by letting customers enjoy their meals inside of a repurposed pool. Called Pool Farm, the unique culinary experience even

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How New York City Threw Away the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel

How New York City Threw Away the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel

34 years ago, Bob Diamond made a remarkable discovery underneath Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue - the world's oldest subway tunnel. Diamond then devoted his life to giving tours of the underground

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6 Fascinating Architectural Oddities That Can Be Found in Brooklyn

6 Fascinating Architectural Oddities That Can Be Found in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has earned a reputation as one of the most unique places in the world, but did you know that some of the borough's architecture is just as quirky as its people? From a home that can't

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NSFW Photos of Leonardo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower Surface in NYC

NSFW Photos of Leonardo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower Surface in NYC

Our previous article about green celeb Leonardo DiCaprio's new eco-friendly digs was extremely popular with readers, so we were delighted when an anonymous tipster sent us some never-before-seen

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NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass into Space to Collect Solar Energy

NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass into Space to Collect Solar Energy

Early this morning NASA kicked off Operation LENS, an ambitious plan to concentrate and collect solar power using a giant magnifying glass in outer space. Long speculated to be a rumor, the

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

New Yorkers may soon have another reason to choose reusable bags over plastic ones. The NYC City Council recently introduced a proposal to enact a 10-cent fee on plastic bags at supermarkets,

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$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

$4.9 Billion Plan Aims to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Future Storms

This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $4.9 billion plan designed to protect NYC transportation infrastructure from future superstorms and extreme weather. Some of the precautions

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See Beautiful New Pics of the Eco-Friendly Waterfront Condos Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park

See Beautiful New Pics of the Eco-Friendly Waterfront Condos Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park

It's easy to see why the Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the most desirable new developments in Brooklyn. When complete, the gorgeous and eco-chic residential building will boast

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New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

Zip-lines, ping-pong tables and a giant slide could be in Queens' future if The Friends of the Queensway have anything to say about it. The group revealed their vision to revamp an abandoned

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