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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HOW TO: Recycle Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

HOW TO: Recycle Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

Ah, the day after Christmas - if you've been greening your holiday thus far, why stop now? One of the simplest ways to keep up the great eco-work is to recycle that colorful mound of ripped-up

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14 Last Minute Gifts for the Green Procrastinator

14 Last Minute Gifts for the Green Procrastinator

STUFF THEY LOVE BOX It's happened again - you have just a few hours left until your holiday gift exchange and you're utterly present-less. Luckily, your local supermarket, drugstore or whatever

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‘Twas the Night Before (a Green) Christmas…

‘Twas the Night Before (a Green) Christmas…

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the green house "We're not ready for Christmas yet!" the whole family groused They'd all been too busy working and living Seems like only a

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14 Fun DIY Gifts to Make for Everyone on Your Holiday List

14 Fun DIY Gifts to Make for Everyone on Your Holiday List

Get crafty this holiday season and trade in bland, mass-made gifts for one-of-a-kind presents your friends and family will love. All you need is a little elbow grease and our easy DIY tutorials

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14 Heirloom Gifts That Will Stand the Test of Time

14 Heirloom Gifts That Will Stand the Test of Time

Presents don't always have to be recycled or made of sustainable materials to be green. Heirlooms can be just as eco-friendly if they are beautiful, well-made objects that your family members

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Massive SuperPier Shipping Container Complex Coming to NYC

Massive SuperPier Shipping Container Complex Coming to NYC

We've been following the development of the massive SuperPier retail complex in NYC for quite some time now, and now the project is taking a big step towards coming to fruition. Located at Pier

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This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

Images © Graham King “The shopping cart tree symbolizes both generosity and abundance, as well as acknowledging those less fortunate where their whole world may be housed in a cart. We see

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PHOTOS: Daring Shipping Container House Boasts a Dramatically Sliced Profile

PHOTOS: Daring Shipping Container House Boasts a Dramatically Sliced Profile

http://inhabitat.com/nyc/photos-unusual-wedge-shaped-shipping-container-townhouse-rises-in-brooklyn/m-shipping-container-lead/?extend=1 With shipping container homes becoming more and more

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14 Green Gifts for the Home

14 Green Gifts for the Home

The greenest presents of all are practical items that the recipient will actually use - which is why we love giving gifts for the home. Whether it be a nifty gadget that turns old bottles into

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Homeless Man Creates New Pollution-Fighting App While Living on the Street

Homeless Man Creates New Pollution-Fighting App While Living on the Street

car pollution, car sharing, carbon emissions, carpooling, education and coding, environmental apps for smart phones, environmental smart phone apps, green mobile apps, homeless coder, homeless

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15 Great Green Gifts for Your Parents

15 Great Green Gifts for Your Parents

This holiday, show the parental unit how much you care with green gifts that they'll actually like and use. Our Green Gift Guide for Mom and Dad is filled with eco-friendly presents your parents

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14 Verdant Gifts for the Green Thumb

14 Verdant Gifts for the Green Thumb

Give your friends and family the gift of gardening with presents that help them cultivate their green thumbs. Growing plants is a relaxing and educational experience that will keep giving long

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Gifts Under $20

Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Gifts Under $20

This year, why not make Black Friday a little less black by skipping the drudgery of the mall by checking out Inhabitat's savvy Green Gifts Under $20 Guide? It's filled with all different kinds

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World’s Tallest Modular Tower Gets First Mods Hoisted into Place

World’s Tallest Modular Tower Gets First Mods Hoisted into Place

B2, the tower that is expected to be the world's tallest modular building once it's complete, received its very first mods yesterday. The mods were hoisted atop the structure at the Atlantic

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Charming Rewined Candles Are Made Out of Real Repurposed Wine Bottles

Charming Rewined Candles Are Made Out of Real Repurposed Wine Bottles

Rewined is based in Charleston, South Carolina, but the team gathers inspiration for its candles from as far away as Chile. For their newest scent, they recently visited Chile's Colchagua Valley

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14 Customized Gifts That Put a Personal Touch on the Holidays

14 Customized Gifts That Put a Personal Touch on the Holidays

Trying to guess which colors, patterns and styles your friends and family will prefer can be a daunting task - one that can be avoided with customized gifts. By emblazoning your present with a

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Beautiful Soho Loft Sectioned into Cozy Rooms Using Prefab Panels

Beautiful Soho Loft Sectioned into Cozy Rooms Using Prefab Panels

When architect Ali Tayar was faced with an overly large Soho loft, he decided to look to the 1960s for inspiration on how to create a more personal space. Based off of late Swiss architect Fritz

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Public Outraged by Orders to Kill Snowy Owls at New York Airport

Public Outraged by Orders to Kill Snowy Owls at New York Airport

Nearly 3,000 people signed an online petition this week to protest the Port Authority of NY and NJ's orders to kill snowy owls on sight at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City. The Port

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SNOW DAY: New NYC Food Truck Serves Savory Maple-Themed Treats with a Side of Social Justice

SNOW DAY: New NYC Food Truck Serves Savory Maple-Themed Treats with a Side of Social Justice

Care for a side of social justice with your lunch? Then head on over to Snow Day, a new maple syrup-themed food truck that also provides jobs to formerly incarcerated youngsters, giving them a

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Invasive Asian Cockroaches Spotted in New York Can Resist Extreme Cold

Invasive Asian Cockroaches Spotted in New York Can Resist Extreme Cold

It seems that New York City's reputation as a melting pot extends to its 6-legged creatures as well. A species of invasive Asian cockroach was spotted for the first time on U.S. soil at the

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Giant Buddha Statue Made of Recycled Materials Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

Giant Buddha Statue Made of Recycled Materials Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

For the past week, this enormous Buddha statue has been charming Brooklynites with its headdress made of hats, elbows made of old umbrellas and blingy necklace made of computer keyboards. The

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New Yorkers Are Moving into Mobile Homes to Avoid Expensive Rents

New Yorkers Are Moving into Mobile Homes to Avoid Expensive Rents

Problem: You can't afford the rent in your desired neighborhood. Solution: Move into a mobile home and then just park in your area of choice. The trend is nothing new in other parts of the world

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Score Amazing Green Gifts and Support New Amsterdam School with Their Annual Holiday Auction

Score Amazing Green Gifts and Support New Amsterdam School with Their Annual Holiday Auction

Give lower Manhattan youngsters the gift of education while also purchasing some great green presents for your friends and family. The New Amsterdam School's Annual Holiday Auction is offering

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New World Trade Center Park Will Perch Above 9/11 Memorial Site

New World Trade Center Park Will Perch Above 9/11 Memorial Site

If this is your first time hearing anything about the new park planned for the World Trade Center site, that's probably because it's been kept relatively covert until now. As mentioned in The

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Decades of Art Destroyed as NYC Graffiti Mecca Gets Painted White Overnight

Decades of Art Destroyed as NYC Graffiti Mecca Gets Painted White Overnight

New Yorkers were shocked yesterday to find that the 5 Pointz graffiti mecca, an unofficial Queens landmark, had been painted white overnight, destroying decades of art. The owners of the

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Micro-Housing Concept Transforms Wasted Space into Tiny Apartments

Micro-Housing Concept Transforms Wasted Space into Tiny Apartments

What is a city to do when it has a surplus of people and a shortage of affordable places for them to live? Korean architect Donghyun Kim's solution to NYC's current housing crisis is a creative

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Witnesses the Prosthesis Anti-Robot’s Angry, Stomping Foot

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Witnesses the Prosthesis Anti-Robot’s Angry, Stomping Foot

A giant, stomping robot foot is pretty difficult to ignore, so Inhabitat really had no choice but to check out eatART's Prosthesis "Anti-Robot" at last week's Engadget Expand. The zero-emissions

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Leonardo DiCaprio Purchases Vitamin C Shower-Equipped Apartment in NYC

Leonardo DiCaprio Purchases Vitamin C Shower-Equipped Apartment in NYC

Word on the street is that megastar Leonardo DiCaprio has finally settled on a new green home in NYC's Greenwich Village. In keeping with the actor's well-documented green sensibilities, the

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12 Years After 9/11, 4 World Trade Center Tower Opens Today

12 Years After 9/11, 4 World Trade Center Tower Opens Today

This morning, 4 World Trade Center became the first new tower to open at the WTC site. New Yorkers welcomed the LEED Gold-seeking building, which marks an age of rebirth for Lower Manhattan

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Revolutionary Desktop CNC Wire Bending Machine Makes 3D Printers Look Played Out

Revolutionary Desktop CNC Wire Bending Machine Makes 3D Printers Look Played Out

3D printers are great, but what if you need to fabricate something larger than a basketball or stronger than a piece of plastic? That's the question that Brooklyn-based design consultancy Pensa

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