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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Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

Before Hurricane Sandy, building giant sea walls to protect NYC from storm surges may have sounded extreme, but now respected urban planners are considering it as a viable solution. The New York

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RFP for NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Puts It a Step Closer to Reality

RFP for NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Puts It a Step Closer to Reality

If you thought New York City was just playing around when it proposed building a mini city onto the side of Manhattan to protect it from future storms, check this out. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg

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Floating Harvest Dome Made of 450 Umbrellas Returns to NYC!

Floating Harvest Dome Made of 450 Umbrellas Returns to NYC!

New Yorkers who weren't able to catch the mysterious, floating Harvest Dome before it crashed into Riker's Island now have a second chance to view it. Harvest Dome 2.0 is a new, improved version

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INTERVIEW: Why John Bartlett Thinks Cruelty-Free Fashion is Going to the Dogs (Literally!)

INTERVIEW: Why John Bartlett Thinks Cruelty-Free Fashion is Going to the Dogs (Literally!)

Fashion designer John Bartlett is best known for his classic American garments, but when he's not creating impeccable clothes, he's passionate about spreading awareness about animal welfare. We

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“Human Kennel” Hotel Offers 7×5-ft. Cells, Er, Rooms for $10 a Night in New York City

“Human Kennel” Hotel Offers 7×5-ft. Cells, Er, Rooms for $10 a Night in New York City

Despite having a name like Sun Bright Hotel, this dingy and dank NYC establishment hides a dark secret. The hostile, er, hostel-style hotel, located in Manhattan's Chinatown district, features

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Will a 10 Cent Fee Finally Get New Yorkers to Kick the Plastic Bag Habit?

Will a 10 Cent Fee Finally Get New Yorkers to Kick the Plastic Bag Habit?

They say the best things in life are free, but unfortunately so are some of the worst things - like plastic bags at New York City groceries, convenience stores and other retailers. But that

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VIDEO: Voice Tunnel Illuminates Inside of NYC’s Park Avenue Tunnel with Interactive Light Show

VIDEO: Voice Tunnel Illuminates Inside of NYC’s Park Avenue Tunnel with Interactive Light Show

While it may look like the inside of a 90s nightclub, the stroberiffic scene you see above is actually the inside of New York City's Park Avenue Tunnel. This Saturday, the 17th, will be the

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INTERVIEW: Summer Rayne Oakes Talks to Kavita Parmar About the IOU Project

INTERVIEW: Summer Rayne Oakes Talks to Kavita Parmar About the IOU Project

The IOU Project is a movement to rethink how goods are produced and sold in order to benefit people and the planet, not just big business. Recently, Summer Rayne Oakes, co-founder

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Dazzling Sky Reflector-Net Draws Daylight Down into NYC Subway System

Dazzling Sky Reflector-Net Draws Daylight Down into NYC Subway System

The NYC subway system is one of the fastest, greenest ways to get around town, but one common complaint is that stations are underground, dark and never see the light of day. JCDA, Grimshaw

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Dead Dolphins Washing Ashore on the East Coast of the U.S. in Alarming Numbers

Dead Dolphins Washing Ashore on the East Coast of the U.S. in Alarming Numbers

This summer, over a hundred dead dolphins washed up on the shores of the East Coast of the United States, and scientists are baffled about the cause. Whatever is hurting the animals is

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“Harry” the Shark Spotted Swimming Near Long Island

“Harry” the Shark Spotted Swimming Near Long Island

This shark must have heard that it was Shark Week, because he's been making appearances along the Long Island shore. According to The Long Island Herald, the fishy fellow (or female) has been

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Dancing Towers: SHoP Architects’ New NYC Complex Could Be Storm Resistant

Dancing Towers: SHoP Architects’ New NYC Complex Could Be Storm Resistant

SHoP Architects recently broke ground on their Dancing Towers complex on Manhattan's East Side and we're not surprised to hear that they might be considering adding some storm resistance

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PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

If asked where this very unique home was located, New York City probably wouldn't be your guess - but that's exactly where it is! The curious Japanese/Victorian mash-up house can be found in the

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10 Double Duty Furniture Designs Spotted at PSFK’s Future of Home Living Exhibit

10 Double Duty Furniture Designs Spotted at PSFK’s Future of Home Living Exhibit

From tables that moonlight as computers to wall shelves that fill in as desks, multi-purpose furniture pieces are double the pleasure and double the fun. Inhabitat recently found a whole bunch

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Doctors Allowed to Prescribe Fruits and Vegetables to Obese and Overweight New Yorkers in NYC

Doctors Allowed to Prescribe Fruits and Vegetables to Obese and Overweight New Yorkers in NYC

Image via Shutterstock It may sound like common sense, but doctors in New York City were just recently allowed the ability to officially prescribe fruits and vegetables as treatment for

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New York’s So-Called Greenest Skyscraper Actually Found to Be an Energy Hog

New York’s So-Called Greenest Skyscraper Actually Found to Be an Energy Hog

It looks like all that glitters is not LEED Gold (or LEED Platinum in the case of 1 Bryant Park). The NYC skyscraper has been called the greenest in the city but according to a report by The New

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How Abandoned Post Offices Could Be Revived as Local Supermarkets

How Abandoned Post Offices Could Be Revived as Local Supermarkets

Some of the most beautiful structures in the United States are post offices, but with more and more people using email as opposed to snail mail, many of these historic buildings are shuttering

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

Some of us were lucky enough to have moms or dads build treehouses for us - for the rest of us, there's Benjamin Jones. The artist recently brought his colorful TreeHouse made of sustainable

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See the Four Finalists Selected to Design Storm-Resistant Housing in the Rockaways

See the Four Finalists Selected to Design Storm-Resistant Housing in the Rockaways

Ennead Architects, Lateral Office, Seeding Office and White Arkitekter were recently selected from over 100 others competing in the "For a Resilient Rockaway" (FAR ROC) challenge to design

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

CodeGreen's own LEED Platinum office space in NYC INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about CodeGreen and what it does? Stephen: CodeGreen finds solutions for bringing sustainability and

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New Prefab Disaster Housing Prototype to Be Tested Out in NYC

New Prefab Disaster Housing Prototype to Be Tested Out in NYC

New York City wasn't ready when Hurricane Sandy hit last year, but city officials are hoping that a new prefab disaster housing prototype will help them prepare for the next big storm. Part of

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12 Survival Supplies You Should Have in Case of a Hurricane

12 Survival Supplies You Should Have in Case of a Hurricane

Forecasters are predicting that the Gulf Coast and Atlantic states are going to see yet another tumultuous hurricane season, but many people in these areas still aren't prepared for another

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Shimmering 12-Foot-Tall LEGO Replica of One World Trade Center Unveiled in New York

Shimmering 12-Foot-Tall LEGO Replica of One World Trade Center Unveiled in New York

One World Trade Center isn't expected to be complete until 2014, but here's some news that should tide us over for a bit while we wait. Last week, Westchester's LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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Zaha Hadid’s First NYC Building Planned for Site Along the High Line

Zaha Hadid’s First NYC Building Planned for Site Along the High Line

Rendering courtesy of Related Companies Zaha Hadid is the latest celebrity architect to design a building along NYC's famous High Line park. The luxury condo at 520 West 28th Street in

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See Inside NYC’s New Flood-Proof, Prefab Beach “Pods”

See Inside NYC’s New Flood-Proof, Prefab Beach “Pods”

They might look more like Star Wars AT-ATs than bathrooms, but these new flood-proof, prefab beach buildings are causing quite a splash at several NYC beaches. Garrison Architects designed and

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PHOTOS: Giant Sand Castle Starts Taking Shape in New York City

PHOTOS: Giant Sand Castle Starts Taking Shape in New York City

An 18-ft-tall sand castle has begun to take shape in front of 1 New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan. Inhabitat had a chance to stop by yesterday and meet sand sculptor extraordinaire Matt Long as

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CORRECTION: Flyer About NYPD Releasing Perfluorocarbon Gas into Subway is Fake But the Gas Part is Real

CORRECTION: Flyer About NYPD Releasing Perfluorocarbon Gas into Subway is Fake But the Gas Part is Real

On Tuesday, Inhabitat published an article reporting that the MTA distributed a flyer thanking NYC train riders for participating in an NYPD study where perfluorocarbon gas would be pumped into

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HGTV’s David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips to Maximize Your Tiny Apartment

HGTV’s David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips to Maximize Your Tiny Apartment

Looking for ways to give your small space big style? Inhabitat recently got a chance to tap HGTV Design Star David Bromstad for some of his top tips for making the most of tiny apartments. From

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Statue of Liberty Set to Re-Open Tomorrow in Time for 4th of July

Statue of Liberty Set to Re-Open Tomorrow in Time for 4th of July

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by ringing in the grand re-opening of Lady Liberty herself? The Statue of Liberty has been closed for months now after suffering severe damage

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