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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 Observer

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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 issued a

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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 of the

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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 rows of

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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 could soon

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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 final time

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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 Architects and

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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 spotted

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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 measures to the

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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 Park

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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 of

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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 obese and

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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 Republic,

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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 a

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6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool Today

6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool Today

Temperatures are soaring across the northeastern US at present, with several areas experiencing their longest heatwaves in over a decade. If you're looking to keep cool through this sweltering summer, but

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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 the Office

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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 unveiled a nearly

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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 Chelsea will be

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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 implemented

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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 he carved

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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 the subway

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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 at the

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Plus-Shaped Pool is One Step Closer to Floating on NYC’s East River

Plus-Shaped Pool is One Step Closer to Floating on NYC’s East River

An amazing floating pool is being planned for NYC's East River, but it needs your help. Called the + Pool because of its plus-shaped design, the waterbody already has the backing of many New York

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Could the Citi Bike System Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC?

Could the Citi Bike System Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC?

The media has been all over the fact that opportunistic New Yorkers have been using docked Citi Bikes as their own personal exercise machines, but what if all of that pedal power could actually be put to

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Nike’s Skate Park Barge Floats Atop NYC’s East River with Skaters Aboard (PHOTOS)

Nike’s Skate Park Barge Floats Atop NYC’s East River with Skaters Aboard (PHOTOS)

That wasn't any ordinary barge you saw floating in the East River last weekend - it was Nike's SB Safari Skate Park! The 250-ft mini island boasted a series of ramps, rails and hills just like you'd see

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PHOTOS: Crazy Yarnbombed Van by Olek Pops Up in Brooklyn

PHOTOS: Crazy Yarnbombed Van by Olek Pops Up in Brooklyn

We've seen our fair share of crazy crochet-wrapped objects, but this yarnbombed van by Olek might take the cake. The nimble-fingered yarntist covered the vehicle with her signature rainbow-camo print as

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AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

Yesterday, AT&T, Goal Zero and Pensa unveiled Street Charge, a new way for New Yorkers to charge their phones on-the-go using solar power. The new tree-like modules will be placed around the five boroughs

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MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

Inhabitat is getting our sea legs this morning aboard the world's largest solar-powered boat, which docked today at the North Cove Marina in downtown Manhattan. NYC is the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar's second

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NYC Set to Roll Out Citywide Composting Program

NYC Set to Roll Out Citywide Composting Program

New Yorkers who have been lugging their food scraps to composting centers in the city may be catching a break very soon. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to announce shortly a new citywide composting program

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Bill to Regulate 3D-Printed Guns Introduced in New York

Bill to Regulate 3D-Printed Guns Introduced in New York

Image via Wikipedia Commons 3D printers have opened up a world of opportunities including one very scary one - the means to fabricate firearms. In order to protect the public against 3D-printed guns,

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