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Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

by , 11/28/14
filed under: Animals,Brooklyn

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While this wasn’t the best week for most turkeys in the United States, Franklin, a distinguished North American wild turkey named after Benjamin Franklin, has been living a life of relative luxury at the Prospect Park Zoo. The lucky bird has survived 12 Thanksgivings so far, and seems pretty happy about it, if his energetic strut around the zoo grounds is any indicator.

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HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

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What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

by , 11/26/14
filed under: Animals,News,Queens

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Is something fishy going on at Flushing Meadows Corona Park? An alarming number of dead fish have washed up along the shores of the park’s Willow Lake, sparking an investigation by the NY Parks Department. Some think that the problem at the lake, which is currently being converted into a nature preserve, might be the result of herbicides being used to kill off invasive plant species in the area.

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PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

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You’re Invited to the Edible Schoolyard NYC Toast and Taste Fundraiser on December 1st

by , 11/25/14

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Who’s hungry? Edible Schoolyard NYC invites you to toast and taste the season at a holiday cocktail party benefiting its efforts to invigorate young New Yorkers through hands-on learning in urban farms and kitchen classrooms. The tastebud-tingling event taking place at Haven’s Kitchen (109 W 17th Street) on December 1st from 6:30-8:30pm will be hosted by Ali Cayne (Haven’s Kitchen), Sue Chan (Momofuku), Nic Jammet (sweetgreen), Gabe Stulman (Happy Cooking Hospitality), Sophie McNally (Balthazar, Cherche Midi et al) and others, and guests will be able to enjoy food by Chef James McDuffee (Joseph Leonard), Chef Michael Toscano (Jeffrey’s Grocery, Perla, Montmartre), and Chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly (Fedora, Bar Sardine), as well as specialty cocktails by Brian Bartels of Happy Cooking Hospitality. Tickets can be purchased for $125 each here with proceeds going to Edible Schoolyard NYC.

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New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

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Harlem‘s historic Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot used to be a nuisance for neighborhood residents before it was demolished five years ago, but now it’s back and better than ever. The renovated building, which dates back to 1890 when it was used as a trolley barn, was recently born again as an eco-friendly bus hub. Boasting a massive 65,000-square-foot green roof and a busload of other environmental-friendly features, the re-opening of the local landmark was a proud green moment for the local community.

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6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

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Snowy Thanksgiving Week Forecast Could Lead to Messy Travel Conditions in Northeast United States

by , 11/24/14

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East Coasters may want to add good snow tires to their list of things to be thankful for this week. Though it’s still too early to tell for sure, winter storm watches are in effect for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day for the Northeast United States, and the National Weather Service advises that the New York area could see 6 to 10 inches of snow. Travelers are being warned to prepare for icy or snowy roads from Georgia up to New England.

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

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Part of New York City‘s charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most highly trafficked structures in NYC. Take the Brooklyn Bridge, which is crossed every day by commuters who have no idea that there is a Cold War-era bunker inside of it.

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Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design’s “GIY” Kits

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You might already DIY, but do you GIY? New York-based Ecovative Design is already known for creating packaging and even buildings out of mushroom root material, and now they are bringing that ability to the masses with their “grow-it-yourself” kits. The easy-to-use GIY kits contain everything you or someone on your holiday giftlist would need to create your own sustainably-made products using Ecovative’s signature mushroom material.

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

by , 11/20/14

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This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

by , 11/19/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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There may be a lot of hype surrounding NYC’s swanky new highrises, but what about the buildings that date as far back as 1765? This interactive map by Morphocode pays homage to these time-tested structures by revealing the age of every (and we mean every) building in Manhattan. Not only does the mapping tool give insight on the history of these buildings, it also shows the evolution of entire neighborhoods, too. Learn more about this handy tool here.

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BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

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New York-based BKSK Architects is aiming high with their latest project, The Jefferson. The 115,000-square-foot, multi-family complex located on the East Village site of a former vaudeville theater by the same name is on track to earn LEED Gold certification for its many sustainable features. Particularly impressive is the building’s water management scheme, which is poised to collect 100% of the available LEED stormwater credits, a rare achievement for an urban building.

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Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

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3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

by , 11/18/14

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Yesterday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is expected to facilitate the creation of about 3,000 new jobs. According to the mayor, the city plans to completely overhaul the Navy Yard’s Building 77, a World War II-era warehouse currently used as storage, and turn it into work spaces. Slated for completion in late 2016, the massive project will increase the number of positions at the former military shipyard by about 40%.

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Meow Parlour: NYC’s First Cat Cafe Set to Open Next Month

Meow Parlour: NYC’s First Cat Cafe Set to Open Next Month

Purina One’s temporary cat cafe gave New Yorkers a taste of what could be last spring.

We *cat* believe it’s finally happening! Meow Parlour, New York’s very first permanent cat cafe, is set to open next month on the Lower East Side. The new space promises

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NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

New York has kicked off a new campaign to bolster clothing and textile recycling statewide. Called “Clothes the Loop,” the initiative is the brainchild of the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) and the Secondary Materials

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Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

Upstate New York’s Farm Sanctuary is celebrating Thanksgiving early this year–and the guests of honor are turkeys! Each year the sanctuary promotes a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, encouraging animal lovers to adopt a turkey instead of eating one. The tables

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Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation has big plans for the desolate site of the already demolished Pier 53, and the soon-to-be-destroyed Pier 54. The new space will involve a new pier the size of two football fields that will be elevated on stilts.

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$1 Million Awarded to NYC’s Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

$1 Million Awarded to NYC’s Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

We’ve seen many interesting infrastructure proposals that aim to protect New York City from storms and flooding, but it’s much more exciting when the plans are actually implemented. Inhabitat first wrote about a plan to construct a stormwater-absorbing wetland

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Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Standing 45 feet high, the Long Island Green Dome is the largest residential geodesic dome in the world. Taking nearly 4 years to build, it features 16 specially designed high solar heat gain windows and vents that not only warm the interior but can be filtered

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VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

What does it mean to live in a world of natural distasters and unpredictability? Andrew Zolli, a futures researcher and author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, explores this issue for a living. This fall at the Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium

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Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Located on the seventh floor of the old Pfizer factory at 630 Flushing Avenue, the new Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator is an airy and open space characterized by massive windows, the hum of machines and the electricity of creativity in the air. It’s

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1 WTC Window Washers Make Clean Escape After Dangling Dangerously From Scaffolding

1 WTC Window Washers Make Clean Escape After Dangling Dangerously From Scaffolding

Two window washers are likely pretty relieved this morning after being trapped on scaffolding at Manhattan’s newly opened 1 World Trade Center yesterday. The two experienced workers were left dangling 68-floors-up after their equipment malfunctioned.

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The Best In-Season Veggies to Buy for Thanksgiving Dinner at Your Local Greenmarket

The Best In-Season Veggies to Buy for Thanksgiving Dinner at Your Local Greenmarket

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Beets are one of the healthiest vegetables out there, but they can inspire a different breed of vegetable-hatred. With a few simple tips, you can transform these earthy bulbs into a delectable dish that even the surest beet-hater will love (we’re

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