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First residential building at Domino Sugar site breaks ground

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NYC’s Two Trees Management Company broke ground on the first residential building at the Williamsburg waterfront’s Domino Sugar site this week. The 16-story structure, which is part of a $1.5 billion redevelopment plan to transform the old Domino Sugar Factory site into residential towers designed by SHoP Architects, will include 500 apartments, of which roughly 105 will be affordable housing. The larger project also calls for the addition of commercial and retail space to the area as well as a waterfront esplanade and more than 5 acres of new green space for residents to enjoy.

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A massive floating hotel could be coming to NYC

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New York City’s West Side may soon be getting a massive floating hotel if the folks behind the much-anticipated SuperPier anti-mall have their way. Youngwoo & Associates, the developers of the shipping container megaproject, have hatched a plan with RXR Realty to transform a decommissioned cruise ship into Manhattan’s first permanent hotel at sea. The team was inspired by the Anheuser-Busch “Bud Light” hotel that took over a Norwegian Cruise Line ship during Superbowl XLVIII.

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MAP: Citi Bike reveals new station locations in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

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North Brooklyn residents who’ve been waiting with bated breath for news about Citi Bike‘s expansion into the area will be pleased to learn that the locations of the planned stations are now available. Published by The Brooklyn Paper today, a new map reveals the forthcoming blue bike pickup points and will help Greenpoint and Williamsburg cyclists locate the stations closest to them.

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Greenery-like sculptures bring life to a dreary intersection in Gowanus, Brooklyn

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Giant NYC heart sculpture will soon transform into a “Heartseat”

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Paula Hayes’ intriguing ‘Gazing Globes’ take over Madison Square Park (PHOTOS)

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Experts say more snow often leads to prettier spring gardens

by , 02/25/15
filed under: Weather

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If this unfathomably long, cold winter is getting you down, you’ll be happy to hear that there is a silver lining to our cold-weather doldrums. According to local NYC ecology experts, the more snow, the better (when it comes to gardening, that is)! The deep snow cover that has yet to melt away is acting as a supreme insulator for the soil underneath, meaning that we can expect abundant, lush flora this coming spring.

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Have you seen the revolutionary “Dryline” flood barrier coming to NYC’s East River? (VIDEO)

The Dryline – BIG Teams Vision for Rebuild by Design from BIG on Vimeo.

It looks like the Bjarke Ingels Group’s BIG U proposal to create a flood barrier along Manhattan’s East River is moving forward with a catchy new name and an exciting video to go along with it. The ambitious project, lovingly dubbed The Dryline, consists of a 10-mile earthen berm ribbon along the East River from East 23rd Street to Montgomery Street. Although the project development is still in its very early stages, BIG’s beautiful video gives us a better idea of what their vision for a more resilient NYC will look like when it’s complete.

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Check out + POOL’s free art installation at the Ace Hotel to learn about NYC’s first river-purifying pool

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If the idea of taking a dip on a warm, sunny summer day sounds really good to you right about now, + POOL has a treat for you over at the Ace Hotel. The team behind the initiative to build the world’s first river-purifying floating pool has launched a free art installation at the hotel running through March 5th. The series of large-scale drawings, entitled “Doing Something Big When No One Asks You To Do Something Big,” interprets + POOL‘s development over the past few years and will serve as a window into the minds of the founders and what they hope to accomplish with this revolutionary public project for NYC. The exhibit will be open 24 hours a day to the public at the Ace Hotel Gallery (20 West 29th Street New York, NY 10001).

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INFOGRAPHIC: How many miles do elevators in the world’s tallest buildings travel a year?

by , 02/24/15
filed under: Architecture

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Super-tall skyscrapers are more en vogue now than ever, but what is it like living in one? And more specifically, how long are the elevator rides? The inquisitive folks over at the WSJ answered this question with a nifty infographic comparing the tallest buildings in the world and their “elevator miles.” Quick factoid: Here in New York, if a top-floor resident of 432 Park makes two daily round-trips a day, they’ll log about 356 elevator miles a year. Click here to see the entire infographic.

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Illustration © James Gulliver Hancock for the WSJ

 

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IKEA debuts 2015 kitchen line filled with ultra-efficient, space-saving designs (PHOTOS)

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Do some yoga in this cozy log cabin to escape the winter blues

by , 02/23/15
filed under: Health,Queens

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Looking to get bendy in a rustic natural setting? Check out Alley Pond Environmental Center‘s new “Yoga in the Elements” classes. Located in northeast Queens, the non-profit’s environmental center is offering the utmost in wintertime exercise inside of their heated log cabin!

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Paula Hayes’ glittering terrarium gazing globes take over Madison Square Park

by , 02/23/15

Paula Hayes, "Gazing Globes", 2015 (installation view in Madison Square Park, New York). Polycarbonate spheres and mixed media, 3 feet to 6 feet high. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York. Photograph by Yasunori MatsuiPaula Hayes, “Gazing Globes”, 2015 (installation view in Madison Square Park, New York). Polycarbonate spheres and mixed media, 3 feet to 6 feet high. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York. Photograph by Yasunori Matsui

For the next two months, Madison Square Park will be home to a fantastical new public art project by environmental artist Paula Hayes. Sprawled across the West Gavel area of the park, Gazing Globes is made up of eighteen terrarium orbs for visitors to peer into to experience miniature worlds. Instead of her usual live plant terrariums, Hayes has created tableaus made from recycled pieces of our ever-changing technology, giving visitors a glimpse into a theoretical future where old CDs are transformed into glittery dust.

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New report unveils wet and wild climate future for NYC

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According to a new NPCC climate change report released this week, NYC’s climate future is going to be increasingly hot and perilously wet. The paper, which is the first of its kind to provide climate predictions for the city until 2100, estimates that the Big Apple and surrounding areas will be hit with higher temperatures, dramatically higher sea levels, and more rainfall and flooding over the next 85 years

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Where to celebrate the Chinese New Year in NYC

by , 02/21/15
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This week marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and on Thursday, New York City’s Chinese population began ringing in the Year of the Sheep. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate the new year this weekend, there’s no shortage of activities in NYC’s five boroughs. Sure, there’s a lot of snow on the ground, but that’s no excuse to just stay in and order Chinese food. From the Chinese New Year parade to the Lunar New Year Dance Sampler in Flushing, get out there and celebrate the Chinese New Year!

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Harlem’s tallest tower gets green light

Harlem’s tallest tower gets green light

Designed by ODA Architecture and developer Bruce Eichner, the 1800 Park Avenue tower will surely stand out not only for its towering height, but also for its bold, reflective facade, perhaps contrasting a bit too much with the brick-clad buildings that make

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New report reveals climate projections and resiliency plans for NYC through the year 2100

New report reveals climate projections and resiliency plans for NYC through the year 2100

It’s been a busy week for Mayor de Blasio. First he launched the Green Buildings Technical Working Group to up the ante on the city’s ambitious carbon emissions reduction plan, and now he’s released a major report by the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) that

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Hip hotel converted from a 100-year-old paper factory whisks guests away to another world (PHOTOS)

Hip hotel converted from a 100-year-old paper factory whisks guests away to another world (PHOTOS)

The Paper Factory Hotel features 122 guest rooms ranging from affordable shared bunks to luxurious private suites, each designed to give a nod to the building’s past life. Located in Long Island City just blocks away from Astoria’s Kaufman Art’s District,

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Woodside man “avenges” neighborhood property by covering graffiti with art

Woodside man “avenges” neighborhood property by covering graffiti with art

What do you do when you see your beloved neighborhood covered in ugly graffiti? One man is taking matters into his own hands and has begun blanketing Woodside, Queens in a kind of anti-graffiti. He’s extended the self-motivated beautification process

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Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar set to open in Greenpoint this spring

Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar set to open in Greenpoint this spring

Photo: The Brooklyn Barge Bar

Brooklyn Barge Bar’s proprietor, Will Drawbridge (you can’t make this stuff up), told DNAinfo that he hopes the new destination will draw more visitors to the Greenpoint waterfront.

“A lot of people don’t necessarily think,

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