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NYC’s First Cat Cafe Opens Today!

by , 12/15/14

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We *cat* believe it’s finally happening! Meow Parlour, New York’s very first permanent cat cafe, is set to open today on the Lower East Side. The new space promises to be a feline fanatic’s paradise and will offer one-on-one time with cute, adoptable kitties, and even free Wi-Fi.

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Uber’s new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

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Uber is already one of the most convenient methods to get around NYC, but now the company is hoping to make its service more affordable with a new innovation. Last week, the transportation tech company unveiled uberPOOL, a feature that would allow people who are riding along a similar route to share a ride together, at a fraction of the price of a New York City taxi.

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NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city


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Shipping container homes and shops have been popping up here and there around New York City, but two developers are hoping to bring a lot more of the sustainable design trend to the Big Apple. Palladium Management and SG Blocks recently created a new partnership to implement multi-family and retail space made of repurposed shipping containers throughout some of the city’s boroughs. Funded by Westchester County-based Dillon Hill Capital, the ambitious project is currently waiting on approval for 24 sites across NYC. 

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this Tribeca loft by Jane Kim Design. The NYC-based designer used reclaimed barn wood for the counters and salvaged marble slabs in the master bathroom to give the space a sustainable touch. Proving that luxury can be green, Kim’s loft boasts wooden and wrought iron columns, hardwood floors, and exposed dark red brick. The beautiful home is a great example of how, with good design, one man’s trash can be another man’s counter top. See more photos here.

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Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

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Blame it on the rain? According to Bushwick police, rainy weather may oddly be connected to the recent increase in local crime in the area. Local reports show the number of burglaries in Brooklyn’s 83rd precinct increased by a whopping 24 percent this year, with many of the thefts taking place on rainy days.

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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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Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

by , 12/10/14

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How’d you like to paint the town red (or “Marsala” rather) on a bike inspired by Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year? The Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently announced the launch of its Driggs 3 and Willow 3 models in Soft Burgundy, a slightly more subtle variation of the winning wine-tinged hue. Pre-orders of the bikes are available at the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. website now.

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The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

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When plans for the recently opened One World Trade Center were first made public years ago, they promised to deliver not only one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the world, but also one of the greenest. And although the original concept included ultra-advanced, large-scale environmental features in order to achieve LEED Gold certification, the final version of the building falls noticeably short of its initial green objectives. Why? Unfortunately, it looks like 2012′s Hurricane Sandy is to blame once again.

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NYC taxis may soon get their own app to compete with Uber and Lyft

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One of the reasons that ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have gained so much popularity is because users can request a ride via an app, alleviating the need to stand outside in the cold or rain to hail a cab. Well NYC’s taxis could soon follow suit if one lawmaker’s new legislation passes.

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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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Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling ‘Lowline Lab’

by , 12/09/14

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Looks like support for the Lowline initiative, a plan to build NYC’s first underground park, is still going strong. The team behind the ambitious project is currently on the funding trail with a new Kickstarter campaign looking to raise some green for the development of the subterranean park’s “Lowline Lab.” According to the proposed design, the lab space is slated for research and exhibitions and will feature cool innovations like “remote skylight” solar technology and a sneak peek at the kind of landscaping we could see at the park in the future.

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Will the Hudson Yards “Thrill Device” really make you crap your pants?

by , 12/09/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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In this week’s odd architecture news, Related Companies president Jay Cross reportedly surprised guests at a real estate luncheon recently by boasting that the second tower in the developer’s mammoth 30 Hudson Yards project will have a very interesting feature. Referred to as a “thrill device” by Cross, the amenity is something that visitors can choose to pay for separately to “crap your pants.” Needless to say, inquiring minds really want to know.

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Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

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This is now the world’s most expensive building

by , 12/08/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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It might not look like it, but New York City’s recently completed One World Trade Center is now the most expensive building in the world—by a very large margin. Although 1 WTC is a far cry from the world’s tallest skyscraper, the prismatic structure’s $3.9 billion price tag is double the cost of Las Vegas’ Palazzo and London’s Shard, the two $1.9 billion second-place finishers. The staggering numbers were recently put into perspective in a chart of the ten most expensive skyscrapers in the world published by real estate data mining company Emporis.

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JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient Dream Home

by , 12/05/14

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Mayor de Blasio announces NYC’s new Office of Sustainability

Mayor de Blasio announces NYC’s new Office of Sustainability

In a move meant to streamline the city’s climate change policies and sustainability initiatives, Mayor de Blasio has combined the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability with the Office of Environmental Coordination to create New York City’s new Office

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Steven Holl Architects’ Kennedy Center expansion breaks ground in D.C.

Steven Holl Architects’ Kennedy Center expansion breaks ground in D.C.

Located amidst the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, the Kennedy Center stands as an equally magnificent structure and a “living memorial” for John F. Kennedy. Rather than replicate Edward Durell Stone’s ornamental style, Steven Holl’s expansion comprises three

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INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

It’s likely that the vast majority of us had a similar elementary school experience: rote memorization, gross cafeteria “mystery food”, long days spent sitting at our desks, filling out worksheets, anxiously awaiting the few precious minutes outside that were

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Japanese man invents 3D-printed gardens that can grow in any shape

Japanese man invents 3D-printed gardens that can grow in any shape

The list of things that can be 3D printed keeps growing and growing, and Yuichiro Takeuchi recently added gardens to the tally. The computer scientist at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo has invented a way to use 3D printing technology to design,

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Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

RKTB Architects recently announced that its sustainable and affordable housing complex in the Bronx, East Clarke Place Court, is now 100% occupied. The 100,000-square-foot structure boasts a host of sustainable features, many of which are not commonly

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NYC horse carriage ban saga continues: Mayor de Blasio to propose new ban next week

NYC horse carriage ban saga continues: Mayor de Blasio to propose new ban next week

Bill de Blasio faced a lot of neighsayers when he first vowed to get rid of horse-drawn carriages in the city, and now the mayor is poised to follow through on his words. This past weekend, de Blasio met with City Council members to explain new legislation that aims

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Did you know NYC’s compost is being dumped in landfill?

Did you know NYC’s compost is being dumped in landfill?

With a population of about 8.4 million people from all kinds of backgrounds, it’s pretty safe to say that New York City has some of the rankest, foulest garbage in the world — but was it enough to overload an entire waste processing facility? The Inhabitat

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Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

You might want to think twice about eating your Thanksgiving leftovers if they contained bean sprouts. A salmonella outbreak has sickened five people in the New York area and 63 people in other states since September and FDA investigators have traced

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Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

After 2012′s Hurricane Sandy, it became obvious that New York City’s vulnerable subway system was way overdue for upgrades that would prevent it from being crippled by severe weather. Although many ideas have been put forth as viable options for protecting

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VIDEO: Behold! The World’s Smartest Pizza Box

VIDEO: Behold! The World’s Smartest Pizza Box

NOTE: The video states that the pizza box comes in two different sizes, but there are actually now six different sizes available.

The GreenBox was invented by William Walsh after he got the idea to re-use the top of a pizza box as plates for his friends

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