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

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For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to go around the table and recite all of the things we’re grateful for. But if you think about it, those of us with roofs over our heads and food in our fridges can afford to give a lot more than just thanks. If you want to express your gratitude in a more meaningful way this year, there are plenty of opportunities to help out a fellow New Yorker and still make it home in time for dinner. Whether you’re hoping to donate food, or a few hours of your time, read on for 6 ways to give back this Thanksgiving in NYC.

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

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

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This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in 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

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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

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

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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 and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART). Together, the organizations have created a program that will help to divert 1.4 billion pounds of recoverable clothes and textiles from state landfills.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

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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 are turned, and the rescued turkeys dine on Thanksgiving treats, rather than becoming dinner themselves.

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

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

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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 at East River Park back in January 2013, and New York State recently awarded the non-profit Lower East Side Ecology Center with a $1 million grant to get started on the ambitious project. In addition to offering protection from future extreme weather, the soft infrastructure will initiate a new and sustainable waste management model for the Lower East Side.

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

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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 at the Garrison Institute in New York’s Hudson Valley, Zolli shared his prophecies for the future and spoke about how technology, sustainability and global societies intersect in a rapidly changing future. Watch the video above to see how Zolli explored the unseen interconnections of our current economic, social, environmental, food and climate systems and how volatile disruptions in each of those systems is forcing us to learn how to “live in an era of inevitable surprise.”

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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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2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

If you live in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens, a lush new rainwater garden may soon be popping up on a sidewalk near you. New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to install 2,000 new bioswales (rainwater-absorbing

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Help Get The Simply Co.’s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

Help Get The Simply Co.’s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

You expect your laundry detergent to keep our clothes clean, but with ingredients like 1-4 dioxane, formaldehyde and tetrahydro myrcenol, is it doing more harm than good? The Simply Co., founded by former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental

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A High Line-Style Park May Be Coming to the JetBlue Terminal at JFK

A High Line-Style Park May Be Coming to the JetBlue Terminal at JFK

Tourists who missed the High Line while staying in NYC may soon be able to get a last-minute taste of the popular park right if JetBlue gets its way. The airline is hoping to create a snippet of the famous elevated park on top of its forthcoming international

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Portia Munson’s Floral Art Brings Summer Flowers to NYC Transit Stations

Portia Munson’s Floral Art Brings Summer Flowers to NYC Transit Stations

MTA Arts and Design is showing a new photography exhibit that’s influenced by the gardens in midtown’s Bryant Park. Artist Portia Munson wanted to keep the park’s flowers blooming even as winter moved in on the city, so she photographed flowers in

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3D-Printed Fruit, Electric Snowboards and Other Tech Marvels Seen at Engadget Expand

3D-Printed Fruit, Electric Snowboards and Other Tech Marvels Seen at Engadget Expand

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We’ve seen our share of electric skateboards such as the ZBoard, but what about an electric snowboard made for all seasons? Crazy as it might sound, that’s exactly what Aaron Aders and his cohorts at LEIF Technologies have created. The LEIF

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BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

BIG designed West 57th for The Durst Organization, which is also responsible for the adjacent Helena residences (a LEED Gold-certified project). The design for West 57th emerged out of the European tradition of forming residential blocks around central courtyards,

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Fulton Center LEED-Seeking Landmark Transit Hub Unveiled in Lower Manhattan

Fulton Center LEED-Seeking Landmark Transit Hub Unveiled in Lower Manhattan

“The new Fulton Center complex is another example of how we are rebuilding Lower Manhattan which will spur a resurgence throughout the area,” said Governor Cuomo of the newly opened transit hub. “This new station makes traveling easier for subway riders, and

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