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Cat Camp opens today in NYC (adorable video)

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Look up at the Empire State Building tomorrow to see giant endangered animals projected on the side

by , 07/31/15
filed under: Art NYC,Manhattan

Empire State Building Lights

If you’re in New York City tomorrow night, don’t forget to look up. The façade of the iconic Empire State Building is set to double as a giant canvas from 9pm to midnight. 33 floors of the landmark will be lit up with a slideshow of endangered animal photos designed by Travis Threlkel and filmmaker Louie Psihoyos in order to spur awareness about the need to take action to protect these imperiled species.

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Eero Saarinen’s iconic JFK terminal to be reborn as swanky airport hotel and convention center

by , 07/30/15

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JFK’s Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center is one of NYC’s most iconic structures, but has sat empty and unused on the grounds of the airport for the past 14 years. Now all of that is about to change with the announcement that MCR Development will revamp the famous architect’s building into a lavish hotel and convention center and open it back up to the public. According to Governor Cuomo, who delivered the good news this week at a luncheon in Manhattan, the project will seek LEED certification and include a 505-room hotel, a museum dedicated to the Jet Age and 40,000 square feet of conference space. The renovation will aim for a “complete rehabilitation of the national landmark to its 1962 glory,” according to an MCR press release.

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See what LaGuardia Airport’s massive $4 billion makeover will look like

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139 new Citi Bike stations to be rolled out in NYC this August

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Summer cruising is about to get even sweeter with a huge new Citi Bike expansion, which is set to begin in August. The popular bike share program is set to hit even more neighborhoods, bringing blue bike stations to Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The 139 additional stations will feature new and improved software and hardware and should roll out just in time to facilitate some late summer biking adventures.

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Outdoor pop-up libraries bring literary love to little ones in East Harlem and the South Bronx

by , 07/28/15
filed under: Books,Bronx,Harlem,Kids

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Young book lovers in Hamilton Heights, East Harlem, and the South Bronx can now spend their summers reading at a flock of new outdoor literary havens. Organized by a non-profit called the Uni Project, the fun pop-up libraries offer plenty of space for discovering new books and playing in the fresh air.

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Ride down this 270-foot-long water slide when it comes to NYC this weekend

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LinkedIn’s NYC offices boast a secret speakeasy lounge and room lined with old telephones

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Sneak a peek at IKEA’s food-centric 2016 catalog and newly unveiled products

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200-sq-ft mini mobile studios let artists and entrepreneurs escape out-of-control NYC rents

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WTC Tranportation Hub skylight to open up every year on September 11 as tribute to victims

by , 07/24/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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Famed architect Santiago Calatrava‘s World Trade Center Oculus Transportation Hub is woefully behind schedule, but it finally looks like there is a light at the end of the insanely expensive, white marble-lined tunnel. Despite a chain of hiccups, the $3.9 billion rail, subway and shopping hub is said to be nearing completion – but the final result will be a bit different from the original design. Although the Spanish architect’s vision of having a structure that can pivot open completely was nixed early on, the hub will have a skylight that retracts for a somewhat similar effect. And according to Calatrava himself, the roof will open up every year on September 11th as a tribute to the New Yorkers who perished in the 9/11 attacks.

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New eco-friendly hotel with massive herb garden wall set to open at Central Park next month

by , 07/23/15

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From a massive herb garden wall to organic linens to a lobby farmstand, luxury accommodation brand 1 Hotels will be pulling out all the eco-friendly stops at its new Central Park location, which is set to open in August. After several delays, the flagship hotel for the company, which is an offshoot of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, is expected to launch its sustainable services within a few weeks. The eco-friendly hotel will feature environmentally-conscious touches like Tesla electric car services, reclaimed barn wood wall decor, and even old-fashioned chalkboards next to beds—because notepads are clearly a waste of paper.

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Have your wedding or event at this opulent ballroom where all proceeds go towards helping the homeless

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Citi Bike to expand through upper Manhattan with 39 new docking stations

by , 07/22/15

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Everyone’s favorite bike-sharing program is movin’ on up! Locations for 39 new Citi Bike docking stations were recently unveiled by the Department of Transportation and from the looks of it, Manhattanites can expect to see new biking stations as far up as 86th Street.

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Gensler’s new ARK at JFK will be world’s first luxury terminal for jet-setting animals

by , 07/21/15
filed under: Animals,News,Queens

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Airline passengers may often complain about being treated like cattle, but starting next year, the 70,000 animals— including horses, pets, birds, penguins and yes, cows—that pass through New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport annually will find themselves in a 168,000-square-foot terminal with far nicer features than even the humans will have access to. The Gensler-designed project, which is led by airport architect Cliff Bollmann, will provide our furry and feathered friends with an environment that will reduce stress and meet veterinary needs, along with facilities for treatments such as “pawdicures.”

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Governor Cuomo announces landmark Shared Renewables green energy program for New York

Governor Cuomo announces landmark Shared Renewables green energy program for New York

Governor Cuomo announces landmark Shared Renewables program for the state of New York. The program includes a number of renewable energy choices for residents.

Related: New Study Finds NYC Could be Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy by

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Beautiful and bountiful rooftop garden grows atop former LES squat

Beautiful and bountiful rooftop garden grows atop former LES squat

21 Avenue C

820 square foot intensive green roof
The garden was initially conceived in early 2012 and construction was completed in December
2014. Now in its first growing season, the garden is producing swiss chard, broccoli, white of

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NYRP’s Haven Project aims to drastically improve health in South Bronx with new green spaces

NYRP’s Haven Project aims to drastically improve health in South Bronx with new green spaces

NYRP has just unveiled the Haven Project, a green-focused project set to improve health conditions in the South Bronx. The project is designed to improve Quality of Life and Deliver Measurable Health Benefits to Neighborhoods Suffering from High Rates a

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What’s up with this mysterious camper trailer perched on top of a Red Hook warehouse?

What’s up with this mysterious camper trailer perched on top of a Red Hook warehouse?

Via NY Curbed

Images via Brooklyn paper

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Run over to the New York Public Library’s serene outdoor reading room before it closes today

Run over to the New York Public Library’s serene outdoor reading room before it closes today

The New York Public Library is opening “The Outdoor Reading Room 2015: Read Everywhere!” on the plaza of its landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, giving the public an opportunity to sit, read, and relax in a oasis

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