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Casa Kids’ clever sleeping loft is a storage bed on steroids

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325-square-foot apartment on the brink of collapse converted into a sunny West Village haven

by , 08/29/16
filed under: Architecture,Tiny Homes

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Vertical village of modular blocks adds a pixelated punch to the LIC skyline

by , 08/27/16
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NY NOW announces the winners of its 2016 Summer Eco Choice Awards

by , 08/26/16
filed under: Green Products,Manhattan

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NY NOW, New York’s premier showcase of home, lifestyle and gift products, announced the winners of its 12th semi-annual Eco Choice Awards this week. The winning products — Tokens & Icon‘s woolen hat made out of an MLB game-used baseball, CounterEvolution’s “Looper” Lazy Susan crafted from reclaimed bowling alley wood, and Spinster Sisters’ prettily packaged all-natural salt soaks — were chosen from 150 entries that were showcased at the market’s SustainAbility: design for a better world display. The submissions were evaluated on-site at the show by judges Sam Ujvary of Gift Shop Magazine, Susan Inglis of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Candance Holloway of Uncommon Goods, and yours truly. A hearty congratulations to all of the winners!

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NYC testing giant tunnel plugs and flexible covers to waterproof subway system

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Waterproofing the NYC subway system is an important part of the city’s efforts to become more climate-resilient and prepare for future Superstorm Sandy-type flooding as global warming increases extreme weather events. To prevent another situation similar to the flooding of the South Ferry subway station, which is still under reconstruction, and the flooding of nine tunnels that will shut down the L train for 18 months in 2019, the Metropolitan Transit Authority is spending $4 billion in mostly federal disaster relief funds to repair and harden its transportation infrastructure. That includes testing innovative solutions such as flexible covers and tunnel plugs that could keep the city’s subway system dry during flooding events.

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Queen of tiny living shares her small space tips in 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (…or more)

by , 08/26/16

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‘Paris on the Gowanus’: 365 Bond brings sustainable waterfront luxury to Brooklyn

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Stack Exchange envisions a futuristic LES community made of layers of timber

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Take the ultimate Times Square selfie on these giant X-shaped loungers

by , 08/24/16

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Open, light-flooded floorplan modernizes a previously cramped Forest Hills Tudor

by , 08/23/16
filed under: Architecture,Queens

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Hamptons food trucks plug in to cleaner energy with new power pedestals

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The food truck trend is getting a smart upgrade in posh places like the Hamptons, where a new clean energy system is fueling beachside meals on wheels. WXY architecture + urban design recently announced the new “power pedestals” that will supply easy access to grid electricity to food trucks, with much quieter operations and less of an impact on the environment than the typical gas-powered generators many currently use. The pedestals have been installed on two beaches in Montauk, Long Island, an experimental first step that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing any delectable eats.

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One of NYC’s largest trees is reborn as sustainable custom furniture

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A European Elm tree that grew in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park was recorded as of the largest trees in New York, with a diameter measuring a whopping 89 inches. The behemoth, originally planted in 1870, was felled last year after city forestry officials determined it had died. Rather than chip it into mulch or bury it in a landfill, the tree is getting a new life thanks to RE-CO BKLYN, a Brooklyn based sawmill and furniture business that uses reclaimed trees to make beautiful fixtures.

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400-square-foot apartment uses clever pivot wall to divide space in multiple ways

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We take the 2017 Chevy Volt on an electrifying eco-getaway up to the Hudson Valley

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Left turns kill, says new NYC Department of Transportation report

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A new report from the New York City Department of Transportation finds that vehicles making left turns caused about 19 percent of all pedestrian and cyclist deaths or serious injuries in the city last year. That is over three times the rate of pedestrians and bicyclists killed or severely injured by a right-turning vehicle (6 percent). According to the report, entitled “Don’t Cut Corners,” between 2010 and 2014, 108 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed by left turning vehicles (out of 859 pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities 2010-2014). The study is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to end traffic deaths and injuries on city streets.

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‘Hidden forest’ of 4,000 baby redwood trees coming to Brooklyn

‘Hidden forest’ of 4,000 baby redwood trees coming to Brooklyn

Later this year, artist Spencer Finch will bring a little piece of California’s redwood forests to downtown Brooklyn. In partnership with the Public Art Fund and Forest City Ratner Companies, the artist will use 4,000 young redwoods to create a 1/100

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Historic “horizontal skyscraper” to become luxury condos in Williamsburg

Historic “horizontal skyscraper” to become luxury condos in Williamsburg

Morris Adjmi Architects is taking on a warehouse renovation the likes of which are seldom seen, if ever. The Austin Nichols House is not just a warehouse on the Williamsburg waterfront but also a massive historic icon in the neighborhood. Soon, it will

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Tour this luxuriously sustainable new model apartment at 60 White in Tribeca (PHOTOS)

Tour this luxuriously sustainable new model apartment at 60 White in Tribeca (PHOTOS)

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Beware of flying cockroaches encouraged by soaring temps in NYC

Beware of flying cockroaches encouraged by soaring temps in NYC

People say a lot of things about what might happen “when pigs fly,” but around NYC, a new saying may catch on this summer: when cockroaches fly. It just so happens that the nasty little pests love the intense heat and humidity so much that it makes

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Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Annex space to be converted into food manufacturing hub

Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Annex space to be converted into food manufacturing hub

The NYCEDC just announed that the Brooklyn Army Terminal will be converted into a major food manufactoring hub. The entire 55,000 square foot space of the Terminal’s Annex building will hopefully house up to 10 growing food manufacturing companies. The

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