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Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s Special Halloween LED Light Show Tonight

Last year’s LED light show

Don’t forget to take a break from trick-or-treating tonight to catch the Empire State Building and iHeartMedia’s special Halloween LED light show. Tonight’s event will mark the second year the Empire State Building has put on a LED light show set to music for All Hallow’s Eve. The show, choreographed by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman, is set to begin at 8:30PM tonight and viewers can tune into Z100 or 103.5 KTU to hear the soundtrack that accompanies the LED show. And don’t forget to share your pics and videos of the show by tagging your social media posts with hashtag #ESBoo.

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Two Winners for 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” Design Competition

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It may be called the ONE Prize Awards, but there were two first-prize winners this year in a competition to design a new educational facility at The Brooklyn Navy Yard. The frontrunners – one a Lucent Cube and the other a Self Growing Lab made of living bacteria –  won for their innovative designs for the “Smart Dock,” which will inhabit the Navy Yard’s new Building 128. The ONE LAB jury couldn’t choose a clear winner of the award, because the designs complemented each other so well, and some jury members are even suggesting that the two be merged. Read on for a glimpse at the winning concepts.

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Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

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Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanterns and decorative pumpkins after the Halloween festivities are over? Bring them to the Pumpkin Smash! Hosted by the NYC Compost Project, this post-Halloween event invites you to relieve some stress by smashing your gourds at Clement Clarke Moore Park in Manhattan, after which they will be composted locally. The event will take place this Saturday, November 1st from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.

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World’s First Water-Filtering Pool Closer to Fruition with Support from Kanye West and Olympian Conor Dwyer

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+pool, + pool, plus pool, kanye west, Conor Dywer, Dong-Ping Wong, Oana Stanescu, Archie Coates IV, Jeff Franklin, janes carousel, plus shaped pool, water filtering pool, Carol Lim & Humberto Leon, east river pool, brooklyn bridge parkFrom left to right: +POOL founders Dong-Ping Wong, Jeff Franklin and Archie Coates IV, musician Kanye West, Olympian Conor Dwyer, and +POOL founder Oana Stanescu. Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Fans and supporters of +POOL, the world’s first water-filtering pool, gathered at Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo on Wednesday night for the initiative’s first Fall Swim Benefit. US Olympian swimmer Conor Dwyer hosted the event, and rapper Kanye West attended in support of the innovative project, which is currently considering several different locations for its projected 2017 opening. When built, the floating, plus-shaped pool is expected to clean about 500,000 gallons of river water a day while offering visitors a unique and educational way to take a dip.

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13 Architecture-Themed Costumes Seen at Storefront for Art & Architecture’s Halloween Bash

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Sky High? One World Trade Center Observatory Announces Admission Price

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ODA Architecture’s Crazy Cubed Building Could Offer Private Green Space in Williamsburg

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filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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New York-based ODA Architecture‘s long delayed cubic building looks like it might finally get off the ground. The project has been stalled for six years, but the crazy cantilevered apartment complex may have finally found a future home in Williamsburg.

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Learn How to Make These Awesome Mason Jar Handles and Other Cool Things With the Diwire Bender

by , 10/29/14
filed under: Brooklyn,DIY,Product Design

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We first wrote about the Diwire, the world’s first desktop CNC wire bender, nearly a year ago and since then, the prototype has been able to move into production after its $100,000 Kickstarter campaign was funded in just one day. Pensa Labs began shipping the first batch of the versatile machines this week and they’ve launched a fun series of “Bend-A-Day” daily video tutorials to celebrate. Follow Pensa’s Instagram to check out the easy-to-watch, 15-second videos and learn how to make smartphone holders, mason jar handles and other cool stuff – one new project per day!

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Staten Island Brownfield Transformed into a Lush, Storm-Fighting Park

by , 10/29/14
filed under: Green Space,Staten Island

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Staten Island’s beautiful Heritage Park is now officially open for fall frolicking, but the lush green space wasn’t always so verdant. Set on the waterfront near Richmond Terrace, the park was reborn out of a former brownfield, creating a new destination for locals to enjoy. Aside from its 9.7 acres of park land, the outdoor oasis will also act as a storm surge buffer, helping to protect Staten Island from future hurricanes.

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Man Invents 3D-Printed Gardens That Can Grow in Any Shape (Even a Panda)

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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, print and grow herb and flower gardens in nearly any desired shape. Read on to learn more about Takeuchi’s project, which was unveiled at New York’s Museum of Modern Art during the greener future month at the Sony CSL symposium.

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House Tour: Historic Chelsea Townhouse Renovated with Multiple Patios and a Glittering Glass Enclosure

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Citi Bike Announces Plan to Expand to New Neighborhoods as NYC Reaches Deal with REQX

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Citi Bike has announced plans to double its fleet by 2017 after the sale of its parent company, Alta Bicycle Share, to REQX Ventures, a real estate company affiliated with Related Companies. The expansion calls for 6,000 bikes and over 375 new stations added to the system, starting in northern Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City and Bedford-Stuyvesant. The announcement also included news that Alta appointed Jay Walder, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as its new CEO.

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Fulton Street Transit Center Finally Set to Open in November

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If it’s true that good things come to those who wait, the much-delayed Fulton Street Transit Center promises to be incredible. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on Monday that the long-awaited Brooklyn transit hub is finally set to be opened next month. After multiple setbacks, the $1.4 billion structure, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is slated to be inaugurated on November 10th.

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Rutgers University Shoots For LEED Certification with Ambitious Campus Redevelopment Plan

Rutgers College Avenue Redevelopment

Rutgers University has announced that it will be kicking off an ambitious campus redevelopment initiative that will aim for LEED Silver certification. The College Avenue Campus Redevelopment Initiative will see the implementation of a bevy of sustainable building features across 10 acres of the university’s historic downtown campus.

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New York Teen Invents In-Sole Sensor that Can Track Wandering Alzheimer’s Patients

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New York City teen Kenneth Shinozuka has invented a new wearable sensor called the SafeWanderer that can help keep Alzheimer’s patients safe. Inspired by his own grandfather’s battle with the disease, the 15-year-old came up with a device that can keep tabs on patients if they begin to wander off. The sensor works by reacting to pressure and can notify a caregiver through a smart phone app when a patient is on-the-go.

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Does Citi Bike Have a New Owner?

Does Citi Bike Have a New Owner?

Was Citi Bike just sold? According to multiple sources, REQX Ventures (an affiliate of real estate giant Related Companies) and its subsidiary Equinox recently purchased Alta Bicycle Share, which operates New York City’s famous bike share program. Although

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Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Don’t Miss This Year’s Fiery Spectacle of 5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Don’t Miss This Year’s Fiery Spectacle of 5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins

If you missed last year’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, be sure to set aside a date to go see it this month. Over 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns will be lighting up the night for the fiery spectacle in New York’s Historic Hudson Valley starting on October

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Rockefeller Center’s Rooftop Gardens are a Hidden Urban Treasure

Rockefeller Center’s Rooftop Gardens are a Hidden Urban Treasure

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The gardens, located atop the British Empire Building, the Maison Francaise, and the setbacks of other central buildings, were planned and built when the Center was first erected. Developer John R. Todd and architect Raymond Hood wanted

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Inside Tour: Ethical Fashion Designer M Patmos Gives Her Brooklyn Home a Conscious Facelift

Inside Tour: Ethical Fashion Designer M Patmos Gives Her Brooklyn Home a Conscious Facelift

INHABITAT: How long did the renovation take?
Marcia: It took about three months, but then it took a little longer for everything to be finalized.
INHABITAT: When you were thinking about the furniture, did you search for new items or rearrange what you had?
Marcia:

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Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Create Spectacular and Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns in NYC

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Create Spectacular and Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns in NYC

New York artists Marc Evan and Chris Soria began their pumpkin carving business, Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, eight years ago in an effort to tap local bars and restaurants during autumn. What resulted was a booming reputation that brought in commissions from big

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Is Harlem Next in Line For Its Own High Line-Style Park?

Is Harlem Next in Line For Its Own High Line-Style Park?

Could Harlem be the next NYC neighborhood to get its own High Line-style park? Non-profit organization Housing Partnership thinks so and has proposed the Harlem Promenade, a project to construct affordable residential units and an elevated green

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Industrial-Style Shelf Out of Inexpensive Pipe

DIY: How to Make Your Own Industrial-Style Shelf Out of Inexpensive Pipe

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED:

We announced the winner in our October 24th newsletter here.

Theresa and Mark have also teamed up with Dove to offer 3 guys the opportunity to win a home upgrade worth $15,000, a private consultation with the Clements,

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Tom Fruin’s Candy-Colored Plexiglass House Sparkles Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Tom Fruin’s Candy-Colored Plexiglass House Sparkles Under the Brooklyn Bridge

The Kolonihavehus structure made its debut a few years ago in Copenhagen, where Fruin built the installation in front of the Royal Danish Library. Fruin is known for his talent in converting reclaimed materials into brilliant art installations and the Kolonihavehus

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Join Architecture for Humanity NY and Make a Difference on Day of Impact 2014

Join Architecture for Humanity NY and Make a Difference on Day of Impact 2014

If you’ve been enjoying all of the wonderful architectural activities that Archtober has to offer this month, why not show your appreciation by helping out some communities that could really use it? This Saturday, October 25th, Architecture for Humanity’s

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Resilient “Living Breakwaters” Project Wins Prestigious 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Resilient “Living Breakwaters” Project Wins Prestigious 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Living Breakwaters project was designed specifically for Staten Island and Rarutan Bay and is based on the idea of flood mitigation through the implementation of a well-strategized blend of structural defense and ecosystem reinforcement. The plan aims

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