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Talented designer turns a super-skinny alley into a glam office in New Jersey

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Mayor pledges $2.5B for 16-mile electric streetcar connecting Queens and Brooklyn

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Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his support of a $2.5 billion plan to build a 16-mile streetcar line between Astoria, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) would serve the borough’s waterfront communities along the East River, which are booming with new residential and commercial developments. According to the mayor’s office, the electrified line would be one of the largest urban streetcar systems in the nation. Previous estimates say the streetcar line could transport up to 16 million riders annually.

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Governors Island to be open year-round with new ‘Innovation Cluster’ technology incubator

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5 ways to celebrate Chinese New Year with feng shui

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filed under: Interior Design,Interiors

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The Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) falls on Monday, February 8 this year, and whether you traditionally celebrate the holiday or not, it’s a great opportunity to add some balance to your life. We’re of course talking about feng shui, the Chinese system of orienting things inside the home and other spaces to bring balance to them. Through observing and shifting the built environment, feng shui teaches us how to live in harmony with nature. From replacing broken objects to brightening your entry, ring in the new year by checking out our handy guide to improving the feng shui in your home.

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See IKEA’s storage-maximizing makeover of a 300-sq-ft studio apartment in the Bronx

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Abandoned Allen Street Bathhouse could be transformed into a food stall in LES

by , 02/04/16
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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If you wander up the Allen Street pedestrian mall until you reach Delancey, you’ll come face-to-face with a beautiful yet deserted relic from the city’s past: the Allen Street Bathhouse. Built in the 1930s in the Beaux-Arts style, the public restrooms were once used by riders of the elevated Second Avenue El railway until the building was shuttered in the early 1950s. Fortunately, however, the historic bathhouse won’t be going the way of the wrecking ball—the city has hopes to transform the building into a “food service facility.”

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BIG unveils plans for NYPD’s first-ever green-roofed police station

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BBDO Manhattan headquarters transformed into open loft-like space lined with reclaimed wood

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It may soon be illegal to declaw cats in New York, and for good reason

by , 02/03/16
filed under: Animals,News,Politics

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For as long as people have invited cats into their homes, furniture has been destroyed, drapery has been shredded, and the occasional pointy claw has made contact with tender human flesh. But soft fur and soothing purrs keep felines near the top of the list of America’s favorite pets, second only to freshwater fish. For many years, veterinarians have encouraged cat owners to electively declaw their feline companions – either front paws only or all four – in a procedure that is regarded as cruel and unnecessary by animal rights organizations around the globe. Assemblyperson Linda Rosenthal of District 67 introduced a bill last month to outlaw the practice, similar to the ban that is already in place in other major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as many countries in Europe, South America, and elsewhere in the world. Will New York be next to ban the cruel practice?

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Escobedo Soliz Studio wins 2016 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program with colorful rope canopy

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Tiny brick-walled studio feels much larger thanks to its airy sunroom and private yard

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Could this vibrant green waterfront community make Staten Island the hip new place to live?

by , 02/01/16

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Bye bye, Brooklyn? It’s been over two years since former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg broke ground on Stapleton, Staten Island’s much-anticipated $150 million waterfront complex and now thanks to a new teaser website, it seems that the massive redevelopment of a former U.S. Homeport Naval Base is getting close to completion. Marketed to young renters looking for an “antidote to the constraints of modern day accommodation,” URBY Staten Island will offer 900 LEED-certified market-rate apartments, 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and ample green space that could give other boroughs a run for their money.

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49 New York schools adopt vegetarian program that makes learning about food choices fun

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49 schools in New York have adopted a plant-based nutrition program to help kids learn to make healthier choices. The program – called the Daily Scoop – is led by Lean and Green Kids and involves almost 300 schools in California, Colorado, and New York. By incorporating daily nutrition tips into the regular school day, the campaign aims to combat the barrage of unhealthy food advertisements kids see, while also helping them protect animals and reduce their carbon footprint.

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New Governors Island park boasting city’s longest slide set to open in May

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Studio Gang unveils designs for an eco-friendly and green-roofed firehouse in Brooklyn

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Massive Flash Factory night club built from salvaged materials opens tonight

Massive Flash Factory night club built from salvaged materials opens tonight

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Massive NYPD training center will be NYC’s largest LEED project ever commissioned

Massive NYPD training center will be NYC’s largest LEED project ever commissioned

Related: Perkins+Will’s soaring tower concept creates a greenery-clad vertical neighborhood in Midtown

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Freddie the Steer moo-ves to greener pastures after daring slaughterhouse escape

Freddie the Steer moo-ves to greener pastures after daring slaughterhouse escape

“He is doing really well,” said Mike Stura, 49, the owner of the sprawling 230-acre sanctuary in Wantage, who brought Freddie to New Jersey on Friday.
“The first day he was anxious to be here, but every day he is getting more and more calm and he

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New renderings unveiled for BIG’s twisty High Line towers

New renderings unveiled for BIG’s twisty High Line towers

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Recently unearthed evidence indicates that Central Park may have come close to not existing

Recently unearthed evidence indicates that Central Park may have come close to not existing

Related: Snag a Piece of NYC History at the Landmark Preservation Commission’s Architectural Salvage Auction

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