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URBAN PLANT tower would allow tenants to grow food year-round in a flourishing winter garden

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Gluck+’s Van Sinderen Plaza will bring 130 affordable apartments to East New York

by , 02/10/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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Harlem-based architecture firm Gluck+ is transforming a few vacant Brooklyn lots next to the L train tracks into a new residential project comprising 130 affordable apartments. According to NY YIMBY, the area of East New York around Broadway Junction is about to be rezoned by the city to make way for the construction of Van Sinderen Plaza, two seven-story buildings that will offer family-oriented apartments and pedestrian-friendly outdoor space.

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Bjarke Ingels Group unveils spiraling New York tower wrapped in a ribbon of green terraces

by , 02/09/16
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NYC’s first resident urban farmer will grow food for Staten Island’s new green community

by , 02/09/16

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Where can we sign up for a gig like this? We recently brought you news about Staten Island’s multi-million dollar URBY waterfront community, and now it looks like the project’s developers have hired NYC’s first official resident urban farmer. Experienced agriculture professional Zaro Bates will be in charge of growing food at the sustainable complex’s on-site urban farm, which will be located just steps away from her new apartment since she’ll also be getting free housing as part of the deal.

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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

by , 02/05/16
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

by , 02/02/16

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

by , 02/01/16

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

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

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Related:Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on Staten Island’s New Stapleton Waterfront Community Project

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

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

Nearly 50 New York schools are adopting a plant-based nutrition program to help kids learn to make healthy choices. The program – called the Daily Scoop – is led by Lean and Green Kids and involves almost 300 schools in California, Colorado, and New By

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

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

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

FDNY Company 2’s elite force of firefighters does more than just fight fire. The team is trained to respond to a variety of emergencies, from fire and building collapses to water and scuba rescues. To help Company 2 mimic those rescue scenarios, Studio

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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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