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Park Slope row home renovation marries historic charm with energy-conserving features

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The ARK: JFK rolls out new terminal for jetsetting pets

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filed under: Animals,News,Transportation

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Sprawling “Made in NY” campus coming to Brooklyn’s Sunset Park

by , 02/16/17
filed under: Brooklyn,News

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Even as skyrocketing rents and labor costs, coupled with aging machinery and brisk overseas competition, have caused entire blocks of Manhattan’s once-fabled Garment District to shutter, New York City officials remain hopeful that a new manufacturing paradigm could still rise from the ashes. At his State of the City address on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio described a plan to transform Bush Terminal in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park into a sprawling $136 million “Made in New York” hub for the apparel, film, and TV industries. The the “best-in-class” facilities, which will include renovations of two existing warehouses to create 200,000 square feet of garment-manufacturing space, will support 1,500 permanent jobs and create more than 800 construction jobs, de Blasio said.

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MTA to test reduced flat-fee “Freedom Ticket” for outer boroughs

by , 02/15/17
filed under: News

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After months of campaigning by civic leaders and riders, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has greenlit a pilot program for the so-called “Freedom Ticket,” a proposed flat-fee payment option for bus, subway and commuter rail travel within New York City. The program, which is expected to begin some time this spring, could provide some financial respite for straphangers who hail from outer-borough “transit deserts,” many of whom endure protracted workday commutes characterized by numerous transfers. The Freedom Ticket would allow riders to switch between Metro-North or the Long Island Railroad to the MTA bus and subway system for less than the cost of a LIRR ticket and MetroCard together, a tack that would not only save some coin but also cut down on travel times.

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Send a Valentine to the Earth by rallying to defund DAPL today in NYC

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Show the planet some love this Valentine’s Day and make your voice heard about the dangers of risky fossil fuels. Concerned New Yorkers are gathering today to call on city comptroller Scott Stringer to pull money from the Dakota Access pipeline and divest the city’s $170 billion investment fund away from oil and gas. If the short-sighted White House won’t act against the dirty investments destroying our planet, we will #RESIST to create a better future for all of us.

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The toxic NYC sites that the Trump family doesn’t want you to know about

by , 02/13/17
filed under: Health,News,Politics

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We already know about the turmoil that Donald Trump has been causing in Washington, but a new article by Nathan Kensinger at Curbed explores how some of the Trump family’s property in NYC is literally toxic. According to the in-depth writeup, the president and his family control many of the most toxic properties in New York, but what does that mean for the plans to clean up these sites?

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Times Square Valentine’s Heart celebrates diversity and immigration in NYC

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This year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition celebrates the role that immigrants have played in the development and vibrancy of New York. Called “We Were Strangers Once Too,” the winning design was created by The Office for Creative Research in order to open a dialogue about the value of immigrants in making the city what it is today, and given the current political climate, the conversation couldn’t be more timely.

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Williamsburg ‘coffee co-op’ offers up free java and a chance for community reflection

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Could you use a side of coffee with your community activism? El Museo de Los Sures a compact museum nestled in south Williamsburg, will be offering up free java as a ‘coffee co-op’ for the next four months. Part of a project curated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Program Manager at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, the “Aridoamerica Winter Plan” is the concept of Fran Ilich, a Tijuana born, New York-based media artist and writer. In a recent talk at the museum, Ilich spoke about his hopes for the space to be a place to convene during this time of “transition to a new global climate.”

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19th century townhouse gets dreamy LEED-certified reno (with its own elevator)

by , 02/09/17
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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Lawmakers move to halt NYC plastic bag fee

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NYC’s proposed single-use bag fee could be in danger. NY state senators recently voted to put a halt on the measure, and the assembly voted in favor of stopping it as well. Now, if the governor also signs the legislation, the fee, which could have helped to prevent tons of plastic from contaminating the environment, could be dead in the water.

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JPDA’s clever furniture piece solves a common studio apartment layout issue

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Bronx schools found to have water lead levels 16 times higher than Flint

by , 02/08/17
filed under: Bronx,News,Water

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Flint gets most of the attention when it comes to lead in the water, but a recent study found that Bronx schools have lead levels 16 times higher than those in the Michigan city. Readings were taken in two schools and results showed that numerous faucets in school facilities were well above the baseline “action level” set by the EPA, and far higher than those readings taken in Flint.

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New photos reveal Domino Sugar Refinery’s terraced form rising on the East River

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WXY is turning an old juvenile detention center into a vibrant live-work community

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Urban design can improve the way we live, but can a well-designed neighborhood actually create an instant vibrant community with jobs, education and affordable homes? WXY Architecture + urban design is out to show that it is not only possible, but the way of the future. The Peninsula is a 5-acre project in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx that will feature everything you need for green, healthy living in the city, including retail, industrial and community spaces along with affordable housing and recreational areas.

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This revolutionary 7-in-1 table is the only one you’ll ever need in your living room

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

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

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9 sexy storage solutions for small spaces

9 sexy storage solutions for small spaces

Shipping Pallet Counter
Ah, the humble shipping pallet – is there nothing it can’t do? The only thing we don’t like about it is the amount of work that sometimes must be performed to transform it into something else but that’s not the case with this elegant

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Very few people actually get to see this hidden rooftop penthouse

Very few people actually get to see this hidden rooftop penthouse

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Lower Manhattan is getting a new park that pays homage to immigrants in “Little Syria”

Lower Manhattan is getting a new park that pays homage to immigrants in “Little Syria”

The lower west side of Manhattan is getting a new park that will not only add some green space to the neighborhood, but will also serve to honor the immigrants who lived there and helped built the city. The neighborhood was once the home of immigrants from Lebanon and Syria, and later became an enclave for artists and writers. Now, what was called “Little Syria” will feature art by artists with a connection to the area and a pedestrian pathway to the 9/11 Memorial.

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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)

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

“90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (…or more)” about how living in that small apartment made my life larger. It’s also a “want-to” guide, offering lessons for others on how to “live large” in any size

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