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New study finds that NYC dirt is filled with potentially life-saving bacteria

by , 12/04/16
filed under: Health,News,Parks

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It’s no secret that New York City is a hotbed for all kinds of bacteria, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A recent study by Rockefeller University has discovered that microbes found in the city could actually be used to fight against disease. Researchers took samples of dirt from various NYC parks and found “numerous therapeutically relevant small molecules” that could potentially be used as medicine to combat multiple health issues from fighting off viruses to killing tumor cells.

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New law saves NY’s mute swans from execution…for now

by , 12/02/16
filed under: Animals,Brooklyn,News

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Mute swans just got a stay of execution from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he signed a law on Monday preventing wildlife officials from euthanizing the majestic birds for a period of two years. The new legislation adds accountability checks and public hearings to the state Department of Environmental Conservation when it comes to population control measures for local wildlife.

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Shop from local makers at WantedDesign’s upcoming holiday markets

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With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start searching for gifts to give this season. And not just any gifts, but meaningful and unique items that are sure to be cherished by your loved ones. Thankfully, WantedDesign is making it extra easy by hosting two holiday events that will bring together a selection of goods from talented local designers under one roof. Read on for the details.

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NYC nonprofit Nest connects luxury brands with craftspeople around the world

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In 2004, just two weeks after finishing graduate school, Rebecca van Bergen began Nest with the idea that supporting craft and small businesses could be an empowering tool for positive social and economic change. Led by a team of committed and creative professionals, the New York-based nonprofit connects a vibrant global community that offers responsive support to artisans around the world. Over time, Nest has increasingly functioned as a much-needed facilitator between luxury companies looking to commission the works of craftspeople by providing clear pathways and programs for craft workers to strengthen their skills and build their business acumen. Their winning partnerships with companies like Eileen Fisher and the sustainable luxury brand Maiyet have resonated within the design community.

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Canal Street Market: New shopping destination featuring local NYC brands opens right in time for the holidays

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NYC approves pilot program to install electric vehicle charging stations across city

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In great news for NYC’s battle against carbon emissions, City Council just passed INT. 1124, a bill that will see EV charging stations installed in 25 public locations across all five boroughs. The pilot program will facilitate the implementation of the new charging stations at gas stations and municipal parking lots, giving electric car drivers many more places to charge up around the city.

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NYC to add 1,000 electric cars to its municipal fleet

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Thanks to a new contract with General Motors, NYC is one step closer to reaching its goal of creating the largest electric municipal fleet in the country. The city has reached an agreement with the car manufacturer to acquire 1,000 all-electric Chevy Bolts by the end of 2017. The new electric vehicles will assist the city in reaching its objective of cutting municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 as part of its Clean Fleet Initiative.

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Hearst Tower celebrates 10th anniversary with new Foster + Partners exhibit

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Manhattan’s ultra-green Hearst Tower is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its opening with an exciting new exhibit highlighting the work of architect Norman Foster and his firm Foster + Partners. The gallery, titled “Building with History: The Exhibit”, marks the first time the firm’s projects will be gathered in one display, and features building models, master plans, and original sketches chronicling its many works. The Hearst Tower was the first project the London-based firm created in the United States and the first building commissioned in New York City after the September 11th attacks.

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Miniature forest of 4,000 baby trees pops up in Brooklyn

by , 11/29/16
filed under: Art NYC,Brooklyn

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NYC’s concrete jungle is now home to a little slice of California’s Redwood forests. Installed in partnership with the Public Art Fund and Forest City Ratner Companies, Spencer Finch‘s Lost Man Creek recreates a 790-acre section of Redwood National Park in the middle of Downtown Brooklyn’s bustling MetroTech Commons using 4,000 baby Dawn Redwood trees.

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Last parcel of land needed for long-awaited Bushwick Inlet Park finally acquired by NYC

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The ten-year battle waged by Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents for the promised Bushwick Inlet Park is finally over. Mayor De Blasio’s office announced last week that the city has agreed to pay $160 million for the last parcel of land needed to complete the 28-acre park on the Williamsburg waterfront.

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There’s a humpback whale living in the Hudson River

by , 11/27/16
filed under: Animals,Manhattan,News

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Ahoy, there’s a whale living in the Hudson! According to the New York Times, an increasing number of witnesses have reported that a humpback whale has indeed taken up residence in the Hudson River. With the number of sightings (and photographic evidence) growing, many are wondering why the creature is swimming through the city and how many more are likely to follow.

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This adorable red ‘train’ carts books around the New York Public Library

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Some people worry about robots taking over their jobs, but librarians at the New York Public Library aren’t concerned at all about the new machines that are helping them with their work. As adorable as it is efficient, the NYPL’s little red book train carries tomes beneath Bryant Park and onward to the library’s circulation desks. Thanks to a special video produced by The New York Times, we can all take a gander at the library’s latest high-tech addition, which began taking books on a five-minute ride through the building in October.

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Come swing on these holiday hammocks at the new Flatiron Sky-Line LED light installation

by , 11/23/16

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NYU students to bunk with local senior citizens to save on campus housing costs

by , 11/23/16

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Many New York University students pay approximately $14,000 a year to live on campus, but they may soon have a cheaper alternative. The private university is starting a pilot “home stay” program that would see selected students living in the spare rooms of local senior citizens, saving money and learning from their life-experienced roomies at the same time.

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Remembering visionary landscape architect Diana Balmori through her most forward-thinking projects

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Santiago Calatrava to attend Saint Nicholas National Shrine topping out ceremony

Santiago Calatrava to attend Saint Nicholas National Shrine topping out ceremony

Just over two years after breaking ground on the Saint Nicholas National Shrine, the Santiago Calatrava’s project team, his Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and members of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate the projects Out of

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WXY unveils verdant and pedestrian-friendly new redesign of Astor Place and Cooper Square

WXY unveils verdant and pedestrian-friendly new redesign of Astor Place and Cooper Square

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“We are delighted to be part of the history behind this major New York City crossroads and to add to Astor Place’s story a new layer that brings together space for pedestrians as well as green infrastructure,” says Weisz. “Diagonal a

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Sneak a peek inside the beautiful new model apartment at Pacific Park’s 550 Vanderbilt

Sneak a peek inside the beautiful new model apartment at Pacific Park’s 550 Vanderbilt

the first completed apartment at Brooklyn’s biggest megaproject, Pacific Park, is nearly ready for its opening and I wanted to share the images to see if you’d be interested in covering the newly unveiled home. The 2BR/2BA model apartment is located a

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People are going crazy over this family of raccoons living at Central Park

People are going crazy over this family of raccoons living at Central Park

While many of us struggle to cope with recent events and all the streses of our complicated lives, these bashful bandits remind us that, sometimes, you just have to take a break and laugh a little. A family of 22 or so downright cuddle-worthy (but have

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BMW MINI and nARCHITECTS’ new creative hub and free working space nears completion in Greenpoint

BMW MINI and nARCHITECTS’ new creative hub and free working space nears completion in Greenpoint

The architects of the Carmel Place micro apts in Manhattan, nArchitects, are now taking their mult-disciplinary talents to warehouse renovation. Their latest project, a creative hub called A/D/O will be 23,000 square feet space in Greenpoint, open for a

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