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Recycle Your Christmas Tree at MulchFest 2015!

by , 12/26/14

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New Yorkers looking to recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays can do so the easy way at MulchFest 2015. On January 10th and 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the New York City Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC will be setting up their tree recycling stations at designated parks across the city! Simply bring your tree to one of the convenient locations, and have it transformed into mulch to be used at city parks or take some home for yourself.

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Details of NYC’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface


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Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious goal of reducing New York’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Now some of the details of the plan are surfacing, illustrating what the path to energy efficiency will look like for the city. Power, heating, and cooling are primary targets for change, as they account for nearly 75% of the city’s emissions.

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Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester


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Move over Rockefeller Center. Rochester, NY’s Genesee Brewing Company has an impressive Christmas tree of its own and it’s made out of hundreds of beer kegs. Built by 20 of the brewing company’s industrious employees, the tree was constructed out of 300 stainless steel kegs and stands at 23 meters high. Looks like it will be a beery Christmas, after all!

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500 new trees coming to Greenpoint thanks to oil spill grant money

by , 12/23/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Green Space,Parks

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It looks like Greenpoint is about to get a whole lot greener. Thanks to a nearly $2 million grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, the Brooklyn neighborhood will soon be able to plant 500 new trees. The funds are part of a $19.5 million settlement that the state hashed out with ExxonMobil over an oil spill the company was responsible for in the area over three decades ago.

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How to donate a coat to keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter

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90% of NYC’s homeless will rely on a donated coat this winter to keep from freezing. If you have outerwear to spare, give a fellow New Yorker the gift of warmth by donating it to the New York Cares Coat Drive. It couldn’t be easier – just take your gently used coats to one of New York Cares’ 300+ drop-off locations throughout all five boroughs here – and you’ll be rewarded with some extra room in your closet as well. The drive ends on December 31st but click on the map to see the specific dates and hours for your nearest location.

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Dazzling LED “New York Light” installation becomes a popular selfie spot for the holidays

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Construction of New York Ferris Wheel begins in Staten Island

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Although the official groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated NY Ferris Wheel is scheduled for February of next year, work has already begun on the parking area around the mammoth project. The 650-foot observation wheel, which is slated for completion in 2017, will have 36 slow-moving capsules and provide stellar views of the Manhattan skyline. Not only will it be the largest Ferris wheel in the world upon completion, but also the greenest!

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It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

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In the state’s ongoing effort to reduce its massive amounts of e-waste, New York has finally made it illegal to kick your unwanted electronics to the curb. Effective January 1st, the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act will make it a crime to leave computers and other electronics on the street for curbside trash pickup.

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Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

by , 12/19/14

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After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio‘s popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative building’s demise was met with a flurry of controversy, but that soon died down as progress on the project stalled. Recently, however, Bowery Boogie published a new rendering of what the building could soon look like, showing one very impressive, ultra-efficient passive house design.

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New Yorker Creates Giant Holiday Card by Biking Across Manhattan

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People spend hours making their own DIY cards for the holidays but we think we can say pretty confidently that New Yorker Erik Trinidad’s is the most labor-intensive one we’ve ever seen. In order to create the giant virtual greeting, which spans almost the entire width of Manhattan, Trinidad traced the path of every letter by riding his bike along it. The delightful result, a tech-assisted geoglyph, is the image you see above.

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New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

by , 12/18/14
filed under: Animals,News

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In a move that should make sense to anyone with a heart, New York has officially banned cosmetic pet tattoos and piercings. The new law, which will go into effect in 120 days, was signed by Governor Cuomo on Monday and includes strict penalties ranging from fines of up to $250 to jail time.

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NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

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This week, a New York City committee approved long-awaited plans to replace the city’s antiquated, unused sidewalk payphones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. The high-speed aluminum charging stations will offer free Wi-Fi as well as free nationwide phone calls from cell phones. Construction will begin some time in 2015, with plans to install approximately 500 kiosks throughout the city in the program’s first year.

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

by , 12/17/14

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Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

by , 12/17/14
filed under: Urban Design

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You’ve probably seen heatmaps showing your area’s real estate prices, but they often don’t show the whole picture. Hoping to tell a more comprehensive story about average home prices in NYC, real estate developer Constantine Valhouli came up with a detailed illustration – sort of a bar chart overlaid upon a city map – showing the city’s 325 neighborhoods extruded based on sales price per square foot. The resulting images demonstrate how areas within the same boroughs (and often right next to one another) are composed of incredibly different sub-markets, and even point out pockets of value that exist within close distance to Manhattan. For example, Jersey City apartments go for about $400/sq.ft despite being about a 10-minute commute whereas comparably priced neighborhoods in upper Manhattan, northwest Queens, or emerging parts of Brooklyn can be up to 35 minutes away.

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VIDEO: Behold! The World’s Smartest Pizza Box

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New York City’s First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

New York City’s First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

Want to know what it’s like inside the Meow Parlour cat cafe? Come along with me…

The first thing I noticed about the Meow Parlour is that these folks take their cat cafe operation seriously. We booked well in advance online and there is a bunch

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Uber’s new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

Uber’s new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

Uber is already one of the most convenient methods to get around NYC, but now the company is hoping to make its service more affordable with a new innovation. Last week, the transportation tech company unveiled uberPOOL, a feature that would allow people

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Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

The renovated brownstone bordering Hell’s Kitchen on 353 West 46th Street originally housed a brilliant geometric skylight on its rooftop terrace and Cezign foresaw its great potential. Cecilia Dupire, design principal at Cezign, made use of the unique prism

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NYC’s First Cat Cafe Opens Today!

NYC’s First Cat Cafe Opens Today!

Purina One’s temporary cat cafe gave New Yorkers a taste of what could be last spring.

We *cat* believe it’s finally happening! Meow Parlour, New York’s very first permanent cat cafe, is set to open today on the Lower East Side. The new space promises

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NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

Shipping container homes and shops have been popping up here and there around New York City, but two developers are hoping to bring a lot more of the sustainable design trend to the Big Apple. Palladium Management and SG Blocks recently created a new

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this Tribeca loft by Jane Kim Design. The NYC-based designer used reclaimed barn wood for the counters and salvaged marble slabs in the master bathroom to give the space a sustainable touch. Proving that luxury

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Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

Blame it on the rain? According to Bushwick police, rainy weather may oddly be connected to the recent increase in local crime in the area. Local reports show the number of burglaries in Brooklyn’s 83rd precinct increased by a whopping 24 percent this year,

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Part of New York City’s charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most highly trafficked structures in NYC. Take the Brooklyn Bridge, which

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Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

How’d you like to paint the town red (or “Marsala” rather) on a bike inspired by Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year? The Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently announced the launch of its Driggs 3 and Willow 3 models in Soft Burgundy, a slightly more subtle variation

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The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

When plans for the recently opened One World Trade Center were first made public years ago, they promised to deliver not only one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the world, but also one of the greenest. And although the original concept included

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