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What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March This Weekend

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A series of high-profile climate change awareness events is taking place in New York City starting this week and is poised to change the world - with your help. The massive campaign kicks off this weekend on September 21st as tens of thousands of climate activists are expected to converge in the city for the People’s Climate March. Already being called the “largest climate march in history,” the two-mile trek will head through midtown Manhattan in hopes of calling attention to the urgent need for vigorous climate change initiatives. Read on to find out everything you need to know to make history as part of this massive movement.

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New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2014!

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Happy Park(ing) Day everyone! Today, people from all five boroughs will be participating in a worldwide celebration of public green space by taking back parking spots and turning them into miniature parks. Inhabitat will be sending our reporters out to see how New Yorkers are decking out their temporary oases so stay tuned, and in the meantime, flip through our gallery to see photos from Park(ing) Days past. And if you have a tip about a can’t-miss Park(ing) spot, please comment below and let us know!

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New York Gets $1.9 Billion in Storm Resiliency Funding from Feds

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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the Empire State will receive $1.9 billion in storm resiliency funding from the federal government as climate change increases extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is distributing the funds — with $1.6 billion going to Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) projects,  $212 million to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) and $200 million to the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT).

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Hand-Cut ‘Factory Made’ Collages Illustrate the Colorful Papermaking Process

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Brooklyn-based artist Michael Hambouz is bringing the unexplored inner workings of a historic paper factory to light with his new large-scale, abstract artwork made –surprise!– of paper. His most recent exhibition, Factory Made, is a series of brightly-colored collages inspired by the arduous process of converting pulp into a beautiful paper product. The pieces are created from a variety of paper stock from the independently-owned, family-run French Paper Company, a 140-year-old American paper mill known for its long history of recycled paper manufacturing.

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Get a Free Fruit Tree at MillionTreesNYC’s Fall Tree Giveaway!

by , 09/18/14

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Great news tree huggers: MillionTreesNYC just launched its seventh tree giveaway season and for the first time ever, the green initiative will be handing out a variety of highly coveted fruit trees! Hosted by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the 40+ giveaways across the five boroughs will distribute 4,500 fruit trees this fall. But hurry–this limited quantity of plants is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday’s Soiree (For a Good Cause)

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ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

by , 09/17/14
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The fourth annual Architecture and Design Month is coming to New York City this October. Rechristening the tenth month of the year as Archtober, it will be a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions all over New York City. The celebration will offer more than 150 curated programs by 50-plus participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Center for Architecture.

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New Yorkers Can Now Enjoy a New Pocket Park ‘Oasis’ with Waterfall in Midtown

by , 09/17/14
filed under: Green Space,Manhattan,Parks

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As part of the ongoing East Side Access project, the MTA has opened a new public space in Midtown called the 50th Street Commons. Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction officially inaugurated the new “urban oasis” yesterday as an inviting and relaxing mini respite for weary commuters. The pocket park was a way for the MTA to give back to the local community after years of construction on the delayed transportation project.

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Downtown NYC’s First Waldorf School Opens in the East Village

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Lexus Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Converted Warehouse Training Facility in NJ

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Luxury car manufacturer Lexus was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Eastern Area Office training facility in Parsippany, New Jersey. Under the design leadership of international architecture and interior design firm Ware Malcomb, 38,000 square feet of warehouse space was converted to accommodate a café, elegant meeting spaces, interior glass garage doors and 16 service training bays. Click through to see this environmentally-friendly facility’s modern take on sustainable office design.

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East River Skyway Gondola Could Get You from Brooklyn to Manhattan in Four Minutes Flat

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Would You Sit on a Sofa Made of NYC Sewer Pipe?


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We’re not sure if Italian artist Carlo Sampietro is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan but his latest creation seems like it would be perfect for Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo. The New York-based artist took a discarded city sewage pipe and transformed it into an industrial-chic sofa, creating an attractive hybrid of sculpture and furniture. By repurposing the rusty old pipe, the artist gave new life to something thought to be utterly useless, and made it into an incredible piece of multi-functional art.

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The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

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It might be tough to swallow, but at this very moment, the buildings we are living in, working in and playing in are quietly wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, buildings contribute to over 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. And while green infrastructure is thankfully taking root across the globe, the industry professionals at this year’s Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium in Garrison, NY are shifting the focus of energy consumption in buildings to one root cause: human behavior. Attendees will learn how to design and implement effective green building programs aimed at curbing energy consumption among building occupants. Registration is now open to the public, and real estate developers, building managers, and community revitalization professionals are highly encouraged to attend this very important and forward-thinking conversation.

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VIDEO: Behold! The World’s Smartest Pizza Box

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Verdant PicNYC Table is Topped with Living Growing Grass

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Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

The implementation and care of a vertical garden, however, does not technically break the agricultural Shabbat, explains Megan Whitman, senior director of arts and ideas at the center. “By not using the ground, we can still give the land a rest,” she explains.

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st for what organizers are predicting

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Horse-Drawn Carriages Anger Animal Lovers at New York Fashion Week

Horse-Drawn Carriages Anger Animal Lovers at New York Fashion Week

Argentine designer Victor de Souza’s New York Fashion Week show drew crowds last week, but not everyone was there to see the clothes. Many were protesters from PETA, NYCLASS, and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages denouncing the designer’s decision

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VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

Today, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York-based ad agency BBDO Worldwide released a short commemorative film featuring a little-known tree found at the World Trade Center site. As a way of highlighting the resilient nature of the city in the

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9/11 Memorial Museum’s Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

9/11 Memorial Museum’s Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

To help guide visitors though the history of the site, Davis Brody Bond designed the museum around one central element dubbed “the Ribbon.” Envisioned as a gentle path, the Ribbon guides visitors down from the plaza to the bedrock level where the sheared base

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PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

Arad’s design was selected from a global competition that received more than 5,200 submissions from 63 nations. The reflecting pools, which sit in the exact footprints of the Twin Towers, are the center of the memorial. The pools as are large voids, a visible

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A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

The letter — which was actually an invitation to a wedding rehearsal dinner — was supposed to go from Maine to California. Lawry Meister’s aunt dropped the red envelope addressed to her Los Angeles-based niece in the mail in Cape Neddick, after which it

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WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

For the first time ever, the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza will be open to the general public on the night of 9/11 (tonight) after the official anniversary service paying homage to the over 3,000 lives lost in the attacks. In previous years, the area

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And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is…

And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is…

Congratulations, New York City! Bicyclist Magazine recently named NYC as the best city for biking in the country. Although many local cyclists may be fast to point out their never-ending battles with potholes, congested bike lanes and car drivers, it

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Former Firehouse Converted Into a Beautiful Loft in Fort Greene

Former Firehouse Converted Into a Beautiful Loft in Fort Greene

This beautiful Brooklyn space has quite a storied past. Not only has it been home to NYFD Engine 256, but it’s also been a water tower and a bomb shelter. 6sqft reports that this turn-of-the-century firehouse at 124 Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene now boasts two

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