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Second Annual NYCxDESIGN Festival Will Be a Celebration of Design from the 5 Boroughs

by , 04/18/14

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NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design) will be returning to the city for its second year this May with hundreds of shows, events and workshops celebrating design from all around the five boroughs. The 12-day soirée will take place at multiple locations in NYC from May 9th through May 20th, highlighting locally-made products, art, crafts, clothing, graphics, furniture and even buildings. The initiative, along with the Built/NYC program that was launched after the success of last year’s NYCxDESIGN, is aimed towards supporting New York City-based designers and growing the local economy.

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An Anonymous Artist is Surprising New Yorkers with Unexpected Hacked Trash Infrastructure

by , 04/18/14
filed under: Art NYC,Public Art

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An anonymous New York City artist has been using discarded materials to hack urban infrastructure into playful and practical installations. Whether it be impromptu scrapwood seating added to bike racks or tarp hammocks strung from construction fencing, the guerrilla artist’s Rotten Apple project has been surprising and delighting passersby. Made up of simple recycled materials, the unexpected masterpieces are little doses of fun integrated right onto city streets.

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Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

by , 04/18/14
filed under: Food,Health,Kids

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Most parents try everything they can to make sure their kids eat healthy foods while at home, but what about when they’re at school? Considering that it’s one of the three main meals of the day, what your child has for lunch is a major factor in their development, and can have an effect on both their learning and growth. While it may not seem like we have much control over the types of foods and snacks our children have at school (especially if they attend public school), we recently spoke with Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, and learned that quite the opposite is true. We also found out more about the Coalition’s involvement in establishing NYC’s first vegetarian school, and how the kids at that school have been faring academically since the change. Read on for Amie’s tips on what you can do to ensure that your child’s school lunch is as nutritious as what you give them at home, and see an example of how a healthier, plant-based diet even boosted test scores at one school.

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PHOTOS: See CCNY Hoist Their Solar Roofpod Atop the Spitzer School of Architecture!

by , 04/17/14

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Unloved Spaces Under 7 Train to Be Transformed into Permanent Public Plazas

by , 04/17/14
filed under: Green Space,Queens

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The underbelly of an elevated train might not be the first place you’d think to spend a Saturday afternoon, but you may reconsider after seeing what’s in store for two reclaimed public spaces in Queens. The Sunnyside Shines BID has teamed up with the NYC Department of Transportation to upgrade two forgotten spaces beneath the 7 train into vibrant public plazas. The new Sunnyside sites will be developed as part of the DOT’s NYC Plaza Program to create more public outdoor space in the city.

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

by , 04/17/14

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Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At the same time, our civilization is facing catastrophic climate change, which we as a society are unequipped to deal with. So how can we improve our children’s health and well-being while also teaching them environmental literacy so that they are able to respond to looming ecological problems? How can classrooms be made less toxic and more environmentally friendly? How can school food be made healthier? With these topics in mind, Inhabitat is hosting a panel discussion at the upcoming NYC Green Festival to tackle the challenges faced by parents today when trying to choose the best education for their kids. Inhabitat’s founder and editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher will be moderating the talk and will be joined by Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of New York Coalition For Healthy School Food, Aimee Arandia Østensen, 2nd Grade Teacher and Co-Leader of Go Green Committee at Manhattan Country School; and Elea Robinson, teacher and founding faculty at the new, eco-friendly New Amsterdam School.

WHEN: Saturday April 26th @ 11:30am
WHERE: NYC Green Festival, Community Stage

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Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

by , 04/16/14
filed under: Architecture,Bronx

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Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

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Shockingly Small 64 sq. ft. Chinatown Apartments Captured in Annie Ling’s Mesmerizing Photographs

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Homeless People Are Moving Onto the Manhattan Bridge and Turning It Into a Shanty Town

by , 04/16/14
filed under: Tiny Homes

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Some of New York’s most resourceful homeless residents are making the Manhattan Bridge their new home. The New York Post reports that several people have been spotted turning the cozy confines between the bridge’s metal beams into coffin-sized living spaces. Apparently the bridge has become a popular “neighborhood” comparable to a shanty town with multiple denizens.

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City Harvest is Looking for Volunteers for Their Upcoming Queens Bridge Mobile Produce Market Team

by , 04/15/14
filed under: Food,Helping People,Queens

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Help City Harvest bring healthy food to neighborhoods that need it by joining their Mobile Market team! The Queens Bridge mobile market will be up and running behind the Jacob Riis Settlement House starting on April 26th, and City Harvest is currently scouting for volunteers. To join the team, click here or contact Brittany Erdman at 646-412-0712 or by emailing berdman@cityharvest.org.

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Brooklyn’s First Passive House Condo Building Rises in Prospect Heights

by , 04/14/14
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

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Look Quickly and You May Not Even Notice This Cool “Invisible” Barn

by , 04/14/14
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Submerged Motherlands: Swoon’s Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

by , 04/11/14

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The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Arguably our favorite garden in the city, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an ideal place to see the first signs of spring in New York City. Bright yellow buds on the Asiatic dogwood trees, fragrant white magnolias, and dainty daffodils

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Team Behind Floating East River + Pool Launches a Lab to Test the Proverbial Waters

Team Behind Floating East River + Pool Launches a Lab to Test the Proverbial Waters

If implemented, the East River swimming pool would be located off of the Brooklyn Bridge River Park, and would be accessible via a long pier-like walkway. The public pool would draw water right from the East River, which might sound off-putting to some, but

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Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

The New York City Department of Transportation wants to give Upper Manhattan bikers a helping hand with a whole new set of bike lanes, as well as the area’s first protected bike lane this summer. The DOT recently presented new plans before the Community

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New 103,000-Sq-Ft LEED-Certified Manny Cantor Center and Gym Opens on the Lower East Side

New 103,000-Sq-Ft LEED-Certified Manny Cantor Center and Gym Opens on the Lower East Side

“The Manny Cantor Center’s state-of-the-art facilities have the incredible opportunity to serve the Lower East Side community in a way that speaks to its enormously diverse, creative and vibrant population,” said Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Executive Director

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LOT-EK Proposes Resilient DUNE CO-HABITAT to Defend Against Flooding in the Rockaways

LOT-EK Proposes Resilient DUNE CO-HABITAT to Defend Against Flooding in the Rockaways

DUNE CO-HABITAT combines ecological design into a public and semi-public open space network to create an environment for people and marine life to coexist. To protect the community from a storm surge, the designers created a series of floodable platforms and

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get 50-Percent Off Tickets to Green Festival NYC 2014!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get 50-Percent Off Tickets to Green Festival NYC 2014!

Green Festival NYC will take place from April 26-27 (10am-6pm) and will be a marketplace of 300+ green vendors offering up products for every aspect of your life from sustainable fashion to food to design to exercise. Bring your whole family and enjoy vegan

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MIT’s “New Meadowlands” Marshland Plan Could Protect New York from the Next Hurricane Sandy

MIT’s “New Meadowlands” Marshland Plan Could Protect New York from the Next Hurricane Sandy

Yesterday we took an early peek at the top ten designs from the Rebuild By Design competition, a contest to find ideas that protect the tri-state area from future superstorms. One of the most interesting proposals, entitled “New Meadowlands,” comes from

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SuralArk: Giant Ark Coming to Queens to Raise Climate Change Awareness

SuralArk: Giant Ark Coming to Queens to Raise Climate Change Awareness

A modern-day Noah’s Ark will be coming to Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park this summer. While it won’t house animals or humans like its biblical counterpart, the hope is that the massive boat sculpture will get visitors thinking about the realities of

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TONIGHT: Cities by Water: Solutions from Copenhagen and New York Discussion at the Center for Architecture

TONIGHT: Cities by Water: Solutions from Copenhagen and New York Discussion at the Center for Architecture

The mass destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy was unprecedented for many New Yorkers, but serious floods are nothing new for cities like Copenhagen. In order to open up a dialogue about important lessons we can learn from Copenhagen’s experience, the Consulate

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

While the Brooklyn Nets are positioning themselves for the NBA postseason, their home arena just scored a victory for the environment. NYC-based Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Company are teaming up to install a new

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