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VIDEO: See How Staten Island Eels Help Measure Improved Water Quality in NYC

by , 07/28/14
filed under: Staten Island,Water

Did you know that there are eels living in Staten Island? The slippery creatures add to the Staten Island Bluebelt’s ecological diversity, but they also do double duty as indicators of the borough’s award-winning, stormwater management system, which preserves natural drainage corridors like ponds, streams and other wetland areas. Check out the video above to see how counting the eels helps researchers determine the water quality in the area.

+ NYC Water YouTube Channel

 

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8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

by , 07/28/14

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Pensa’s New Swiss Army Knife-Like Merge Bike Can Even Charge Your Smartphone

by , 07/28/14

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PARA-project Transforms a 1930s Attic into Stunning Writer’s Workshop and Library

by , 07/28/14
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Tour Kickstarter’s Beautiful New Green-Roofed Headquarters Inside an Old Pencil Factory

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Who Put This Mysterious Little Living Room on One of NYC’s Most Deserted Islands?

by , 07/27/14

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Has someone turned New York’s North Brother Island into their own personal outdoor living room? Kayaker Jamie Roderick recently shared the mysterious set-up he spied on the 13-acre islet off the Bronx with The Gothamist, and it’s really got us wondering.

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Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

by , 07/27/14

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New York’s High Line has helped liven up Manhattan’s West Side and soon another elevated park could do the same for a garbage station on the Upper East Side. The NY Daily News reports that the city is considering a proposal to dress up the Asphalt Green complex with a planted roof. The plan would also convert a curved elevated ramp currently used by 500 garbage trucks into a green walkway modeled after the High Line.

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Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline’s Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

by , 07/26/14

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The LowLine could be the world’s first underground park–if it gets the funding to happen. Promoted as New York City’s next revolutionary green space, the design concept flips the idea of elevated parks on its head and buries them underground. Girls creator Lena Dunham and Her director Spike Jonze hope to make the park a reality by hosting the Lowline’s third annual Anti-Gala fundraiser, a star-studded event to be held at the Skylight Modern in Chelsea on October 8th.

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See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog Drops Next Month

by , 07/25/14

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Citi Bike Could Double Its Bike-Share Fleet with Multimillion-Dollar Investment Deal

by , 07/25/14
filed under: Biking,News,Transportation

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Earlier this year, the future of NYC’s Citi Bike looked bleak after reports of “significant financial and operational issues,” but a multimillion-dollar deal expected to close in a week is poised to keep the bike-share program rolling. According to the Wall Street Journal, REQX Ventures, an affiliate of real-estate tycoon Related Companies, has been in talks with Citi Bike operator Alta Bicycle Share Inc. for several months. The new investment could double Citi Bike’s fleet and expand the program’s footprint to upper Manhattan, southern Brooklyn and Queens.

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Vandals Break into Historic NY State Pavilion, Damage 50-Year-Old Terrazzo Map with Fire

by , 07/25/14
filed under: Architecture,Queens

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Just when things were looking up for the NY State Pavilion a new report says vandals ruined part of the 50-year-old terrazzo map. A motely crew reportedly broke into the historic park last weekend and set fire to a stolen van. Thankfully the van did not explode, but the resulting heat and flames set the tarp that covers the map on fire. Distraught supporters of the Pavilion also discovered parts of the 1964 World’s Fair relic that were even smashed in with cinderblocks.

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Solar-Powered Boogie Down Booth Pops Up Under a South Bronx Subway Station

by , 07/24/14

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One of New York’s hottest music scenes can now be found in a very unexpected spot! Yesterday, the NYC Department of Transportation and the Design Trust for Public Space unveiled the “Boogie Down Booth”—a 24/7, all-access Bronx-born music experience parked beneath the 2/5 subway station in the South Bronx’s Claremont neighborhood. The installation, illuminated by solar-powered lighting and directional speakers, marks the second prototype of public space reclamation project Under the Elevated. Throughout the summer, residents and visitors will be able to enjoy home-grown tunes set beneath the bustling sounds of passing trains at the Freeman Street and Southern Boulevard station.

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9 Sexy Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

by , 07/22/14

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What is a “Poor Door” and Why Is It Causing So Much Controversy?

by , 07/22/14

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Sanctioned racial segregation was abolished in the U.S. in 1964, but a recent housing decision has shown that class segregation is still alive and well in New York City. The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development recently approved a controversial request by the Extell Development Company to create two separate entrances at its 40 Riverside Boulevard building – one for its market rate tenants and another for affordable housing tenants. The so-called “poor door” plan has New Yorkers around the city up in arms (for pretty obvious reasons).

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Green Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Bronx to Randall’s Island Nears 2015 Completion Date

by , 07/22/14

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Uptown nature lovers will soon be able to enjoy a pedestrian pathway connecting Randall’s Island to the Bronx. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is planning to open the quarter-mile bike and pedestrian walkway, called the Randall’s Island Connector, by 2015. Although there are two pathways leading to the island already, the walkway is part of a larger project that will create a link with the South Bronx Greenway, effectively making it one giant, green connecting path.

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Brooklyness Introduces the World’s First Universal Bike Meant to Fit 99% of the Population

Brooklyness Introduces the World’s First Universal Bike Meant to Fit 99% of the Population

A one-size-fits-most bike that can be used by 99% of the population? It may sound like a pipe dream, but Brooklyness believes it can be achieved with their new ergonomic, Universal Bike. The Greenpoint-based company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign

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Grab a Drink at These 6 Amazing Outdoor Bars in New York City

Grab a Drink at These 6 Amazing Outdoor Bars in New York City

Terrace at Yotel
If you’re around Times Square, head over to the rainbow-friendly Terrace at Yotel for an escape from the throngs of tourists. The outdoor garden overlooks a northern view of Midtown West and offers punches, sake and sangria specials. Late

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WeeWeeFree Directs Those That Need to Pee to Local Businesses with Toilets

WeeWeeFree Directs Those That Need to Pee to Local Businesses with Toilets

There’s a reason that NYC subways have that oh-so-distinctive “eau de toilet” scent. Sometimes finding an open bathroom in the city without having to make a purchase can be close to impossible. But Stefan George thinks he has a solution that will be a win-win

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Barker Freeman Adds a Clever “Floating” Bedroom to This Chic Brooklyn Apartment

Barker Freeman Adds a Clever “Floating” Bedroom to This Chic Brooklyn Apartment

When the owners of this Brooklyn duplex decided to add an additional children’s room to accommodate their growing family, it seemed inevitable that they would have to sacrifice the spacious feel of their loft-like apartment. But thanks to the creative ingenuity

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8 Unique Room Dividers to Section Off Your Space in Style

8 Unique Room Dividers to Section Off Your Space in Style

Plastic Bottle Room Divider
Take a tip from the repurposing gurus at TerraCycle and copy their plastic bottle partitions. You can use clear bottles if you want light to pass through your bottle wall or darker bottles if you prefer more privacy.

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Tour the World’s First WELL Certified Residential Building Where Leonardo DiCaprio Recently Purchased an Apartment (PHOTOS)

Tour the World’s First WELL Certified Residential Building Where Leonardo DiCaprio Recently Purchased an Apartment (PHOTOS)

One of the building’s full floor units was recently purchased by DELOS® Advisory board member and famed wellness guru Dr. Deepak Chopra.

“By infusing wellness into the built environment, Delos has pioneered a new movement that offers individuals a

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5 Ways to Green Your Home and Get Back Money Doing It

5 Ways to Green Your Home and Get Back Money Doing It

Building green isn’t just helpful to the environment – it could also put some Benjamins back in your pocket. In the last few years, New York City kickbacks for buying hybrid cars and energy star appliances have waned, but DNAinfo has collated a new list

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NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently released $41 billion affordable housing plan to create or preserve 200,000 units for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers over the next ten years contains an important green component – a sustainable retrofit

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Create a Bedroom Wherever You Need One with Dan Hisel’s Awesome Z-Box

Create a Bedroom Wherever You Need One with Dan Hisel’s Awesome Z-Box

The Z-Box comes as a boxed set of 12 parts that can be assembled on-site into a freestanding room. The frame itself is made of Douglas fir wood and measures 12-feet-wide and 10-feet-tall. Inside, there isn’t just space for a bed; it also includes a closet,

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VIDEO: See the Cool New Way This Brooklyn Whole Foods is Delivering Groceries

VIDEO: See the Cool New Way This Brooklyn Whole Foods is Delivering Groceries

Just when you thought the Gowanus Whole Foods couldn’t be any more Brooklyn – what with its rooftop farm, bearded shoppers, vinyl aisle and kale everything – it goes and starts a cargo bike delivery program! The Third and 3rd location of the supermarket giant

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