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Controversial Cornell Fine Arts Library expansion features soaring stacks of books

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We don’t usually think of libraries as provocative places, but Cornell University‘s new Fine Arts Library (FAL) is causing quite a stir. Characterized by massive walls of books in a cavernous, light-filled space, the redesign by Vienna-based architect Wolfgang Tschapeller will essentially lop off the top of the school’s iconic Rand Hall building so that the soaring stacks can jut through dramatically. While architecture college leaders are excited about updating the 104-year-old campus icon, the project is also getting a lot of criticism from those who feel the expansion is too extreme.

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Far Rockaway breaks ground on storm-resilient low-income housing for seniors

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens officials announced last week the groundbreaking of an affordable housing development for low-income seniors in Far Rockaway. The Beach Channel Senior Apartments, slated for completion in 2017, will be a seven-story mixed use development that will provide homes for 154 low-income seniors, 46 of whom were formerly homeless. This is the first project under the city’s new $350 million program to finance affordable apartments that target seniors, and it’s been designed with safety and resiliency in mind, in anticipation of future storms akin to Hurricane Sandy.

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Busted! 26 NYC buildings are still using banned No. 6 oil

by , 08/27/15
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According to a new report by DNA Info, more than two dozen NYC buildings are still illegally burning No. 6 oil, although the harmful sludge-like oil was banned under the Bloomberg administration in 2010. Despite building owners having years to switch over to cleaner oils, 26 buildings have been found to be currently using the illegal substance, including the Coach HQ and a luxury Fifth Avenue building.

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Maine Sail Freight sets course from Portland to Boston full of small farm goodies

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The Eastern Seaboard is about to take a trip back in time with Maine Sail Freight‘s quest to deliver goods from Maine to Boston. The adventure starts in Portland on August 27th, with the loading of foods made by small local trades and farmers to be sailed down to Boston by the evening of the 29th, along with many activities planned in celebration. The project is not just to relive the good ‘ol days but explore how we make, move, and consume– and how to reevaluate the hyper-complexity of the world trade network. The project is put together by the Greenhorns, named after the young farmers they aim to support.

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A $579 million hurricane levee could be coming to Staten Island

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As sea levels continue to rise and climate change threatens to spank the northeast with future storms, urban planners in the area have been struggling to find ways to keep the water quite literally at bay. Staten Island was one of the places hit worst by Hurricane Sandy, and now it’s possible that a $579 million levee could be built in the borough to protect residents from flooding during future storms. But will the proposed 20-foot-high wall be enough to ward off surging stormwaters?

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Zaha Hadid unveils temporary silver art tunnel near her in-progress High Line condos

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Zaha Hadid’s futuristic, High Line-flanking condos are still under construction, but it looks like the Iraq-born architect wanted to give people something to look at in the mean time. She debuted a temporary installation, composed of a curving metal frame covered with a silver metallic fabric, at the site last week as a piece of art that visitors can actually walk through and under like an open air tunnel. The sculpture, called Allonge, mimics the shape of the nearby building at 520 West 28th Street, offering up a celebratory preview of the work in progress.

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$2.1 million Metro North Railroad energy efficiency project completed in NY

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NY governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that a $2.1 million energy efficiency improvement project at the Metro-North Railroad North White Plains Train Yard is now complete. According to the MTA, the new upgrades to their facility will eliminate approximately 1,280 tons of greenhouse gases and save the state more than $328,000 in energy costs per year.

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SoHo co-working space fuels startups with quirky vintage touches and year-round ice cream

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Artistic construction worker conceals his artwork behind swanky condo walls

by , 08/24/15
filed under: Art NYC,carousel showcase

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An NYC construction worker who simply can’t seem to leave his artistic impulses out of the workplace has become the subject of a buzzworthy new video by The New York Times. The short film and accompanying article tell the tale of Pajtim Osmanaj, who stays behind after finishing his day job constructing an 11-story Chelsea condo to paint intricate murals that he later covers up completely behind layers of plaster and tile.

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Public outrage as de Blasio considers getting rid of Times Square pedestrian plazas

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Mayor de Blasio said last week that he would consider getting rid of Times Square’s pedestrian plazas, and people are pissed. The comment was made in response to the controversy surrounding the area’s partially nude “Painted Ladies” and other street performers, who some feel are a public nuisance. The mayor and other city officials believe that removing the pedestrian zone could be one solution to ‘restoring order’ to the streets of NYC, but many New Yorkers oppose the idea strongly.

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Will you be at Citi Bike’s first-ever bike-in movie night?

by , 08/21/15

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What’s better than a “bike-in” movie night? Why, a “bike-in” movie night featuring one of the most epic bicycle scenes ever, of course! Citi Bike has announced that it will be celebrating its recent addition of 15 new stations in Williamsburg by showing the most obvious of all possible bicycle-related movie selections: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” The event will take place on Tuesday, August 25 at the Brooklyn Flea’s space on Kent Avenue, and will kick off with a 90-minute class on biking in the city from nonprofit Bike New York.

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Chelsea condo strikes LEED Gold for its emphasis on healthy living and indoor air quality

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New SeaGlass carousel takes you on an underwater adventure inside of giant, illuminated fish

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New solar-powered composting center may be coming to Gowanus

by , 08/19/15

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If all goes well, a new solar-powered composting center may soon be coming to Gowanus. The facility, which would be located at Second Avenue near the Gowanus Canal, would allow area residents to keep their household food scraps and organic waste out of landfills by bringing them to be transformed into compost for area gardens. The initiative, a partnership between The Gowanus Canal Conservancy and the Department of Sanitation, could divert 36,000 pounds of organic waste a month if implemented.

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Heroic Food Farm gives returning veterans a new mission cultivating sustainably grown food

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NYC students aim to fill New York Harbor with a billion oysters by 2030

NYC students aim to fill New York Harbor with a billion oysters by 2030

Related: Oyster-tecture: Scape Studio Plans to Build a Park Filled with Millions of Oysters to Clean the Gowanus Canal

Via WSJ

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MoMA’s buzzworthy new statue sports a head made of honey bees

MoMA’s buzzworthy new statue sports a head made of honey bees

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Van hotels let you stay in NYC’s hippest areas for as low as $22 a night

Van hotels let you stay in NYC’s hippest areas for as low as $22 a night

There are many strange sights every day in New York, and each one is just as surprising as the one before. In the latest “you’ve got to see it to believe it” craze, people are renting decked-out sleeper vans for as little as $22 a night. Would you

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Artist planning public funeral procession through the High Line

Artist planning public funeral procession through the High Line

New York-based Michael Nicholas is planning a funeral and you’re invited! As part of what the 44-year-old Hell’s Kitchen artist is calling Wake Up 2015,

Related: Artist Olafur Eliasson invites you to build a giant LEGO city on the Up

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Could Two World Trade Center become the most expensive office tower in the world?

Could Two World Trade Center become the most expensive office tower in the world?

Although the Two World Trade Center building has yet to be started, it looks the Bjarke Ingles-designed building is on track to become the world’s most expensive office building. According to the NY Post, construction of the 2 World Trade Center will a

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