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New proposal calls for NYC commercial food vendors to separate organic waste to keep it out of dumps

by , 07/06/15

Food Waste

Mayor de Blasio recently introduced a proposal that would require all commercial-sized food establishments, vendors, manufacturers, and wholesalers to separate organic waste material. As part of the mayor’s One NYC Plan, the ambitious initiative would drastically reduce the amount of food scraps and other organic materials, which currently make up one third of the city’s commercial waste. Instead of being shipped to landfills, the organic waste would be converted into compost or used as feedstock for producing clean renewable energy through anaerobic digestion.

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Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles made of old car parts

by , 07/06/15
filed under: Energy,News,Transportation

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60 Water’s spectacular roof deck would be the perfect spot to watch July 4th fireworks – if you lived there

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Look out for special Mets-themed Citi Bikes around NYC for cool prizes

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New York Yankees fans might be finding themselves blue with envy this month. Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson announced on Wednesday that 50 of New York’s Citi Bikes have been adorned with the Queens baseball team’s logo for a campaign supporting a month-long social media contest. The lucky winner, hopefully a Mets fan, will get the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Citi Field against the Washington Nationals on August 2.

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Sneak a peek inside Pacific Park’s first greenery-enveloped residences in COOKFOX’s new video

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Eat and drink at these fun floating bars and restaurants this summer

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Could the world’s first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to a neighborhood near you?

by , 07/01/15
filed under: Architecture,News,Water

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Could the world’s first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to your nabe? +POOL has been inching closer to its dream of building a plus-shaped swimming pool that would let New Yorkers swim in cleaned-up river water, and now it’s looking at a number of possible locations for the project to land. Can you imagine hitting a riverside (or is it rivertop?) pool in Long Island City or Astoria? Those are just two of the prospective spots that could soon be home to the groundbreaking watering hole.

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Studio Dror challenges trend of ultra-slim towers by unveiling three innovative building designs

by , 06/30/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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Peek inside the beautiful sustainable home an architect designed for her family

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Could cloning bring back Astoria’s beloved 100-year-old tree?

by , 06/29/15
filed under: Green Space,Queens

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A lonely stump now reminds residents of 34th Street in Astoria of the spot where their beloved 100-year-old tree used to stand. The Parks Department cut down the massive American Elm in March after it began showing signs of decay. Although the tree has been gone for months, there is a chance the nabe could have it back – in a way. An arborist has stepped in to try to regrow the tree from cuttings salvaged by a sentimental local.

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Redesigned 3 WTC axes rooftop spires to fit in with new neighbor

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Silverstein Properties recently revealed a new change to the design of 3 World Trade Center, which has been under construction since 2013. Instead of being topped with towering masts, the roof of the building will be much more streamlined. This revision is in response to the reveal of the design for the building’s next-door neighbor, Bjarke Ingels’ 2 World Trade Center, and a reminder that even the best-laid plans can always be tweaked for the better.

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Giant water-purifying vertical garden pops up at MoMA PS1

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Students celebrate earth-friendly lunches with a giant puppet show in Union Square

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Last month, six of the largest school districts in the U.S. – including schools in New York City – decided to switch away from polystyrene trays to earth-friendly compostable plates. The new eco-friendly plates have landed in many city schools, and to celebrate, students held a massive celebration. On June 22, students threw a show in Union Square with larger than life puppets made out of the polystyrene trays from the cafeterias.

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One of these quirky New York dome homes could be yours

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Last week we brought you luxurious, sustainable homes in the Hamptons, but this week we’re in search of quirky dome homes across the New York state—particularly those that you can actually spend a night or two in. First on our list is Kevin Shea’s Long Island’s Green Dome. This beauty is the world’s largest dome home measuring 70 feet in diameter and 45-feet-high, and is in fact so big that you could actually fit two standard-sized houses inside. This cool dome is both wind- and solar-powered and features an open-plan design with smaller spaces that can be open or closed to the interior space. The price? It could be yours for $1 million.

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Skylit penthouse studio’s clever built-ins make smart use of limited space

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Preview LMHQ’s new “clubhouse” for Lower Manhattan professionals for free this week

Preview LMHQ’s new “clubhouse” for Lower Manhattan professionals for free this week

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Andrés Jaque’s mesmerizing water-purifying COSMO pavilion pops up at MoMA PS1

Andrés Jaque’s mesmerizing water-purifying COSMO pavilion pops up at MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1’s courtyard will come to life once again in June 2015 with the debut of Andrés Jaque’s giant water-purifying pavilion, which took home the grand prize for this year’s 2015 Young Architects Program Competition. Conceptualized by Jaque and his team

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Architect designs life-sized replica of Empire State Building made of wood

Architect designs life-sized replica of Empire State Building made of wood

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Step inside a replica of the Seinfeld apartment for a few days only this week

Step inside a replica of the Seinfeld apartment for a few days only this week

For just a few days later this month, New Yorkers and visitors will have an opportunity to make a Kramer-style entrance into the apartment of Jerry Seinfeld. Sort of. A full-size recreation of Seinfeld’s Upper West Side apartment from the long-running

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HWKN chosen to design $3 million Bard College campus expansion

HWKN chosen to design $3 million Bard College campus expansion

New York based architectural firm HWKN has been announced as the designers of The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College new campus design.

Related: HWKN’s Spiky-Armed Bright Blue “Wendy” Wins the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects HWKN’s

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