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How a 15,500-pound door protects the Whitney Museum against the effects of climate change

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New York’s art world elite came out to ooh and ahh over the new Whitney Museum earlier this month, but The Atlantic’s John Whitaker was much more interested in the structure’s unique 15,500-pound door than the art beyond it. Part of a flood-mitigation system informed by the same engineers who work on U.S. Navy Destroyers, the river-facing door is capable of withstanding 6,750 pounds of debris in the event of another super storm like Hurricane Sandy. In fact, it was because of the 2012 disaster that Renzo Piano and his team made moves to fortify the museum and its precious contents.

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Modern and resilient Northwest Harbor Residence is elegantly elevated eight feet above sea level

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LMNOP challenges NYC architects and designers to craft creative mobiles out of recycled materials

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Artist Olafur Eliasson invites you to build a giant LEGO city on the High Line

by , 05/27/15
filed under: Art NYC,Manhattan

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Just when you think that the High Line couldn’t get any more enjoyable, Olafur Eliasson goes and invites you to play with thousands of LEGO bricks at the popular elevated park. Starting on May 29th, the Danish-Icelandic artist will host The Collectivity Project, a large art installation that challenges parkgoers to design and build a collaborative cityscape out of white toy bricks.

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Bjarke Ingels chosen to design swanky yet ‘affordable’ High Line-hugging condos in Chelsea

by , 05/26/15

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It looks like ubiquitous Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group is the latest to join the list of famous names designing buildings along NYC’s High Line. According to Bloomberg, BIG was recently chosen to design the new HFZ Capital condo development located next to the Chelsea park. The project at 501 West 17th Street is expected to have 300 two- and three-bedroom apartments spread out between two 28-and 38-story towers. Although the property sale was one of the most expensive in NYC’s history, it’s reported that the rent of the luxury condos will be set within a reasonable range. Well, reasonable for some, that is.

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Mayor de Blasio opens first rebuilt section of new resilient Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

Just in time for Memorial Day, Mayor de Blasio officially inaugurated the first full section of the newly rebuilt resilient Rockaway Boardwalk last week. The historic Queens boardwalk, which runs 5.5 miles in length, was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The new section, which runs from Beach 86th Street to Beach 97th, is just one portion of the massive reconstruction project, which is expected to be fully complete by 2017.

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NYC’s first prefab micro-unit apartment building starts to rise in Manhattan (PHOTOS)

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George Clooney and Anderson Cooper help kick off World Trade Center Observatory

by , 05/21/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

One World Trade Center Observatory

It looks like the opening of the much-anticipated observatory at One World Trade Center is going to be a star-studded affair. Not only will Mayor de Blasio be on hand to open the new WTC attraction, he will also be sharing the spotlight with none other than George Clooney and Anderson Cooper.

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Cloud Farms’ mini greenhouses let you grow fresh produce right out of your window

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Anyone who has ever tried to grow their own edibles in an apartment knows that lack of light is one of the biggest obstacles. Even in a sunny, south-facing home, plants can end up shriveling because they’re not getting enough rays. The Cloud Farms Biome, developed by designer Bradley Ferrada, is a solution that lets urban farmers break through the barriers of their apartments to allow their indoor plants to soak up outdoor sunlight. Ferrada, a graduate of Pratt Institute’s Master of Industrial Design program conceived Cloud Farms as a way for New Yorkers and other city-dwellers to grow fresh veggies in a small space. The Biome greenhouse and the accompanying Nimbus hydroponic gardening system (which can also be used on its own), just launched today on Kickstarter, so head over to the campaign to see how you can reserve one of these personal greenhouse systems for yourself.

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Pratt Institute and twenty2 unveil their mind-bending 3D wallpaper collection at ICFF 2015

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Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus World Trade Center transportation hub slated to open in June

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Although it may seem like the debate over NYC’s $3.9 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub may never end, it looks like the majestic Oculus structure itself is finally nearing completion – sort of. According to the NY Times, a section of famed architect Santiago Calatrava‘s highly controversial Oculus hub is set to open in June, allowing pedestrian traffic to flow through the passageway connecting PATH train platforms to new entrances at Vesey and Liberty Streets.

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

by , 05/19/15
filed under: Energy,News,Transportation

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500 solar-powered street food carts are coming to NYC

by , 05/18/15
filed under: Energy,Food,News,Solar Power

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You might be grabbing your next pretzel or hot dog from an eco-friendly food cart if MOVE Systems gets its way. The start-up has been working with the NYC City Council on plans to provide 500 new energy-efficient food carts to street food vendors around the city. The company’s sleek MRV100 Hybrid cart comes equipped with solar power, rechargeable batteries, plug-in hybrid technology and alternative fuel hookups.

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Announcing the winners of Inhabitat’s 2015 Green Awards at BKLYN Designs!

Green-Awards-Announcement

Last week, BKLYN Designs took over the Brooklyn Expo Center, filling it with some of the BK’s most exciting design innovators. Inhabitat was on the show floor scoping out every nook and cranny in search of the best green designs. Then, we rounded up our sustainable selections as finalists in our Green Awards, and asked you, our readers, to vote for your favorite. And as always, the Inhabitat team also weighed in to choose a winner for the Editors’ Choice Award. So without further ado, here are the winners of the 2015 Inhabitat Green Awards!

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Citi Bike offers up free rides today in honor of Bike Month

by , 05/14/15
filed under: Biking,News,Transportation

NYC Citi Bike

It looks like Christmas has come early for NYC bikers! The city’s bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, is hosting its very first ‘Free Ride Day’ all-day today. In celebration of Bike Month and Bike-to-Work Week, and in collaboration with the Switzerland Tourism board, free day passes to the bike share will be available for 24 hours (from 12:01 am to 11:59 pm tonight) at all of Citi Bike’s blue kiosks.

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Curious solar-powered “Utteraton Machine” pops up in NYC

Curious solar-powered “Utteraton Machine” pops up in NYC

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Public Utteraton Machine
Rebecca Hackemann

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Mayor de Blasio announces winners of the RISE:NYC climate change solution competition

Mayor de Blasio announces winners of the RISE:NYC climate change solution competition

RISE : NYC, Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy …. Eleven winners have been selected in a global competition to help small businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy to prepare for future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate : a

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Architect unveils new renderings of world’s first 3D-printed estate and pool

Architect unveils new renderings of world’s first 3D-printed estate and pool

+ D-Shape

+ Kushner Studios

via 3D Print

Images © D-Shape

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By Brooklyn: NYC’s only store stocked exclusively with Brooklyn-made goods

By Brooklyn: NYC’s only store stocked exclusively with Brooklyn-made goods

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See five of Brooklyn’s most interesting modern homes on Dwell’s Home Tour this Saturday

See five of Brooklyn’s most interesting modern homes on Dwell’s Home Tour this Saturday

Dwell magazine is gearing up for its 2015 Brooklyn Home Tours, and they’re currently on the lookout for unique homes in the borough to showcase as part of the event on Saturday, May 9th. If you’re a homeowner, architect or designer who would like to highlight

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