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Open, light-flooded floorplan modernizes a previously cramped Forest Hills Tudor

by , 08/23/16
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Take the ultimate Times Square selfie on these giant X-shaped loungers

by , 08/23/16

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X, or three Xs to be more exact, will be marking the spot in Times Square starting this week. Designed by architect Juergen Mayer H., who is best known for the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain, XXX Times Square with Love is a new installation that will bring three X-shaped magenta loungers to the popular pedestrian plaza as a cheeky tribute to the tourist area’s X-rated past. Commissioned by Times Square Arts, the giant seats are set to debut on Wednesday, August 24th on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets.

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Hamptons food trucks plug in to cleaner energy with new power pedestals

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The food truck trend is getting a smart upgrade in posh places like the Hamptons, where a new clean energy system is fueling beachside meals on wheels. WXY architecture + urban design recently announced the new “power pedestals” that will supply easy access to grid electricity to food trucks, with much quieter operations and less of an impact on the environment than the typical gas-powered generators many currently use. The pedestals have been installed on two beaches in Montauk, Long Island, an experimental first step that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing any delectable eats.

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One of NYC’s largest trees is reborn as sustainable custom furniture

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A European Elm tree that grew in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park was recorded as of the largest trees in New York, with a diameter measuring a whopping 89 inches. The behemoth, originally planted in 1870, was felled last year after city forestry officials determined it had died. Rather than chip it into mulch or bury it in a landfill, the tree is getting a new life thanks to RE-CO BKLYN, a Brooklyn based sawmill and furniture business that uses reclaimed trees to make beautiful fixtures.

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400-square-foot apartment uses clever pivot wall to divide space in multiple ways

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We take the 2017 Chevy Volt on an electrifying eco-getaway up to the Hudson Valley

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Left turns kill, says new NYC Department of Transportation report

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A new report from the New York City Department of Transportation finds that vehicles making left turns caused about 19 percent of all pedestrian and cyclist deaths or serious injuries in the city last year. That is over three times the rate of pedestrians and bicyclists killed or severely injured by a right-turning vehicle (6 percent). According to the report, entitled “Don’t Cut Corners,” between 2010 and 2014, 108 pedestrians and bicyclists were killed by left turning vehicles (out of 859 pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities 2010-2014). The study is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative to end traffic deaths and injuries on city streets.

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‘Hidden forest’ of 4,000 baby redwood trees coming to Brooklyn

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Later this year, artist Spencer Finch will bring a little piece of California’s redwood forests to downtown Brooklyn. In partnership with the Public Art Fund and Forest City Ratner Companies, the artist will use 4,000 young redwoods to create a scaled-down 1/100 version of northern California’s Redwood National Park in an exhibit entitled, “Spencer Finch: Lost Man Creek.” The installation is set to open on Oct. 1 at MetroTech Commons.

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Historic “horizontal skyscraper” to become luxury condos in Williamsburg

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Tour this luxuriously sustainable new model apartment at 60 White in Tribeca (PHOTOS)

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Beware of flying cockroaches encouraged by soaring temps in NYC

by , 08/16/16
filed under: News,Weather

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People say a lot of things about what might happen “when pigs fly,” but around NYC, a new saying may catch on this summer: when cockroaches fly. It just so happens that the nasty little pests love intense heat and humidity so much that it makes them want to take off in flight. Apparently, the high temps give the insects a sort of superpower, enabling them to use more of their muscles than they can on an average day. When that happens, watch out. The pigeons won’t be the only flying objects to watch out for in the city.

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Brooklyn Army Terminal’s Annex space to be converted into food manufacturing hub

by , 08/15/16
filed under: Brooklyn,Food

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In an effort to boost the local food manufacturing economy, the NYCEDC has just announced that part of the Brooklyn Army Terminal will be converted into a major food manufacturing hub. After a $15 million renovation, the expansive 55,000 square foot space in the Terminal’s Annex building can now accommodate up to 10 emerging food manufacturing companies. The announcement was made at the grand opening of MOMO Dressing, the first small food manufacturer to set up shop in the hub.

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fresh&co’s mobile pop-up farmstand hits the streets of NYC

by , 08/15/16
filed under: Food,Urban Farming

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If you’ve been searching for a convenient spot to pick up locally-grown, farm-fresh veggies, fresh&co is making it easier than ever with their new roving pop-up farmstand. Housed in a bright green vintage pick-up truck, the mini mobile farmers market will be making tasty and healthy fruits and veggies more accessible to New Yorkers all summer long. If you need an even better reason to stop by the fresh&co truck, 100% of the proceeds from the roaming garden will go to Friends of Karen, an organization dedicated to helping children with life-threatening illnesses.

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The Shed’s dynamic ‘telescoping shell’ will bring a flexible new arts space to Hudson Yards

by , 08/12/16
filed under: Architecture,Art NYC

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NYC arts lovers are in for a treat as construction on The Shed, a project that is being hailed as New York’s most innovative center for artistic invention, is now underway. If you can’t wait for the much-anticipated building’s 2019 completion date, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, recently released a “fly through animation” sneak peak of the 200,000-square-foot space. Take a look after the jump!

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Control 1 WTC’s LED lights at this epic free dance party with Bill Nye and Questlove

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On Aug. 22, Brooklyn Bridge Park will become the site of an epic interactive party that combines nature appreciation, science, and cool beats for a free dance-a-thon to light up One World Trade Center’s LED lights. Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, and Questlove will be among the featured guests helping the National Park Service celebrate its 100th birthday. The high-tech party in the park is bound to go down as the hottest dance party of the century, and perhaps the most fun New Yorkers can have in one night without spending a dime.

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‘Sticks’ pavilion made of scrap wood opens at Socrates Sculpture Park

‘Sticks’ pavilion made of scrap wood opens at Socrates Sculpture Park

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World’s Fair Pavilion reimagined as a giant greenhouse blob atop Flushing Meadows Park

World’s Fair Pavilion reimagined as a giant greenhouse blob atop Flushing Meadows Park

Related: 100,000 sq. ft. Duggal Greenhouse Opens at Brooklyn Navy Yard!

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Via The Real Deal

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‘Climate Inaction’ figures call out Trump and other climate change deniers

‘Climate Inaction’ figures call out Trump and other climate change deniers

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New York approves mandate for 50% renewable energy by 2030

New York approves mandate for 50% renewable energy by 2030

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that the New York State Public Service Commission approved the Empire State’s clean energy standard that requires 50 percent of electricity comes from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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70 Vestry’s stepped terraces bring an urban oasis to the banks of the Hudson

70 Vestry’s stepped terraces bring an urban oasis to the banks of the Hudson

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Via World Architecture News

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