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Blizzard causes worst flooding in NYC since Hurricane Sandy

Rockaway Flooding

While many New Yorkers were able to enjoy the city’s beautiful snow (sort of) after last month’s blizzard, those in the Rockaways ended up reliving a familiar nightmare. A stark reminder of just how vulnerable the low-lying coast of New York still is, the recent storm caused the worst flooding to hit the Rockaways since Hurricane Sandy devastated the same area in 2012.

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Inside JetBlue’s lean, green offices in Queens

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URBAN PLANT tower would allow tenants to grow food year-round in a flourishing winter garden

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Mayor de Blasio announces that all NYC buildings have discontinued burning harmful No. 6 heating oil

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Mayor de Blasio announced this week that all 5,300 NYC buildings that were previously registered as using No. 6 heating oil have discontinued the practice. As of December 31, 2015, all of the buildings have converted to a cleaner form of fuel, moving the city one major step forward toward its goal of seeing an 80-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and having the cleanest air of any large U.S. city by 2030.

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Horse carriage saga continues as de Blasio’s latest bill collapses in City Council

by , 02/11/16
filed under: Animals,Manhattan,Parks

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It looks like NYC’s City Council has no problem looking a gift horse in the mouth. As reported by the New York Times, the Council voted last week to cancel Mayor de Blasio’s latest bill to confine industry horse carriages to Central Park. The mayor won over a lot of supporters during his campaign by promising to ax the park’s historic horse-drawn carriages. But since taking office, his tone has changed quite bit, mainly due to the contention between industry leaders and animal activists, as well as everyone else with strong opinions on the matter.

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Gluck+’s Van Sinderen Plaza will bring 130 affordable apartments to East New York

by , 02/10/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

Gluck+ Van Sinderen Plaza

Harlem-based architecture firm Gluck+ is transforming a few vacant Brooklyn lots next to the L train tracks into a new residential project comprising 130 affordable apartments. According to NY YIMBY, the area of East New York around Broadway Junction is about to be rezoned by the city to make way for the construction of Van Sinderen Plaza, two seven-story buildings that will offer family-oriented apartments and pedestrian-friendly outdoor space.

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Bjarke Ingels Group unveils spiraling New York tower wrapped in a ribbon of green terraces

by , 02/09/16
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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NYC’s first resident urban farmer will grow food for Staten Island’s new green community

by , 02/09/16

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Where can we sign up for a gig like this? We recently brought you news about Staten Island’s multi-million dollar URBY waterfront community, and now it looks like the project’s developers have hired NYC’s first official resident urban farmer. Experienced agriculture professional Zaro Bates will be in charge of growing food at the sustainable complex’s on-site urban farm, which will be located just steps away from her new apartment since she’ll also be getting free housing as part of the deal.

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Talented designer turns a super-skinny alley into a glam office in New Jersey

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Mayor pledges $2.5B for 16-mile electric streetcar connecting Queens and Brooklyn

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Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his support of a $2.5 billion plan to build a 16-mile streetcar line between Astoria, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) would serve the borough’s waterfront communities along the East River, which are booming with new residential and commercial developments. According to the mayor’s office, the electrified line would be one of the largest urban streetcar systems in the nation. Previous estimates say the streetcar line could transport up to 16 million riders annually.

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Governors Island to be open year-round with new ‘Innovation Cluster’ technology incubator

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5 ways to celebrate Chinese New Year with feng shui

by , 02/05/16
filed under: Interior Design,Interiors

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The Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year) falls on Monday, February 8 this year, and whether you traditionally celebrate the holiday or not, it’s a great opportunity to add some balance to your life. We’re of course talking about feng shui, the Chinese system of orienting things inside the home and other spaces to bring balance to them. Through observing and shifting the built environment, feng shui teaches us how to live in harmony with nature. From replacing broken objects to brightening your entry, ring in the new year by checking out our handy guide to improving the feng shui in your home.

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See IKEA’s storage-maximizing makeover of a 300-sq-ft studio apartment in the Bronx

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Abandoned Allen Street Bathhouse could be transformed into a food stall in LES

by , 02/04/16
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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If you wander up the Allen Street pedestrian mall until you reach Delancey, you’ll come face-to-face with a beautiful yet deserted relic from the city’s past: the Allen Street Bathhouse. Built in the 1930s in the Beaux-Arts style, the public restrooms were once used by riders of the elevated Second Avenue El railway until the building was shuttered in the early 1950s. Fortunately, however, the historic bathhouse won’t be going the way of the wrecking ball—the city has hopes to transform the building into a “food service facility.”

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BIG unveils plans for NYPD’s first-ever green-roofed police station

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BBDO Manhattan headquarters transformed into open loft-like space lined with reclaimed wood

BBDO Manhattan headquarters transformed into open loft-like space lined with reclaimed wood

BBDO Headquarters has a new office thanks to New York-based HLW International architects. Using reclaimed wood, the offices are a loft like airy office. Using the reclaimed wood planks, polished concrete, and steel materials, the result is an amazingly

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It may soon be illegal to declaw cats in New York, and for good reason

It may soon be illegal to declaw cats in New York, and for good reason

For as long as people have invited cats into their homes, furniture has been destroyed, drapery has been shredded, and the occasional pointy claw has made contact with tender human flesh. But their soft fur and soothing purr keep cats near the top of of

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Escobedo Soliz Studio wins 2016 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program with colorful rope canopy

Escobedo Soliz Studio wins 2016 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program with colorful rope canopy

This year is the 17th edition of the the Young Architects Program at MoMA and MoMA PS1 hasbeen committed to offering
emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects, challenging
each year’s winners to develop

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Tiny brick-walled studio feels much larger thanks to its airy sunroom and private yard

Tiny brick-walled studio feels much larger thanks to its airy sunroom and private yard

Tiny living doesn’t necessarily have to mean cramped and uncomfortable. This beautiful and airy studio, found by 6sqft, makes up for its small living area with two unheard of amenities- a sun room AND a yard. Just a stone’s throw from Union Square,

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Could this vibrant green waterfront community make Staten Island the hip new place to live?

Could this vibrant green waterfront community make Staten Island the hip new place to live?

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Related:Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on Staten Island’s New Stapleton Waterfront Community Project

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