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A New Floating Library is Coming to NYC!

by , 08/22/14

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Get out your reading glasses because a new floating library is coming to NYC next month! From September 6th to October 3rd, the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 will be transformed into a pop-up library on the water. Conceived by artist Beatrice Glow, the Floating Library will offer a reading deck with fantastic views of the city as well as a steady schedule of special programming, roundtable talks, performances and workshops.

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8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

by , 08/21/14

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So-Called “Ugliest House in Queens” is Actually an Eco-Friendly Breath of Fresh Air

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See the Creative Way This Brooklyn Warehouse is Being Saved From Demolition

by , 08/21/14

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Looks like we can add another Brooklyn warehouse to the saved local architecture list. Cayuga Capital Management has hopped on the adaptive reuse bandwagon by deciding to “restyle” an old warehouse at 79 Quay instead of completely demolishing the beautiful brick building. The empty structure sits just a block inland from the Greenpoint waterfront and is slated to become a 60,000-square-foot residential building.

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Citi Bike Unveils Slightly Less Confusing Kiosks Created by Design Students

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Biking,News,Transportation

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Citi Bike has announced that its kiosks will be getting a much-needed makeover thanks to a few first-year design students. Last year, the bike company participated in Jill Nussbaum’s Design in Public Spaces course, challenging MFA Interaction Design students students to make the overall Citi Bike rental process more comprehensible, specifically focusing on new users. After spending many cold winter days observing and interviewing first-time users interacting with the unfamiliar system, the students presented their ideas to the bike rental company. Out of a sea of good ideas, two students’ innovative proposals stood out above the rest.

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A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Architecture,Energy,News

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Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency. The Department of Buildings recently posted the results of a completed audit, revealing that one in ten buildings in the midst of or due for construction, as well as those currently undergoing renovation, fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. This means that 90 percent of the construction in the city isn’t meeting NYC energy standards.

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Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

by , 08/19/14

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Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

by , 08/19/14
filed under: Helping People

We know the names and stories of male CEOs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, but what about female entrepreneurs? What do their lives look like? That’s exactly what filmmaker Erin Bagwell decided to find out in her new documentary Dream, Girl. Inspired by the 663,200 companies started in New York by women last year alone, Erin and her girl gang team of producers interviewed three of these unique brands to learn about their struggles, their drive, and their stories. Check out the trailer above for a sneak peek and if you believe that girls should dream big too, please don’t forget to support the production of the film through Erin’s Kickstarter campaign here.

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Humans of New York Turns Its Lens on the Middle East in a Moving Series of New Portraits

by , 08/19/14

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Tour Deke’s Tiny Dumpster House from 2 Broke Girls (VIDEO)

by , 08/19/14

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Studio Garneau’s Transformer is an NYC Apartment That Morphs to Meet Your Needs

by , 08/18/14

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This Dream Loft Home Used to be a 19th Century Schoolhouse

by , 08/18/14

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Can You Spot All of the Symbolism in the New World Trade Center Logo?

by , 08/18/14

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Visitors to the 16-acre World Trade Center complex on Wednesday witnessed the site’s newest addition — a fresh logo that is part of a $3.57 million branding effort. Designed by Landor Associates, the new trademark consists of five bars representing the five towers of the World Trade Center site. The slant of the top half of the logo is at a 17.76 degree angle, echoing the 1,776-foot height of One World Trade Center. And there’s plenty of other symbolism to be seen in the new logo as well.

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9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

by , 08/15/14

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Thousands of Dollars Might Still Be Buried at Coney Island Beach

by , 08/15/14
filed under: Brooklyn,News,Things To Do

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Digging up the beach looking for buried treasure might sound like a fool’s errand, but it may not be as farfetched as you might think. The adventurous and generous duo behind the Twitter phenomenon @HiddenCash has reportedly hidden $2,500 in 38 Pez dispensers along Coney Island Beach. The moolah was planted at the beginning of this month, but could still very well be buried undiscovered beneath the sand.

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Vacation in a Mini Cabin Inside of a Brooklyn Apartment

Vacation in a Mini Cabin Inside of a Brooklyn Apartment

Chiao’s 800-square-foot loft is located in an old textile factory that’s been renovated into live-work spaces. The space has exposed brick walls and large floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the loft with light. Chiao wanted to maintain the openness of the

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At Just 150 Sq. Ft., This Tiny Real Estate Office is One of NYC’s Smallest Workplaces

At Just 150 Sq. Ft., This Tiny Real Estate Office is One of NYC’s Smallest Workplaces

New York City is known for cramming its inhabitants into some incredibly tiny apartments, and now realtors are getting into small digs as well. Case in point: check out the tiny office of Rapid Realty, which spans just 150 square feet. Despite the lack of

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Growing Number of Whales and Sharks in NYC Indicate Cleaner Waters

Growing Number of Whales and Sharks in NYC Indicate Cleaner Waters

While you might think Sharknado 2 would be your only chance to see a shark in New York City, sightings of large sea creatures in the area have actually increased this summer. So why are sharks and whales choosing to vacation around the city in lieu of swimming

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AquaFence Barriers Pop Up in Manhattan to Protect Waterfront Homes Against Flooding

AquaFence Barriers Pop Up in Manhattan to Protect Waterfront Homes Against Flooding

As New Yorkers wait on the implementation of the large-scale, disaster-resistant interventions promised by the city after Hurricane Sandy, others are skirting bureaucracy and taking measures into their own hands. As 6sqft reports, more and more owners of

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Grab Your Crew and Fight These 18-Foot-Tall Monster Weeds at Prospect Park

Grab Your Crew and Fight These 18-Foot-Tall Monster Weeds at Prospect Park

Giant monster weeds have invaded Prospect Park, and now the popular green space is looking for brave volunteers to help fight the infestation. The invasive plants, called phragmites, can grow up to 18 feet tall, and have been a bane on the park for years now,

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8 Intriguing Architectural Oddities You Probably Never Noticed Before in NYC

8 Intriguing Architectural Oddities You Probably Never Noticed Before in NYC

The Underground Home Mystery

Hidden – or perhaps not – beneath one of Queens’s most popular parks, the Underground Home is a massive, 12,000-square-foot house that may or may not still be there. The subterranean residence was designed and built by businessman

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“Hipster Twister” Mini Tornado Stuns Park-Goers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (VIDEO)

“Hipster Twister” Mini Tornado Stuns Park-Goers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (VIDEO)

“Holy cow! No, don’t go in the middle,” yelled onlooker Michael Gambale as he shot this video of what looks like a mini tornado at McCarren Park this past Sunday. Park-goers at the popular green space in Williamsburg were stunned to see the little cyclone,

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Domino Sugar Factory Relics to Live on as Part of New High Line-Style Walkway

Domino Sugar Factory Relics to Live on as Part of New High Line-Style Walkway

Williamsburg’s iconic Domino Sugar Factory will be making way for yet another high-rise development, but at least part of the Brooklyn landmark is going to be preserved. Two Trees, the developer of the new complex, has promised to preserve relics from the

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Phone Dead? New CityCharge Stations Let You Juice Up with Solar Power

Phone Dead? New CityCharge Stations Let You Juice Up with Solar Power

Developed and tested over the course of two years in a project collaboration between Bryant Park Corporation, Green Barrel Energy Inc., and Landscape Forms, CityCharge isn’t your run-of-the-mill solar charger. The design concept was engineered to consider

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14 Stunning Visions of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Future Affordable Homes

14 Stunning Visions of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Future Affordable Homes

All the designs propose building two towers near Pier 6, which lies west of where Atlantic Avenue meets the BQE. The first high-rise would be situated at One Brooklyn Bridge Park and the city has permitted designers to draw up a 31-story tower with 290 apartments.

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