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Join Architecture for Humanity NY and Make a Difference on Day of Impact 2014

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If you’ve been enjoying all of the wonderful architectural activities that Archtober has to offer this month, why not show your appreciation by helping out some communities that could really use it? This Saturday, October 25th, Architecture for Humanity‘s New York chapter will be hosting Day of Impact 2014, a chance for volunteers to put in some sweat equity to rebuild and revamp areas of the city that are in need. Though the registration date has technically passed, there are still a few spots left to participate, so sign up here and make a difference!

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Resilient “Living Breakwaters” Project Wins Prestigious 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

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Tom Fruin’s Candy-Colored Plexiglass House Sparkles Under the Brooklyn Bridge

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Terrifying Zombie Pumpkins Invade the New York Botanical Garden [PHOTOS]

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DIY: How to Make an Iconic Chrysler Building Halloween Costume

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Celebrate the spirit of New York City and crown yourself as a DIY rock star by making this kick-ass Chrysler Building costume! If you’ve got foil, cardboard, felt, hot glue and a silver dress, you’re ready to rock the Art Deco jewel of the city. Read on for the step-by-step instructions.

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Teen Instagrams Breathtaking Views from Atop NYC’s Tallest Building Before Arrest

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Would you dare to scale a 1,300-foot-tall skyscraper just to post a pic of the view on Instagram? Demid Lebdev of Queens did just that, delighting his over 21,000 followers with breathtaking vistas from atop 432 Park Avenue, New York City’s tallest building. Unfortunately, the teen was arrested shortly after mounting the residential highrise.

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5 Useful Tech Innovations Spotted at Getgeeked New York

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Plans Unveiled for Greenpoint Landing’s Resilient Waterfront Park

Greenpoint Landing’s Waterfront Park

Greenpoint was once considered one of NYC’s most hardscaped areas, but things are changing slowly and surely for the Brooklyn nabe. New plans for a vibrant waterfront park at the forthcoming Greenpoint Landing complex were recently released and paint a verdant picture of the neighborhood’s future. Taking into account flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the plan by James Corner Field Operations (of High Line fame) calls for resilient features as well as plenty of tranquil green space and a beautiful community-focused waterfront.

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Park Avenue Skyscraper Becomes Tallest Building In NYC

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New York City has once again proven its prowess for producing record-breaking skyscrapers. The swanky new 432 Park Avenue highrise, located between 56th and 57th streets, is now officially the tallest building in the city and the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. The $1.3 billion luxury condominium designed by architect Rafael Viñoly boasts a towering height of 1,396 feet, 28 feet taller than the newly built One World Trade Center without its spire.

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Old Soap Factory Home Features a “Terrarium” Room That Opens Up to the Manhattan Sky

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Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Create Spectacular and Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns in NYC

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Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Don’t Miss This Year’s Fiery Spectacle of 5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins

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If you missed last year’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, be sure to set aside a date to go see it this month. Over 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns will be lighting up the night for the fiery spectacle in New York’s Historic Hudson Valley starting on October 4th. Check out the details of this truly jaw-dropping event here and click here to see our photos from years past.

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Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Saint Nicholas National Shrine With ‘Ground Blessing’ Ceremony

Saint Nicholas National Shrine

Prolific (and often controversial) Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava attended a “ground blessing” ceremony this past weekend for his latest project, the $38 million reconstruction of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine in Lower Manhattan. The Greek Orthodox church was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks and now, at the hands of Calatrava, will be rebuilt near its original location at 130 Liberty Street overlooking the National September 11 Memorial park.

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Industrial-Style Shelf Out of Inexpensive Pipe

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Report Says That Most NYC Airbnb Listings are Illegal

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As part of what seems to be the NYC’s quest to drive Airbnb out of business, a new report from the city contends that nearly three quarters of the company’s listings are actually illegal. According to New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman, the report shows that more than half of the NYC rentals listed on Airbnb violate NYC zoning laws and that most of the so-called private rentals are in fact, commercially-run properties.

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Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Tomorrow and Help Plant a Wish Garden in the Bronx

Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Tomorrow and Help Plant a Wish Garden in the Bronx

New York Restoration Project and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are teaming up to plant a “Wishes in Bloom” garden tomorrow and they need your help. 637 daffodil bulbs will be planted at NYRP’s Bathgate Community Garden in the Tremont section of the Bronx,

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5 Ultra-Useful Pieces of Transforming Furniture Seen at “Hotel Resource”

5 Ultra-Useful Pieces of Transforming Furniture Seen at “Hotel Resource”

Resource Furniture brought Hotel Resource to New York to show that even tiny accommodations can be comfortable and utilitarian spaces. While the exhibit looked like a typical hotel room (minus the bed) at first glance, we were impressed to see what the 240-square-foot

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New Video Explores How People Really Feel About Times Square

New Video Explores How People Really Feel About Times Square

New York City’s Times Square is one of the most famous destinations in the world, but what do tourists and natives really think about it? NYC-based filmmaker Michael Tapp spent a night asking people what makes Times Square special to them, and the answers

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Is the Central Park Loop About to Become Car-Free?

Is the Central Park Loop About to Become Car-Free?

Could a car-free Central Park Loop be in New York City’s future? Manhattan City Council members Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine recently introduced a bill that would test the idea by closing the road to vehicle traffic for a period of three months. The

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Tour Two Stunning Eco-Home Renovations from the Dwell On Design NY House Tours (PHOTOS)

Tour Two Stunning Eco-Home Renovations from the Dwell On Design NY House Tours (PHOTOS)

The first home we toured was the work of architect Andrew Franz, who is known for his vibrant, nature-filled residences. The newly renovated apartment is situated inside one of Manhattan’s longest standing structures, a circa-1884 landmark building that

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Get Spooked in This Gourd-geous Garden of Pumpkin Delights [PHOTOS]

Get Spooked in This Gourd-geous Garden of Pumpkin Delights [PHOTOS]

We were on the scene last year as Food Network star and master carver Ray Villafane went to work whittling giant pumpkins into zombies, but don’t worry if you missed this spectacle because he’ll be back on October 18th and 19th carving up a new batch of

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QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

High Line lovers in NYC will soon have a new elevated park to enjoy if the QueensWay, a green space proposed for an abandoned railroad track in Queens, comes to fruition. The project got one step closer to its goal this week when it unveiled a blueprint for

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Video Game Mogul’s Unusual Home Conceals a Trick Bookcase, Secret Passageways and Other Surprises

Video Game Mogul’s Unusual Home Conceals a Trick Bookcase, Secret Passageways and Other Surprises

When Garriott purchased the five-story home back in 2013, it was not much different from the other brownstones on the block. But as with his past homes, like the famous Brittania Manor in Austin, Texas, the adventure-loving entrepreneur decided to add a few

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LEGO Superheroes Show Up to Celebrate New LEGO Flatiron Store

LEGO Superheroes Show Up to Celebrate New LEGO Flatiron Store

The LEGO celebration took place from October 10th to the 13th and spilled from inside the new Flatiron store over to Madison Square Park and to the public plaza between the two. Folks were eager to pose for pics with the stacked characters, who stood there

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Tour the Eco-Renovated Harlem Home of Orange Is The New Black Star Alysia Reiner

Tour the Eco-Renovated Harlem Home of Orange Is The New Black Star Alysia Reiner

The historic, three-story Harlem townhouse was a rugged brick-walled structure originally built in 1909. From the very beginning, Alysia and David were in love with the space and hands-on with a green vision for the construction. They aimed to employ ecologically-conscious

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