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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!

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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

by , 05/13/15

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

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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the 11 winners of RISE: NYC, a global competition seeking innovative technologies and climate change solutions for small businesses that are vulnerable to damage caused by severe storms like Hurricane Sandy. Sponsored by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy competition was launched in 2014, two years after the massive superstorm wreaked havoc on the state.

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

by , 05/11/15
filed under: Architecture,News

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

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We’re not sure whether it was the high rents in Manhattan, a flourishing food and art scene, Jay-Z lyrics, or a combination of the three that caused it, but there’s no question that Brooklyn has become an internationally regarded symbol of creativity and cool. Nowadays, the borough is its own brand, and there’s even a store devoted to selling all Kings County-made merchandise. Opened by proud Brooklynite Gaia DiLoreto in 2011, By Brooklyn is a bounty of made-in-Brooklyn edibles, goods, accessories and garments. The specialty shop will be opening up a brand new location in Williamsburg on Saturday, May 16th, so don’t miss your chance to check it out!

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

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Don’t miss your chance to step inside some of NYC’s most interesting modern homes this Saturday on Dwell magazine‘s 2015 Brooklyn Home Tour. This year’s self-guided tour will provide ticketholders with access to five different homes including a LEED Gold multi-family building in Bushwick, a thoughtful townhouse renovation in Williamsburg, and an open and airy Park Slope row house redesign. Get your tickets to the tour here (tickets also include complimentary admission to Meet the Architects Night on Thursday, May 7).

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BKLYN Designs: See you at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings festival this weekend

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TroutHouse: A fun and functional LEED Gold building with outdoor space on every level

TroutHouse: A fun and functional LEED Gold building with outdoor space on every level

The three partners at thread collective always imagined designing a home for themselves, a chance to inhabit their vision of a sustainable, elegant architecture integrated with the landscape and the city. After years of looking at property throughout of

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NYC’s new Whitney Museum opens today

NYC’s new Whitney Museum opens today

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Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum
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A living room of found furniture pops up in Times Square (PHOTOS)

A living room of found furniture pops up in Times Square (PHOTOS)

Since last year, Bettman has been setting up impromptu “rooms” all over New York City, having created facets of living room scenes in Bushwick, Chelsea and the Lower East Side previously. For each set, he sources furniture from friends, freebies on

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NY Attorney General announces $1.8 million community program to combat climate change

NY Attorney General announces $1.8 million community program to combat climate change

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that the creation of a new $1.8 million program to fund the development of local responses to climate change. The Community Climate Initiative will provide competitive grants to locally-based across

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Pratt’s Open Sewer Mapping Project helps New Yorkers understand the city’s sewer problems

Pratt’s Open Sewer Mapping Project helps New Yorkers understand the city’s sewer problems

Flooding and sewage overflow has been a hot button issue in New York City since Hurricane Sandy, inciting city and private programs to create new systems to help prevent future disaster. A group of students and faculty at Pratt Institute have created an interactive

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