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1,000s of subway Post-it Notes provide therapy for New Yorkers after Trump’s election

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Century-old row house transformed into modern home that can flex with the owners’ needs

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You’re invited to the NYC Fair Trade Coalition’s holiday pop-up tonight

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Join the NYC Fair Trade Coalition tonight from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for a fun evening of shopping and celebrating. Not only will they be showcasing the wares and goods of fair trade brands such as Bhava, Tabii Just and JeevanKala, but there will also be wine and storytelling beginning at 7 pm. Invited speakers will share personal stories and also discuss their work and support of ethical fashion and endeavors to create vibrant sustainable communities, from the Himalayas, to Ethiopia, to here in New York.

The event will be held at Wix Lounge. Click here for all of the details and to RSVP.

 

Dazzling canopy of holiday lanterns returns to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

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Proposed ‘Maker Park’ would reuse Bushwick Inlet site’s existing oil tanks

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Now that NYC has finally agreed to purchase the last parcel of land needed to complete Brooklyn’s long-awaited Bushwick Inlet Park, the potential for converting the space into a greenery-filled parkland is wide open. One proposal for the site, called Maker Park, is already stirred up both excitement and controversy. The design, featured in Architects Newspaper, pays homage to the city’s maker scene and includes lush gardens, a resilient waterfront wetland, and unique performance venues.

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NYC offering free energy efficiency training program for small building operators

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Residential buildings are responsible for roughly three-quarters of greenhouse gas emissions here in New York City. The NYC Building Operator Training Program, launched this week by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability in collaboration with the NYC Department of Small Business Services, is a project that aims to dismantle that statistic and empower residential building workers by arming them with energy efficiency know-how.

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Hearst Tower celebrates 10th anniversary with new Foster + Partners exhibit

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Manhattan’s ultra-green Hearst Tower is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its opening with an exciting new exhibit highlighting the work of architect Norman Foster and his firm Foster + Partners. The gallery, titled “Building with History: The Exhibit”, marks the first time the firm’s projects will be gathered in one display, and features building models, master plans, and original sketches chronicling its many works. The Hearst Tower was the first project the London-based firm created in the United States and the first building commissioned in New York City after the September 11th attacks.

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New study finds that NYC dirt is filled with potentially life-saving bacteria

by , 12/04/16
filed under: Health,News,Parks

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It’s no secret that New York City is a hotbed for all kinds of bacteria, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A recent study by Rockefeller University has discovered that microbes found in the city could actually be used to fight against disease. Researchers took samples of dirt from various NYC parks and found “numerous therapeutically relevant small molecules” that could potentially be used as medicine to combat multiple health issues from fighting off viruses to killing tumor cells.

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New law saves NY’s mute swans from execution…for now

by , 12/02/16
filed under: Animals,Brooklyn,News

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Mute swans just got a stay of execution from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he signed a law on Monday preventing wildlife officials from euthanizing the majestic birds for a period of two years. The new legislation adds accountability checks and public hearings to the state Department of Environmental Conservation when it comes to population control measures for local wildlife.

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Shop from local makers at WantedDesign’s upcoming holiday markets

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With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start searching for gifts to give this season. And not just any gifts, but meaningful and unique items that are sure to be cherished by your loved ones. Thankfully, WantedDesign is making it extra easy by hosting two holiday events that will bring together a selection of goods from talented local designers under one roof. Read on for the details.

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NYC nonprofit Nest connects luxury brands with craftspeople around the world

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In 2004, just two weeks after finishing graduate school, Rebecca van Bergen began Nest with the idea that supporting craft and small businesses could be an empowering tool for positive social and economic change. Led by a team of committed and creative professionals, the New York-based nonprofit connects a vibrant global community that offers responsive support to artisans around the world. Over time, Nest has increasingly functioned as a much-needed facilitator between luxury companies looking to commission the works of craftspeople by providing clear pathways and programs for craft workers to strengthen their skills and build their business acumen. Their winning partnerships with companies like Eileen Fisher and the sustainable luxury brand Maiyet have resonated within the design community.

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Canal Street Market: New shopping destination featuring local NYC brands opens right in time for the holidays

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NYC approves pilot program to install electric vehicle charging stations across city

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In great news for NYC’s battle against carbon emissions, City Council just passed INT. 1124, a bill that will see EV charging stations installed in 25 public locations across all five boroughs. The pilot program will facilitate the implementation of the new charging stations at gas stations and municipal parking lots, giving electric car drivers many more places to charge up around the city.

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NYC to add 1,000 electric cars to its municipal fleet

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Thanks to a new contract with General Motors, NYC is one step closer to reaching its goal of creating the largest electric municipal fleet in the country. The city has reached an agreement with the car manufacturer to acquire 1,000 all-electric Chevy Bolts by the end of 2017. The new electric vehicles will assist the city in reaching its objective of cutting municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 as part of its Clean Fleet Initiative.

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Miniature forest of 4,000 baby trees pops up in Brooklyn

by , 11/29/16
filed under: Art NYC,Brooklyn

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NYC’s concrete jungle is now home to a little slice of California’s Redwood forests. Installed in partnership with the Public Art Fund and Forest City Ratner Companies, Spencer Finch‘s Lost Man Creek recreates a 790-acre section of Redwood National Park in the middle of Downtown Brooklyn’s bustling MetroTech Commons using 4,000 baby Dawn Redwood trees.

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Last parcel of land needed for long-awaited Bushwick Inlet Park finally acquired by NYC

Last parcel of land needed for long-awaited Bushwick Inlet Park finally acquired by NYC

Related: Bushwick Inlet Park one step closer to fruition with new city land purchase

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There’s a humpback whale living in the Hudson River

There’s a humpback whale living in the Hudson River

Ahoy, there’s a whale swimming in the Hudson! Although New York is filled with wildlife, whales are a pretty rare sight from the city’s riverbanks. Yet, an increasing number of sightings tell us that a humpback whale has indeed taken up residence in

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This adorable red ‘train’ carts books around the New York Public Library

This adorable red ‘train’ carts books around the New York Public Library

Many people worry about robots taking over their jobs, but librarians in New York aren’t concerned at all about the trains helping move books around. A little red book train carries tomes from The New York Public Library, beneath Bryant Park, and to a

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Come swing on these holiday hammocks at the new Flatiron Sky-Line LED light installation

Come swing on these holiday hammocks at the new Flatiron Sky-Line LED light installation

Hammocks suspended from giant arches invite you to experience the Flatiron District from a new angle

The installation, made possible by NYC DOT Art, is set to open to the public November 21 and will be on view through the holidays.

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NYU students to bunk with local senior citizens to save on campus housing costs

NYU students to bunk with local senior citizens to save on campus housing costs

Related: NYU Decks Out Bobst Library With Beautiful Suicide-Prevention Screen

“We are extremely enthusiastic about the program,” said Ellen Schall, chair of NYU’s Affordability Steering Committee. “The cost of housing is a significant for New

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