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Swale floating food forest to launch this weekend by giving away free food

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Famously putrid corpse flower that smells like rotting meat could bloom this weekend at NYBG

by , 07/22/16

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A stroll through the New York Botanical Garden can be a lovely way to spend an afternoon, but you might not enjoy it as much with the smell of rotting meat wafting around. Visitors to the gardens may soon be sniffing just that, as the NYBG’s famous “corpse flower” is expected to bloom any day now. If the blossom opens, which would mark its first bloom at NYBG in 80 years, it will emit a stench so vile that witnesses may temporarily need noseplugs.

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Breaking Ground opens ultra-sustainable supportive housing complex in the Bronx

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Snag a studio for as low as $548 a month through the housing lottery at this sustainable building in BK

by , 07/21/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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NYC unveils plans for redesigned “accordion” subway cars and renovated stations

by , 07/20/16

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans this Monday for redesigned subway cars and renovated stations as part of the $27 billion, five-year MTA Capital Program approved last May to improve the NYC transit system. The proposal calls for 1,025 new subway cars, including 750 open-end cars, and major upgrades to 31 stations across the five boroughs. High-tech features will include Wi-Fi, USB charging ports and digital displays, but perhaps more important to straphangers are the open gangways that provide a seamless connection between train cars, helping to reduce overcrowding and aid in the flow of passengers. Open-end cars (also known as “accordion” cars) are increasingly being implemented around the world, including in London, Paris and Toronto.

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Trendy Urby waterfront community is the first in NY with its own farm, bodega and urban beehive

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The Hills: Massive new park with longest slide in NYC opens today on Governors Island

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W Hotel’s Extreme Wow Suite lets you go glamping in a yurt in the middle of NYC

by , 07/18/16
filed under: Interior Design,Manhattan

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Camping is probably the last thing most people think about when it comes to the Big Apple but glamping, on the other hand, fits right in. Just when we thought the popular trend of “glamorous camping” had started to wane, Manhattan’s W Hotel on Lexington Avenue reminds us why it got so big in the first place. For people who don’t really like nature but want to say they’ve been on a camping trip (and, incidentally, have a LOT of money to spend), the hotel offers this $2,770-per-night yurt situated on a terrace right off of an equally fabulous suite.

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First known case of Zika transmission from woman to man reported in NYC

by , 07/18/16
filed under: Health

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Since 2015, the Zika virus has been found in 48 countries, prompting scientists from around the world to research how the virus spreads. Unfortunately, Zika continues to not only spread to new areas, but also in new ways. According to Mashable, New York City recently reported the first known case of the virus being transmitted from a woman to her male partner through unprotected sex.

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

by , 07/15/16

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Take a ride on Neil Young’s ‘Earth Train’ this month

by , 07/15/16
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Fuzz vs. buzz: Cops capture bee swarm just outside of Grand Central station

by , 07/13/16
filed under: Animals,Manhattan,News

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Daily commuters passing through Grand Central Station are used to the hum of the morning trains, but there was an extra bit of buzz this week thanks to a 4,000-strong bee swarm nearby. According to NY1, the NYPD was dispatched to 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue on Monday to extricate an army of bees that had made a home on a light post near the station.

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Disturbing ‘Trump Hair Hut’ spotted on the streets of Red Hook

by , 07/13/16
filed under: Art NYC,Brooklyn

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Red Hook residents were in for a bit of a hairy surprise this past weekend in the form of a “Trump Hut” placed on the street. The straw hut, which fits four people inside, is clad in 98 hula skirts and shaped to resemble the infamously unattractive hair of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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Would NYC install an ugly flood wall instead of BIG’s greenery-filled storm protection system

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It was an exciting moment last year when Bjarke Ingels Group‘s BIG U storm protection system for New York City secured $335 million in funding towards implementation, but now it looks like all of that hard work could be flushed down the drain. Due to the enormous $540 million cost of the project, the city is now saying that it may opt for a much smaller and more affordable project like a basic storm wall instead. But would even that wall be enough to save the city?

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Brooklyn’s largest public housing development to run on self-sustaining microgrid

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is on a mission to develop a self-sustaining microgrid system to power a proposed 28-building complex in Red Hook, Brooklyn. According to the Architects Paper, NYCHA is on the lookout for developers for the Red Hook Houses District Energy System project, which would include a campus-scale heat, hot water, and electricity generation and delivery microgrid that would serve some 6,000 residents.

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WXY Architects to convert former NJ shipyard into modern innovation hub

WXY Architects to convert former NJ shipyard into modern innovation hub

Related: WXY Architecture Reimagines Crumbling Pier 40 as Usable Park Land for Residents to Enjoy

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Artist covers abandoned Rockaway building in a splash of fiery sunset colors

Artist covers abandoned Rockaway building in a splash of fiery sunset colors

Related: Plans Unveiled for ‘Stilt City’ Resilient Art Studio in Rockaway Park

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Etsy’s new Brooklyn headquarters is a green oasis filled with vertical gardens and sustainable features

Etsy’s new Brooklyn headquarters is a green oasis filled with vertical gardens and sustainable features

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First-ever dog poop composting program in NYC comes to Brooklyn park

First-ever dog poop composting program in NYC comes to Brooklyn park

“People in the neighborhood were really receptive,” said Leslie Wright, the regional director of state parks in New York City, who cut the ribbon on the new pooch playground on Thursday. “It’s a really savvy, really progressive Brooklyn East dog

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Escape the city in this new Harvard startup’s affordable tiny home rentals near NYC

Escape the city in this new Harvard startup’s affordable tiny home rentals near NYC

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