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NYC farmer Annie Novak shares the ins & outs of rooftop farming in the winter

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Rooftop farming during the winter may seem like a bleak prospect, but Annie Novak of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn says that winter on a farm is far from fallow. In the Wilder Quarterly, a Brooklyn-based magazine geared toward contemporary gardeners and growers, Novak shares the details of wintery urban agriculture while reflecting on the struggles she and other farmers faced over 2012 because of 2011′s rough weather.

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Aqua Design’s breathtaking vertical gardens weave majestic green tapestries in NYC

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‘Historic Blizzard’ begins covering New York in snow

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filed under: News,Weather

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Get those shovels ready, New York. According to the National Weather Service, NYC is about to get clobbered with the first major snowstorm of 2015 and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a big one. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the upcoming storm, which is expected to start on Monday, as what could be “one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city.”

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Fascinating photos show how old NYC subway cars are reborn on the sea floor

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Resolution 4′s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

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This new Times Square restaurant hides a giant living wall

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filed under: Architecture,Food,Manhattan

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Midtown’s brand new Hunt & Fish Club Restaurant may echo old New York glamour, but its sprawling living wall elevates the venue into modernity. Designed by Studio Iyor, the lush vertical garden hugs the eatery’s rear marble dining room. The verdant focal point spans the entire length of the room, and is equipped with a built-in self-watering system that keeps it looking fresh and beautiful.

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New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

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Remember BIG U, the giant, storm-resilient green strip proposed by the Bjarke Ingels Group to protect Manhattan from future super storms? The ambitious design was one of the winners of last year’s Rebuild by Design competition organized by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and took home $335 million towards implementation. Now, the city has begun taking steps (albeit baby ones) towards constructing the first phase of the project.

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Macabre cemetery island in the Bronx to be revamped into city park

by , 01/21/15
filed under: Bronx,Green Space

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Will Hart Island’s macabre past finally be laid to rest? Last week, Bronx Community Board 10 passed City Council legislation that would pave the way to transform the isolated burial ground section of the island into a city park. Under the new guidelines, the responsibility and upkeep of the grave site will be transferred from NYC’s Department of Corrections to the Parks Department.

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Lower East Side’s massive Essex Crossing complex could break ground this summer

by , 01/21/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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The massive 1.9 million-square-foot Essex Crossing complex, slated to transform the Lower East Side, may break ground as early as June of this year. Currently occupied by six acres of parking lots, the site is set to become a retail and residential complex, including multiple affordable housing units, as well as an urban farm. Developers of the controversial SPURA (Seward Park Urban Renewal Area) project say they are close to securing the necessary commercial leases that would allow the project to move forward and begin construction this year.

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Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever sold in New York City

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What would NYC’s 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a light rail system?

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Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

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Giant “Balloon Swing” could bring your childhood dreams to Long Island City

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BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

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New York-based BKSK Architects is aiming high with their latest project, The Jefferson. The 115,000-square-foot, multi-family complex located on the East Village site of a former vaudeville theater by the same name is on track to earn LEED Gold certification for its many sustainable features. Particularly impressive is the building’s water management scheme, which is poised to collect 100% of the available LEED stormwater credits, a rare achievement for an urban building.

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HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

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Peer inside Bloomberg Tower’s dramatic glass-clad “urban room”

Peer inside Bloomberg Tower’s dramatic glass-clad “urban room”

Thousands of people pass by Bloomberg Tower at 731 Lexington Avenue every day, but many are unaware of the unique “urban room” that lies within its block-long commercial base. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and completed in 2005, Beacon Court is

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Citi Bike operator peddles a new name in hopes of a fresh start

Citi Bike operator peddles a new name in hopes of a fresh start

Looking to turn a new leaf in 2015, Alta Bicycle Share has rebranded under the new name Motivate. It’s no secret that the organizers behind Citi Bike, the popular bike sharing program in New York and New Jersey, were looking for a new start considering the

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Could these covert X-ray vans be giving New Yorkers cancer?

Could these covert X-ray vans be giving New Yorkers cancer?

The New York Police Department has been ordered to release details on the covert X-ray vans they have been using to search for bombs around they city. The equipment in the vans is basically an older version of the backscatter machines removed from the nation’s

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Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Airbnb has seen its fair share of controversy in New York City – is it legal or isn’t it? – but now it’s getting a chance to set the record straight. The New York City Council will be holding a hearing about Airbnb on January 20th and they want to hear from

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BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings trade show

BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings trade show

“The Brooklyn Chamber is very excited to begin accepting applications for BKLYN Designs 2015,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “BKLYN Designs shows off the very best that Brooklyn has to offer when it

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