Staten Island's Freshkills Park Doubled as a Giant Sponge During Hurricane Sandy

Staten Island's Freshkills Park Doubled as a Giant Sponge During Hurricane Sandy

Thanks to the incredible amounts of storm surge that were diverted into the grasslands of Freshkills Park, many Staten Island neighborhoods were spared, namely Travis, Bulls Head, New…

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EPA Says Gowanus Canal Cleanup Could Cost Up to $504 Million

EPA Says Gowanus Canal Cleanup Could Cost Up to $504 Million

The heavily polluted Gowanus Canal was made a Superfund site just two years ago by the Environmental Protection Agency, which will help clean up the body of water once dubbed “the…

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Top 6 Inhabitat NYC Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Inhabitat NYC Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

As we get ready to ring in 2013, we took a look back at our most popular NYC stories from the past 12 months. We saw everything from the good (phone booths repurposed into miniature…

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2013 New Year's Eve Ball Will Illuminate Times Square with 32,256 LED Lights

2013 New Year's Eve Ball Will Illuminate Times Square with 32,256 LED Lights

The 2013 New Year's ball is a 11,875 pound geodesic sphere that is 12 feet in diameter, and is covered in 32,256 LED lights. A total of 672 LED modules are attached to the aluminum…

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NY's Suffolk County Becomes First to Ban BPA in Receipt Papers in U.S.

NY's Suffolk County Becomes First to Ban BPA in Receipt Papers in U.S.

New York’s Suffolk County has become the first one in the United States to ban retailers from issuing register receipts that contain Bisphenol-A (BPA). The legislation, called the…

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Habitat for Humanity's Hurricane Sandy Recovery Mobile Response Units Help Rebuild in NY and NJ

Habitat for Humanity's Hurricane Sandy Recovery Mobile Response Units Help Rebuild in NY and NJ

It's been nearly two months since Hurricane Sandy tore through the tri-state area and we've been hearing less and less about it on the news, making it easier to forget that hundreds of…

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Lowline Underground Park May Raise LES Property Values But Also Compromise Neighborhood Character

Lowline Underground Park May Raise LES Property Values But Also Compromise Neighborhood Character

Dan Barasch and James Ramsey’s innovative Lowline would be New York’s first subterranean park. Lit by an innovative daylight-siphoning fiber-optic cable and mirror system, the park…

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Winners of the Grand Central Terminal Centennial Sketch Competition Announced!

Winners of the Grand Central Terminal Centennial Sketch Competition Announced!

Grand Central Station will be celebrating its 100 years throughout 2013 with a series of events, art commissions, exhibitions, presentations and performances. A celebratory Moleskine…

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Queens High Line Gets $467,000 Grant and Pushes Closer to Becoming a Reality

Queens High Line Gets $467,000 Grant and Pushes Closer to Becoming a Reality

A group called Friends of the Queensway is rallying support to transform a disused Long Island Rail Road track in Kew Gardens into a High Line-style park - and now a sizable grant has…

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Ailing 60-Foot Whale Washes Ashore in Breezy Point, Queens

Ailing 60-Foot Whale Washes Ashore in Breezy Point, Queens

An endangered finback whale was found beached on the shores of Breezy Point, Queens yesterday. The 60-foot creature was stranded on the bay side of the Rockaways and authorities are…

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New York Gets Additional $250 Million for Renewable Energy, Gov. Cuomo Announces

New York Gets Additional $250 Million for Renewable Energy, Gov. Cuomo Announces

Taking another step towards energy security, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Christmas Eve that an additional $250 million will be made available for renewable energy…

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Discarded Christmas Trees Hung Under BQE as Life-Size Pine Air Fresheners

Discarded Christmas Trees Hung Under BQE as Life-Size Pine Air Fresheners

Neff decided to create something on the streets of Williamsburg last year, and chose this long abandoned gated spot under the BQE. Scouring the streets with a friend, he collected the…

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree at Mulchfest 2013!

Recycle Your Christmas Tree at Mulchfest 2013!

Now that Christmas has come and gone, many New Yorkers will begin discarding their holiday trees. If you're wondering how to dispose of your tree, we know just the place to drop it off…

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PHOTOS: New Yorkers Bid On Furniture and Art Made from Hurricane Sandy Storm Debris at Reclaim NYC

PHOTOS: New Yorkers Bid On Furniture and Art Made from Hurricane Sandy Storm Debris at Reclaim NYC

Faith (8/66) by Suzanne Tick. Tick was going to throw away a 1966 Richard Schultz outdoor chaise that was damaged on the roof of her studio until she was inspired to refurbish the chair…

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New Yorker Creates Giant Holiday Card by Biking Across Manhattan

New Yorker Creates Giant Holiday Card by Biking Across Manhattan

People spend hours making their own DIY cards for the holidays but we think we can say pretty confidently that New Yorker Erik Trinidad's is the most labor-intensive one we've ever…

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Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus Gets Green Light from Community Board

Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus Gets Green Light from Community Board

The Cornell Tech Campus took a giant leap forward with Community Board 8’s approval, and can finally start making plans to break ground. The undeveloped part of Roosevelt Island will…

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New York State to Pour 50,000 Gallons of Beet Juice All Over Roads to Melt Ice

New York State to Pour 50,000 Gallons of Beet Juice All Over Roads to Melt Ice

New Yorkers are used to having beets in their salads, pastas and fresh juices, but we could soon have them on our roads as well. The idea is part of New York State's pilot program to…

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"Solar Journey" Photovoltaic Array-on-Wheels Provided Power to Rockaways After Hurricane Sandy

Each night of their trip, the doctoral students drive from dusk to dawn in their electric vehicle. Once they arrive at a location, they roll out the solar panels and set them up in a…

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10 Awesome Gifts That Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief

10 Awesome Gifts That Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief

At 9:02AM on October 28th, Hurricane Sandy descended on the New York area. Pick up an archival print of the image of the Earth captured by NASA at that moment from 20x200. Blue Marble…

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New York's Next Top Makers Competition Could Get Your Idea or Product Funded and Prototyped

New York's Next Top Makers Competition Could Get Your Idea or Product Funded and Prototyped

We wrote about the New York City Economic Development Corporation's "New York’s Next Top Makers" competition back in October, and we're excited to say that the contest is now open to…

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UM Project Uses Hurricane Sandy Debris to Make Beautiful Lamps

UM Project Uses Hurricane Sandy Debris to Make Beautiful Lamps

Located at the industrial end of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the UM Project’s workshop is a place where “personality, function and purpose” are combined to create locally produced…

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Foster + Partners Reveals Plans for New York Public Library Renovation with Bryant Park Views

Foster + Partners Reveals Plans for New York Public Library Renovation with Bryant Park Views

The iconic New York Public Library’s long-awaited redesign by Lord Norman Foster may finally be underway. The designs for the library renovation, four years in the making, were…

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B2: World's Tallest Modular Tower and First Residential Atlantic Yards Building to Break Ground Today

B2: World's Tallest Modular Tower and First Residential Atlantic Yards Building to Break Ground Today

Nearly 60% of the B2 tower will be prefabricated off-site. This means the complex will produce 70-90% less waste and will reduce energy consumption by 67% during the building phase.…

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PHOTOS: The Event of a Thread Invites New Yorkers to Play on 42 Dangling Swings

PHOTOS: The Event of a Thread Invites New Yorkers to Play on 42 Dangling Swings

The Park Avenue armory was built in 1880, and was converted into an interactive arts venue in 2006. For Hamilton’s installation, the sprawling 55,000 square foot main hall has been…

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Tiny 330 sq. ft. Studio Feels Open and Airy Thanks to Glass Doors and Design Touches

Tiny 330 sq. ft. Studio Feels Open and Airy Thanks to Glass Doors and Design Touches

The apartment's light blue aqua wall brings warmth to the space, and is picked up in the kitchen area with faux aqua-colored bricks that Konar made from pieces of cork. Adding a vintage…

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