Amanda Coen

 

Amanda is a writer and photographer based in New York. Originally from the Finger Lakes region of NY, she was never one to sit still. She has lived in the Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Peru and remains an avid traveler. She graduated from Macalester College with a major in International Studies and a minor in Studio Art. She then spent two years in Madrid where she was the theater and dance editor for InMadrid, taught in a public, bilingual school and completed a professional photography course at EFTI. She recently returned from a four month stay in Peru where she worked on several projects with Awamaki, a textile-based NGO in the Sacred Valley.
Amanda enjoys covering stories about sustainability, culture, international development and design. In her free time you can find her cooking with friends, going for a run, biking and pursuing her creative projects.

Amanda Coen
NYC Department of Health's Newest Ad Campaign Targets Increasing Portion Sizes

NYC Department of Health's Newest Ad Campaign Targets Increasing Portion Sizes

Have you noticed the ever-increasing size of french fries and soda servings? An estimated 57% of adult New Yorkers suffering from obesity, and two out of every five New York City…

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New York City's 7 Line Extension is Ahead of Schedule & Under Budget

New York City's 7 Line Extension is Ahead of Schedule & Under Budget

Unlike the stalled expansion of other New York subway lines, the number seven is making good progress. According to Shawn Kildare, senior vice president at the MTA, the project is ten…

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Bakeri Brings Freshly Baked Bread and a Warm Vintage Cafe to Williamsburg

Bakeri Brings Freshly Baked Bread and a Warm Vintage Cafe to Williamsburg

Upon entering Bakeri, customers are welcomed by staff members outfitted in blue jumpsuits and a large case filled with freshly made breads, quiches, scones and cookies. The wood and…

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New Yorkers are Living Longer than Ever Thanks to Public Health Initiatives

New Yorkers are Living Longer than Ever Thanks to Public Health Initiatives

Thanks to public health initiatives and creative urban alternatives, New York City's life expectancy has increased more than anywhere else in the United States. The death rate is lower…

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Escape the Winter Weather at Openhouse Gallery's Green Pop-Up Park in Nolita!

Escape the Winter Weather at Openhouse Gallery's Green Pop-Up Park in Nolita!

As pop-ups are on the rise, the Openhouse Gallery seems ahead of the trend. Since 2007, they have created and hosted more pop ups than anyone else in New York City. The second edition…

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Okamoto Studio Carves 14 Ice Sculptures for a 'Grace-ful' Installation in Midtown Manhattan

Okamoto Studio Carves 14 Ice Sculptures for a 'Grace-ful' Installation in Midtown Manhattan

A series of 14 hand sculpted five-foot-tall pawns, knights, and queens invaded Grace Plaza this past Monday night. From 5-7pm, Long Island City-based Okamoto Studio demonstrated their…

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Life to Spacious Williamsburg Warehouse

Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Life to Spacious Williamsburg Warehouse

As the pop-up design movement grows, it seems perfectly logical that Broudo would call upon Ken Farmer to join the team. A member of DoTank: Brooklyn, Farmer is more about taking action…

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ISA is a Sustainably Designed Brooklyn Eatery with a Primitive Modern Twist by Taavo Somer

ISA is a Sustainably Designed Brooklyn Eatery with a Primitive Modern Twist by Taavo Somer

Somer began the design process about two years ago when he dreamed of crafting the space, a former home, with his own hands. Inspired by his family's Estonian background and DIY…

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Design with the Other 90% Exhibit Focuses on Cities, Social Impact and Sustainability

Design with the Other 90% Exhibit Focuses on Cities, Social Impact and Sustainability

Design is often thought of as something reserved for the wealthy, a force that creates luxury products at the expense of others. With a change in thought that arose in the 1960s and…

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SnackBox Reinvents the Street Food Stand With a Recycled Shipping Container in Times Square

SnackBox Reinvents the Street Food Stand With a Recycled Shipping Container in Times Square

The 20-foot long black and white box in Times Square is the first of its kind in the U.S. Thanks to the design direction of Aedifica, it stands out amidst the overwhelming visual…

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Purgatory Pie Press Limited Edition 2012 Datebooks Made Completely from Upcycled Materials

Purgatory Pie Press Limited Edition 2012 Datebooks Made Completely from Upcycled Materials

Each year's limited edition datebook has a unique design to keep collectors surprised and coming back. 2012's distinguishing feature is an envelope that is stitched into the signature…

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BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Opens its LEED Platinum-Seeking Doors to the Public

BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Opens its LEED Platinum-Seeking Doors to the Public

BLDG 92 was originally constructed in 1857 by T.U. Walter, the same architect who designed the cast iron dome of the Capitol building. It served as domestic quarters within the Navy…

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Fingerlakes Woolen Mill Carries History of Processing Sustainable Wool in Upstate New York

Fingerlakes Woolen Mill Carries History of Processing Sustainable Wool in Upstate New York

Suzanne had been a fiber hobbyist but never envisioned running a mill with Jay. The Horschler family, the former owners, ran the mill since the 1970s as a phone order business for wool…

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Ford and SHFT Launch New Partnership Giving Consumers the

Ford and SHFT Launch New Partnership Giving Consumers the "Power of Choice" in Green Living

With each new model, Ford has attempted to lighten their vehicles' environmental impact. The 2008 Ford Escape was the first model to incorporate 100 percent post-industrial recycled…

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19th Annual Canstruction Design Competition Winners Announced!

19th Annual Canstruction Design Competition Winners Announced!

The Canstruction charity competition was originally conceived by the Society for Design Administration and has been hosted by the Arts World Financial Center for the past four years.…

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North Brooklyn's Eat Restaurant Serves Locally-Sourced Food & Highlights the Handmade

North Brooklyn's Eat Restaurant Serves Locally-Sourced Food & Highlights the Handmade

Owner Jordan Colón established Eat in 2006 with a very open mind. Originally a record store and coffee shop, the establishment has since evolved into a cozy eatery run by the Colón…

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The DIY-Spirited Art Party Launches Tomorrow at The Boiler in Brooklyn

The DIY-Spirited Art Party Launches Tomorrow at The Boiler in Brooklyn

With so many economic challenges, The Art Party serves to offer peaceful alternatives that support creativity and social programs. A critical component involves incorporating…

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Laura Sansone Exemplifies Locavore Fashion With Her Handspun, Plant-Dyed Wares

Laura Sansone Exemplifies Locavore Fashion With Her Handspun, Plant-Dyed Wares

Laura Sansone is a designer, educator and student of life who holds herself accountable to her local community and the environment in her holistic approach to design. The Mobile Textile…

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An Inside Look at NYC's Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow

An Inside Look at NYC's Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow

Several unique features set the new mini-van model apart from existing cabs. Passengers will be able to take advantage of a different view of the city through the moon roof. Rather than…

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FIT Student Denize Sofia Maaloe's Sustainable Design Wins Warp & Weft's Rug Design Competition

FIT Student Denize Sofia Maaloe's Sustainable Design Wins Warp & Weft's Rug Design Competition

Twenty-four storyboards and design samples animated the walls of the Warp & Weft showroom for the past few weeks. The result of just over a month of work and the first exposure to…

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Occupy Wall Street Establishes a Sustainability Working Group to Find Green Solutions

Occupy Wall Street Establishes a Sustainability Working Group to Find Green Solutions

The Sustainability group now has a table and sign officially signalling their approval by the General Assembly to operate as part of the Occupy Wall Street ecosystem. Established about…

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Uhuru's New Sustainable Showroom Brings Beauty and Elegance to Red Hook

Uhuru's New Sustainable Showroom Brings Beauty and Elegance to Red Hook

Tania Johnson’s designs are greatly influenced by her photographic work of the natural world. Her rugs are tactile experiences that play with light, microscopic detail and texture.…

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Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company Makes Sustainable Local Textiles for Eco Designers

Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Company Makes Sustainable Local Textiles for Eco Designers

Godesky bought the land in 1978 and went through a series of agricultural endeavors before establishing the farm and mill. She tried raising cows, rabbits and Dorset sheep for meat, but…

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The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze Lights Up the Hudson Valley With 4,000 Carved Pumpkins!

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze Lights Up the Hudson Valley With 4,000 Carved Pumpkins!

The land art installation takes place at the historic Van Cortlandt Manor. According to Natiello, the Manor's landscape is very important as it provided the original inspiration for the…

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Paint a Pumpkin on the High Line with Fulton Youth of the Future!

Paint a Pumpkin on the High Line with Fulton Youth of the Future!

With paints provided, kids had the opportunity to decorate their pumpkin on site or take it home to carve later. There were a range of sizes to choose from with the smallest costing $1…

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