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New York is home to 600,000 million street trees, which help keep the city’s air clean and add character to the diverse neighborhoods across the five boroughs. But trees need plenty of TLC, and for years many of them were
New York City offers a wealth of farmers markets throughout the boroughs, but for many New Yorkers, they are still too inaccessible or unaffordable. Luckily, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn have announced a new program that will change
Humans aren’t the only ones finding new green jobs in NYC. Freshkills Park in Staten Island recently hired a bunch of goats to help clean up the former landfill by eating away weeds. It turns out that city officials needed some help with a plan to transform
How would you like to stay at a multi-million dollar penthouse apartment next time you visit NYC? London-based onefinestay is making that dream a reality for many New York tourists by expanding its unique “unhotel” travel experience to The Big Apple. Instead
This week marked the very first installation of a wind turbine at a New York City school. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited The Town School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side Monday afternoon to activate a wind power system at the landmark nursery-
Great news for LowLine fans – this week, The Delancey Underground won the support of Manhattan’s Community Board 3, bringing the underground park even closer to coming to fruition. The plan to transform an abandoned underground trolley terminal under Delancey
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that 325 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be rolled out across New York State. The initiative, which awarded $4.4 million to ten companies and cities, is a joint effort between the New York Energy
If you’ve been reading Inhabitat you probably know that we’re rooting for the Delancey Underground’s ambitious plan to build a subterranean public park on the Lower East Side. Called the “LowLine,” the underground park would add to the city’s amazing network of open spaces from the High Line to the proposed Waterfront Park in Brooklyn. But in order for what is currently an empty underground trolley terminal to become the Delancey LowLine, they need to raise funds. To that end, the Delancey Underground project is in the midst of a 75 day fundraising drive to raise $75,000. An anonymous donor has promised to write a check for $75,000 if other contributors can raise an equal amount of cash for the LowLine Summer Challenge by August 15. The $150,000 would be a huge boost to a project that has already scored the support of local businesses, community leaders and residents.
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Rejoice bikers! New York’s Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced plans to install eight new bike lanes on several streets in Midtown Manhattan between First and Eighth Avenues. The
It seems these days people are using the cloud for everything – even gardening! Brooklyn startup Bitponics takes hydroponic gardening to a more sophisticated level with its smart device and web site that let you manage your indoor farm right over the internet.
Delancey Street will finally score some much needed pedestrian safety improvements beginning next week. The several blocks on the Lower East Side between the Bowery and the Williamsburg Bridge have long been among the most dangerous areas for pedestrians in
Last week, a disgruntled Chelsea resident posted fliers along the High Line Park begging tourists who visit the area to check their manners. The posters, most of which were torn down by other Chelsea residents, complained about visitors “trampling” and
Get your cameras ready New Yorkers! “Manhattanhenge,” the solar phenomenon that awes NYC just twice a year, strikes at 8:17PM tonight. At that time, the sun will align perfectly with Manhattan’s east-west grid, presenting spectacular sunsets on just
Columbia University’s 17-acre Manhattanville campus in West Harlem just announced that it has achieved LEED Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for neighborhood development. Located just north of Columbia’s Morningside
You might recognize Colin Beavan as the star of the documentary “No Impact Man”, or you may have read his book by the same name, but you might soon be seeing him in a completely different capacity – as a congressman. Beavan announced last week that he
We have some good news for Midtown Manhattaners who have been waiting for a greener and easier way to get to IKEA in Brooklyn. The Swedish furniture giant is testing a new ferry stop at the East 35th Street Terminal in Murray Hill, and if all goes well,
A proposal backed by Google for a wind power transmission line stretching from Virginia to New Jersey cleared a major regulatory hurdle on Monday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that the Atlantic Wind Connection could move forward because
Yesterday, a group named the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York held an event at the state capitol in Albany to present a “Declaration of Rights” to drill for natural gas on their land. Joined by Republican state senators who are against the state’s
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and CitiBank recently announced that the financial services giant will pay $41 million over five years to sponsor the city’s much-anticipated new bike sharing program. Called Citi Bike, the program will disperse 10,000
New plans to extract natural gas and oil from shale could bypass New York’s hydraulic fracturing moratorium. The waterless fracking method uses propane instead of the conventional method that pumps a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals deep underground.