Nicole Jewell

 

Presently living in Madrid, Nicole works as a design and architecture writer and Spanish translator. When possible, she enjoys traveling around the Iberian Peninsula exploring Spain's rich blend of historic and modern architecture. Her articles and photos have been published in various trade publications and websites, as well as her own blog, Pass the Ham.

Nicole Jewell
Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

Move over Rockefeller Center. Rochester, NY's Genesee Brewing Company has an impressive Christmas tree of its own and it's made out of hundreds of beer kegs. Built by 20 of the…

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500 new trees coming to Greenpoint thanks to oil spill grant money

500 new trees coming to Greenpoint thanks to oil spill grant money

It looks like Greenpoint is about to get a whole lot greener. Thanks to a nearly $2 million grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, the Brooklyn neighborhood will soon…

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Construction of New York Ferris Wheel begins in Staten Island

Construction of New York Ferris Wheel begins in Staten Island

Although the official groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated NY Ferris Wheel is scheduled for February of next year, work has already begun on the parking area around the…

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It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

In the state's ongoing effort to reduce its massive amounts of e-waste, New York has finally made it illegal to kick your unwanted electronics to the curb. Effective January 1st,…

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Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio's popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative…

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New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

In a move that should make sense to anyone with a heart, New York has officially banned cosmetic pet tattoos and piercings. The new law, which will go into effect in 120 days, was…

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NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

Shipping container homes and shops have been popping up here and there around New York City, but two developers are hoping to bring a lot more of the sustainable design trend to the…

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Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

Blame it on the rain? According to Bushwick police, rainy weather may oddly be connected to the recent increase in local crime in the area. Local reports show the number of burglaries…

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Part of New York City's charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most…

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The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

When plans for the recently opened One World Trade Center were first made public years ago, they promised to deliver not only one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the…

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Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design's

Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design's "GIY" Kits

You might already DIY, but do you GIY? New York-based Ecovative Design is already known for creating packaging and even buildings out of mushroom root material, and now they…

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Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling 'Lowline Lab'

Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling 'Lowline Lab'

Looks like support for the Lowline initiative, a plan to build NYC's first underground park, is still going strong. The team behind the ambitious project is currently on the funding…

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Will the Hudson Yards

Will the Hudson Yards "Thrill Device" really make you crap your pants?

In this week's odd architecture news, Related Companies president Jay Cross reportedly surprised guests at a real estate luncheon recently by boasting that the second tower in the…

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Mayor de Blasio announces NYC's new Office of Sustainability

Mayor de Blasio announces NYC's new Office of Sustainability

In a move meant to streamline the city's climate change policies and sustainability initiatives, Mayor de Blasio has combined the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability with…

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Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

RKTB Architects recently announced that its sustainable and affordable housing complex in the Bronx, East Clarke Place Court, is now 100% occupied. The 100,000-square-foot…

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NYC horse carriage ban saga continues: Mayor de Blasio to propose new ban next week

NYC horse carriage ban saga continues: Mayor de Blasio to propose new ban next week

Bill de Blasio faced a lot of neighsayers when he first vowed to get rid of horse-drawn carriages in the city, and now the mayor is poised to follow through on his words. This past…

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Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

You might want to think twice about eating your Thanksgiving leftovers if they contained bean sprouts. A salmonella outbreak has sickened five people in the New York area and 63…

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Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

After 2012's Hurricane Sandy, it became obvious that New York City's vulnerable subway system was way overdue for upgrades that would prevent it from being crippled by severe…

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Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

While this wasn't the best week for most turkeys in the United States, Franklin, a distinguished North American wild turkey named after Benjamin Franklin, has been living a life of…

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What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

Is something fishy going on at Flushing Meadows Corona Park? An alarming number of dead fish have washed up along the shores of the park's Willow Lake, sparking an investigation by…

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New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

Harlem's historic Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot used to be a nuisance for neighborhood residents before it was demolished five years ago, but now it's back and better than ever. The…

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

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

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…

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Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

O'Sullivan purchased the property, which dates back to 1840, in 2009, and has been renovating it with her partner, Mason Brown. The ongoing renovation project is largely funded by the…

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3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

Yesterday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is expected to facilitate the creation of about 3,000 new jobs. According to…

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$1 Million Awarded to NYC's Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

$1 Million Awarded to NYC's Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

We've seen many interesting infrastructure proposals that aim to protect New York City from storms and flooding, but it's much more exciting when the plans are actually implemented.…

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