Miniature Pop-Up Libraries Appear Around Hurricane Sandy-Hit Neighborhoods

Miniature Pop-Up Libraries Appear Around Hurricane Sandy-Hit Neighborhoods

Urban Librarians Unite has been coming to the rescue of book-loving residents in many of NYC's Hurricane Sandy-hit neighborhoods. The literary Samaritans have begun installing…

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StreetEasy's Video Series Follows the Dog-Friendly Renovation of a New York City Brownstone

StreetEasy's Video Series Follows the Dog-Friendly Renovation of a New York City Brownstone

Transforming historic brownstones into modern homes has always been a fascinating process for us, so we were really excited to learn about local real estate website StreetEasy.com's new…

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Brooklyn's El Jardin del Pueblo Transforms an Empty Lot into an Urban Farm

Brooklyn's El Jardin del Pueblo Transforms an Empty Lot into an Urban Farm

Residents in East New York, Brooklyn have a new place to shop for their eggs without having to step foot inside of a grocery store or bodega. Instead, members of the recently unveiled…

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6 Things to Know About Winter Storm Nemo in NYC

6 Things to Know About Winter Storm Nemo in NYC

SIGN UP FOR NOTIFY NYC Notify NYC is New York's official source for alerts and info about emergency events and city services. It's free to register and you can get alerts via text or…

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Need Cheap Paint? Get Surplus Cans from the Brooklyn Bridge for a Few Bucks a Pop

Need Cheap Paint? Get Surplus Cans from the Brooklyn Bridge for a Few Bucks a Pop

NYC is giving those of us doing home improvements a reason to paint the town red (or brown or green) by offering up surplus colors from the Brooklyn Bridge and other projects for cheap.…

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Sandy-Destroyed Persian Carpet Made of Real Sugar Gets Restored Thanks to Domino Sugar

Sandy-Destroyed Persian Carpet Made of Real Sugar Gets Restored Thanks to Domino Sugar

Photo: Taken by Guy L'Heureux during the "Tapis de sucre - 3" exhibition by Aude Moreau at the Darling Foundry in 2008 Considering that Hurricane Sandy ravaged entire neighborhoods,…

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New Video Showcases 3 Passive House Retro-Fits in Brooklyn

New Video Showcases 3 Passive House Retro-Fits in Brooklyn

Passive Houses are supertight, well-ventilated, heavily-insulated buildings that require up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling. The movement, which began in Germany over 20…

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Mosstika's Moss Graffiti Fishes Swim the Streets of New York

Mosstika's Moss Graffiti Fishes Swim the Streets of New York

The brainchild of artist Edina Tokodi, Mosstika challenges traditional notions of graffiti by adding living moss to city walls. The often tongue-in-cheek masterpieces have an element of…

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Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

Historic Buildings May See Adaptive Reuse as Brooklyn Public Library Considers Closing Some Branches

Image ©fredcamino Brooklynites value their books, but some branches of the Brooklyn Public Library just aren’t seeing any play. Aging, in disrepair and underused, these satellite…

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City Proposes Pedestrian Plaza for South Williamsburg

City Proposes Pedestrian Plaza for South Williamsburg

As Williamsburg expands into the once strictly Hasidic south side, the city has reacted by planning a pedestrian plaza on the stretch of Broadway near the Williamsburg Bridge. Just east…

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Souda's Bubble Chandelier is Made of Plastic Bottles Collected by Homeless Individuals in NYC

Souda's Bubble Chandelier is Made of Plastic Bottles Collected by Homeless Individuals in NYC

The Bubble Chandelier's design was originally inspired by the cell-like shape of soap bubbles. Each one is handmade in a process where the recycled bottles are cleaned, cut, and then…

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FEMA’s New Maps for NYC Add 35,000 Homes to Flood Zones

FEMA’s New Maps for NYC Add 35,000 Homes to Flood Zones

New York City flood maps released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday reveal that more areas further inland are expected to flood in the future. FEMA updated…

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PHOTOS: Cobble Hill's Newest LEED-Gold Condos Up for Sale - We Tour the $2.6M Brooklyn Digs!

PHOTOS: Cobble Hill's Newest LEED-Gold Condos Up for Sale - We Tour the $2.6M Brooklyn Digs!

The building at 253 Pacific reclaims a narrow space of 25 feet wide by 100 feet long (the building is 65 ft deep) that was once occupied by a one-story car garage. Though the site seems…

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SURE WE CAN Offers NYC's Homeless a Safe, Welcoming Place to Redeem Cans and Bottles

SURE WE CAN Offers NYC's Homeless a Safe, Welcoming Place to Redeem Cans and Bottles

Photo via Shutterstock Collecting cans and bottles off the streets is an honest, legal and eco-friendly way to make some income, but many still see "canners" as a nuisance and an…

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BKLYN Designs Extends Deadline for Brooklyn Designers to Showcase Their Work - One Day Left to Submit!

BKLYN Designs Extends Deadline for Brooklyn Designers to Showcase Their Work - One Day Left to Submit!

Calling All Brooklyn Designers! If you've been looking for a way to spread the word about your work and showcase it to an audience of tastemakers and buyers, don't miss your chance to…

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PHOTOS: Suspended Forest Under BQE is Made of 35 Disenchanted Christmas Trees

PHOTOS: Suspended Forest Under BQE is Made of 35 Disenchanted Christmas Trees

Neff created a similar installation last year in the same spot but used even more trees this year. Located at a busy underpass, Suspended Forest attracts quite a bit of attention and…

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Brooklyn Atlantis Underwater Robot Will Probe the Polluted Gowanus Canal

Brooklyn Atlantis Underwater Robot Will Probe the Polluted Gowanus Canal

A group of citizen scientists will soon be taking a closer look at Brooklyn’s heavily polluted Gowanus Canal using an underwater robot. NYU-Poly associate professor Mauirizio Porfiri…

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Kickstarter's New Greenpoint, Brooklyn Headquarters Will Boast a Green Roof and Glass-Lined Courtyard

Kickstarter's New Greenpoint, Brooklyn Headquarters Will Boast a Green Roof and Glass-Lined Courtyard

It makes sense that Kickstarter chose the pencil factory as the home of its new headquarters considering the building's history and the fact that pencils were considered an innovative,…

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Brooklyn Bike Patrol Escorts Women from the Subway to Their Homes Late at Night

Brooklyn Bike Patrol Escorts Women from the Subway to Their Homes Late at Night

Crime in NYC may be at an all time low, but that doesn't mean that grave crimes — particularly those against women— aren't being committed on a daily basis. Brooklyn Bike…

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GrowNYC Collects Its 1,000,000th Pound of Compost

GrowNYC Collects Its 1,000,000th Pound of Compost

This past Sunday at the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket, GrowNYC and the Department of Sanitation of New York celebrated their collection of 1,000,000 pounds of compost! Each week, over…

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Hurricane Sandy Victims Must Wait Another Month For Emergency Funds Thanks To House GOP

Hurricane Sandy Victims Must Wait Another Month For Emergency Funds Thanks To House GOP

While many Americans are relieved that the country won't go tumbling off the much ballyhooed fiscal cliff (yet, anyway) there are thousands for whom relief is nowhere in sight. This…

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Skylights Dumbo is a Pavilion That Channels Light Pollution into a Star Map of New York

Skylights Dumbo is a Pavilion That Channels Light Pollution into a Star Map of New York

The geometric sculptural pavilion popped up in Brooklyn Bridge Park last fall. Shaped like a pod, the piece was made up of triangular panes of wood of varying sizes. Circular wooden…

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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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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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