NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City's Golden Apple Awards

NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City's Golden Apple Awards

The New York City Department of Sanitation is calling on the city’s youth to conceive, design, and implement innovative cleanup, beautification, or reclamation projects in their…

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See Pics of the New Flood-Proof, Prefab Beach Buildings NYC Plans to Roll Out This Summer

See Pics of the New Flood-Proof, Prefab Beach Buildings NYC Plans to Roll Out This Summer

When Hurricane Sandy wiped out the lifeguard stations and public bathrooms on many of New York City's beaches, the city found itself in a bind. How could it rebuild these necessary…

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New Study Shows Link Between Obesity and NYC Nabes That Drink More Soda

New Study Shows Link Between Obesity and NYC Nabes That Drink More Soda

Adding some clout to NYC's highly controversial soda ban, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, along with Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner…

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PHOTOS: Couple Moves into Stacked Shipping Container Home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

PHOTOS: Couple Moves into Stacked Shipping Container Home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

An open kitchen space leads out onto a balcony that was created by cutting away pieces of the shipping container. So how does one come up with the idea of building a shipping…

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See the Second Episode of StreetEasy's New York City Brownstone Renovation Video Series

See the Second Episode of StreetEasy's New York City Brownstone Renovation Video Series

In the second episode of StreetEasy's NYC brownstone renovation video series, Demo to Decor, local architect and historic NYC townhouse expert Brendan Coburn walks us through the…

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NYC Announces Winners of Design Challenge to Reinvent Payphones for the Future

NYC Announces Winners of Design Challenge to Reinvent Payphones for the Future

The challenge drew on the expertise of a panel of judges that included: Ben Kaufman, founder and CEO of Quirky.com; Andrew McLaughlin, entrepreneur in residence at Betaworks; Majora…

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Domino Sugar Refinery to Be Transformed into Affordable Housing Complex by SHoP Architects

Domino Sugar Refinery to Be Transformed into Affordable Housing Complex by SHoP Architects

DUMBO’s Two Trees Management Company has a new vision for the iconic Domino Sugar Refinery on Williamsburg’s waterfront. The company bought the property in 2012 with plans to…

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Brooklyn Couple Moves into Stacked Shipping Container Home in Williamsburg

Brooklyn Couple Moves into Stacked Shipping Container Home in Williamsburg

Over the last ten years, rising property values in Williamsburg, Brooklyn have made home ownership difficult or impossible for many. But one couple, David Boyle and wife Michele…

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Grant Davis Thompson Creates a Backyard Cedar

Grant Davis Thompson Creates a Backyard Cedar "Playhouse" in Clinton Hill

The new structure provides access to the garden, and it creates a new indoor space that can be used for a variety of activities. "We wanted to extend the living spaces into the…

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"Green" Dry Cleaners May Signify Neighborhood Gentrification in NYC but Buyer Beware

A natural dry cleaner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. If you've noticed "natural", "green" or "organic" dry cleaners popping up in your neighborhood, it may be a sign that the area is…

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Building Ivy-Clad Treehouse Using Trees Felled by Hurricane Sandy

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Building Ivy-Clad Treehouse Using Trees Felled by Hurricane Sandy

Most of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s historic oak trees survived Hurricane Sandy last year, but a few were not so lucky. Ten of the fifty foot specimens are being chopped due to…

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Bold Cobble Hill Townhouse Renovation Stars Giant Living Wall of Plants

Bold Cobble Hill Townhouse Renovation Stars Giant Living Wall of Plants

From outside of the home, the 5,300 square foot brick townhouse looks like a traditional Cobble Hill property. But once inside, the space gives way to a design and finish that is clean…

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Mayor Bloomberg Announces First NYCxDESIGN Event to Showcase Designs from the 5 Boroughs

Mayor Bloomberg Announces First NYCxDESIGN Event to Showcase Designs from the 5 Boroughs

Mark your calendars, design fans! In keeping with its other efforts to promote local goods and services, New York City recently announced the first ever “NYCxDESIGN” (NYC by Design)…

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Get Your Free Tree at the New York Restoration Project's Upcoming Tree Giveaways

Get Your Free Tree at the New York Restoration Project's Upcoming Tree Giveaways

Beginning on March 9th, the New York Restoration Project - a nonprofit organization founded by actress and environmentalist Bette Midler - will kick off their annual spring tree…

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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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