VIDEO INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Turns Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse Filled with 200+ Plants

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Turns Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse Filled with 200+ Plants

We were so intrigued by (and jealous of) Summer's rainforest-esque digs that we had to catch up with her and see if she had any tips for aspiring urban gardeners like us. Here's what…

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QueensWay High Line-Style Park Getting Closer to Reality Despite Resident Opposition

QueensWay High Line-Style Park Getting Closer to Reality Despite Resident Opposition

The controversial QueensWay plan to turn an abandoned Queens rail line into an elevated park resembling Manhattan's High Line is getting even closer to fruition. The Trust for Public…

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WXY Architecture Reimagines Crumbling Pier 40 as Usable Park Land for Residents to Enjoy

WXY Architecture Reimagines Crumbling Pier 40 as Usable Park Land for Residents to Enjoy

The current pier, which sits on the west side of Manhattan at West Houston Street, is run-down and badly in need of repairs. WXY’s plan would not only renovate the pier, but would…

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Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

If you thought the collection of fungi housed in your own fridge was impressive, wait 'til you hear what was found on NYC's green roofs. Researchers from Barnard College, Columbia…

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The Allotment Concept Proposes Growing Farm-Fresh Food In and On an NYC Hotel

The Allotment Concept Proposes Growing Farm-Fresh Food In and On an NYC Hotel

An entry in Tablet Hotel's Rethink Hotels competition, the Allotment is a totally new concept in hospitality: A hotel centered around food, rather than sleep. Dreamed up by Dean Moran,…

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Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Buying Hurricane Sandy Homes and Redeveloping Land

Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Buying Hurricane Sandy Homes and Redeveloping Land

For homeowners left devastated after Hurricane Sandy, financial relief may be on the way. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing to buy homes from Sandy flood victims in a program that…

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Pier 42 Pop-Up Waterfront Area to Open This May

Pier 42 Pop-Up Waterfront Area to Open This May

Last fall, New York state announced it would fund the transformation of the Lower East Side’s Pier 42 into a glorious new waterfront park. Although residents are excited about the…

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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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596 Acres Launches

596 Acres Launches "I'm So Lucky You Found Me" Art Book About NYC Vacant Land

Eizirik, an illustrator from Brazil, spent a month sketching and interacting with Brooklyn’s vacant public land and residents, creating a series of drawings and collages that trace…

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DesigNYC Announces 2013 Healthy Communities Project, Connecting Designers and Non-Profits

DesigNYC Announces 2013 Healthy Communities Project, Connecting Designers and Non-Profits

DesigNYC is launching the 2013 Healthy Communities Project, bringing together nonprofit organizations and designers to promote healthier living in urban spaces. Eight teams were…

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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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EPA Grant Will Help Protect New York's Salt Marshes

EPA Grant Will Help Protect New York's Salt Marshes

New York City’s tidal wetlands will soon be getting some much-needed attention thanks to a Wetlands Program Development Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The funds will…

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Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on High Bridge Restoration Project Linking Manhattan and The Bronx

Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on High Bridge Restoration Project Linking Manhattan and The Bronx

Mayor Bloomberg broke ground today on the ambitious High Bridge revitalization project to restore New York’s oldest standing bridge and the park area around it. Part of the Old Croton…

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NY Restoration Project's Gardens for the City Applications Are Due Today

NY Restoration Project's Gardens for the City Applications Are Due Today

If you've been dreaming about a community garden for your neighborhood, don't miss your chance to have the New York Restoration Project boost your project with building materials,…

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Storm Water-Absorbing Wetland Could Be Coming to Manhattan's East River Park

Storm Water-Absorbing Wetland Could Be Coming to Manhattan's East River Park

We've seen several concepts showing how storm water-capturing wetlands could benefit NYC, but now a new proposal is bringing those ideas one step closer to reality. The Lower East Side…

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Queens High Line Gets $467,000 Grant and Pushes Closer to Becoming a Reality

Queens High Line Gets $467,000 Grant and Pushes Closer to Becoming a Reality

A group called Friends of the Queensway is rallying support to transform a disused Long Island Rail Road track in Kew Gardens into a High Line-style park - and now a sizable grant has…

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LowLine Underground Park Launches Line of NYC-Centric Holiday Gifts to Raise Funds

LowLine Underground Park Launches Line of NYC-Centric Holiday Gifts to Raise Funds

If you're rooting for the LowLine underground park to come to fruition, now you can lend your support while getting some pretty sweet Christmas gifts to boot! Just in time for the…

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Architects Reimagine Park Avenue as a High Line for the Upper East Side

Architects Reimagine Park Avenue as a High Line for the Upper East Side

The median that stretches down Park Avenue sees thousands of passersby per day, but few have any desire to linger there. That could all change with two new proposals by SHoP Architects…

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Central Park Now Glows With Energy-Saving Cree LED Street Lights

Central Park Now Glows With Energy-Saving Cree LED Street Lights

Just a short time after receiving a $100 million donation from an adoring New Yorker, Central Park also underwent a new green lighting makeover. Last month, the New York City Department…

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Architects Propose 'Soft Waterfront Infrastructure' to Protect NYC From the Next Big Storm

Architects Propose 'Soft Waterfront Infrastructure' to Protect NYC From the Next Big Storm

Architecture Research Office initially came up with this proposal in 2011 in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, but obviously the devastation wrecked by Hurricane Sandy was…

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A Free Pop-up Ski Slope May Be Coming to Astoria This Winter

A Free Pop-up Ski Slope May Be Coming to Astoria This Winter

New Yorkers may soon liken Astoria to the Alps! Sugarbush, one of Vermont's most popular ski resorts, has proposed building a temporary slope covered in artificial snow at Astoria…

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Architecture for Humanity Unveils Green Plan to Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy

Architecture for Humanity Unveils Green Plan to Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy

Many people have been talking about how to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy, but nonprofit design services group Architecture for Humanity has actually gone and created…

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New York Man Donates a Whopping $100 Million to Central Park

New York Man Donates a Whopping $100 Million to Central Park

It's no secret that we New Yorkers adore Central Park, but one man loves it so much he donated a whopping $100 million to its endowment, marking the largest amount ever gifted to a…

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Louis I. Kahn’s FDR Four Freedoms Park Opens to the Public Today

Louis I. Kahn’s FDR Four Freedoms Park Opens to the Public Today

This FDR head was one of the first things we saw last Wednesday, but was just a decoy. The real thing is now in its rightful place towards the "helm" of the park. The Franklin D.…

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Don't Miss Ray Villafane's Giant Pumpkin Carving at the New York Botanical Garden This Weekend!

Don't Miss Ray Villafane's Giant Pumpkin Carving at the New York Botanical Garden This Weekend!

Last year, our story about Ray Villafane's ghastly zombie pumpkins got over 1.2 million pageviews in just a few days, and many readers asked where and how they could view these ghoulish…

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