9MW Solar Roof in New Jersey Will Be the Largest in the U.S.

9MW Solar Roof in New Jersey Will Be the Largest in the U.S.

While New Yorkers struggle to install solar panels because of our city's complex bureaucracy, our neighbors across the Hudson River are upping the ante in the solar power game. New…

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New York City's Bureaucracy Slowing Down Construction of Residential Solar Panels

New York City's Bureaucracy Slowing Down Construction of Residential Solar Panels

Despite NYC's solar policy, incentive programs, and the numerous economic and environmental benefits that come with it, only a few homeowners in NYC have been able to install solar…

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New York City Adds 70 Electric Vehicles to Its Fleet

New York City Adds 70 Electric Vehicles to Its Fleet

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday the addition of 70 new electric vehicles to the official New York City transportation fleet. The addition is made up of 50…

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LEED Platinum Seeking Battery Park Community Center Will Have a Musical Water Wall

LEED Platinum Seeking Battery Park Community Center Will Have a Musical Water Wall

The etched bar code on the curved arcade wall is a patterned interpretation of Schumacher's piece WATER. Perhaps not so coincidentally, from a distance, the etchings look like small…

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New Social Networking Site 'Change by Us NYC' Asks New Yorkers How to Green NYC

New Social Networking Site 'Change by Us NYC' Asks New Yorkers How to Green NYC

Have any green ideas that you think would help improve the city? Change by Us NYC, an innovative website created by Local Projects, is exactly what you need to get your voice heard. The…

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DontFlushMe Notifies New Yorkers of Waterway Sewage Overflow Via Text Message

DontFlushMe Notifies New Yorkers of Waterway Sewage Overflow Via Text Message

New York’s waterways are under a constant influx of raw sewage, often causing Combined Sewage Overflow or CSO. One ambitious start up, called DontFlushMe, seeks to implement a hyper…

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Closing Down New York's Indian Point Nuclear Plant Would Make Air Dirtier & Raise Energy Costs

Closing Down New York's Indian Point Nuclear Plant Would Make Air Dirtier & Raise Energy Costs

Back in March, we reported that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, a mere 24 miles away from NYC, houses one of the most dangerous reactors in the country. Closing it down, however,…

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Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan's Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan's Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Late last month, Community Board 3 approved the “Urban Design Principles,” a set of guidelines for the development of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) in the Lower East…

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More Geese from NYC Parks Expected to be Killed in the Coming Weeks

More Geese from NYC Parks Expected to be Killed in the Coming Weeks

The geese saga continues as the New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced last week an expected round up of 700 to 800 Canada geese from parks in and around the…

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Potential Design Unveiled for a New Essex Street Market in NYC's Lower East Side

Potential Design Unveiled for a New Essex Street Market in NYC's Lower East Side

As many of our faithful readers know, Inhabitat's office is located in New York's Lower East Side -- and we wouldn't have it any other way. The neighborhood is chock-full of tasty vegan…

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NYC Dept. of Transportation Says 'No' to Central Park Car Ban

NYC Dept. of Transportation Says 'No' to Central Park Car Ban

The fight for a ban on cars in Central Park has been a back and forth debate between Manhattan Community Boards and the Department of Transportation, but it's looking like arguments for…

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Seeks to Lift Ban on Fracking

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Seeks to Lift Ban on Fracking

In a surprising move, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he is looking to remove a statewide ban on fracking, much to the dismay of many New Yorkers and environmental…

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250 Volunteer Cyclists Produced NYC's First Pedal-Powered Music Festival

250 Volunteer Cyclists Produced NYC's First Pedal-Powered Music Festival

Who doesn't love a good concert? We certainly do, but we hate the fact that live shows need massive amounts of electricity. So does Pedal Power NYC, and they have creates a solution for…

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Environmental Groups Reach Settlement With NYC to Clean Up Jamaica Bay

Environmental Groups Reach Settlement With NYC to Clean Up Jamaica Bay

In a huge victory for environmental advocacy and green activism, four environmental groups, led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reached a legal settlement that…

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NYC Gives More Than 60 Community Gardens to Local Residents

NYC Gives More Than 60 Community Gardens to Local Residents

The Trust for Public Land, in an exciting effort to promote a greener city, is turning over one of the largest network of community gardens in the nation to local residents across the…

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LEED-Seeking Theater for a New Audience Breaks Ground on Dramatic Black Box Building in Brooklyn

LEED-Seeking Theater for a New Audience Breaks Ground on Dramatic Black Box Building in Brooklyn

Brooklyn's budding cultural district will soon raise the curtain on a new classic theater. Just Last Friday, construction started on the Theater for a New Audience, a Hugh Hardy…

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East New York Gets Gardens & a Wetland to Fight Pollution from Stormwater Runoff

East New York Gets Gardens & a Wetland to Fight Pollution from Stormwater Runoff

It's no secret that stormwater runoff is a serious contributor to pollution in NYC waterways, especially in areas in southern Brooklyn and Queens. In East New York, a lower-income…

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Community Boards Vote Unanimously in Favor of Central Park Car Ban

Community Boards Vote Unanimously in Favor of Central Park Car Ban

Despite Mayor Bloomberg's resistance to banning cars from Central Park, the Community Boards surrounding the park are all in favor of implementing a trial ban this summer. Just…

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Third + Bond is the First Brooklyn Building to Receive LEED Platinum Certification

Third + Bond is the First Brooklyn Building to Receive LEED Platinum Certification

The Gowanus Canal may be a Superfund site, but that hasn't kept the surrounding neighborhood from having somewhat of a renaissance over the last few years. New apartment buildings,…

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UPDATE: Floating East River +Pool Concept Raises First Round of Funding

UPDATE: Floating East River +Pool Concept Raises First Round of Funding

Designed for everyone, the +Pool is large enough to be an Olympic length lap pool, a place to lounge and sun bathe, or a pool for sports with 9,000 sq. ft. of play space. The pool,…

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A Survey of Celebrity Homes' Solar Power Potential in New York City

A Survey of Celebrity Homes' Solar Power Potential in New York City

The NY Solar Map confirmed last week that two thirds of NYC's rooftops are well suited for solar panels, and could potentially harvest most of the city's energy needs. Despite the…

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New York's Javits Center is Receiving a Much Needed Green Renovation

New York's Javits Center is Receiving a Much Needed Green Renovation

After years of deterioration and various structural issues, the Jacob Javits Center is finally getting a much needed eco-upgrade and full renovation. FXFowle will be taking the helm of…

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Bike and Roll Launches New 'Hop On Hop Off' Bike Rental Program in NYC

Bike and Roll Launches New 'Hop On Hop Off' Bike Rental Program in NYC

Bike rental company Bike and Roll unveiled a new 'hop on, hop off' program at Tavern on the Green in Central Park yesterday, just in time for another great season of summer cycling.…

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Complete Streets Bill for Safer Street Design Passes Both New York Houses

Complete Streets Bill for Safer Street Design Passes Both New York Houses

The Complete Streets Legislation unanimously passed both the state Senate and the Assembly yesterday with Governor Andrew Cuomo expected to sign the new legislation into law. The law…

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BBox Radio is a Shipping Container Radio Station in Brooklyn's Dekalb Market

BBox Radio is a Shipping Container Radio Station in Brooklyn's Dekalb Market

The creators of BBox Radio Back in March, we reported that a sustainable shipping container market will be popping up in Downtown Brooklyn this summer. Now that summer is here, the…

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