MetroChange Kiosks Would Enable New Yorkers to Donate Unused MetroCard Money

MetroChange Kiosks Would Enable New Yorkers to Donate Unused MetroCard Money

As of late, you’ll notice that the MTA has given New Yorkers odd-change “bonus” increments that come with buying varying values of MetroCards. Thirty extra cents? What can a…

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Leeser Architecture Finishes LED-Lit Luxury Lobby for the Mercedes House

Leeser Architecture Finishes LED-Lit Luxury Lobby for the Mercedes House

Leeser Architecture has just put the finishing touches on the super cool south lobby of the incredible new West Side development, the Mercedes House. The 2,500 square foot space will…

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NYU Student Proposes Street Lamps Powered by Dog Poop

NYU Student Proposes Street Lamps Powered by Dog Poop

image © Billa via Creative Commons Melody Kelemu, a student at NYU, wants to use the poop from the dogs of New York to power lamps in our parks. The idea dawned on the neuroscience…

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Bloomberg Passes a Bill Requiring PCB Leaks in Schools to Be Reported to the Public Immediately

Bloomberg Passes a Bill Requiring PCB Leaks in Schools to Be Reported to the Public Immediately

Thanks to a new law, parents of New York City students can be a little less worried about undetected polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) leaking fluorescent light fixtures. The City Council…

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World's First Solar-Powered Menorah Lights Up Woodstock, NY

World's First Solar-Powered Menorah Lights Up Woodstock, NY

Forget the 1969 three-day music festival, Woodstock, New York has a new claim to fame: the world's first solar-powered menorah. Rabbi AB Itkin of the Chabad community in Ulster County…

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MVRDV Apologizes for World-Trade-Center-esque

MVRDV Apologizes for World-Trade-Center-esque "Cloud" Twin Towers as Outrage Spreads

MVRDV just ignited a media firestorm as "The Cloud" - their new project for Seoul, Korea featuring two towers linked by a pixellated mass - drew comparison to the exploding form of New…

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Zone Green Amendments by DCP Promote Sustainability for NYC's Buildings

Zone Green Amendments by DCP Promote Sustainability for NYC's Buildings

This week, New York's Department of City Planning released Zone Green, a set of proposed amendments to the city's zoning resolution designed to remove obstacles to erecting green…

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First Phase of Governors Island Overhall to Start in 2012

First Phase of Governors Island Overhall to Start in 2012

We distinctly remember jumping out of our seats with excitement when the City of New York's $220 million plan to overhaul Governors Island and turn it into a green oasis was unveiled.…

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Design Competition Begins for AIDS Memorial at the Old St. Vincent's Hospital Site

Design Competition Begins for AIDS Memorial at the Old St. Vincent's Hospital Site

From 1981 to 1995, there were more cumulative deaths from the AIDS epidemic in New York City than total U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War, yet as some have pointed out, there is no…

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Governor Cuomo Passes Law To Benefit Socially Responsible Businesses in New York State

Governor Cuomo Passes Law To Benefit Socially Responsible Businesses in New York State

image courtesy Office of the Governor Governor Andrew Cuomo has just signed a law that creates a new category of company that seeks to benefit businesses across New York State that…

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Former BMW Guggenheim Lab Lot in the East Village is Now a Community Park

Former BMW Guggenheim Lab Lot in the East Village is Now a Community Park

For two months, the BMW Guggenheim Lab transformed a former rat-infested lot in the East Village into a vibrant, public space. While the Lab has officially packed up and moved on to…

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Solar One and Green Design Lab Offer NYC Schools the Chance to Win $9,000 for Reducing Energy

Solar One and Green Design Lab Offer NYC Schools the Chance to Win $9,000 for Reducing Energy

New York public schools are being challenged to save as much energy as possible as part of an initiative with the Green Design Lab program. The thirty participating schools will have…

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Number of Cyclists in New York City has Doubled Since 2007

Number of Cyclists in New York City has Doubled Since 2007

The New York City Department of Transportation released news yesterday that they've recorded an 8 percent increase in people biking into Manhattan this year, that makes today's number…

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A Mini High Line is Envisioned in Queens

A Mini High Line is Envisioned in Queens

A group of park activists and city board members are hard at work on bringing the concept of the High Line to Queens. The group recently met with representatives from the city about a…

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Third Fallen Horse in 6 Weeks Raises Animal Cruelty Issues for Central Park Carriage Rides

Third Fallen Horse in 6 Weeks Raises Animal Cruelty Issues for Central Park Carriage Rides

photo © Henrique Vicente To many New Yorkers, the horse drawn carriages of Central Park are the quintessential tourist trap. But what they also represent is simple animal cruelty.…

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NYC Receives World Green Building Council's Government Leadership Award for Excellence at COP17

NYC Receives World Green Building Council's Government Leadership Award for Excellence at COP17

New York City has been named a recipient of the World Green Building Council's Government Leadership Awards for Excellence in City Policy for Green Buildings. The honor was announced…

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Two New Sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park to Break Ground Next Month!

Two New Sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park to Break Ground Next Month!

Construction is set to begin in January on the latest section of Brooklyn Bridge Park that will be both family and eco-friendly! A 400-foot long pedestrian bridge, three new playing…

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More People are Riding Public Transit Because of Higher Tolls on NYC Bridges & Tunnels

More People are Riding Public Transit Because of Higher Tolls on NYC Bridges & Tunnels

Early reports from the New York Department of Transportation seem to show that toll hikes in the month of September on NYC bridges and tunnels connecting the city to New Jersey may have…

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Fracking Opponents Rally at Manhattan Hearing About New York's Proposed Rules

Fracking Opponents Rally at Manhattan Hearing About New York's Proposed Rules

Fracking opponents made their voices heard loud and clear yesterday at a hearing about New York State's proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing. Hosted at the Borough of Manhattan…

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The First New Urban Umbrella Construction Shed Will Be Installed in December

The First New Urban Umbrella Construction Shed Will Be Installed in December

Sidewalk construction sheds, no matter how necessary, are complete eyesores that weave across nearly 200 miles of New York City streets. But the steel and plywood monstrosities will…

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New Jersey Neighborhood Faced With Contaminated Drinking Water From 30-Year-Old Chromium Leak

New Jersey Neighborhood Faced With Contaminated Drinking Water From 30-Year-Old Chromium Leak

Garfield, New Jersey’s groundwater could be putting its residents at risk--the chemical toxic hexavalent chromium is seeping into the area's groundwater, due to a massive leak that…

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Finalists Announced for the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

Finalists Announced for the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

It seems like Interboro Partners' Holding Pattern installation at MoMA PS1 just came down yesterday, but the museum is already looking for next year's talented design team. PS1 has…

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New Report Says NYC Has Experienced Global Warming Effects at 2x the Global Average

New Report Says NYC Has Experienced Global Warming Effects at 2x the Global Average

As the effects of climate change become more and more a part of our daily lives, the forecast for the future of New York predicts some major changes. A new report by the New York State…

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20 New Green Zoning Laws Will Be Unveiled Next Month

20 New Green Zoning Laws Will Be Unveiled Next Month

It's soon going to be easier for New York City buildings to go green. On December 12, a new set of 20 green zoning rules will be unveiled by the Bloomberg administration. The new set of…

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The East Village's Sustainable NYC Wins Best Green Business Award

The East Village's Sustainable NYC Wins Best Green Business Award

The cute East Village one stop shop, Sustainable NYC, has just won the Green America People’s Choice Award for Best Green Business. The general store meets boutique meets café has…

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