Northeast Coast Faces Pumpkin Shortage Because of Hurricane Irene

Northeast Coast Faces Pumpkin Shortage Because of Hurricane Irene

The weather is getting colder and the leaves are changing colors – autumn has officially arrived. It’s around this time that everyone’s favorite fall vegetable, beautiful round…

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Team New York's Solar Decathlon House is a Sun-Powered Roofpod for City Living

Team New York's Solar Decathlon House is a Sun-Powered Roofpod for City Living

In a city of tall buildings, New York’s rooftops are a hidden treasure of undeveloped real estate -- approximately 1.6 billion feet to be exact! CCNY’s Solar Roofpod takes advantage…

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New York Schools Receive $59K in Mini-Grants to Build Student Gardens

New York Schools Receive $59K in Mini-Grants to Build Student Gardens

The city’s garden initiative program for schools founded by GrowNYC just got great news! The Grow to Learn: Citywide School Gardens Initiative has been awarded $59,044 in mini-grant…

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Manhattan Borough President Wants to Turn Stalled Construction Sites into Sustainable Public Spaces

Manhattan Borough President Wants to Turn Stalled Construction Sites into Sustainable Public Spaces

Did you know that there are currently more than 600 stalled construction sites in New York City? And according to the Department of Buildings, due to a slumping commercial real estate…

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Planters Grove Park Designed by Ken Smith Coming to the Lower East Side

Planters Grove Park Designed by Ken Smith Coming to the Lower East Side

While we're still daydreaming about the Low Line park proposed for the Lower East Side, the neighborhood will be breaking ground on another new park this Monday, October 3rd. While…

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Residents Show Support for Expanding NYC's East River Greenway

Residents Show Support for Expanding NYC's East River Greenway

A final public debate forum on the proposed East River Greenway project was held last week, drawing a crowd of more than 300 people. The project calls for filling a gap in the East…

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Help New York Farmers Recover From Irene By Dining Out Today!

Help New York Farmers Recover From Irene By Dining Out Today!

Hurricane Irene may have swept through the Northeast nearly two weeks ago, but much of New York State is still reeling from her effects. Mass flooding upstate has devastated many New…

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It's the Last Weekend to Take a Ride on the Vintage 1920s Subway Train!

It's the Last Weekend to Take a Ride on the Vintage 1920s Subway Train!

The rotary fans in the vintage train car were no match for the steamy and humid New York afternoon. Stopping halfway down the train platform, the short train (just three cars long) made…

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72 Hour Urban Action: Real Time Architecture Festival Coming to Long Island City in 2012

72 Hour Urban Action: Real Time Architecture Festival Coming to Long Island City in 2012

image © 72 Hour Urban Action Founded by architect Kareem Halbrecht and cultural planner Gilly Karjevsky, 72 Hour Urban Action was part of the Bat - Yam Biennale of Landscape…

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NYC Has Lowered Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 12% Since 2005

NYC Has Lowered Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 12% Since 2005

Good news, New York! We are on track to hit the PlaNYC goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017! Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement yesterday as he kicked off…

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Mayor Bloomberg Kicks off Climate Week 2011 Calling World Leaders to Join The Clean Revolution

Mayor Bloomberg Kicks off Climate Week 2011 Calling World Leaders to Join The Clean Revolution

Mayor Bloomberg kicked off Climate Week 2011 yesterday with the release of the annual PlaNYC Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which reported a 12 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions…

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Duane Reade Bringing Electric Delivery Vehicles to New York City

Duane Reade Bringing Electric Delivery Vehicles to New York City

The largest New York City-based chain of drug stores, Duane Reade, announced that they've partnered with Smith Electric Vehicles to bring zero-emissions delivery trucks to their fleet.…

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The Insert ____ Here Project Paints Bright Yellow Arrows Where Change is Needed in NYC

The Insert ____ Here Project Paints Bright Yellow Arrows Where Change is Needed in NYC

Have you ever passed an abandoned lot on your 'hood and thought "Man, I wish they would do something about that"? Well artist Eve Mosher and 350.org really wanted to point out…

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NYC Bike Share Will Have 600 Stations & 10,000 Bikes!

NYC Bike Share Will Have 600 Stations & 10,000 Bikes!

New Yorkers, it is time to rejoice! The city has finally selected Alta Bike Share of Portland, Oregon to install and manage our long-awaited public bike share program. The bike share…

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Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification

It's official -- the Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Thanks to a massive green overhaul that took more than two years, the landmark is now the tallest…

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Flooding From Hurricane Irene Raises New Concerns About Fracking

Flooding From Hurricane Irene Raises New Concerns About Fracking

New Yorkers were shocked when the state issued guidelines that would allow fracking near decrepit tunnels that supply drinking water to NYC, despite alarming research concerning the…

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U.S. Tennis Association Will Recycle 94 Tons of Waste During the 2011 U.S. Open

U.S. Tennis Association Will Recycle 94 Tons of Waste During the 2011 U.S. Open

Tennis balls, rackets, and Nike sweatbands are staples when you think about tennis. But ever wonder what happens to all those tennis ball cans once the games are over? Or how about all…

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New York Students Can Now Say No to Animal Dissection in Science Classes

New York Students Can Now Say No to Animal Dissection in Science Classes

While dissecting frogs and fish may be a cornerstone of biology classes, slicing and dicing animals for the sake of science doesn't sit well with many people. Whether you're a…

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Boardwalk Empire Invites You To Ride a Vintage 1920s NYC Subway Train!

Boardwalk Empire Invites You To Ride a Vintage 1920s NYC Subway Train!

New Yorkers have the advantage of being more green than the rest of the country without even realizing it, all thanks to our subway system. Starting this weekend, New Yorkers can…

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Damages From Irene in New York Expected to Reach $1 Billion

Damages From Irene in New York Expected to Reach $1 Billion

Yesterday, President Obama officially declared parts of New York state a federal disaster area because of the extreme flooding caused by Irene, and Governor Cuomo has said that damages…

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MAS & Landmarks Commission to Release Green Manual on Improving Historic Buildings' Efficiency

MAS & Landmarks Commission to Release Green Manual on Improving Historic Buildings' Efficiency

Getting approval to modify buildings that are historical landmarks in New York City can be tough, even if the change is small. But thanks to green initiatives like PlaNYC, city agencies…

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Obama Declares Federal Disaster For NY Areas Ravaged By Flooding From Irene

Obama Declares Federal Disaster For NY Areas Ravaged By Flooding From Irene

The Hudson Valley communities saw roads turn into streams, eerily reminiscent of the damage Hurricane Floyd had done more then a decade prior. Flooding continued all the way up to…

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Flooding Caused By Irene Dumped Sewage & Contaminants into New York's Waterways

Flooding Caused By Irene Dumped Sewage & Contaminants into New York's Waterways

When New York City gets a normal heavy rain, our ancient combine sewer system almost always overflows, sending raw sewage and other contaminants into our waterways. Now that Tropical…

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PICS: Property Damage From Irene Could Hit $7 Billion

PICS: Property Damage From Irene Could Hit $7 Billion

image © Leonel Lima Ponce for Inhabitat Increased numbers of natural disasters (you can thank climate change for that) over the last year have already strained the insurance…

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New York City Subway and Bus Service Restored, MTA Crews Continue Post-Irene Repairs

New York City Subway and Bus Service Restored, MTA Crews Continue Post-Irene Repairs

If you're one of the millions of railroad commuters, however, your commute is likely to be more affected. Service has returned to near normal on six Long Island Railroad lines, but it…

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