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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The Low-Line: An Underground Park For New York City's Lower East Side!

The Low-Line: An Underground Park For New York City's Lower East Side!

New York City's Lower East Side (LES) is known as the city's hot spot for all things cool and cutting edge. So it's no wonder that this hip neighborhood is taking things to a whole new…

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PHOTOS: New Yorkers Take to the Streets to Celebrate PARK(ing) Day!

PHOTOS: New Yorkers Take to the Streets to Celebrate PARK(ing) Day!

The temporary public spaces provide a breath of fresh air and much-needed relief from NYC's crowded streets and sidewalks. This year's participants ranged from small local business like…

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Barcelò's Traveling Elephant Sculpture Defies Gravity in Union Square

Barcelò's Traveling Elephant Sculpture Defies Gravity in Union Square

Brought to NYC by the Marlborough Gallery in conjunction with the Union Square Partnership, the upside down elephant graciously balances on its trunk with its four legs outspread above…

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The Seven National 9/11 Memorial Designs That Will Never Be

The Seven National 9/11 Memorial Designs That Will Never Be

Each of the memorial designs pays tribute to the lives lost on September 11. In Norman Lee and Michael Lewis' design, "Votives in Suspension," that tribute is paid through glowing…

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Governors Island Art Fair Transforms Former Military Barracks into Exhibit Spaces

Governors Island Art Fair Transforms Former Military Barracks into Exhibit Spaces

4heads is an organization that "specializes in commandeering and beautifying unused spaces" to give them new life. As part of their mission, the former army barracks on Governors Island…

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Pratt Institute Kicks Off Green Infrastructure Professional Education Initiative

Pratt Institute Kicks Off Green Infrastructure Professional Education Initiative

As extreme weather events become more common and unpredictable, urban centers like New York City are presented with a prime opportunity to update aging infrastructure to better deal…

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Brooklyn Rockwerks: Modern Sculptures Made From Massive Granite Boulders Dug Up in NYC

Brooklyn Rockwerks: Modern Sculptures Made From Massive Granite Boulders Dug Up in NYC

Distenfeld, a lifelong New Yorker, born and raised in the Lower East Side, works in a 2,800 square foot studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. His rock of preference, granite gneiss, is a banded…

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Sol LeWitt Retrospective Turns New York's City Hall Park Into a Public Art Garden

Sol LeWitt Retrospective Turns New York's City Hall Park Into a Public Art Garden

Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1928 to a working class family of Russian immigrants. Upon returning from the Korean War, he settled in New York City where his work…

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MillionTreesNYC Needs Our Help to Re-Plant New York's Urban Forest After Irene

MillionTreesNYC Needs Our Help to Re-Plant New York's Urban Forest After Irene

Though New York is a booming metropolis, we need trees. Trees help clean our air and reduce pollutants that trigger asthma and other respiratory diseases. They cool our streets and…

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LES White Box to Convert Its Backyard into the Sustainable Art Garden Project

LES White Box to Convert Its Backyard into the Sustainable Art Garden Project

Levine and her collaborative architect, Ana Catalina Rojas first looked to the sky and decided to model the tiny backyard garden off of what they saw framed by the nearby towering…

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Edible Schoolyard New York Update: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets His Hands Dirty!

Edible Schoolyard New York Update: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets His Hands Dirty!

Edible Schoolyard is the brainchild of Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in California. She began the project all the way back in 1995 at Martin Luther King Jr. middle…

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Help Save This Lot and Win It as the Venue For Your Ultimate Summer Barbeque!

Help Save This Lot and Win It as the Venue For Your Ultimate Summer Barbeque!

Domestic Construction design studio recently signed a lease on the abandoned lot next to their Greenpoint space when they heard the grassy knoll was going to be turned into a concrete…

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Gowanus Lowline Winners Envision a More Sustainable Future for Brooklyn's Toxic Canal

Gowanus Lowline Winners Envision a More Sustainable Future for Brooklyn's Toxic Canal

The team of Tyler Caine, Luke Carnahan, Ryan Doyle and Brandon Specketer’s winning entry returns the area surrounding the canal back to the wetland estuary it was before the…

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NYC Puts New Food Laws In Place to Help Promote Local, Urban Agriculture

NYC Puts New Food Laws In Place to Help Promote Local, Urban Agriculture

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a constant advocate for the green world in so many ways. His latest feat came yesterday when he signed into law a series of laws that will…

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TerraCycle Renovates Its New Jersey Offices With Quirky Upcycled Designs

TerraCycle Renovates Its New Jersey Offices With Quirky Upcycled Designs

We here at Inhabitat have long been huge fans of TerraCycle's fun and fresh upcycled products and events throughout New York. Now their recent, homemade office renovations solidify…

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Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Community Foundation officially launched a 3 year, $750,000  green initiative program called Green Spaces yesterday, an exciting new project that promotes and implements…

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DUB Studios Designs a Grassy Rooftop Garden Atop a Soho Loft

DUB Studios Designs a Grassy Rooftop Garden Atop a Soho Loft

The rooftop garden takes advantage of the shape of the building's roof and the raised enclosure surrounding the edges. "Working with the existing parapet walls that wrap the roof, we…

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'Summer Streets' Returns To NYC, Banning Cars from 7 Miles of Manhattan!

'Summer Streets' Returns To NYC, Banning Cars from 7 Miles of Manhattan!

DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan officially announced the return of the Summer Streets and Weekend Walks programs in June. On August 6, 13, and 20 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the city…

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Riverpark Farm Takes Root on a Stalled Manhattan Construction Site

Riverpark Farm Takes Root on a Stalled Manhattan Construction Site

Riverpark and the Alexandria developer partnered with GrowNYC to manage the small farm. Besides its location on a stalled construction site, what's unique about the 15,000 square foot…

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PHOTOS: We Take a Stroll Up the Queens Botanical Garden's Sloping Green Roof

PHOTOS: We Take a Stroll Up the Queens Botanical Garden's Sloping Green Roof

Walking through the gates of the QBG, the first thing you notice is what looks like a sloping green meadow. It usually takes a little head-craning (or a glimpse at one of the…

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New Timeshare Lot in the Lower East Side Lets You Rent A Grassy Backyard by the Hour

New Timeshare Lot in the Lower East Side Lets You Rent A Grassy Backyard by the Hour

It's one thing city living lacks: big backyards, perfect for summer barbeques and wet 'n wild slip 'n slide parties with your friends. But stop your fretting because a backyard is…

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New York City Council Passes Two Bills to Encourage Urban Farming & Rooftop Greenhouses

New York City Council Passes Two Bills to Encourage Urban Farming & Rooftop Greenhouses

New Yorkers have been growing urban farms for quite some time, but it finally looks like the city government is officially supporting urban farming efforts. City Council passed two…

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Terreform ONE Announces Winners of the 'Water as the 6th Borough' Design Competition for NYC

Terreform ONE Announces Winners of the 'Water as the 6th Borough' Design Competition for NYC

The first place design, winning $10,000, came from Ali Fard and Ghazal Jafari of Canada. Called Parallel Networks, the strategy calls for a flexible network of floating pods that create…

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New York Dairy Cows Can't Produce Milk Because of Heat Wave Stress

New York Dairy Cows Can't Produce Milk Because of Heat Wave Stress

Last week's heat wave was pretty unbearable, but imagine being 1,500 pounds, covered in a fur coat, and not even able to sweat. Welcome to the life of New York's dairy cows. Farmers in…

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