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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Foster + Partners Unveils Proposal for Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover of Grand Central Station

Foster + Partners Unveils Proposal for Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover of Grand Central Station

The plan begins with the complete take over of Vanderbilt Avenue on the station's west side, which would be transformed into a pedestrian zone not unlike what has been successfully…

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Union Avenue Could be Turned into More Green Space for McCarren Park

Union Avenue Could be Turned into More Green Space for McCarren Park

Photo ©Kai Brinker The city street that separates Williamsburg’s McCarren Park may soon become a piece of green space itself. A new city plan hopes to transform the stretch of…

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PHOTOS: New Green City Brings Solar Cooking, Poo Power, a Recyclarium and More to Union Square Park

PHOTOS: New Green City Brings Solar Cooking, Poo Power, a Recyclarium and More to Union Square Park

The GrowNYC event took residence next to Union Square’s famed Green Market, extending the spirit of sustainability from the local farmers into the southern part of the square.…

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Head to the High Line for a Haunted Halloween Scavenger Hunt on October 27th

Head to the High Line for a Haunted Halloween Scavenger Hunt on October 27th

Halloween is fast approaching, and the Haunted High Line is back again this year and ready for your little witches and ghouls! NYC's favorite elevated park is inviting families and…

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PHOTOS: Fifth Street Farm Unveils New Rooftop Farm Classroom Designed by Michael Arad

PHOTOS: Fifth Street Farm Unveils New Rooftop Farm Classroom Designed by Michael Arad

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer joined Arad and a myriad of local officials to cut the green ribbon and plant a ceremonial first seedling on the gorgeous new rooftop farm.…

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6 Can't-Miss Green Activities to Do This Fall in NYC

6 Can't-Miss Green Activities to Do This Fall in NYC

Bavaria in the beer garden photo from Shutterstock Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain Okay, so Bear Mountain is a little outside of New York City, but it's a whole lot closer than Germany,…

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Landmarks Preservation Commission Approves East Village and Lower East Side Historic District

Landmarks Preservation Commission Approves East Village and Lower East Side Historic District

After six grueling years of consideration, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has finally decided to approve the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District. This means that over…

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Michigan Woman Creates Tree-Hugging 9/11 Memorial Plaques That Expand as Trees Grow

Michigan Woman Creates Tree-Hugging 9/11 Memorial Plaques That Expand as Trees Grow

One of the most striking features of New York City's 9/11 Memorial is the hundreds of swamp white oaks trees that symbolize birth and renewal. The memorial's planners wanted to find a…

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Queens Residents Outraged Over Bloomberg's Plan to Redevelop Flushing Meadows Park

Queens Residents Outraged Over Bloomberg's Plan to Redevelop Flushing Meadows Park

Photo via Flapane Earlier this year, Mayor Bloomberg announced a massive plan to transform Willets Point, Queens into a mega complex including a mall, movie theaters, parking lots…

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