6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

Photo by Yuka Yoneda
RED HOOK
While it doesn’t have the most inviting of names, Red Hook is actually one of the most romantic and charming neighborhoods in Brooklyn. If you’ve been avoiding this nabe because of the perceived difficulty in getting there,

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10 Transforming Furniture Designs Perfect for Tiny Apartments

10 Transforming Furniture Designs Perfect for Tiny Apartments

Sharing is caring, as the old adage goes, so the Schair Chair is the perfect way to show your guests you care by turning a single seat into two. The design, by Pratt student Charlotte Kreitmann, is made of reclaimed wood and is a fitting piece for

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Would You Pay 50 Percent More for Citi Bike in Order to Save It from Failure?

Would You Pay 50 Percent More for Citi Bike in Order to Save It from Failure?

New Yorkers are pretty used to fare hikes because of the MTA, but it looks like another form of transportation may soon be getting more expensive as well. The NY Daily News reports that the city has been in discussions to potentially raise Citi Bike’s annual

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Barker Freeman Adds a Clever “Floating” Bedroom to This Chic Brooklyn Apartment

Barker Freeman Adds a Clever “Floating” Bedroom to This Chic Brooklyn Apartment

When the owners of this Brooklyn duplex decided to add an additional children’s room to accommodate their growing family, it seemed inevitable that they would have to sacrifice the spacious feel of their loft-like apartment. But thanks to the creative ingenuity

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Brooklyness Introduces the World’s First Universal Bike Meant to Fit 99% of the Population

Brooklyness Introduces the World’s First Universal Bike Meant to Fit 99% of the Population

A one-size-fits-most bike that can be used by 99% of the population? It may sound like a pipe dream, but Brooklyness believes it can be achieved with their new ergonomic, Universal Bike. The Greenpoint-based company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign

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Fordham Hill Apartment Complex’s Switch to Combined Heat and Power Can Save It $10 Million

Fordham Hill Apartment Complex’s Switch to Combined Heat and Power Can Save It $10 Million

The Bronx’s sprawling Fordham Hill residential complex is making green news by shifting its systems to combined heat and power (CHP) or cogeneration – integrated power stations that generate electricity and recover normally wasted heat as useful thermal energy.

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See How This Studio Apartment Was Converted into a Space-Maximizing 2-Bedroom

See How This Studio Apartment Was Converted into a Space-Maximizing 2-Bedroom

The original layout of the studio apartment.

“When we stumbled upon our current place in Boerum Hill, it was really just an empty rectangular studio space with a tiny kitchen and a bathroom (see the original plan) on one end, however there were a lot of

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8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

This Lower East Side apartment makes 432 sq. ft. of space go a long way with a few simple tricks. Clutter-free surfaces, bright pops of color on a neutral background and a mirrored wall that bounces back natural light back all make the studio appear larger

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North Brooklyn Farms: July 4th BBQ Picnic

North Brooklyn Farms: July 4th BBQ Picnic

North Brooklyn Farms has launched a Kickstarter campaign to transform empty lots into urban farms! To support their efforts and campaign, head over to their July 4th BBQ Picnic at Havemeyer Park from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be music, food, beer, and of course,

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Attend the 2014 Building Brooklyn Awards on July 23rd

Attend the 2014 Building Brooklyn Awards on July 23rd

Get a rare glimpse into Brooklyn’s burgeoning construction scene at this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards™, taking place on July 23, 2014. Presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the annual event will spotlight recently completed construction and renovation

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Should Barbecuing Be Banned at This New York City Park?

Should Barbecuing Be Banned at This New York City Park?

BBQing is a favorite summer activity for many New Yorkers, but a small group of Brooklyn residents is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ban the practice in Prospect Park. Park Slope resident Daz Ryan recently posted a Change.org petition asking the city

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Support North Brooklyn Farms and Enjoy a July 4th Fireworks Party!

Support North Brooklyn Farms and Enjoy a July 4th Fireworks Party!

North Brooklyn Farms needs your help to continue their mission of activating vacant lots into vibrant urban farms, and they’re hosting a party this Friday for supporters.The first NBF farm opened at an abandoned Domino Sugar Factory site last year as an interim

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Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

Coney Island usually conjures up images of fun in the sun, but area residents are saying that a nearby creek is looking more like a nightmare. According to locals, the Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to clean out the western Coney Island

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a night market that brings independent food and merchandise vendors, musicians and artists together every Friday and Saturday. You can also enjoy blacklight minigolf and table tennis there! This week, the musicians featured at the

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PHOTO TOUR: Inside NYC’s First Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units

PHOTO TOUR: Inside NYC’s First Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units

During our visit to the shipping container-esque living accommodations, OEM housing recovery program manager Cynthia Barton told Inhabitat that the homes come prefabricated and shipped directly from Mark Line Industries in Indiana. Designed by Garrison Architects, the

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NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Features Reclaimed Furniture by DUMBO Designer Mark Jupiter

NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Features Reclaimed Furniture by DUMBO Designer Mark Jupiter

Brooklyn-based builder Mark Jupiter is nationally acclaimed for his fine craftsmanship, commitment to sustainability, and his work with New World Home. All of Jupiter’s custom-made furniture is handcrafted right in the heart of DUMBO at his newly expanded

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Sustainable Bike Ride Through Brooklyn

Sustainable Bike Ride Through Brooklyn

Join GreenHomeNYC for a sustainable bike tour around Brooklyn! You’ll be guided by architects and facilities staff to three of the most sustainable hotspots of Brooklyn- a salvage retail outlet, an electronic waste recycling plant, and New York’s first eco-friendly

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NEW VIEWS 2014 Benefit for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

NEW VIEWS 2014 Benefit for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

Party on the waterfront at NEW VIEWS 2014: Brooklyn Surf & Turf & Earth! The 10th annual movable feast will be held at the phenomenal Duggal Greenhouse, with adjoining waterfront patio, located in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard! Devour unlimited

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Tour Bed-Stuy’s Bright and Airy LEED Gold Acacia Apartments

Tour Bed-Stuy’s Bright and Airy LEED Gold Acacia Apartments

The eco-friendly apartment building has one, two and three-bedroom rentals varying in size from 664 to 1,177-sq-ft, and some even come with balconies. The 9-story building offers 105 units with rent for 1-bedroom units at $2,015 and rent for two-bedrooms at

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Explore Andrew Franz’s Greenery-Covered West Village Penthouse Addition and Townhouse Renovation

Explore Andrew Franz’s Greenery-Covered West Village Penthouse Addition and Townhouse Renovation

6sqft recently tipped us off about this verdant renovation of a historic townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village. Architect Andrew Franz restored many of the home’s architectural elements to their original glory, and expanded the living space upward with

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Cat Lovers Outraged as Feline Colony on Plumb Beach Gets Closer to Demolition Date

Cat Lovers Outraged as Feline Colony on Plumb Beach Gets Closer to Demolition Date

Cat lovers are hissing back at the National Park Service’s plans to dismantle a colony of stray felines in Plumb Beach, Brooklyn. According to a sign first spotted by Sheepshead Bites, the NPS will begin demolition work on the habitat that 25 strays call

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+ POOL and Google Drive Unveil New App That Shows New Yorkers the Quality of Their Water

+ POOL and Google Drive Unveil New App That Shows New Yorkers the Quality of Their Water

2014 is turning out to be a very “positive” year for + POOL, a project aiming to bring a floating, water-filtering pool to New York City’s East River. Last week, the + POOL team and Google Drive unveiled a new interactive tool that lets New Yorkers see the

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NYC’s Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

NYC’s Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

The OEM erected three apartments near its Brooklyn offices at Cadman Plaza. The units range in size from 480 square feet to 813 square feet and contain one to three bedrooms. Despite their different sizes, each one includes a small balcony, storage space,

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Snacking Goats May Be Brought in as Natural Lawnmowers This Summer in DUMBO

Snacking Goats May Be Brought in as Natural Lawnmowers This Summer in DUMBO

This July, a herd of snacking goats could come to pave the way for a new 100,000-square-foot, 12-story residential building in DUMBO, Brooklyn. New York artist Andrea Reynosa recently announced her tentative plans to bring in the hungry bunch to munch on

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Go on an Architectural Adventure on the Water with AIANY’s Boat Tours Around Manhattan

Go on an Architectural Adventure on the Water with AIANY’s Boat Tours Around Manhattan

We started our journey at Chelsea Piers by boarding the Manhattan, a teak-lined 1920s-style yacht. After making our way back to the vessel’s enclosed observatory area, we grabbed a drink at the bar (guests receive a complimentary beer, wine, or Champagne on

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