Greenery-like sculptures bring life to a dreary intersection in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Greenery-like sculptures bring life to a dreary intersection in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Greenery was just unveiled this week and will be on view until January 2016. Its playful depiction of lush flora is represented by six brightly-colored, cartoon-like plants. Brooklyn-based artist Ruth Hofheimer created the installation to soften its gritty

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Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar set to open in Greenpoint this spring

Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar set to open in Greenpoint this spring

Photo: The Brooklyn Barge Bar

Brooklyn Barge Bar’s proprietor, Will Drawbridge (you can’t make this stuff up), told DNAinfo that he hopes the new destination will draw more visitors to the Greenpoint waterfront.

“A lot of people don’t necessarily think,

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Tour Brooklyn’s first net zero-capable solar-powered passive house condo building (PHOTOS)

Tour Brooklyn’s first net zero-capable solar-powered passive house condo building (PHOTOS)

R-951 was named for its resilience and high R-value (a measure of thermal resistance) as well as its address at 951 Pacific Street. The first project of Further, Inc., a design/build development firm specializing in sustainable construction formed by eco-designer

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25,000 Ping Pong Balls Line the Walls of Daniel Arsham’s Tiny Brooklyn Apartment

25,000 Ping Pong Balls Line the Walls of Daniel Arsham’s Tiny Brooklyn Apartment

Daniel Arsham uses the calm monochrome room for sleeping, dressing, studying, and storage, as it is part of a larger 2,500 square foot collaborative workspace that he shares with other artists and designers. So, while the “Box/Box” might not be the ideal home,

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Made in Brooklyn: Food Waste to Biofuel

Made in Brooklyn: Food Waste to Biofuel

Join Urban Green Council on February 26th for Made in Brooklyn: Food Waste to Biofuel, a presentation to learn about the digester eggs at Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek wastewater plant. The eight stainless steel-clad eggs are designed to process as much as 1.5

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February Break Discovery Days at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

February Break Discovery Days at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Bring the kids to Discovery Days at the Steinhardt Conservatory at Brooklyn Botanic Garden during the midwinter school break for a day of learning and investigation. Explore how plants survive in all sorts of environments and habitats around the world. Families

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12-acre Innovation District looks to revitalize Red Hook, Brooklyn

12-acre Innovation District looks to revitalize Red Hook, Brooklyn

Red Hook isn’t just for IKEA trips anymore. A new project called the Red Hook Innovation District aims to create a 12-acre mixed use area filled with offices, retail space, performance venues and a promenade. Los Angeles-based development firm Estate Four

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Get those green thumbs ready! North Brooklyn Farms is relaunching its organic garden this spring

Get those green thumbs ready! North Brooklyn Farms is relaunching its organic garden this spring

Who’s ready to play in the dirt? After temporarily closing last September, North Brooklyn Farms will soon be reopening in a new and improved location. Still located in Williamsburg, the organic cooperative will be plowing new dirt at a larger space next to

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HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

HWKN’s Matthias Hollwich, Brad Engelsman, Jerry Figurski, Fan Zhang, Brandon Conde and Andrew McBride designed the inventive structure in collaboration with YOTEL and Synapse Development Group, garnering inspiration from traditional architectural elements

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BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings trade show

BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings trade show

“The Brooklyn Chamber is very excited to begin accepting applications for BKLYN Designs 2015,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “BKLYN Designs shows off the very best that Brooklyn has to offer when it

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NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

Each month, the Sunset Park MRF in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal processes over 15,000 tons of recycling waste from the NYC boroughs, and the new wind turbine was one of the first sustainable steps towards compensating for the amount of energy and cost

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New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

Measuring in at 160-feet-tall, New York City’s largest wind turbine is set to generate up to 100 kilowatts for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Designed and constructed by Vermont-based company Aegis Renewable Energy for a reported

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Brooklyn-Made Holiday Gift Market

Brooklyn-Made Holiday Gift Market

Boasting a robust selection of certified, Brooklyn-made products, the Brooklyn-Made holiday market is the perfect place to pick up gifts for everyone on your list. This year’s market features locally madee goods from brands like Abutilon, Barbara Campbell

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Part of New York City’s charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most highly trafficked structures in NYC. Take the Brooklyn Bridge, which

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Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

How’d you like to paint the town red (or “Marsala” rather) on a bike inspired by Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year? The Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently announced the launch of its Driggs 3 and Willow 3 models in Soft Burgundy, a slightly more subtle variation

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Nautical Knitting Circle at North Brooklyn Boat Club

Nautical Knitting Circle at North Brooklyn Boat Club

Get your knit on around a wood stove at the North Brooklyn Boat Club! No experience is necessary and knitters of all levels welcome. If you’re a beginner, the club can provide you with bulky yarn & size 10 1/2 needles ($5 suggested materials donation) to get

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Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market

Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market

Get your holiday shop on, meet designers and sip on hot drinks at Wanted Design’s Made in Brooklyn Holiday Market! Browse through a bevy of Brooklyn-made products from furniture to lighting, home wares, accessories, jewelry, and food from some of our favorite

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3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

Yesterday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is expected to facilitate the creation of about 3,000 new jobs. According to the mayor, the city plans to completely overhaul the Navy Yard’s Building

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Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Located on the seventh floor of the old Pfizer factory at 630 Flushing Avenue, the new Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator is an airy and open space characterized by massive windows, the hum of machines and the electricity of creativity in the air. It’s

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2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

If you live in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens, a lush new rainwater garden may soon be popping up on a sidewalk near you. New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to install 2,000 new bioswales (rainwater-absorbing

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Two Winners for 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” Design Competition

Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Two Winners for 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” Design Competition

It may be called the ONE Prize Awards, but there were two first-prize winners this year in a competition to design a new educational facility at The Brooklyn Navy Yard. The frontrunners – one a Lucent Cube and the other a Self Growing Lab made of living

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Inside Tour: Ethical Fashion Designer M Patmos Gives Her Brooklyn Home a Conscious Facelift

Inside Tour: Ethical Fashion Designer M Patmos Gives Her Brooklyn Home a Conscious Facelift

INHABITAT: How long did the renovation take?
Marcia: It took about three months, but then it took a little longer for everything to be finalized.
INHABITAT: When you were thinking about the furniture, did you search for new items or rearrange what you had?
Marcia:

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Tom Fruin’s Candy-Colored Plexiglass House Sparkles Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Tom Fruin’s Candy-Colored Plexiglass House Sparkles Under the Brooklyn Bridge

The Kolonihavehus structure made its debut a few years ago in Copenhagen, where Fruin built the installation in front of the Royal Danish Library. Fruin is known for his talent in converting reclaimed materials into brilliant art installations and the Kolonihavehus

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Old YMCA Building Transformed into a Brooklyn Heights Loft with Cozy Reading Nook

Old YMCA Building Transformed into a Brooklyn Heights Loft with Cozy Reading Nook

This well-appointed Brooklyn Heights loft makes us want to break out into the YMCA dance. A couple living in a converted YMCA building hired Ensemble Architecture/Elizabeth Roberts Design to transform their top two floors into a warm place for reading and

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Pronounced Bounciness Causes Popular Bridge in Brooklyn to Close

Pronounced Bounciness Causes Popular Bridge in Brooklyn to Close

It looks like Brooklyn’s favorite bouncy bridge has just been bounced out of commission. Although the zigzagging Squibb Park Bridge was intentionally designed to spring up and down under pedestrian weight, the timber structure was closed after park staff

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