Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

New York’s High Line has helped liven up Manhattan’s West Side and soon another elevated park could do the same for a garbage station on the Upper East Side. The NY Daily News reports that the city is considering a proposal to dress up the Asphalt Green

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VIDEO: See the Cool New Way This Brooklyn Whole Foods is Delivering Groceries

VIDEO: See the Cool New Way This Brooklyn Whole Foods is Delivering Groceries

Just when you thought the Gowanus Whole Foods couldn’t be any more Brooklyn – what with its rooftop farm, bearded shoppers, vinyl aisle and kale everything – it goes and starts a cargo bike delivery program! The Third and 3rd location of the supermarket giant

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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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PHOTOS: Explore NYC by Foot with Walks of New York!

PHOTOS: Explore NYC by Foot with Walks of New York!

Each of Walks of New York’s insider tours cover a lot of ground in an enjoyable two-and-a half to three hour time span. Participants can choose from a variety of cultural tours including Highlights of New York, Meet at the Met: Highlights of the Metropolitan

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Team Behind Floating East River + Pool Launches a Lab to Test the Proverbial Waters

Team Behind Floating East River + Pool Launches a Lab to Test the Proverbial Waters

If implemented, the East River swimming pool would be located off of the Brooklyn Bridge River Park, and would be accessible via a long pier-like walkway. The public pool would draw water right from the East River, which might sound off-putting to some, but

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NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

Last week, many Gowanus residents were outraged to find out that the city has approved the first stage of a plan to turn the Gowanus Canal into a Venice-like tourist area. The hope is that the new mini neighborhood, dubbed “Little Gowanice”, will generate

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The Urban Future Lab Opens as an Incubator for Green Tech Startups in Downtown Brooklyn

The Urban Future Lab Opens as an Incubator for Green Tech Startups in Downtown Brooklyn

Green tech startups now have a new place to call home in downtown Brooklyn. The Urban Future Lab - which was unveiled last week by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering - will be

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DEP Looking to Give Out $6M in Grants to Green Ideas for NYC

DEP Looking to Give Out $6M in Grants to Green Ideas for NYC

New Yorkers looking to green up their neighborhoods now have a chance to get some serious funding for their ideas. The Department of Environmental Protection is currently accepting applications for new projects that will help absorb rainwater to prevent sewer

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Gowanus Whole Foods Opens with Super-Green Parking Lot Powered by Urban Green Energy

Gowanus Whole Foods Opens with Super-Green Parking Lot Powered by Urban Green Energy

Earlier this week, the much-anticipated Gowanus Whole Foods finally opened its doors to eager patrons. In addition to the super-green market’s rooftop farm and solar array, the new store boasts one of the most energy-efficient parking lots ever. The technology

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Shop for Local Gifts at These 9 Holiday Markets in NYC

Shop for Local Gifts at These 9 Holiday Markets in NYC

Some of these holiday markets will be going strong until the 24th, while others are pop-up events that will only be open for a day or two. If you feel like braving holiday shopping crowds to check them out, you may find some fabulous, unique gifts that are

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Roof Farm-Topped Gowanus Whole Foods Set to Open in December

Roof Farm-Topped Gowanus Whole Foods Set to Open in December

Whole Foods has announced that it will be opening its long-awaited Gowanus store on December 17th this year. In addition to putting the usual organic and artisan products on it shelves, the new location at 214 3rd Street will bring the local food trend to

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Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

If you’ve never been to one of BIG!NYC’s Reuse Centers, they’re basically like a Costco, except with reclaimed furniture and appliances. Here, and at BIG!’s other location near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, you can find just about anything you need to

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Build it Green!NYC Opens a New Recycled Wood Sawmill Called BIG!Millworks in Astoria

Build it Green!NYC Opens a New Recycled Wood Sawmill Called BIG!Millworks in Astoria

Astoria, Queens is officially home to a new urban sawmill. Build It Green!NYC and Tri-Lox Workshop recently announced the launch of BIG!Millworks, a recycling wood works site housed within the BIG! reuse center in Queens. Located on 26 Avenue, just off the

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INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INTERVIEW: ORLI’s Daniel Horn Wants Flood-Resilient Homes for All Coastal Communities Around the World

INHABITAT: To start off, can you tell us a bit about ORLI and the 3C competition?

DAN: Operation Resilient Long Island started a global design ideas competition called 3C (short for Comprehensive Costal Communities) and we asked submissions to focus on

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See Images of the Glassy New Whole Foods Coming to Williamsburg, Brooklyn

See Images of the Glassy New Whole Foods Coming to Williamsburg, Brooklyn

It looks like Whole Foods is officially coming to Williamsburg. The organic-minded grocer has negotiated a $45 million loan to get the construction process rolling for a new storefront at 240 Bedford Avenue, which is situated on the corner of North 4th Street.

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Van Alen Institute Announces Collective-LOK as Ground/Work Competition Winner

Van Alen Institute Announces Collective-LOK as Ground/Work Competition Winner

“Collective–LOK’s proposal, entitled “Screen Play”, presents a highly flexible space utilizing a subtle interplay of surfaces and screens to allow for the diverse range of uses demanded by the activities of the Institute, from multimedia exhibitions

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Build a Beautiful Recycled Chandelier This Saturday at Build It Green!NYC’s End of Summer Workshop

Build a Beautiful Recycled Chandelier This Saturday at Build It Green!NYC’s End of Summer Workshop

Are you looking for a fun and creative activity to fall into this weekend? Join Inhabitat at Build It Green!NYC in Gowanus, Brooklyn this Saturday and spend an afternoon creating an incredible chandelier from reclaimed materials. Cassidy Brush, the designer

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Man Builds Geodesic Bucky Houseboat for Around $2,000

Man Builds Geodesic Bucky Houseboat for Around $2,000

Michael Weekes’ “Pride of Buffalo” is a geodesic houseboat that he built himself for about $2,000. Made of plywood and recycled gallon storage containers, the domed boat has been floating in the Buffalo River as a beacon of sustainable living for locals

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits Urban Chandy Founder and Designer Cassidy Brush in Her Brooklyn Studio

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits Urban Chandy Founder and Designer Cassidy Brush in Her Brooklyn Studio

Back in May, Inhabitat discovered a cool new designer showing off her incredible recycled hanging chandeliers at BKLYN Designs 2013. Called Urban Chandies, these gorgeous lighting fixtures are as green as they get—handmade locally and employing scrap materials

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Construction of Water-Filtering Gowanus Canal “Sponge Park” Will Finally Begin in 2014

Construction of Water-Filtering Gowanus Canal “Sponge Park” Will Finally Begin in 2014

The exciting project will attempt to clean up the sewage-laden Gowanus Canal, which has been consistently polluted since the dawn of industrialization in the area. The cleansing park will run along either side of the canal, planted with plants that naturally

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Unbinding the Library Tour

Unbinding the Library Tour

The Unbinding the Library tour will consider the physical, historical, and ecological relationships between the Reanimation Library and Gowanus – the neighborhood in which the library is situated. Starting at the Reanimation Library, participants will reproduce

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Gowanus Gatsby, a Flapper Fête featuring the Michael Arenella Quintet

Gowanus Gatsby, a Flapper Fête featuring the Michael Arenella Quintet

Join Gowanus Gatsby, a Brooklyn in the 20s-themed soiree & first awards fundraising dinner with live music plus a dance party at Gowanus Ballroom to benefit the Friends of Douglass Greene Park. The benefit will celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the

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BIG!Workshops: Create Your Own Pendant Light with Urban Chandy

BIG!Workshops: Create Your Own Pendant Light with Urban Chandy

If you need a new light fixture, come learn how to make one of your own at Build It Green! NYC in Gowanus. Join the amazing spirits of Urban Chandy as you learn how to wire and frame out your own Pendant Light Fixture.

RSVP here: http://www.bignyc.org/workshop

Questions

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120 Tons of Oyster Shells Dumped Into the Bronx River as Base for New Mollusk Population

120 Tons of Oyster Shells Dumped Into the Bronx River as Base for New Mollusk Population

Great things often come in small packages, and when it comes to cleaning up the Bronx River, environmentalists are turning their attention to oysters—nature’s answer to improved water quality. A crew aboard a 100-foot barge dumped 120 tons of oyster shells

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Open House: Tour This Ultra-Luxe $3.4M Green Home Today in Scarsdale, NY

Open House: Tour This Ultra-Luxe $3.4M Green Home Today in Scarsdale, NY

If you’ve always wanted to check out a green home for yourself, head on over to Healthy Home Builders’ open house today in Scarsdale, NY. The residential property development firm will be opening the doors of its newly built (and very green) 5,950-square-foot

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