Did the Masonic Pyramid on the Dollar Bill Inspire the Design of This Famous Park?

Did the Masonic Pyramid on the Dollar Bill Inspire the Design of This Famous Park?

Many of famed architect Louis Kahn’s works have an air of mystery about them, but his design for the FDR Four Freedoms Park may be the most enigmatic of all. Built four decades after his death in 1974, the posthumous memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt and

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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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New York State Bans Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horns

New York State Bans Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horns

Last Friday, the New York Legislature officially banned the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horns in the state. On top of cracking down on the ivory and horn trade in New York, this new legislation enhances federal efforts to tighten a ban

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Could This Sunken Forest Protect the Rockaways from the Next Superstorm?

Could This Sunken Forest Protect the Rockaways from the Next Superstorm?

The Rockaways is still in the process of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy but the area’s resiliency against the next superstorm is still in question. While multiple architects have come up with ideas to prepare for future flooding, Walter Meyer’s sunken

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Intricate Recycled PVC Tube Forest Pops Up on Governors Island (PHOTOS)

Intricate Recycled PVC Tube Forest Pops Up on Governors Island (PHOTOS)

Marynowski, who is a Freelance Visual Merchandising professional, originally came up with the idea as part of a store display in the Meatpacking District. After the promotion ended, Marynowski was given permission to take his PVC- based design and enter it

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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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Greenmarkets Night Market Celebration

Greenmarkets Night Market Celebration

Make the most of your Friday night by heading over to a unique event at the Greenmarkets Night Market at Union Square! The celebration of Greenmarket Chefs will local farmers selling their fresh produce, cheese, and meat as well as an assortment of restaurants

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OutdoorFest 2014 Invites New Yorkers to Get Outside and Play!

OutdoorFest 2014 Invites New Yorkers to Get Outside and Play!

Whether you’re into hard-core sports or prefer a relaxing picnic, there’s nothing like finally getting to enjoy the outdoors after a long, hard winter. But with all of the skyscrapers and congested streets that surround us, you may not know where to start

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Wildlife Viewing: Horseshoe Crabs

Wildlife Viewing: Horseshoe Crabs

New York City is a home to millions of people, but it also shelters an abundance of wild animals. The period between May through June offers the best chance for viewers to get a glimpse of wildlife in NYC parks, including the elusive Horseshoe crab in its

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New Amsterdam School’s Summer Camp Lets NYC Tots Explore Nature in the City

New Amsterdam School’s Summer Camp Lets NYC Tots Explore Nature in the City

Why settle for enrolling your little one in an ordinary summer camp when you can send them on a nature adventure in the city? The environmentally friendly New Amsterdam School in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood is offering a unique summer camp for

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World’s First Electric Wooden Bike Launches in Brooklyn

World’s First Electric Wooden Bike Launches in Brooklyn

The Bough Bike was designed by Jan Gunneweg and Piet Brandjes and is constructed with oak wood that is sourced from sustainably-managed forests in the Jura section of eastern France. The bike is extra durable with stainless steel hardware components, Schwalbe

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Phil Gautreau’s Reclaimed Bowls Add Rustic Style to the Kitchen

BKLYN Designs 2014: Phil Gautreau’s Reclaimed Bowls Add Rustic Style to the Kitchen

To create his stripped cutting boards, Gautreau takes different wood castoffs, which would otherwise be destined for the landfill, and binds them together. After cutting the boards to shape, he also uses natural beeswax and mineral oil to give them a food-grade,

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Think Fabricate’s Playfully Green Wooden Décor

BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Think Fabricate’s Playfully Green Wooden Décor

Co-founded by Susan Doban and Jason Gorsline, Brooklyn-based Think Fabricate offers playful furniture collections that blend masterful craftsmanship with sustainable values. In addition to the traditional palette of walnut and teak, the design firm also produces

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Records Show That Over 1,600 Protected Birds Were Killed by JFK Airport Contractors

Records Show That Over 1,600 Protected Birds Were Killed by JFK Airport Contractors

According to the airport’s own records, wildlife control contractors killed over 1,600 protected birds at JFK over the past five years. In order to ensure the safety of passengers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey does have permission to shoot

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Nathan Sawaya’s Repurposed LEGO ‘Hugman’ Sculptures Spread the Love in New York’s Clement Clarke Moore Park

Nathan Sawaya’s Repurposed LEGO ‘Hugman’ Sculptures Spread the Love in New York’s Clement Clarke Moore Park

Here at Inhabitat we love anything LEGO, so it’s no surprise that we’re pretty fond of world-reknowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya. Just in time for Earth Day, Sawaya impressed us again–this time with a series of Hugman sculptures recently installed at Clement

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New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference Spotlights Shigeru Ban as an Architect of Social Change

New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference Spotlights Shigeru Ban as an Architect of Social Change

“After I became an architect, I was quite disappointed by my profession,” 2014 Pritzer Prize winner Shigeru Ban told New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the 2014 NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference on Monday night. “Because mainly we are

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INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

It’s likely that the vast majority of us had a similar elementary school experience: rote memorization, gross cafeteria “mystery food”, long days spent sitting at our desks, filling out worksheets, anxiously awaiting the few precious minutes outside that were

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INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

For many of us growing up, sustainability wasn’t much of a topic at school (other than maybe planting a tree or two for Earth Day), but that’s changing rapidly. Nowadays, environmental awareness and incorporating social justice and diversity are crucial topics

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10 Fun (and FREE) Earth Day Events to Enjoy in New York City

10 Fun (and FREE) Earth Day Events to Enjoy in New York City

Earth Under the Spotlight
Get up close and personal with Mother Earth as you collect rocks, survey soil, and study pond water in High Rock Park. Examine samples of these elements under microscopes, flex cams and other lab equipment like a professional scientist.

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Look Quickly and You May Not Even Notice This Cool “Invisible” Barn

Look Quickly and You May Not Even Notice This Cool “Invisible” Barn

The Invisible Barn is a vision for a site-specific wooden structure completely enveloped in reflective film to mirror the trees of Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park. The building would be assimilated into nature so well that, from a certain distance,

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Tour a Fabulous Brooklyn Brownstone Renovated by NYC Fashion Designer and Homeowner JoAnn Berman

Tour a Fabulous Brooklyn Brownstone Renovated by NYC Fashion Designer and Homeowner JoAnn Berman

JoAnn Berman first made a name for herself in the 80s and 90s dressing musicians like Michael Jackson, Salt-n-Pepa and P. Diddy (back when he was just Puffy), and more recently, her refashioned garments have attracted the attention of stars like Rihanna. But

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Help Students Petition for Pedestrian and Bike Lanes on the Rockaway Freeway

Help Students Petition for Pedestrian and Bike Lanes on the Rockaway Freeway

A group of students in Far Rockaway want to make a section of the Rockaway Freeway safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and they need your help to do it. Youngsters from the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance after-school program have posted a petition asking Mayor

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New QueensWay Workshops Reveal Plans for Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

New QueensWay Workshops Reveal Plans for Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

At the workshop, WXY Architecture and DLand Studios showed their designs for the project, which will renovate the former Long Island Rail Road track into a new linear path surrounded by nature. Friends of the QueensWay say their project will help spur more

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Friends of the QueensWay Unveils Preliminary Designs for a High Line-Style Elevated Park and Bike Path

Friends of the QueensWay Unveils Preliminary Designs for a High Line-Style Elevated Park and Bike Path

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land have released new renderings illustrating their plan to turn a stretch of train tracks in Queens into a High Line-style public greenway. Although the new QueensWay images are still preliminary, they

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Spring Awakening Hike!

Spring Awakening Hike!

Celebrate the first weekend of spring with a two hour hike through the central Greenbelt. The walk will include a brief visit to the LaTourette house and is suitable for people ages 8 and older. Call (718) 351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org to

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