Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline’s Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline’s Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

The LowLine could be the world’s first underground park–if it gets the funding to happen. Promoted as New York City’s next revolutionary green space, the design concept flips the idea of elevated parks on its head and buries them underground. Girls creator Lena

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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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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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Cleaning and Maintaining Westerleigh Park

Cleaning and Maintaining Westerleigh Park

Westerleigh Park needs your help! Come support this park every Saturday morning by raking, planting, or gardening. You’ll also be served a warm cup of coffee and a donut while getting active in the woods. Click here for more info.

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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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Meat Rushmore Wastes 1,600 Pounds of Jerky by Turning It into a Giant Flesh Sculpture

Meat Rushmore Wastes 1,600 Pounds of Jerky by Turning It into a Giant Flesh Sculpture

If you thought Lady Gaga’s meat dress was disgusting, get a load of Meat Rushmore – a 13-ft-tall replica of Mount Rushmore made of beef, pork and turkey jerky. Jack Link’s erected the flesh pile yesterday in Columbus Circle in honor of National Jerky

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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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Blooming Naturalists

Blooming Naturalists

Calling all naturalists in NYC! Join the wildlife-loving club at the Audubon Center in Prospect Park this Friday (June 13th) to participate in their Bird Watching series. This is a perfect chance for kids interested in wildlife to learn about birds though

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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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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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LIC Landing by COFFEED: Dine Al Fresco at This New Cafe with Breathtaking Waterfront Views

LIC Landing by COFFEED: Dine Al Fresco at This New Cafe with Breathtaking Waterfront Views

In addition to bringing a new type of outdoor dining experience to the Long Island City waterfront, LIC Landing will donate 3% of its revenue to the Friends of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy in keeping with COFFEED’s commitment to giving back to the communities

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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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5 Free Things to Do During Memorial Day Weekend 2014 in NYC

5 Free Things to Do During Memorial Day Weekend 2014 in NYC

Image credit: Becksguy
Central Park Memorial Day Walking Tour – Monday, May 26, 2014
Did you know that Central Park is home to many beautiful monuments memorializing those that gave their lives serving our country? We didn’t (as if the name “Grand Army Plaza”

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9 Green Innovations Spotted at Gizmodo’s First-Ever “Home of the Future” Showcase

9 Green Innovations Spotted at Gizmodo’s First-Ever “Home of the Future” Showcase

“Gizmodo readers have always been curious about how things are being made, why they were designed that way, and what they will do to enhance our world,” said Gizmodo editor-in-chief Geoff Manaugh. “The Home of the Future is a chance to get up close with

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NYCxDESIGN Festival of Design from the 5 Boroughs Starts This Week!

NYCxDESIGN Festival of Design from the 5 Boroughs Starts This Week!

NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design) will be returning to the city for its second year this week with hundreds of shows, events and workshops celebrating design from all around the five boroughs. The 12-day soirée will take place at multiple locations in NYC from May

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Bush Terminal Park’s New Shipping Container Bathroom Will be Topped With a Green Roof

Bush Terminal Park’s New Shipping Container Bathroom Will be Topped With a Green Roof

Bush Terminal is getting a bit greener every day thanks to a project that’s turning the former toxic brownfield site into a public park. The latest addition to the site is a 1,200-square-foot, green-roofed comfort station made from shipping containers. Designed

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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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Jane’s Walk: Building Sustainability with Stewardship

Jane’s Walk: Building Sustainability with Stewardship

Join MillionTreesNYC and the Municipal Arts Society on a walk to learn about public green spaces cared for by local stewards and NYC Parks maintenance crews. Explore recently installed bioswales, street trees, and greenstreets, and meet community volunteers

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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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Freshkills Park Birding Hike

Freshkills Park Birding Hike

Join the Freshkills Park May birding tour, a special event in search of the park’s wetlands, creeks and meadows. The tour will be held jointly by naturalists from the Staten Island Museum and members of the Freshkills Park development team. Travel will be

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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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PHOTOS: The New Tavern on the Green is Aiming for LEED Silver Certification

PHOTOS: The New Tavern on the Green is Aiming for LEED Silver Certification

As most New Yorkers now know from reading the numerous anticipatory articles about the re-opening, Tavern On The Green was originally a sheepfold built in 1870 to house 200 sheep who used the adjacent Central Park’s Sheep Meadow as an eatery of their own.

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New Jersey Brush Fire Causes Smoke to Waft into New York

New Jersey Brush Fire Causes Smoke to Waft into New York

If you’re waking up to the smell of smoke this morning, we’re sad to inform you a brush fire broke out in a central New Jersey state. The blaze burned down 30 acres of the Wharton State Forest, a large preserve northwest of Atlantic City. New York City’s

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Tavern on the Green Set to Reopen This Month with a Menu Featuring Local Ingredients

Tavern on the Green Set to Reopen This Month with a Menu Featuring Local Ingredients

After two years of renovations and a series of hold ups, Central Park’s historic Tavern on the Green restaurant is finally set to reopen this month. Philadelphia restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama announced that their revamped version of the dining

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