SolarOne: Public Kayaking

SolarOne: Public Kayaking

Did you know you could go kayaking even in the busy city of New York? Kayaking is not only an effective workout and a sustainable transportation method, but it’s also a brand new way to explore the city! Solar One is hosting a second round of public kayaking

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Solar-Powered Boogie Down Booth Pops Up Under a South Bronx Subway Station

Solar-Powered Boogie Down Booth Pops Up Under a South Bronx Subway Station

One of New York’s hottest music scenes can now be found in a very unexpected spot! Yesterday, the NYC Department of Transportation and the Design Trust for Public Space unveiled the “Boogie Down Booth”—a 24/7, all-access Bronx-born music experience

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Here’s Your Chance to Help Plan the Future of NYC’s Public Transit System

Here’s Your Chance to Help Plan the Future of NYC’s Public Transit System

This week, the MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission will be hosting a series of meetings that include expert panels and public input sessions that will allow New Yorkers to give their ideas on how to improve the city’s mass transit system into the 21st

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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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NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow Moves Forward After Court Victory

NYC’s Taxi of Tomorrow Moves Forward After Court Victory

New York City taxi riders should be seeing a big change in the next few years since the Taxi of Tomorrow program just won a crucial battle in New York appeals court. The latest decision has overturned a previous ruling that prevented cab drivers from having

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Interboro’s ‘Living with the Bay’ Resiliency Plan Scores $125 Million to Protect Long Island from Future Storms

Interboro’s ‘Living with the Bay’ Resiliency Plan Scores $125 Million to Protect Long Island from Future Storms

Living with the Bay: A Comprehensive Regional Resiliency Plan for Nassau County’s South Shore from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo.

Interboro partnered with Apex, Bosch Slabbers, Center for Urban Pedagogy, David Rusk, Deltares, H+N+S, IMG Rebel, NJIT Infrastructure

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BIG Architects Awarded $335 Million for Storm-Resilient Green “U” Around Manhattan

BIG Architects Awarded $335 Million for Storm-Resilient Green “U” Around Manhattan

Big U would not only tackle Lower Manhattan, but would also extend to known flood zones up to 57th Street on the West Side, down through Battery Park, and up to 42nd street on the East Side. The plan will encompass ten miles of low-lying land throughout Manhattan,

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MTA Unveils New Exhibit Showcasing the Tech Used to Build the Second Avenue Subway

MTA Unveils New Exhibit Showcasing the Tech Used to Build the Second Avenue Subway

New Yorkers have been waiting since 1929 for the Second Avenue Subway, and the MTA project is finally set to become reality (if all goes well) with the opening of its first phase in 2016. Now the MTA is telling the amazing story of how the Second Avenue Subway

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Citi Bike Celebrates Its First Birthday with $1 Day Passes and Free Cupcakes

Citi Bike Celebrates Its First Birthday with $1 Day Passes and Free Cupcakes

Citi Bike is officially a year old today, and to celebrate their first birthday they’re offering day passes for just a dollar! The discounted fares will allow riders to take out the bikes for 30-minute intervals throughout the day and take advantage of the

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See 6 Boundary-Pushing Designs from NYU’s ITP 2014 Spring Show (PHOTOS)

See 6 Boundary-Pushing Designs from NYU’s ITP 2014 Spring Show (PHOTOS)

Growable Gown
Erin Smith’s Growable Gown is an elegant take on using wearable plant matter to create wedding dresses. Made of a mix of tree mulch inoculated with mycelium (microscopic mushrooms), these living sheets of fabric can create a new dress in

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9/11 Memorial Museum’s Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

9/11 Memorial Museum’s Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

To help guide visitors though the history of the site, Davis Brody Bond designed the museum around one central element dubbed “the Ribbon.” Envisioned as a gentle path, the Ribbon guides visitors down from the plaza to the bedrock level where the sheared base

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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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MTA Developing App to Let Riders Purchase Paperless Tickets from Their Smartphones

MTA Developing App to Let Riders Purchase Paperless Tickets from Their Smartphones

You may never have to wait in line for train tickets again if the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s new plan to convert Metro-North and Long Island Railroad trains to a paperless ticketing system is successful. The MTA recently announced that it has worked

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Citi Bike Could Finally Be Expanding to More Neighborhoods with Help from NYC Investment Firm

Citi Bike Could Finally Be Expanding to More Neighborhoods with Help from NYC Investment Firm

A new investor could be stepping in to help Citi Bike expand to more neighborhoods. The Wall Street Journal reports that Alta Bicycle Share, which runs the bike sharing program, has been in talks with REQX Ventures, an investment firm formed by the Equinox

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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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Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

Although the rain over New York and New Jersey has finally stopped, the overnight showers left many neighborhoods flooded. ABC News reports that LaGuardia Airport rain meters recorded rainfall totals as high as five-and-a-half inches last night. Thanks to

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MTA Testing Solar-Powered Kiosks That Can Run for 10 Days on Just a Little Sunlight

MTA Testing Solar-Powered Kiosks That Can Run for 10 Days on Just a Little Sunlight

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the MTA are adding even more ways for NY commuters to access real-time train, subway and bus information with new solar-powered kiosks. The MTA and NYC Transit are testing a set of the sun-fueled units at Metro-North’s Woodlawn station.

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Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

Urban Alloy Towers was also designed to use the “remnant spaces” of the surrounding intersection and elevated LIRR tracks. As such, those parts of the building extend outwards towards the street. From above, the towers sort of resemble a cross that’s

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Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

Most parents try everything they can to make sure their kids eat healthy foods while at home, but what about when they’re at school? Considering that it’s one of the three main meals of the day, what your child has for lunch is a major factor in their development,

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Is a Waterfront Streetcar Line the Future of Transportation for Brooklyn and Queens?

Is a Waterfront Streetcar Line the Future of Transportation for Brooklyn and Queens?

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Would a streetcar line running along the waterfronts of Brooklyn and Queens benefit your commute? New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman recently revived the idea, which was originally proposed by urban planner Alex

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Could a Canadian Man Be the Savior of Citi Bike?

Could a Canadian Man Be the Savior of Citi Bike?

It’s no secret that New York’s Citi Bike program is in financial trouble, but the person who could help to save it might come as a bit of a surprise. Bruno Rodi, a Quebec businessman who deals in fine furniture, recently put in a $3.6 million (USD) bid to

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Unloved Spaces Under 7 Train to Be Transformed into Permanent Public Plazas

Unloved Spaces Under 7 Train to Be Transformed into Permanent Public Plazas

The underbelly of an elevated train might not be the first place you’d think to spend a Saturday afternoon, but you may reconsider after seeing what’s in store for two reclaimed public spaces in Queens. The Sunnyside Shines BID has teamed up with the NYC Department

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5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

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PUBLIC-PRIVATE FUNDING
When 6,000 Citi Bikes rolled onto the streets Manhattan and Brooklyn for the first time nearly a year ago, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg boasted that “we now have an entirely new transportation network without

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Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

The New York City Department of Transportation wants to give Upper Manhattan bikers a helping hand with a whole new set of bike lanes, as well as the area’s first protected bike lane this summer. The DOT recently presented new plans before the Community

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MIT’s “New Meadowlands” Marshland Plan Could Protect New York from the Next Hurricane Sandy

MIT’s “New Meadowlands” Marshland Plan Could Protect New York from the Next Hurricane Sandy

Yesterday we took an early peek at the top ten designs from the Rebuild By Design competition, a contest to find ideas that protect the tri-state area from future superstorms. One of the most interesting proposals, entitled “New Meadowlands,” comes from

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