New EPA Report Explains NYC's Sewage Overflow Problem & Offers Solutions

New EPA Report Explains NYC's Sewage Overflow Problem & Offers Solutions

We've extensively covered NYC's ancient sewage system, and its chronic storm water and sewage overflow problems. Just last week, a fire accident at a treatment center added to the mess…

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Terreform ONE Announces Winners of the 'Water as the 6th Borough' Design Competition for NYC

Terreform ONE Announces Winners of the 'Water as the 6th Borough' Design Competition for NYC

The first place design, winning $10,000, came from Ali Fard and Ghazal Jafari of Canada. Called Parallel Networks, the strategy calls for a flexible network of floating pods that create…

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New York Dairy Cows Can't Produce Milk Because of Heat Wave Stress

New York Dairy Cows Can't Produce Milk Because of Heat Wave Stress

Last week's heat wave was pretty unbearable, but imagine being 1,500 pounds, covered in a fur coat, and not even able to sweat. Welcome to the life of New York's dairy cows. Farmers in…

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Today is the Last Day to Submit to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan in NYC

Today is the Last Day to Submit to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan in NYC

Today is the deadline for 16,000 building owners -- which represent about 1/2 of all of the city's interior space -- in New York City to hand in data on their building's energy and…

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Artist Thomas McKean Recycles MetroCards into Amazing Sculptures & Mosaics

Artist Thomas McKean Recycles MetroCards into Amazing Sculptures & Mosaics

Artist Thomas McKean collects the discarded MetroCards to create incredible miniature sculptures and intricate mosaics -- and clean up waste at the same time!

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Retro Roller Rink Opens at the High Line's Lot TODAY!

Retro Roller Rink Opens at the High Line's Lot TODAY!

We're still mourning over Rainbow City's good-bye, but there's still reason to be excited! Opening TODAY is the brand new roller rink designed by HWKN in partnership with the High Line…

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NYC DOT Finally Collecting Traffic Data For Possible Car Ban in Central Park!

NYC DOT Finally Collecting Traffic Data For Possible Car Ban in Central Park!

If you've visited the Central Park loop lately, you might of noticed a few automated traffic counters along the loop near Tavern on the Green. After much controversy over the Central…

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Biologists Studying NYC's Interesting Impact on Urban Wildlife Evolution

Biologists Studying NYC's Interesting Impact on Urban Wildlife Evolution

An unfortunate consequence of living in an urban environment is that city folk tend to forget about nature. But for a group of field biologists working with the city parks department,…

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NYC’s East River May Get Tidal Power Plant

NYC’s East River May Get Tidal Power Plant

Wind and solar power dominate the renewable energy conversation, but tidal power could soon play a much larger role. On Monday, the New York based company Verdant Power filed the…

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Parsons Design Workshop Transforms Highbridge Park Pool With Eco-Friendly Splash House Pavilion

Parsons Design Workshop Transforms Highbridge Park Pool With Eco-Friendly Splash House Pavilion

The Highbridge Pool and Rec Center is located in Highbridge Park in Upper Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood. The pool is always packed in the summer months, and the center…

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Sewage Leak Stopped at North River Plant, But Health Advisories Remain in Effect For NY Beaches

Sewage Leak Stopped at North River Plant, But Health Advisories Remain in Effect For NY Beaches

The record breaking heat wasn't the only thing making NYC rather miserable last week. A fire breakout at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem caused more than 360…

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Brooklyn's Shipping Container Dekalb Market Opens Today!

Brooklyn's Shipping Container Dekalb Market Opens Today!

Dekalb Market is a joint venture of Urban Space (who has built similar shipping container markets elsewhere), and Youngwoo and Associates. It is the product of an immense amount of…

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Raw Sewage is Flowing into the Hudson River Due to a Fire at the North River Wastewater Plant

Raw Sewage is Flowing into the Hudson River Due to a Fire at the North River Wastewater Plant

As the city reaches unbelievably uncomfortable highs (100 degrees, anyone?), don’t look to our city’s waterways to cool yourself down. Wednesday’s fire at the North River…

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NYC Parents Sue DOE to Speed Up Removal of PCB Tainted Lights From City Schools

NYC Parents Sue DOE to Speed Up Removal of PCB Tainted Lights From City Schools

We haven't heard much lately about the continuing battle to have PCB-tainted light fixtures removed from city schools, but on Wednesday, NYC parents filed a federal lawsuit in response…

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Soulless Thieves Steal 35 Bikes Worth $10,000 from NYC Non-Profit

Soulless Thieves Steal 35 Bikes Worth $10,000 from NYC Non-Profit

It is bad enough that people steal iPhones on street corners and snatch wallets on the subway - do they really have to steal away a summer of green transportation from kids in Queens? A…

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NY State May Allow Fracking Within 1,000 Feet of NYC's Water Supply Tunnels

NY State May Allow Fracking Within 1,000 Feet of NYC's Water Supply Tunnels

It's a shocking upset for environmental activists and all New Yorkers. A new set of proposed guidelines for fracking in New York State would allow drilling within 1,000 feet of…

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Brooklyn Compost Company Vokashi Cleans Up Your Kitchen Waste

Brooklyn Compost Company Vokashi Cleans Up Your Kitchen Waste

Here at Inhabitat, we've long praised the environmental benefits of composting, but we understand that the thought of rotting food or a worm bin in your kitchen can be a turn-off. But…

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9MW Solar Roof in New Jersey Will Be the Largest in the U.S.

9MW Solar Roof in New Jersey Will Be the Largest in the U.S.

While New Yorkers struggle to install solar panels because of our city's complex bureaucracy, our neighbors across the Hudson River are upping the ante in the solar power game. New…

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New York City's Bureaucracy Slowing Down Construction of Residential Solar Panels

New York City's Bureaucracy Slowing Down Construction of Residential Solar Panels

Despite NYC's solar policy, incentive programs, and the numerous economic and environmental benefits that come with it, only a few homeowners in NYC have been able to install solar…

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New York City Adds 70 Electric Vehicles to Its Fleet

New York City Adds 70 Electric Vehicles to Its Fleet

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday the addition of 70 new electric vehicles to the official New York City transportation fleet. The addition is made up of 50…

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LEED Platinum Seeking Battery Park Community Center Will Have a Musical Water Wall

LEED Platinum Seeking Battery Park Community Center Will Have a Musical Water Wall

The etched bar code on the curved arcade wall is a patterned interpretation of Schumacher's piece WATER. Perhaps not so coincidentally, from a distance, the etchings look like small…

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New Social Networking Site 'Change by Us NYC' Asks New Yorkers How to Green NYC

New Social Networking Site 'Change by Us NYC' Asks New Yorkers How to Green NYC

Have any green ideas that you think would help improve the city? Change by Us NYC, an innovative website created by Local Projects, is exactly what you need to get your voice heard. The…

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DontFlushMe Notifies New Yorkers of Waterway Sewage Overflow Via Text Message

DontFlushMe Notifies New Yorkers of Waterway Sewage Overflow Via Text Message

New York’s waterways are under a constant influx of raw sewage, often causing Combined Sewage Overflow or CSO. One ambitious start up, called DontFlushMe, seeks to implement a hyper…

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Closing Down New York's Indian Point Nuclear Plant Would Make Air Dirtier & Raise Energy Costs

Closing Down New York's Indian Point Nuclear Plant Would Make Air Dirtier & Raise Energy Costs

Back in March, we reported that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, a mere 24 miles away from NYC, houses one of the most dangerous reactors in the country. Closing it down, however,…

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Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan's Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Design Guidelines Approve for SPURA, Manhattan's Largest Tract of Undeveloped Land

Late last month, Community Board 3 approved the “Urban Design Principles,” a set of guidelines for the development of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) in the Lower East…

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