Damages From Irene in New York Expected to Reach $1 Billion

Damages From Irene in New York Expected to Reach $1 Billion

Yesterday, President Obama officially declared parts of New York state a federal disaster area because of the extreme flooding caused by Irene, and Governor Cuomo has said that damages…

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MAS & Landmarks Commission to Release Green Manual on Improving Historic Buildings' Efficiency

MAS & Landmarks Commission to Release Green Manual on Improving Historic Buildings' Efficiency

Getting approval to modify buildings that are historical landmarks in New York City can be tough, even if the change is small. But thanks to green initiatives like PlaNYC, city agencies…

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Obama Declares Federal Disaster For NY Areas Ravaged By Flooding From Irene

Obama Declares Federal Disaster For NY Areas Ravaged By Flooding From Irene

The Hudson Valley communities saw roads turn into streams, eerily reminiscent of the damage Hurricane Floyd had done more then a decade prior. Flooding continued all the way up to…

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Flooding Caused By Irene Dumped Sewage & Contaminants into New York's Waterways

Flooding Caused By Irene Dumped Sewage & Contaminants into New York's Waterways

When New York City gets a normal heavy rain, our ancient combine sewer system almost always overflows, sending raw sewage and other contaminants into our waterways. Now that Tropical…

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PICS: Property Damage From Irene Could Hit $7 Billion

PICS: Property Damage From Irene Could Hit $7 Billion

image © Leonel Lima Ponce for Inhabitat Increased numbers of natural disasters (you can thank climate change for that) over the last year have already strained the insurance…

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New York City Subway and Bus Service Restored, MTA Crews Continue Post-Irene Repairs

New York City Subway and Bus Service Restored, MTA Crews Continue Post-Irene Repairs

If you're one of the millions of railroad commuters, however, your commute is likely to be more affected. Service has returned to near normal on six Long Island Railroad lines, but it…

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MTA Assessing Storm Damage to Transit System, Limited Bus Service Restored

MTA Assessing Storm Damage to Transit System, Limited Bus Service Restored

Shutting down the entire subway system is no small feat, and the process to restore service is extensive. From the MTA website: Crews have a step-wise process that we follow, that…

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Tropical Storm Irene, Downgraded from Hurricane, Passes Through NYC

Tropical Storm Irene, Downgraded from Hurricane, Passes Through NYC

According to the New York Times, the storm left both of New York's major airports closed on Sunday afternoon, and it caused widespread flooding in low-lying neighborhoods of Brooklyn,…

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Hurricane Irene Expected to Hit NYC Sunday as Category 1 Storm With 90mph Winds

Hurricane Irene Expected to Hit NYC Sunday as Category 1 Storm With 90mph Winds

If you've turned on the TV or opened the newspaper in the past few days, you've probably heard of a little storm named Irene. Correction: a massive Category 2 hurricane named Irene that…

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UPDATE: NYC to Shut Down All Mass Transit at Noon on Saturday Due to Irene

UPDATE: NYC to Shut Down All Mass Transit at Noon on Saturday Due to Irene

As Hurricane Irene heads towards us, New York City will shut down the entire mass transit system beginning at noon on Saturday. This includes bus, subway, and railroad service. The…

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East Coast Earthquake Sheds Light on New York City's Seismic Studies

East Coast Earthquake Sheds Light on New York City's Seismic Studies

The Eastern United States, let alone New York City, may not be prone to earthquakes, but that doesn't mean we completely forgo seismology on the East Coast. Two of New York's best…

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Northeast Corridor Receives $450 Million in Federal Funds to Upgrade Rail Systems

Northeast Corridor Receives $450 Million in Federal Funds to Upgrade Rail Systems

After months of heated debate and jumping through bureaucratic hoops, the US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the release of $450 million in federal funds to…

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New Yorkers: What Should You Do If Another Earthquake Hits?

New Yorkers: What Should You Do If Another Earthquake Hits?

New Yorkers are resilient animals that deal with traffic, overcrowding, cockroaches, rats, and slum landlords on a regular basis -- not to mention navigating on public transportation…

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'Abnormal Operating Procedures' in Effect at Indian Point Nuclear Plant, No Damage Found

'Abnormal Operating Procedures' in Effect at Indian Point Nuclear Plant, No Damage Found

Despite housing America's most unstable and dangerous nuclear reactor, the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant has no reported damage after today's 5.9 earthquake, epicentered in…

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5.8 Earthquake Shakes East Coast From Virginia to New York City

5.8 Earthquake Shakes East Coast From Virginia to New York City

If you're anywhere in the 5 boroughs of New York, you probably just felt a considerable tremor that shook your shelves and left you a little perplexed. The earthquake you just felt was…

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America's Most Dangerous Nuclear Reactor is 24 Miles North of NYC

America's Most Dangerous Nuclear Reactor is 24 Miles North of NYC

Indian Point Energy Center, located just upstate from New York City, houses the country's riskiest nuclear reactor.

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The White Roof Project Paints a Whole Block in the Lower East Side

The White Roof Project Paints a Whole Block in the Lower East Side

The White Roof Project has officially tripled their success of last year by painting 35,000 square feet of rooftops in the Lower East Side white to save energy. A lot of rooftops in New…

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NYC DOE Failed to Inform Parents that Bronx School's Air & Soil Contained Cancer-Causing Toxins

NYC DOE Failed to Inform Parents that Bronx School's Air & Soil Contained Cancer-Causing Toxins

You'd think the Department of Education would've learned their lesson after the recent PCB debacle went spiraling out of control as more and more of the City's negligence was starting…

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Vegan Bodega Coming to Manhattan's Lower East Side!

Vegan Bodega Coming to Manhattan's Lower East Side!

From vegan ice cream parlors and chocolate shops to vegan pop-up restaurants and high end dining, it's pretty easy to live a vegan lifestyle in New York City, but if there is one thing…

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Opponents of Brooklyn's PPW Bike Lane Continue to Push for the Lane's Removal

Opponents of Brooklyn's PPW Bike Lane Continue to Push for the Lane's Removal

Despite a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge dismissing the lawsuit against the Prospect Park West bike lane, opponents are not giving up. We all hoped that the lawsuit's dismissal would mean…

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World Trade Center Steel Recycled into Hundreds of Memorials Around the Country

World Trade Center Steel Recycled into Hundreds of Memorials Around the Country

After September 11th, most of the World Trade Center steel was trucked off to New Jersey salvage yards where it was broken down and sent all over the world for reuse. However, over…

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Brooklyn Judge Rejects Lawsuit Against the Prospect Park West Bike Lane

Brooklyn Judge Rejects Lawsuit Against the Prospect Park West Bike Lane

In a huge victory for the community and street safety advocates, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bert Bunyan has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop the redesign of Prospect Park…

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Apple's New Grand Central Store Preserves the Terminal's Historic Aesthetic

Apple's New Grand Central Store Preserves the Terminal's Historic Aesthetic

A few short months ago, the idea that Apple would be moving into Grand Central was just a rumor, but this week, detailed renderings of the new space have been revealed and the tech…

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Proposed Solar 2 Eco-Complex on the East River Receives $1.25M from City Council

Proposed Solar 2 Eco-Complex on the East River Receives $1.25M from City Council

Solar One provides New York with public energy efficiency programs. The new space, Solar 2, will be ten times the size of the current building, enabling ample space for environmental…

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Post-It Note Reminders Help Long Island School District Save $350,000 in Utility Bills

Post-It Note Reminders Help Long Island School District Save $350,000 in Utility Bills

In the new energy saving frontier, focus is often given only to the newest of inventions, ideas, and gadgets, but sometimes all you need is a little diligence and a good old Post-It…

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