Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

Hearst Tower Earns LEED Gold for New Construction and LEED Platinum for Existing Structures

The U.S. Green Building Council has just declared Manhattan’s Hearst Tower as the city’s first commercial office building to earn LEED Gold for its new construction and LEED…

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EPA Offers Grants to Schools In Exchange for Help Monitoring NYC's Air and Water Pollution

EPA Offers Grants to Schools In Exchange for Help Monitoring NYC's Air and Water Pollution

New York area schools, hospitals, organizations and community groups may soon be helping to monitor pollution in our water and air. The Environmental Protection Agency is offering…

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World's Oldest Forest Discovered in Upstate New York

World's Oldest Forest Discovered in Upstate New York

The discovery was published in the March 1 issue of Nature Last week, scientists found evidence of a 300-million-year old forest below a coal mine in China. Now, remnants of an even…

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Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell Names Six Finalists to Design Net-Zero Building for Roosevelt Island Applied Sciences Campus

Cornell University has announced its shortlist of names that could design the core building of their new School of Applied Sciences on Roosevelt Island in New York City. It was no…

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New York University Law School's Wilf Hall Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

New York University Law School's Wilf Hall Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

New York University’s Wilf Hall has been award LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council. Wilf Hall is one of…

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Inside the Subterranean Essex Street Trolley Terminal, the Proposed Space for the Low Line in NYC

Inside the Subterranean Essex Street Trolley Terminal, the Proposed Space for the Low Line in NYC

Two months ago, we brought you the proposal for the "Low Line," an awesome underground park located in the abandoned Essex Street trolley terminal under Delancey Street in the Lower…

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Governor Cuomo Considers Transforming Tappan Zee Bridge Into a Pedestrian Park

Governor Cuomo Considers Transforming Tappan Zee Bridge Into a Pedestrian Park

The idea to turn the ill-fated Tappan Zee Bridge into a pedestrian walkway is finally crossing the desk of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The bridge, which connects Rockland and Westchester,…

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New York Town Wins the Legal Right to Ban Hydrofracking for Natural Gas

New York Town Wins the Legal Right to Ban Hydrofracking for Natural Gas

This week the town of Dryden, New York won a court case giving it the right to ban hydrofracking for natural gas within its borders. The case is a major victory for fracking opponents…

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New York State May Ban the Sale of Shark Fins

New York State May Ban the Sale of Shark Fins

Dried out shark fins stock countless shelves all over Chinatown, but New York legislators have just announced a bill that may ban their sale. About 73 million sharks are killed and…

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Textile Recycling is on the Rise Thanks to Re-FashioNYC Apartment Building Collection Bins

Textile Recycling is on the Rise Thanks to Re-FashioNYC Apartment Building Collection Bins

New Yorkers throw away nearly 200,000 tons of clothing a year. But thanks to a recent spurt of recycling programs throughout New York City, collecting and reusing textiles is becoming…

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HWKN's Spiky-Armed Bright Blue

HWKN's Spiky-Armed Bright Blue "Wendy" Wins the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

The temporary MoMA PS1 outdoor installations are expected to provide shade, seating, and water, and designs are judged based on their creative attention to sustainability, recycling,…

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Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park Named Best Public Space by Travel & Leisure

Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park Named Best Public Space by Travel & Leisure

Since opening last September, Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park has charmed countless New Yorkers and tourists with its old-fashioned fun and glimmering modern pavilion. Now the…

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Floating Harvest Dome Made of Old Umbrellas Set to Take Second Sail Down the Hudson River

Floating Harvest Dome Made of Old Umbrellas Set to Take Second Sail Down the Hudson River

A few months ago, we reported the tragic crashing of a recycled art installation called Harvest Dome into Rikers Island. We have finally heard the great news that reconstruction is in…

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OLIN Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

OLIN Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The steps in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are one of the most grand and iconic landmarks in the city, but the plaza surround the massive staircase is anything but: the…

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House Approves Three-Mile Natural Gas Pipeline for Brooklyn and Queens

House Approves Three-Mile Natural Gas Pipeline for Brooklyn and Queens

Aerial view of the area where the Brooklyn-Queens pipeline would run Brooklyn and Queens homes may soon be powered by natural gas instead of heavily polluting number 4 and number 6…

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One World Trade Center Is Now the Most Expensive New Office Tower in the World

One World Trade Center Is Now the Most Expensive New Office Tower in the World

The greatly anticipated One World Trade Center is now the most expensive new office tower in the world. An additional $700 million in estimated costs is bringing the total cost of 1…

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The Giants' Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

The Giants' Super Bowl Victory Parade Will Use 100% Recycled Paper Confetti!

As Giants fans crowd the streets today to celebrate the team's Super Bowl win, the confetti that will sprinkle down upon fans and players will be made of 100 precent recycled paper!…

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Inhabitat Visits the New LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collection Warehouse in Gowanus

Inhabitat Visits the New LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collection Warehouse in Gowanus

The warehouse, located at 469 President Street, accepts computers, televisions, monitors, radios, printers, cell phones, and most other electronics. The facility, and the Lower East…

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New York City Has Passed 29 Green Building Laws In the Last Two Years

New York City Has Passed 29 Green Building Laws In the Last Two Years

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced last week 25 percent of the proposed green building laws have been drafted into law over the last two years.…

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New Interactive Map Shows How Much Energy Every Building in NYC Uses

New Interactive Map Shows How Much Energy Every Building in NYC Uses

New York City urban planners now have an important tool to help create energy reduction plans. An interactive map of New York has been developed by the Columbia University Engineering…

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JPMorgan Chase Headquarters Renovation Achieves LEED Platinum Status

JPMorgan Chase Headquarters Renovation Achieves LEED Platinum Status

JPMorgan Chase’s recently renovated global headquarters on Park Avenue in New York City has achieved LEED Platinum status! The newly greened building now holds the title of being the…

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Staten Island Chuck Disagrees With Punxsutawney Phil, Says Spring is On the Way

Staten Island Chuck Disagrees With Punxsutawney Phil, Says Spring is On the Way

Groundhog Day is here and spring is in the air -- at least for New Yorkers. This day of weather reckoning, where we put all our sunny spring hopes on a furry animal and his shadow, has…

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MoMA PS1 Unveils New Courtyard Performance Dome For Winter Events

MoMA PS1 Unveils New Courtyard Performance Dome For Winter Events

This week, MoMA PS1 unveiled a winter weather friendly performance dome in their iconic courtyard. Known as one of the hottest spots for summer music parties and avant-garde…

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Lower East Side Ecology Center Opens Permanent E-Waste Drop-Off Depot in Gowanus

Lower East Side Ecology Center Opens Permanent E-Waste Drop-Off Depot in Gowanus

The days of planning your weekend so you can finally lug that hefty old computer to the occasional e-waste drop off are over. The Lower East Side Ecology Center, host of many electronic…

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New Zoning Proposal Could Bring 1,200 Acres of Rooftop Farms to NYC

New Zoning Proposal Could Bring 1,200 Acres of Rooftop Farms to NYC

A new proposal by the Department of City Planning would allow commercial buildings throughout the city to be topped with rooftop farms or greenhouses without increasing the building's…

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