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Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

by , 06/30/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Water

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Coney Island usually conjures up images of fun in the sun, but area residents are saying that a nearby creek is looking more like a nightmare. According to locals, the Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to clean out the western Coney Island sewers also unintentionally spewed black water out of the sewer overflow pipe at West 33rd Street and Bayview Avenue. Some Coney Islanders are reporting that the sludge is even washing up onto Kaiser Park beach and ruining the local habitat.

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Urban Beach, Mini-Golf Course and Beer Garden Pop Up in the Financial District

by , 06/30/14
filed under: Manhattan,Parks

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New York’s Financial District is changing its buttoned-up image this summer with a pop-up urban beach and other fun activities to enjoy. The Downtown Alliance recently opened their newly transformed strip of Water Street between Whitehall and Wall as part of its Game On! Summer series. In addition to the seasonal festivities, visitors will be able to sip some brews at an outdoor beer garden and play a round of mini-golf.

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Explore This Tiny 240-Square-Foot Studio’s Small Space Secrets!

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Do Urban Bees Produce Better, Healthier Honey? (VIDEO)

by , 06/27/14
filed under: Animals,Features,Food

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Urban beekeeping is quite the rage right now in New York City, but is honey produced by city bees actually healthier as well? A video produced by Marta Franco for TIME takes a look at why honey from urban apiaries might be better for you than its country counterparts. Check out the video after the jump.

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World’s First Tower Made from Mushrooms Rises at PS1 in Queens, NY

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SNEAK PEEK: The Living’s Hy-Fi Mushroom Tower Opens Tomorrow at MoMA PS1

by , 06/26/14

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Wind Turbine-Topped Pearson Apartments Add a Sustainable New Silhouette to the LIC Skyline

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Enter the 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Contest for a Chance to See Your Design Come to Life

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If you’re an aspiring designer who has always dreamed of seeing your visions come to life, FIGMENT’s City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition is now accepting submissions for their fifth annual contest! The contest partners with the Emerging New York Architects Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Structural Engineers Association of New York, and is judged by a panel of architects and industry professionals – including yours truly! Designers, artists and architects are encouraged to submit their wildest sustainable and recyclable designs for the public pavilion, which will host visitors next summer on Governors Island.

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Eye-Catching Pyramidal Treehouse by Luderowski Architect Rises Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

by , 06/25/14
filed under: Architecture,Upstate NY

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We’ve seen our fair share of eye-catching treehouses at Inhabitat, but this beautiful tiered treehouse in upstate New York really stands out from the pack. Designed by Swedish builder Nils Luderowski of Luderowski Architect, the gorgeous pyramidal treehouse was built with intricate craftsmanship evocative of Japan’s elegant pagoda architecture. Located in the town of Long Lake, the two-story Reinhold Treehouse wraps around the trunk of a single broad-leafed tree piercing through the center of the structure.

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Lawmakers Extend NYC Solar Panel Tax Abatement Program to 2017

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Lawmakers in Albany have passed a bill that would extend tax breaks for New York City properties that install solar panels. If the legislation is signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the incentive program would run through January 1, 2017. Since the NYC Solar Electric Generating System Property Tax Abatement Program began on August 17, 2008, a total of 1,260 solar energy systems have been installed in NYC as many businesses and residential properties take advantage of the savings.

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PHOTO TOUR: Inside NYC’s First Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units

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New York State Bans Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horns

by , 06/23/14
filed under: Animals,Politics

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Last Friday, the New York Legislature officially banned the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horns in the state. On top of cracking down on the ivory and horn trade in New York, this new legislation enhances federal efforts to tighten a ban on the practice at the national level as endorsed by President Obama. The legislation still needs to be finalized with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature, but once put into effect, will regulate and hopefully end wildlife trafficking in area.

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NYC’s Newest Shake Shack Features Reclaimed Furniture by DUMBO Designer Mark Jupiter

by , 06/23/14

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The Stack: Manhattan’s First Modular Apartment Building Opens Its Doors to Renters

by , 06/21/14

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Spontaneous Interventions: Watch the World Cup at These Two Public Viewing Venues on Governors Island

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Watching the World Cup at your local bar is cool, but how about viewing it on the big screen at Governors IslandSpontaneous Interventions, an exhibition created by architects, artists and designers to bring new amenities to the public, has brought two new World Cup viewing venues to the island. Originally shown at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2012, the project focuses on activating urban space, making it more usable for visitors.

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Archaeologists Find “Elixir of Long Life” Bottle Buried Beneath Chinatown

Archaeologists Find “Elixir of Long Life” Bottle Buried Beneath Chinatown

The key to eternal life may have been hidden underneath Manhattan this whole time. According to DNAinfo, archaeologists from Chrysalis Archaeology recently unearthed a tiny glass bottle that once held an “Elixir of Long Life” beneath an excavation site at

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8 Foods You May Not Even Realize You’re Wasting

8 Foods You May Not Even Realize You’re Wasting

ONIONS
Many people throw onions away when they start to sprout, but did you know that the leafy offshoots are actually edible? When you spot sprouts, place your onion in a cup filled with a little bit of water (just enough that the bottom of the onion sits

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17John “Cotel”: Prodigy Network Unveils Winners of NYC’s First Crowdsourced Hotel Competition

17John “Cotel”: Prodigy Network Unveils Winners of NYC’s First Crowdsourced Hotel Competition

Located in the heart of the Financial District, 17John is a 1920s art-deco building that will be expanded to include a new 23-story-tall glazed rooftop extension consisting of 191 furnished units for both short term and extended business stays. The Cotel will

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Tour the Newly Renovated LEED Silver-Seeking Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (PHOTOS)

Tour the Newly Renovated LEED Silver-Seeking Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (PHOTOS)

New Yorkers and visitors alike will benefit from Cooper Hewitt’s new look, whether they’re design fans or not. The restored gardens (originally designed by Richard Schermerhorn Jr.), grounds and museum café will now be open to the public – not just museum-goers

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A Clever Way to Create Extra Shoe Storage for Under $10

A Clever Way to Create Extra Shoe Storage for Under $10

From cramming them into stoves to propping them up with magazines, people have come up with all kinds of ways to store their shoes. But if you’re looking for a shoe storage method that provides the most bang for your buck, check out this clever DIY that you

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Jeff Koons’s Giant Flower-Covered Chia Pet Coming Soon to Rockefeller Center

Jeff Koons’s Giant Flower-Covered Chia Pet Coming Soon to Rockefeller Center

Superstar artist Jeff Koons will soon be unveiling a giant, flower-covered sculpture called “Split-Rocker” at Rockefeller Center. Presented by the Public Art Fund, the massive statue is set to open on June 27th, and will boast a “living green skin”

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Controversial 9/11 Museum Knockoff Pops Up in Meatpacking District Loft

Controversial 9/11 Museum Knockoff Pops Up in Meatpacking District Loft

The National 911 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan has already received a lot of criticism for its hefty $25 entrance fee and gift shop, and now another gallery showcasing September 11 relics is causing even more controversy. Located in a Meatpacking

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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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Tour Bed-Stuy’s Bright and Airy LEED Gold Acacia Apartments

Tour Bed-Stuy’s Bright and Airy LEED Gold Acacia Apartments

The eco-friendly apartment building has one, two and three-bedroom rentals varying in size from 664 to 1,177-sq-ft, and some even come with balconies. The 9-story building offers 105 units with rent for 1-bedroom units at $2,015 and rent for two-bedrooms at

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Explore Andrew Franz’s Greenery-Covered West Village Penthouse Addition and Townhouse Renovation

Explore Andrew Franz’s Greenery-Covered West Village Penthouse Addition and Townhouse Renovation

6sqft recently tipped us off about this verdant renovation of a historic townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village. Architect Andrew Franz restored many of the home’s architectural elements to their original glory, and expanded the living space upward with

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