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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

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

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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

by , 06/20/14
filed under: Health,Manhattan

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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 50 Bowery. While the small, green vial was empty, the researchers are now trying to uncover the secrets of the mystery potion by attempting to recreate the original recipe.

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8 Foods You May Not Even Realize You’re Wasting

by , 06/19/14
filed under: Food

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

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

by , 06/18/14

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

by , 06/17/14
filed under: Uncategorized

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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 can set up in about 5 minutes for under $10.

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

by , 06/17/14

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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” made from fresh flowers and greens. The verdant horse head will greet visitors at 30 Rock all summer, and will coincide with Koons’ solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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

by , 06/17/14
filed under: Manhattan,Museums

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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 District loft, photographer Gary Suson’s “Ground Zero Museum Workshop” also charges a $25 admission and features Suson’s own photos of the tragedy at Ground Zero as well as t-shirts and other souvenirs. Even more offensive, Suson claims to donate part of his proceeds to charities, all of which have reported receiving a mere pittance from the self-proclaimed philanthropist.

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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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Meat Rushmore Wastes 1,600 Pounds of Jerky by Turning It into a Giant Flesh Sculpture

Meat Rushmore Wastes 1,600 Pounds of Jerky by Turning It into a Giant Flesh Sculpture

If you thought Lady Gaga’s meat dress was disgusting, get a load of Meat Rushmore – a 13-ft-tall replica of Mount Rushmore made of beef, pork and turkey jerky. Jack Link’s erected the flesh pile yesterday in Columbus Circle in honor of National Jerky

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Transforming “Superstairs” May Be the Only Furniture You’d Ever Need Again

Transforming “Superstairs” May Be the Only Furniture You’d Ever Need Again

The 4D Superstairs system is made up of three tri-level plywood boxes. Holloway fitted the yellow boxes with castors so that they could be moved around easily or locked into position. The pieces could be separated to form distinct areas for lounging or to

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Could This Sunken Forest Protect the Rockaways from the Next Superstorm?

Could This Sunken Forest Protect the Rockaways from the Next Superstorm?

The Rockaways is still in the process of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy but the area’s resiliency against the next superstorm is still in question. While multiple architects have come up with ideas to prepare for future flooding, Walter Meyer’s sunken

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Cat Lovers Outraged as Feline Colony on Plumb Beach Gets Closer to Demolition Date

Cat Lovers Outraged as Feline Colony on Plumb Beach Gets Closer to Demolition Date

Cat lovers are hissing back at the National Park Service’s plans to dismantle a colony of stray felines in Plumb Beach, Brooklyn. According to a sign first spotted by Sheepshead Bites, the NPS will begin demolition work on the habitat that 25 strays call

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Intricate Recycled PVC Tube Forest Pops Up on Governors Island (PHOTOS)

Intricate Recycled PVC Tube Forest Pops Up on Governors Island (PHOTOS)

Marynowski, who is a Freelance Visual Merchandising professional, originally came up with the idea as part of a store display in the Meatpacking District. After the promotion ended, Marynowski was given permission to take his PVC- based design and enter it

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+ POOL and Google Drive Unveil New App That Shows New Yorkers the Quality of Their Water

+ POOL and Google Drive Unveil New App That Shows New Yorkers the Quality of Their Water

2014 is turning out to be a very “positive” year for + POOL, a project aiming to bring a floating, water-filtering pool to New York City’s East River. Last week, the + POOL team and Google Drive unveiled a new interactive tool that lets New Yorkers see the

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NYC’s Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

NYC’s Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

The OEM erected three apartments near its Brooklyn offices at Cadman Plaza. The units range in size from 480 square feet to 813 square feet and contain one to three bedrooms. Despite their different sizes, each one includes a small balcony, storage space,

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