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Mysterious new Times Square benches hide a “powerful” secret

Mysterious new Times Square benches hide a “powerful” secret

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Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop will dazzle with 32,000+ LED lights

Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop will dazzle with 32,000+ LED lights

The world-famous New Year’s ball is twelve feet in diameter and a whopping 11,875 pounds. To achieve its mesmerizing effect, the surface of the geodesic sphere is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, which reflect and refract light. The crystals

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Keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter by donating your used coats

Keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter by donating your used coats

90% of NYC’s homeless will rely on a donated coat this winter to keep from freezing. If you have outerwear to spare, give a fellow New Yorker the gift of warmth by donating it to the New York Cares Coat Drive. It couldn’t be easier – just take your gently

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Divine 19th-century church-to-condo conversion features original stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings

Divine 19th-century church-to-condo conversion features original stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings

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16 major NYC hotels pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent or more by 2025

16 major NYC hotels pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent or more by 2025

It’s not quite a Christmas miracle, but we’ll take it. A number of big name hotels in the city have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 percent over the next 10 years. Over 80 percent of the city’s emissions come from large a

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Dreamy light-filled writer’s studio pops up in a lush Brooklyn garden

Dreamy light-filled writer’s studio pops up in a lush Brooklyn garden

Elevated atop a concrete plinth, the Writing Pavilion is clad in black-stained cedar that complements the natural surroundings and dark brown fencing. A full-height glazed door swings open to reveal the light-filled interior lined in natural pine An set

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How a parking lot makeover can reduce flooding, nourish native plants, and keep waterways clean

How a parking lot makeover can reduce flooding, nourish native plants, and keep waterways clean

The Brooklyn-based team at thread collective is working on a project in the city that will reduce flooding, eliminate sewer outfalls to open waters, and even keep nearby plants lush and green. Would you have guessed that the next important green in New

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Park Slope row home renovation marries historic charm with energy-conserving features

Park Slope row home renovation marries historic charm with energy-conserving features

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Vacant Greenpoint lot to be converted into verdant waterfront park thanks to oil spill funds

Vacant Greenpoint lot to be converted into verdant waterfront park thanks to oil spill funds

Although the nasty 2010 ExxonMobil oil spill wreaked major havoc on the Greenpoint area, it looks like the neighborhood will be putting the $19.5 million in restitution to good, green use. According to NY Curbed, among the numerous plans to renovate the

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DIY: How to Make a Gingerbread Brooklyn Brownstone

DIY: How to Make a Gingerbread Brooklyn Brownstone

Having graduated from both architecture school and culinary school, Baumann knew that she didn’t want to make a ho-hum candy-covered gingerbread house. “If I’m going to the trouble of making my own darn gingerbread house, then I’m going to make whatever

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Mayor de Blasio announces significant progress in greening city buildings

Mayor de Blasio announces significant progress in greening city buildings

Related: De Blasio announces new Retrofit Accelerator to help NYC buildings go green

“This weekend, world leaders took a historic step in the fight against climate change. New York City has long set the pace when it comes to innovative climate

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Dazzling canopy of glowing lanterns lights up the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

Dazzling canopy of glowing lanterns lights up the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

Massive canopy of 650 LED lanterns

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This secret train track was once used to transport VIPs into the Waldorf Astoria hotel

This secret train track was once used to transport VIPs into the Waldorf Astoria hotel

You probably wouldn’t noticed an ordinary door on 49 th Street, but the special door is a portal to the past- leading to the secret train platform used by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Long abandoned, Track 61 was built below the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, as a

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‘Roofhop’ Farm supplies locally-grown, organic hops to NYC beer makers

‘Roofhop’ Farm supplies locally-grown, organic hops to NYC beer makers

Founders Keely Gerhold and Katrina Ceguera, who, coincidentally, is the farm manager at JetBlue’s T5 Farm at JFK airport, started their TinyField operation to fulfill their love of urban farming. Starting with little money, the enterprising duo Farms,

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Former printing house converted into industrial-chic residence with unique inner courtyard

Former printing house converted into industrial-chic residence with unique inner courtyard

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DDG’s new Tribeca condos wrap modern green features within a traditional brick facade

DDG’s new Tribeca condos wrap modern green features within a traditional brick facade

Located in the Tribeca East Historic District on a site created by the extension of Sixth Avenue in 1938, 100 Franklin will be a ground-up residential building over ground floor commercial space. The building will marry old and new, demonstrating how a

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Hundreds of water-absorbing bioswales coming to Queens sidewalks

Hundreds of water-absorbing bioswales coming to Queens sidewalks

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“These locations have undergone a rigorous design and acceptance process by City agencies to ensure they comply with City requirements for pedestrian access and safety and do not interfere with existing utility lines,” according to a DEP

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LEGO’s new Skyline Collection lets you build your favorite NYC buildings

LEGO’s new Skyline Collection lets you build your favorite NYC buildings

LEGO’s incredible new Skyline Collection lets building-block lovers recreate the most iconic skylines around the world. The newly launched kits come complete with the famous toy bricks that let LEGO lovers build structures in cities like New York, and

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NYC’s Broadway envisioned as a massive Green Line park running through the city

NYC’s Broadway envisioned as a massive Green Line park running through the city

Related: Sled Down a 60-Foot Toboggan Run Today as Super Bowl Boulevard Takes Over Broadway

“Recognising that green public space is at a premium in the city, and proximity to it is perhaps the best single indicator of value in real estate, the Green

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Designers create extravagant tablescapes to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge

Designers create extravagant tablescapes to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge

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Here’s what NYC’s first micro apartments will look like on the inside

Here’s what NYC’s first micro apartments will look like on the inside

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Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt to redesign Lincoln Center’s largest concert hall

Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt to redesign Lincoln Center’s largest concert hall

Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects have been selected to lead the $500 million redesign of the David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center’s largest concert hall. The two firms beat out over 100 architecture firms in a two-year competition and by

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Prefab wooden dome home spins like a UFO to let sunlight in from every angle

Prefab wooden dome home spins like a UFO to let sunlight in from every angle

This wooden dome house is constructed largely from organic materials, including cedar, bamboo, and limestone. It has another eco-friendly feature, too, that allows the home to be more energy efficient in a very peculiar way. Much like the sci-fi flying

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Mayor de Blasio launches GreeNYC campaign to help New Yorkers save money and energy this winter

Mayor de Blasio launches GreeNYC campaign to help New Yorkers save money and energy this winter

Mayor de Blasio has just launched the GreeNYC campaign, aimed at keeping New Yorkers nice and cozy this winter through a number of DIY energy saving tips. The campaign, which features the GreeNYC mascot, Birdie, shows residents how to seal leaks and is

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LinkedIn’s NYC offices boast a secret speakeasy lounge and room lined with old telephones

LinkedIn’s NYC offices boast a secret speakeasy lounge and room lined with old telephones

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Sun-drenched Chelsea loft features massive 44-ft wall of windows

Sun-drenched Chelsea loft features massive 44-ft wall of windows

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Hidden trap door is just one of the cool space-saving design features of this smart micro-apartment

Hidden trap door is just one of the cool space-saving design features of this smart micro-apartment

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MTA to test out “accordion” subway cars with no connecting doors

MTA to test out “accordion” subway cars with no connecting doors

If there was a magic fix to overcrowded subway cars during rush hour, it would be open gangway cars. Popular in Europe, the articulated train set allows for more passengers and makes it easier for folks to move around. MTA’s new Capital Plan calls of

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6 innovative apps making life better and greener in New York City

6 innovative apps making life better and greener in New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Maria Torres-Springer announced the winners of NYC BigApps 2015. The contest, BigApps, which is the nation’s largest civic innovation competition, challenged New

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Beery Christmas? Brewing company erects massive holiday tree made of 428 kegs

Beery Christmas? Brewing company erects massive holiday tree made of 428 kegs

Move over Rockefeller Center. Rochester, NY’s Genesee Brewing Company has an impressive Christmas tree of its own and it’s made out of hundreds of beer kegs. Built by 20 of the brewing company’s industrious employees, the tree was constructed out of 300

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Michael Bloomberg selected to lead global climate change task force

Michael Bloomberg selected to lead global climate change task force

The Guardian is reporting that former NYC Mayor and business magnate, Michael Bloomberg has been chosen to lead a global taskforce on climate change. Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England and FSB chair, told The Guardian that more information be

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Gov. Cuomo mandates 50 percent renewable energy for New York by 2030

Gov. Cuomo mandates 50 percent renewable energy for New York by 2030

As predicted, Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially mandated that 50 percent of all electricity consumed in New York by 2030 come from clean and renewable energy sources. This new Clean Energy Standard will ensure that utility companies provide 50 of or

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New York City’s ambitious OneNYC Plan wins C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award at COP21

New York City’s ambitious OneNYC Plan wins C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award at COP21

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s green buildings plan for NYC, One City Built to Last, has won the C40 Climate Leader Group’s Building Energy Efficiency award in Paris. The comprehensive plan, which aims to reduce building-based emissions 30 percent by 2025, of

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Green Girls program teaches city kids how to study NYC’s environment

Green Girls program teaches city kids how to study NYC’s environment

Related: New GreenTECH Program Empowers NYC Students to Green Their Schools and Communities

“The ‘Green Girls’ worked to understand water pollution in their community. Students learned about these issues by simulating point source and non-point

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NYC announces plan for largest electric fleet of municipal vehicles by 2025

NYC announces plan for largest electric fleet of municipal vehicles by 2025

New York’s sustainability plan is fleshed out a little more this week, as Mayor Bill de Blasio rolls out NYC Clean Fleet, a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle fleet of any U.S. city, cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 80

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Freshkills Park could be home to hot air ballooning or a golf course in its future

Freshkills Park could be home to hot air ballooning or a golf course in its future

Looks like Central Park may be in store from Freshkills Park in terms of fun activities. As reported by SiLive, the Parks Department has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for the former landfill area, Freshkills Park.

After months of the

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Prince St. luxury condos to feature original fireplaces and gabled ceilings from former school building

Prince St. luxury condos to feature original fireplaces and gabled ceilings from former school building

the building is being converted to condominiums and townhouses, with prices starting at $7.74 million.

in 2010, the school closed because of flagging enrollment; last year the Archdiocese of New York sold it for $30.7 million to Time and A

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Generous Airbnb hosts donate percentage of each reservation to charity

Generous Airbnb hosts donate percentage of each reservation to charity

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Governor Cuomo eyes 50-percent renewable energy goal for New York

Governor Cuomo eyes 50-percent renewable energy goal for New York

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“A 50 percent RPS is a significant milestone toward addressing New York’s climate goals, and reaffirms the state as a leader in seizing the economic advantages of clean energy. We applaud Governor Cuomo for this ambitious and vital and a

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New renderings of Bjarke Ingels’ swanky High Line condos unveiled

New renderings of Bjarke Ingels’ swanky High Line condos unveiled

Thanks to New York YIMBY, we have a few images of the preliminary design for Bjarke Ingles massive, geometric $870 million project along the High Line at 17th Street.

According to the renderings, the buildings will be 38 and 28 stories and

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