David Briefel Revamps a Brooklyn Apartment Using Only Sustainable Materials

David Briefel Revamps a Brooklyn Apartment Using Only Sustainable Materials

296 Sterling Place is a 1,500 square foot, two bedroom apartment. With nearly 20 green innovations, Briefel converted the home into a sustainable oasis with tons of open space, sneaky storage, and cozy rooms. A big part of the renovation project was the integration

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Tastes of Brooklyn

Tastes of Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s best chefs partner with local farmers and vineyards to bring together the outdoor food festival, Tastes of Brooklyn. Located on the plaza in front of Borough Hall, visitors will be able to taste seasonal delights, and all proceeds from the event

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Nocturnal Fun to Dekalb Market

Brooklyn Night Bazaar Brings Nocturnal Fun to Dekalb Market

The concept for the Night Bazaar was initiated by Aaron Broudo and made possible in part through a Kickstarter campaign. The one-night experiment is part of a larger dream to make it a regular feature of city markets. Ideally, it would allow people to enjoy

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival

Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival

Enjoy an afternoon of family fun and fall activities at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival on Pier 6. The festival will feature awesome activities like arts and crafts, mask making and decorating, a Halloween parade, storytelling, and pumpkin decorating.

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The Brooklyn Night Bazaar Takes Over Dekalb Market Tonight!

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar Takes Over Dekalb Market Tonight!

What more could you ask for than good food, good music, and green design? Tonight, those three things — plus a slew of fantastic local artisans — will come together for the Brooklyn Night Bazaar at Dekalb Market, the awesome Brooklyn market made from shipping

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LEED-Seeking Lakeside Project Will Restore 26 Acres of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

LEED-Seeking Lakeside Project Will Restore 26 Acres of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

The highlight of the $74 million Lakeside project is the new 25,000 square foot facility that will be open to the public by January 2013. The old ice skating rink was only open during the winter, meaning that the whole area remained unused for most of the

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Brooklyn Night Bazaar

On Sunday, October 9, Dekalb Market, the awesome Brooklyn market made from shipping containers, will play host to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Inspired by the night markets held across Asian, the event will feature a variety of local artists, vendors, and musicians.

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Brooklyn’s New Nitehawk Cinema Revives Speakeasy Days with a Dazzling LED Facade

Brooklyn’s New Nitehawk Cinema Revives Speakeasy Days with a Dazzling LED Facade

The new theater on Metropolitan Avenue offers a very cool cinematic experience that includes wholesome meals, great ambiance, comfortable seating, and – don’t you know – several sustainable building techniques. As a construction material, zinc is widely considered

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Brooklyn Cruiser Bikes Offer a Smooth Ride, Carrying Capacity & an Old School Look

Brooklyn Cruiser Bikes Offer a Smooth Ride, Carrying Capacity & an Old School Look

For those of us that live in Brooklyn, our bikes are more than just about transporting ourselves. They are about transporting our food from the farmers market, our laundry from the cleaners, and our curbside finds to our humble — and spacious — New York

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25,000 Ping Pong Balls Line the Walls of Daniel Arsham’s Tiny Brooklyn Apartment

25,000 Ping Pong Balls Line the Walls of Daniel Arsham’s Tiny Brooklyn Apartment

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SHOPBOX Turns a Shipping Container Into a Giant Vending Machine for Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market

SHOPBOX Turns a Shipping Container Into a Giant Vending Machine for Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market

Made from a repurposed bright green shipping container, SHOPBOX puts the fun into shopping. After browsing the other local shipping container shops, visitors can browse items from the giant automat’s plate glass window. Shoppers can relive the childhood

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Brooklyn Rockwerks: Modern Sculptures Made From Massive Granite Boulders Dug Up in NYC

Brooklyn Rockwerks: Modern Sculptures Made From Massive Granite Boulders Dug Up in NYC

Distenfeld, a lifelong New Yorker, born and raised in the Lower East Side, works in a 2,800 square foot studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. His rock of preference, granite gneiss, is a banded metamorphic rock found beneath much of New York City. The 48-year-old

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Gowanus Lowline Winners Envision a More Sustainable Future for Brooklyn’s Toxic Canal

Gowanus Lowline Winners Envision a More Sustainable Future for Brooklyn’s Toxic Canal

The team of Tyler Caine, Luke Carnahan, Ryan Doyle and Brandon Specketer’s winning entry returns the area surrounding the canal back to the wetland estuary it was before the industrial takeover. By restoring plant life, the wetlands will act as a natural

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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 the end of the outrageous anti-bike lane media campaign by Neighbors for

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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 West to include a two-way bike lane. The lawsuit was brought by Brooklyn Borough

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Greenbelt Brings LEED Certified Residences & An Eco-Friendly Arts Center to Brooklyn

Greenbelt Brings LEED Certified Residences & An Eco-Friendly Arts Center to Brooklyn

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A Sustainable Clam Shack Built With Reclaimed Materials is Coming to Brooklyn

A Sustainable Clam Shack Built With Reclaimed Materials is Coming to Brooklyn

Look out Gowanus, a new beer and clam bar is about to grace our palettes with its presence. Thanks to exceeded donations via Kickstarter (which as become the method of choice for making dreams a reality), three friends are combining their love of seafood and

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Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Community Foundation officially launched a 3 year, $750,000  green initiative program called Green Spaces yesterday, an exciting new project that promotes and implements sustainability practices and environmental improvements in Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg,

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Help Domestic Construction Bring a Design Plot of Art, Urban Farming, and Sustainability to Brooklyn!

Help Domestic Construction Bring a Design Plot of Art, Urban Farming, and Sustainability to Brooklyn!

Trish Andersen and Maureen Walsh of Domestic Construction have combined their creative forces to bring a new community design space to Greenpoint Brooklyn. This recent artistic endeavor “design.plot” aims to blur the boundaries between sustainability, urban design, and food production. The designers plan to deck out the lot with geodesic greenhouses, a viewing hill, a birdhouse village, vertical gardens, vegetable beds, and of course, a “mini-forest world.” With so many dead spaces dotting the Brooklyn landscape, this little ray of green design has the potential to set a precedent for sustainable development and community within the area. If you’re as passionate about positive grassroots change as we are, jump ahead and learn how you can help Domestic Construction raise some funds to make their project a reality – they’re even giving away some sweet prizes on their Kickstarter page!

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Heart of Brooklyn: Free Summer Sunday

Heart of Brooklyn: Free Summer Sunday

On Sunday, August 7, spend the day in the heart of Brooklyn six of the borough’s major cultural attractions will all be completely free and open to the public. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Heart of Brooklyn Cultural Partnership, there will

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Gowanus Canal Houseboat: Floating Brooklyn Home Generates Its Own Energy and Water

Gowanus Canal Houseboat: Floating Brooklyn Home Generates Its Own Energy and Water

Believe it or not, it is entirely possible to live off the grid in a city like New York. The extremely polluted Gowanus Canal is dotted with a handful of houseboats, but only the vessel painted like a circus clown is completely self-sufficient. Called “The

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3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride

3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride

Join the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride, a 40-mile ride along Brooklyn’s entire waterfront and Jamaica Bay! The route highlights the potential of a completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed

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Brooklyn’s New DeKalb Market is Made from 22 Salvaged Shipping Containers – Exclusive Photos!

Brooklyn’s New DeKalb Market is Made from 22 Salvaged Shipping Containers – Exclusive Photos!

Emerging from the Jay Street stop of the R train, visitors encounter a wall of orange, red and white containers behind white fencing that holds up a banner to welcome visitors. Passing through an alley between two double stacks of containers, one enters the

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Brooklyn-Based Designer Creates Solar Powered Bikini That Charges Your Electronics

Brooklyn-Based Designer Creates Solar Powered Bikini That Charges Your Electronics

Schneider spends about 80 hours on each bikini, hand-stitching super-slim, flexible photovoltaic film strips together using conductive thread. The resulting suits come with a USB connector that you can plug your iPod, iPhone or almost any other mp3 player

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Brooklyn’s Shipping Container Dekalb Market Opens Today!

Brooklyn’s Shipping Container Dekalb Market Opens Today!

Dekalb Market is a joint venture of Urban Space (who has built similar shipping container markets elsewhere), and Youngwoo and Associates. It is the product of an immense amount of community effort, and the whole market is constructed entirely of salvaged

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