Resilient “Living Breakwaters” Project Wins Prestigious 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Resilient “Living Breakwaters” Project Wins Prestigious 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Living Breakwaters project was designed specifically for Staten Island and Rarutan Bay and is based on the idea of flood mitigation through the implementation of a well-strategized blend of structural defense and ecosystem reinforcement. The plan aims

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Plans Unveiled for Greenpoint Landing’s Resilient Waterfront Park

Plans Unveiled for Greenpoint Landing’s Resilient Waterfront Park

Greenpoint was once considered one of NYC’s most hardscaped areas, but things are changing slowly and surely for the Brooklyn nabe. New plans for a vibrant waterfront park at the forthcoming Greenpoint Landing complex were recently released and paint

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Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Saint Nicholas National Shrine With ‘Ground Blessing’ Ceremony

Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Saint Nicholas National Shrine With ‘Ground Blessing’ Ceremony

Prolific (and often controversial) Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava attended a “ground blessing” ceremony this past weekend for his latest project, the $38 million reconstruction of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine in Lower Manhattan. The Greek Orthodox

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Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Tomorrow and Help Plant a Wish Garden in the Bronx

Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Tomorrow and Help Plant a Wish Garden in the Bronx

New York Restoration Project and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are teaming up to plant a “Wishes in Bloom” garden tomorrow and they need your help. 637 daffodil bulbs will be planted at NYRP’s Bathgate Community Garden in the Tremont section of the Bronx,

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Is the Central Park Loop About to Become Car-Free?

Is the Central Park Loop About to Become Car-Free?

Could a car-free Central Park Loop be in New York City’s future? Manhattan City Council members Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine recently introduced a bill that would test the idea by closing the road to vehicle traffic for a period of three months. The

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QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

High Line lovers in NYC will soon have a new elevated park to enjoy if the QueensWay, a green space proposed for an abandoned railroad track in Queens, comes to fruition. The project got one step closer to its goal this week when it unveiled a blueprint for

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Don’t Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn’s Design Open Mic Tomorrow

Don’t Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn’s Design Open Mic Tomorrow

Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn invite you to hear about innovative humanitarian designs directly from designers and architects themselves at their Design Open Mic on Saturday, October 11th. The PechaKucha-powered discussion will

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Ambitious Proposal Aims to Renovate Decrepit Farm Colony into Senior Housing on Staten Island

Ambitious Proposal Aims to Renovate Decrepit Farm Colony into Senior Housing on Staten Island

An ambitious proposal for Staten Island’s abandoned City Farm Colony could see the expansive 45-acre lot made over into a senior housing complex called Landmark Colony. A complete redevelopment plan was presented to the New York City Landmarks Preservation

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$130 Million Allocated to Revamp 35 Neglected New York City Parks

$130 Million Allocated to Revamp 35 Neglected New York City Parks

After months of budgetary discord, Mayor de Blasio has announced an ambitious plan aimed at renovating 35 forgotten parks around New York City. The park equity plan, called Community Parks Initiative, comes with a $130 million budget and will give a long

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Farm Festival!

Farm Festival!

Join in on the fun as 96th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues is transformed into an urban carnival featuring family-friendly music, rides, games, arts and crafts and farm-fresh produce. Kids of all ages can test their nerves in a haunted house staged

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New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

The 14,500-square-foot, pre-World War I warehouse and its adjacent municipal parking lot will be transformed into a self-sustaining complex, producing much of its own food and drink with its very own small-batch brewery and rooftop garden. The green-minded

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“Lonesome George”, Last Giant Tortoise from Galapagos, Comes to Museum of Natural History

“Lonesome George”, Last Giant Tortoise from Galapagos, Comes to Museum of Natural History

 

As a fitting homage and send-off for Lonesome George, the world’s last giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, the American Museum of Natural History has launched a special exhibition centered around his life. The last member of his species

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What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March Today

What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March Today

A series of high-profile climate change awareness events is taking place in New York City starting today and is poised to change the world – with your help. The massive campaign kicks off this weekend on September 21st as tens of thousands of climate activists

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New Yorkers Can Now Enjoy a New Pocket Park ‘Oasis’ with Waterfall in Midtown

New Yorkers Can Now Enjoy a New Pocket Park ‘Oasis’ with Waterfall in Midtown

As part of the ongoing East Side Access project, the MTA has opened a new public space in Midtown called the 50th Street Commons. Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction officially inaugurated the new “urban oasis” yesterday as an

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The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

It might be tough to swallow, but at this very moment, the buildings we are living in, working in and playing in are quietly wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, buildings contribute to over 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. And while green infrastructure

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Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Originally constructed in 1841 by Alexander Jackson Davis, The Octagon was an island retreat that featured a beautiful rotunda with a ‘flying’ spiral staircase. Then in 1894, it was converted into the Metropolitan Hospital and used as an asylum until 1955

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Vacation in a Mini Cabin Inside of a Brooklyn Apartment

Vacation in a Mini Cabin Inside of a Brooklyn Apartment

Chiao’s 800-square-foot loft is located in an old textile factory that’s been renovated into live-work spaces. The space has exposed brick walls and large floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the loft with light. Chiao wanted to maintain the openness of the

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Lower East Side Ecology Center Environmental Learning  Open Hours

Lower East Side Ecology Center Environmental Learning Open Hours

Learn more about The Lower East Side Ecology Center, one of the first organizations to offer community-based recycling and composting programs in New York City! These programs were started with innovative recycling drop-off centers such as the Ecology Center,

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Boring Rental Towers Replacing 5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Add Insult to Injury

Boring Rental Towers Replacing 5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Add Insult to Injury

Many New Yorkers were crushed by the news that Queens graffiti mecca 5 Pointz would be razed to make way for yet another condo development, and new renderings of the forthcoming complex are just adding insult to injury. New York YIMBY recently obtained the

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Mayor de Blasio Vows to Close the Door on “Poor Door” Practices in NYC

Mayor de Blasio Vows to Close the Door on “Poor Door” Practices in NYC

In response to the public outrage caused by news of a “poor door” entrance designated for affordable housing tenants at an Upper East Side luxury condo development, Mayor de Blasio is publicly rebuking landlord practices that segregate tenants based on

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Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

New York’s High Line has helped liven up Manhattan’s West Side and soon another elevated park could do the same for a garbage station on the Upper East Side. The NY Daily News reports that the city is considering a proposal to dress up the Asphalt Green

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Green Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Bronx to Randall’s Island Nears 2015 Completion Date

Green Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Bronx to Randall’s Island Nears 2015 Completion Date

Uptown nature lovers will soon be able to enjoy a pedestrian pathway connecting Randall’s Island to the Bronx. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is planning to open the quarter-mile bike and pedestrian walkway, called the Randall’s Island

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Tour the World’s First WELL Certified Residential Building Where Leonardo DiCaprio Recently Purchased an Apartment (PHOTOS)

Tour the World’s First WELL Certified Residential Building Where Leonardo DiCaprio Recently Purchased an Apartment (PHOTOS)

One of the building’s full floor units was recently purchased by DELOS® Advisory board member and famed wellness guru Dr. Deepak Chopra.

“By infusing wellness into the built environment, Delos has pioneered a new movement that offers individuals a

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NYC Announces $5.8M for New York State Pavilion Renovation

NYC Announces $5.8M for New York State Pavilion Renovation

Philip Johnson’s iconic New York State Pavilion is finally getting the restoration funding it deserves. New York recently announced that it’s setting aside $5.8 million for the World’s Fair landmark in Flushing Meadows Park. The money will go towards restoring

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Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

Just when they thought they were finally beginning to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, some New Jersey residents are now saying that debris from the super storm is making them sick. When people in Roxbury, NJ began suffering from headaches,

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