INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits Urban Chandy Founder and Designer Cassidy Brush in Her Brooklyn Studio

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits Urban Chandy Founder and Designer Cassidy Brush in Her Brooklyn Studio

Back in May, Inhabitat discovered a cool new designer showing off her incredible recycled hanging chandeliers at BKLYN Designs 2013. Called Urban Chandies, these gorgeous lighting fixtures are as green as they get—handmade locally and employing scrap materials

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Queens’ 5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Moves One Step Closer To Demolition

Queens’ 5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Moves One Step Closer To Demolition

In early 2012, Inhabitat reported that 5 Pointz, a Long Island City community icon and haven for graffiti artists, was slated for demolition. The building, a former record needle and clothing manufacturing facility, has served as a blank canvas for artists

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WXY and DLANDSTUDIO Selected to Lead QueensWay High Line-Style Park Feasibility Study

WXY and DLANDSTUDIO Selected to Lead QueensWay High Line-Style Park Feasibility Study

Just two days ago, the QueensWay plan to convert an abandoned rail line in Kew Gardens into a new elevated park secured $1 million in funding towards feasibility research. Today, Friends of the Queensway announced that New York-based firms WXY Architecture

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Earth Matter Composting Farm Offers Goat-Tastic Composting Lessons on Governors Island

Earth Matter Composting Farm Offers Goat-Tastic Composting Lessons on Governors Island

The Earth Matter Kids composting farm spans 35 by 100 feet and is loccated near the southern shore of Governors Island behind Nolan Park. Inside, you can learn how to compost your own food in your kitchen, or work on larger scale community projects you can

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Green-Roofed Prattsville Art Center Could Revive a Town Rebuilding From Hurricane Irene

Green-Roofed Prattsville Art Center Could Revive a Town Rebuilding From Hurricane Irene

The Prattsville Art Center & Residency will bring art and culture to the rural area not far from New York City. The project will renovate the disused Greene County Historical Register and add an additional building to house artist residencies and programs.

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Newark Transforms Contaminated Dumping Ground into Gorgeous Riverfront Park

Newark Transforms Contaminated Dumping Ground into Gorgeous Riverfront Park

The park, designed by Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture and Newark’s Planning Office, features a series of fun and educational pictographs engraved within the orange boardwalk’s rail. Visitors can learn about Combined Sewer Overflow, the town of Harrison,

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“Grow Your Own City” Concept Wins the Timber in the City Student Design Competition

“Grow Your Own City” Concept Wins the Timber in the City Student Design Competition

The contest was created by Parsons the New School of Design, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council as a way to promote wood as an ideal green building material, and to challenge students to create

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INTERVIEW: Inside the Studio with Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

INTERVIEW: Inside the Studio with Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

INHABITAT: Elena, how would you describe your photography in one sentence? And Eric, how would you describe your furniture?

ELENA: My photography is a poetic meditation on the world which surrounds me, a visual representation of internal truths, an expression

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B:Hive Co-Working Space Features Buzzworthy Upcycled and Thrifted Decor

B:Hive Co-Working Space Features Buzzworthy Upcycled and Thrifted Decor

B:Hive is positioned to attract talented professionals, freelancers needing reprieve from working out of their homes and those “interesting” people who simply need a cool place to hang out and network with other movers and shakers in the area. “We wanted

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Ridgewood Market Artisan Flea Festival

Ridgewood Market Artisan Flea Festival

This Labor Day, come check out a community driven artisan flea market in Ridgewood, Queens! There will be tons to shop for including vintage clothing, art, home furnishings and more. Plus food and drinks and shoppers are encouraged to stroll around the venue

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Urban Electric Power Opens New Rechargeable Battery Plant in West Harlem

Urban Electric Power Opens New Rechargeable Battery Plant in West Harlem

In a move that will bring technology, innovation and much needed employment to the city of New York, Urban Electric Power (UEP), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the City University of New York (CUNY) recently announced

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Behold, This is the Greenest Block in Brooklyn!

Behold, This is the Greenest Block in Brooklyn!

Photo © Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This year, blocks from more than 25 Brooklyn neighborhoods like Boerum Hill, East Flatbush, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bay Ridge and Windsor Terrace participated in the BBG’s Greenest Block competition. But in the end,

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SHoP Architects’ Dancing Towers Break Ground on First Avenue and Could Be Storm Resistant

SHoP Architects’ Dancing Towers Break Ground on First Avenue and Could Be Storm Resistant

From a community that would double as a storm surge protector to flood-proof prefab beach buildings, NYC has been leading the charge on all sorts of new ideas that will make it “A Stronger, More Resilient New York.” The folks over at JDS Development have

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New Farmers Market and Public Plaza Might Be Coming to BQE Underpass Thanks to Myrtle Avenue Partnership

New Farmers Market and Public Plaza Might Be Coming to BQE Underpass Thanks to Myrtle Avenue Partnership

At a recent Community Board 2 meeting, the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership expressed its hopes to create a new public plaza underneath the BQE. According to a DNAinfo report, the plans for the renovated space could include everything from a weekend farmers

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DUMBO Walls: Blank Space Under the BQE Transformed into a Vibrant Open Air Art Exhibition

DUMBO Walls: Blank Space Under the BQE Transformed into a Vibrant Open Air Art Exhibition

Artists CAM, MOMO, Stefan Sagmesiter, Yuko Shizimu, Shepard Fairey, Eltono, and Faith 47 added their signature styles to the walls with colorful, semi-permanent murals. Visitors can marvel at the outdoor art exhibition, which traverses the walkway near the

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Disco Ball Crafting with Shaun

Disco Ball Crafting with Shaun

Come to BIG!NYC Astoria and upcycle old CDs into your very own Disco Ball!!! Shaun Leonardo from Socrates Sculpture Park will be leading this class and showing you just how it is done from disco ball crafting to salsa dancing! That’s right friends, he will

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NYC Officials Ask EDC to Help Push Lowline Underground Park Project Ahead

NYC Officials Ask EDC to Help Push Lowline Underground Park Project Ahead

The Lowline, an initiative to create an underground park for the Lower East Side, has been progressing slowly but surely over the past few years, and now local officials have also joined in to push the process forward. In a recent letter to Kyle Kimball, the

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Unique “Marche” Concept Reimagines Abandoned Post Offices as Local Supermarkets

Unique “Marche” Concept Reimagines Abandoned Post Offices as Local Supermarkets

Speaking in an interview with NYSID, Reuter said that repurposing the post offices could serve a variety of functions. Firstly, the historic character of the buildings would be preserved, and their original function as a focal point of any given community

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Four Finalists Selected in FAR ROC Competition to Design Storm-Resistant Rockaway Housing

Four Finalists Selected in FAR ROC Competition to Design Storm-Resistant Rockaway Housing

Each of the four finalists will receive $30,000 to take their initial design briefs to the next level. As part of the FAR ROC competition, they will receive a guided tour of the Arverne East site in the Rockaways and participate in a community engagement workshop

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Researchers Find That Forgotten 150-Year-Old Seawall Saved Part of NJ from Hurricane Sandy

Researchers Find That Forgotten 150-Year-Old Seawall Saved Part of NJ from Hurricane Sandy

Two side-by-side beach communities in New Jersey – though seemingly similar – fared very differently when Hurricane Sandy hit their shores, and now researchers understand why. Led by Jennifer L. Irish, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering

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Astoria Park Shore Fest 2013

Astoria Park Shore Fest 2013

The Astoria Park Alliance, in coalition with the Department of Transportation (DOT), Build It Green!NYC (BIG!NYC), We Heart Astoria, plus Green Shores NYC and other community groups and local businesses, invite you to celebrate at this summer’s Astoria Park

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SHoP Architects Unveils New East River Waterfront Esplanade Renderings

SHoP Architects Unveils New East River Waterfront Esplanade Renderings

A host of cool new amenities will enable New Yorkers to safely enjoy waterfront activities, including a shred park for skateboarders, planter-lounge seating, bar stools overlooking the river, and special cantilevering fishing boxes that separate fishermen

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World Architecture Day

World Architecture Day

Following last year’s success in London, World Architecture Day 2013 is back and it’s going to be bigger, better and bolder than ever. Set within the backdrop of Archtober, and in partnership with the AIA NY, the three day event will be hosted in New York

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Abandoned Lot Turned into Public Farm and Mountain Bike Course in Brooklyn

Abandoned Lot Turned into Public Farm and Mountain Bike Course in Brooklyn

The temporary park space that Two Trees Management announced back in March for a vacant lot near their Domino Sugar Refinery housing complex site is now open to the public! The previously empty land was transformed into Havemeyer Park and Brooklyn Bike Park,

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Raising Green: a Sustainability Party and Fundraiser

Raising Green: a Sustainability Party and Fundraiser

Earlier this Spring, GreenspaceNYC celebrated its 2nd birthday, and now they’re looking to continue to move the organization forward in its goal of facilitating a green community in the city through free events, discussions and projects.

To join their growth

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