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Team Behind Floating East River + Pool Launches a Lab to Test the Proverbial Waters

by , 04/11/14
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Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

by , 04/10/14

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The New York City Department of Transportation wants to give Upper Manhattan bikers a helping hand with a whole new set of bike lanes, as well as the area’s first protected bike lane this summer. The DOT recently presented new plans before the Community Board 12 transportation committee to add a parking-protected lane along a one-way, southbound street on Fort George Hill. If all goes well with the community board, the city will install a bike lane with a three-foot buffer behind parked cars, giving riders an extra bit of security along Fairview Avenue between Dyckman Street and Nagle Avenue.

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New 103,000-Sq-Ft LEED-Certified Manny Cantor Center and Gym Opens on the Lower East Side

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LOT-EK Proposes Resilient DUNE CO-HABITAT to Defend Against Flooding in the Rockaways

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MIT’s “New Meadowlands” Marshland Plan Could Protect New York from the Next Hurricane Sandy

by , 04/09/14

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Yesterday we took an early peek at the top ten designs from the Rebuild By Design competition, a contest to find ideas that protect the tri-state area from future superstorms. One of the most interesting proposals, entitled “New Meadowlands,” comes from a team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The plan focuses on using existing marshlands to make vulnerable areas of New Jersey and metropolitan New York more resilient in the face of rising tides.

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SuralArk: Giant Ark Coming to Queens to Raise Climate Change Awareness

by , 04/09/14
filed under: Art NYC,Queens,Water

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A modern-day Noah’s Ark will be coming to Astoria’s Socrates Sculpture Park this summer. While it won’t house animals or humans like its biblical counterpart, the hope is that the massive boat sculpture will get visitors thinking about the realities of climate change. Designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold, the fifty-foot wooden “SuralArk” will resemble an overturned ship, but will double as a shaded shelter for park goers. The ark will also pay tribute the area’s marine history and highlight its vulnerability to rising tides.

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TONIGHT: Cities by Water: Solutions from Copenhagen and New York Discussion at the Center for Architecture

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The mass destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy was unprecedented for many New Yorkers, but serious floods are nothing new for cities like Copenhagen. In order to open up a dialogue about important lessons we can learn from Copenhagen’s experience, the Consulate General of Denmark and AIA New York will be hosting “Cities by Water”, a keynote conversation between architect Bjarke Ingels and the City Architect of Copenhagen, Tina Saaby, with a panel discussion including Henk Ovink, Senior Advisor of the HUD/Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and Roland Lewis from the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. The event will take place tonight from 6-8pm at the Center for Architecture in New York (536 LaGuardia Place NY, NY 10012). Click here for more information and to register.

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

While the Brooklyn Nets are positioning themselves for the NBA postseason, their home arena just scored a victory for the environment. NYC-based Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Company are teaming up to install a new green roof atop Barclays Center designed by SHoP Architects. The entertainment and sports venue at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues has already achieved LEED Silver certification for its sustainable design and construction methods, and will now be topped off with a 130,000-square-foot planted roof.

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Rebuild by Design Competition Unveils Shortlist of Proposals for a Resilient Post-Sandy World

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New Jersey Brush Fire Causes Smoke to Waft into New York

by , 04/07/14
filed under: New Jersey

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Many New York residents woke up to the smell of smoke this morning due to a brush fire that consumed part of a forest in central New Jersey. The blaze burned down 30 acres of the Wharton State Forest, a large preserve northwest of Atlantic City, and has since been partially contained. New York City’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted this morning that smoke from the fire could be detected as far away as Staten Island and Brooklyn.

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Tour a Fabulous Brooklyn Brownstone Renovated by NYC Fashion Designer and Homeowner JoAnn Berman

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Could This Proposed Tax Break Help Citi Bike with Its Financial Woes?

by , 04/03/14

It’s no secret now that Citi Bike is having financial woes, but New York Senator Charles Schumer has an idea that could help them out. Schumer has proposed an amendment to a tax bill for a Citi Bike commuter tax break. If passed, employees who commute via bike sharing could write off $20 each month as a commuting expense on their tax form, possibly increasing ridership.

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Tavern on the Green Set to Reopen This Month with a Menu Featuring Local Ingredients

by , 04/03/14
filed under: Food,Manhattan

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After two years of renovations and a series of hold ups, Central Park‘s historic Tavern on the Green restaurant is finally set to reopen this month. Philadelphia restaurateurs Jim Caiola and David Salama announced that their revamped version of the dining landmark, which dates back to the 1880s, will be ready to open its doors on April 24th. Eaters eager to delve into the Tavern’s new menu, which will feature local foods, can start booking their reservations right now.

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LOT-EK Wins Fashion Institute of Technology’s 2014 Lawrence Israel Prize

by , 04/02/14
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Architecture studio LOT-EK’s founding partners Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano were recently named the winners of the annual Lawrence Israel Prize by the Interior Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The firm, which is an Inhabitat favorite for their innovative shipping container architecture, was praised by the jury as a “keen role model for all students of design, particularly the students at FIT.” To celebrate the award, Tolla and Lignano will discuss their work in a free and public talk titled “O+O (Objects and Operations)” on Tuesday, April 22 at 6PM at the Katie Murphy Amphitheater at FIT.

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Mayor de Blasio Appoints Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Leadership Team

by , 04/02/14

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NYC residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy are getting an extra helping hand as the city plans to reallocate $100 million in funding towards rebuilding homes destroyed in the storm. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new rebuilding leadership team that will help get homeowners the funds they need faster by cutting through the administrative red tape. At a news conference in Rockaway Park, Queens, the mayor, alongside Senator Chuck Schumer, appointed three new city officials to a senior leadership team that will oversee and execute the city’s Superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts.

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Have Your Broken Stuff Fixed at the Pop-Up Repair Shop!

Have Your Broken Stuff Fixed at the Pop-Up Repair Shop!

Stop! Before you throw out that busted lamp or that broken paper shredder, bring them over to the Pop-Up Repair shop for a chance to get them working like brand new. The roving repair center will be opening up a new shop in Manhattan this week. If you’ve

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night at the Space-Age LEED Gold Yotel in Times Square

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night at the Space-Age LEED Gold Yotel in Times Square

Guests are greeted by Yotel’s famous luggage-toting robot at the Tenth Avenue entrance, which uses its 20-foot arm to safely stores suitcases and bags. Automatic check-in kiosks also greet visitors on the ground floor. If its human interaction you crave,

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City Council Approves Plan to Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages with Human-Powered Citi Bike Pedicabs

City Council Approves Plan to Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages with Human-Powered Citi Bike Pedicabs

On Monday, the New York City Council approved a new plan to replace Central Park’s controversial horse-drawn carriages with human-powered Citi Bike pedicabs. The decision came as a welcome surprise to animal rights activists as well as to Citi Bike, which

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Commuters Panic as Sergey Brin’s Google Glass Catches Fire on NYC Subway

Commuters Panic as Sergey Brin’s Google Glass Catches Fire on NYC Subway

A southbound E train was suspended this morning due to an accident involving Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The incident began when an unidentified iPhone user stood up and called Brin a “glasshole” for wearing his Google Glass on the subway. According to

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EXCLUSIVE: Photos Leaked of Leo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower

EXCLUSIVE: Photos Leaked of Leo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower

Photos of Greenwich Village’s favorite resident, the luscious Leo DiCaprio, in his infamous vitamin C-infused shower have just been leaked, and we’re thrilled to be the ones to show you these scintillating green design pics. The eco-conscious actor recently

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NYPD Makes Sinister Discovery in Refrigerator of a Brooklyn Heights Brownstone

NYPD Makes Sinister Discovery in Refrigerator of a Brooklyn Heights Brownstone

Last year, Inhabitat reported on a Brooklyn Heights brownstone that hides a secret portal to the NYC underground, but it turns out that wasn’t the only thing off about the building. The NYPD was recently called to the faux home when MTA workers stationed inside

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Google Signs Agreement with NYC Mayor to Replace NYC Taxis With Driverless Google Cabs

Google Signs Agreement with NYC Mayor to Replace NYC Taxis With Driverless Google Cabs

If you’re sick of dealing with rude New York City cab drivers, we’ve got some welcome news for you. Yesterday Mayor de Blasio signed a contract with Google to start bringing Google’s patented driverless cars into the New York Taxi fleet. The mayor’s office

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Barclays Center Could Get a Giant, Sound-Absorbing Green Roof

Barclays Center Could Get a Giant, Sound-Absorbing Green Roof

The LEED Silver-certified home of the Brooklyn Nets may soon be getting even more verdant with a lush green roof. Barclays Center chronicler Norman Oder recently uncovered the venue’s planted roof plan, which is described as “a secondary roof with a structural

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NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

Last week, many Gowanus residents were outraged to find out that the city has approved the first stage of a plan to turn the Gowanus Canal into a Venice-like tourist area. The hope is that the new mini neighborhood, dubbed “Little Gowanice”, will generate

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to NYC

10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to NYC

In an effort to reduce the number of plastic bags clogging landfills, the New York City Council introduced legislation last week to implement a 10-cent fee per bag at stores. The monetary incentive for customers to carry their own reusable bags is already

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