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Massive Explosion in East Harlem Shakes Morning Commute

by , 03/12/14
filed under: Manhattan

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Just moments ago, a loud explosion got many East Harlem residents and commuters taking to Twitter to ask “What the hell was that?!” Our own Alyssa Alimurung, who lives in the area, described it as a “loud boom and smoke” and others are reporting that two buildings have collapsed on 116th Street and Park Avenue. There is no word yet on the cause of the collapse. If you have any information, please let us know in the comments below.

Additional updates below.

A video of the smoke taken by Instagram user lovcole

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Could Present Architecture’s Green Loop Composting Park Concept Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

by , 03/12/14
filed under: Parks,Urban Farming

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BoConcept and nendo Debut New Line Featuring Transforming Furniture Designed for Small Spaces

by , 03/11/14

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NYC Planning Commission Approves $1.5 Billion Domino Sugar Factory Redevelopment Plan

by , 03/11/14

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Last week, the New York City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve Two Trees‘ $1.5 billion Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment plan in Williamsburg. The rather controversial project calls for the transformation of the old sugar refinery site into residential towers designed by SHoP Architects, as well as communal areas and green spaces along the waterfront. One of the main areas of contention has been the amount of affordable housing available within the complex, and the proposal was at risk of falling through completely after a last minute request from Mayor Bill de Blasio for more low-cost units shortly before the Planning Commission’s vote.

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New ASTORIA FLEA & FOOD Weekend Market to Open at Kaufman Astoria Studios This May

by , 03/11/14

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NYC weekend market fans will soon have a new destination to check out starting this May. Long Island City’s popular LIC FLEA & FOOD is teaming up with Kaufman Astoria Studios to present a new shopping and dining destination located at the backlot of the world-famous movie and TV studio in Astoria, Queens. ASTORIA FLEA & FOOD will be the first-ever backlot market in New York City, and will offer visitors an exciting selection of local products, crafts, antiques, arts and eats.

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Liam Neeson Clashes with Mayor de Blasio on NYC Horse Carriage Ban

by , 03/10/14
filed under: Animals,Manhattan,Politics

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You probably know Liam Neeson for his Taken movie series, but now the actor has taken a starring role in the fight against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed horse carriage ban. Last Sunday, the action star toured the Clinton Park Stables on West 52nd Street in support of keeping NYC’s horse-drawn carriage industry going. The event included members of the City Council and Teamsters Union, and was organized to raise awareness of the carriage drivers that de Blasio’s plan would put out of work by shutting down their business.

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Don’t Forget to Apply for NYC Green Roof Tax Abatement by March 15th

by , 03/07/14
filed under: Green Roof,Green Space

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The deadline to apply for NYC’s green roof tax abatement program is approaching fast. The Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition recently reminded us that applications must be in by March 15, 2014. New legislation also raised the abatement amount slightly and doubled the per-project cap, meaning even more tax benefits for New Yorkers who install green roofs.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Commissions Dan Graham to Create Its Next Roof Garden Installation

by , 03/06/14
filed under: Art,Art NYC

Artist Dan Graham will soon be creating one of his famous sculptural glass pavilions atop the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum commissioned Graham to erect a site-specific piece for its Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden with the help of Günther Vogt, a Swiss landscape architect who has designed numerous outdoor spaces all across Europe. The rooftop structure will be constructed using a combination of hedge rows and two-way mirrored glass, which will create panels that are both reflective and transparent.

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Outbreak of Rare Skin Infection Caused by Contaminated Seafood from Asian Markets in NYC

by , 03/06/14
filed under: Food,Health

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NYC health officials are warning New Yorkers not to touch live or raw seafood from Asian fish markets in the city with their bare hands. The Health Department announced yesterday that it has pinpointed fish and other seafood purchased at markets in Flushing, Queens, Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Chinatown in Lower Manhattan as the source of a rare skin infection caused by Mycobacterium marinum bacteria. At least 30 people have reported red, tender bumps on their skin after handling the contaminated seafood.

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DEP Looking to Give Out $6M in Grants to Green Ideas for NYC

by , 03/05/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Queens,Water

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New Yorkers looking to green up their neighborhoods now have a chance to get some serious funding for their ideas. The Department of Environmental Protection is currently accepting applications for new projects that will help absorb rainwater to prevent sewer overflows into waterways, and is offering $6 million in grants for the best submissions. The Green Infrastructure Grant Program is open to community groups, non-profits, and property owners with designs on how to reduce and manage storm water in their communities.

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Musical Subway Turnstile System Could Turn Commutes into Mini Symphonies

by , 03/05/14
filed under: Transportation

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Bored straphangers may be in for an acoustic treat on their commutes if James Murphy has his way. The DJ, producer, and former front man for LCD Soundsystem has devised a program that could replace the blasé beeps heard when entering subway turnstiles with pleasing musical notes. In Murphy’s system, each NYC subway station would have its own set of signature sounds activated by people using their MetroCards. The computer-controlled sequences could even produce complete symphonies when enough people are swiping!

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DEC Says It Will Revise Plan to Kill Mute Swans Thanks to 50,000 Opposition Emails

by , 03/04/14
filed under: Animals,Brooklyn

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News of the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation’s recent proposal to eliminate the mute swan population in Prospect Park sparked a public outcry that resulted in 50,000 opposition emails. Taking the reaction of the community into consideration, the DEC has announced that it plans to review the comments and concerns and come back with a revised plan this spring. The initial proposal called for the extermination of the swans over the next 11 years.

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PHOTOS: See the World Trade Center PATH Station’s First New Platform

by , 03/04/14

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The High Line’s Final Section Will Harken Back to a Wonderfully Wild Aesthetic

by , 03/03/14

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 to Open This Spring with Roller Rink, Shuffleboard and Bocce Courts

by , 02/28/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Parks

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 is on track to wrap up construction by this spring, and visitors will soon be able to enjoy exciting amenities including a new roller rink. When complete, the newly renovated five-acre pier’s marquee attraction will be available for recreational roller and in-line skating, roller hockey, and roller derby. The pier will also offer all kinds of courts for basketball, bocce ball, shuffleboard and other sports.

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Get One of 12,000 Free Trees Being Given Away by MillionTreesNYC This Spring!

Get One of 12,000 Free Trees Being Given Away by MillionTreesNYC This Spring!

New Yorkers sick of Old Man Winter now have another exciting reason to look forward to spring: New York’s MillionTreesNYC just announced its annual spring tree giveaway and it’s going to be the biggest one yet! The PlaNYC greening initiative, which already

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Uses the ShareRoller to Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Uses the ShareRoller to Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike

Photo courtesy of Jeff Guida

Guida, a New York-based engineer and entrepreneur, created the ShareRoller after being turned off by Citi Bikes’ hefty frames. “I kind of felt like I was pulling a trailer,’ Guida told us. “I love them, but they’re 3 speeds

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6 Bizarre Architectural Destinations You Have to See in Brooklyn

6 Bizarre Architectural Destinations You Have to See in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Heights Brownstone Hiding a Secret Underground Portal
Brooklyn Heights is one of Brooklyn’s most coveted neighborhoods. Brimming with beautiful brownstones and tree-lined streets, and located just steps away from the waterfront, it’s no surprise

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

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

There’s no debate that the students of today will be the driving force behind innovations in green technology and energy tomorrow. To support these future leaders, MOUSE and Solar One recently launched GreenTECH, a certification program that gives under-served

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Find One of These Art-Adorned Citi Bikes and Get Free Admission to the Armory Show

Find One of These Art-Adorned Citi Bikes and Get Free Admission to the Armory Show

Citi Bike will be getting into the spirit of next week’s Armory Show by showing off 10 art-emblazoned bikes designed by world-renowned artist Xu Zhen. The bike share program teamed up with the annual showcase to commission Zhen to transform the bikes into

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Con Edison Required to Invest $1 Billion to Protect Systems from Climate Change

Con Edison Required to Invest $1 Billion to Protect Systems from Climate Change

In a victory for Consolidated Edison customers, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) recently ruled that the utility company invest $1 billion to protect its energy delivery systems from climate change without raising rates. The ruling came after

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Step Inside the Trippy, Book-Lined Interior of D’espresso Cafe in NYC

Step Inside the Trippy, Book-Lined Interior of D’espresso Cafe in NYC

Even in today’s digital world, printed books still enjoy a huge fan following. There’s just something about holding a real book in your hand, wondering about the author, the characters, and the hands that might have held it before you. Nemaworkshop, a New

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Port Authority Opens World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s First PATH Train Platform

Port Authority Opens World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s First PATH Train Platform

The Port Authority is making headway with their World Trade Center transportation hub, and launched the PATH station’s first train platform this morning. The newly opened Platform A boasts new speakers, lighting, escalators and elevators, and connects the

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Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program Aims to Prevent Future Hurricanes From Crippling NYC Medical System

Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program Aims to Prevent Future Hurricanes From Crippling NYC Medical System

When Hurricane Sandy struck in October of 2012, one of its most dire consequences was that it effectively put six New York hospitals out of commission. The facilities could have provided critical disaster relief, however they were shut down forcing 6,500

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WORKac Adds a Cheery Greenhouse and Kitchen to P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard

WORKac Adds a Cheery Greenhouse and Kitchen to P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard

The greenhouse garden portion of the building is made of polycarbonate and aluminum to help let in light throughout the day. The attached kitchen classroom is clad in multi-colored, pixelated patterns formed by low-cost shingles. There are also porthole windows

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