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Controversial Cornell Fine Arts Library expansion features soaring stacks of books

Controversial Cornell Fine Arts Library expansion features soaring stacks of books

The new Fine Arts Library (FAL) at Cornell University is causing quite a stir. The project, now two years in development, involves lobbing off the top floor of the 100-year-old Rand Hall, a campus icon, in order for the FAL to expand and occupy the top

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Far Rockaway breaks ground on storm-resilient low-income housing for seniors

Far Rockaway breaks ground on storm-resilient low-income housing for seniors

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens officials announced last week the groundbreaking of an affordable housing development for low-income seniors in Far Rockaway. The Beach Channel Senior Apartments are slated for completion in 2017, when the seven-story use

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Busted! 26 NYC buildings are still using banned No. 6 oil

Busted! 26 NYC buildings are still using banned No. 6 oil

The 26 NYC buildings still illegally using No. 6 oil include the Coach HQ and a luxury Fifth Ave. building across the street from the Met.

Related: Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC Call For Solar Plants on Landfills, Banning Dirty Oils

Via DNA

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Maine Sail Freight sets course from Portland to Boston full of small farm goodies

Maine Sail Freight sets course from Portland to Boston full of small farm goodies

The Eastern Seaboard is about to take a trip back in time with Maine Sail Freight’s quest to deliver goods from Maine to Boston.  The adventure starts at Portland on August 27th with the loading of goods made by small local trades and farmers to be to

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A $579 million hurricane levee could be coming to Staten Island

A $579 million hurricane levee could be coming to Staten Island

As climate change continues to spank the northeast with intense storms and sea levels continue to rise around the globe, urban planners everywhere are struggling to develop ways to keep the water quite literally at bay. Staten Island is no different the

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Zaha Hadid unveils temporary silver art tunnel near her in-progress High Line condos

Zaha Hadid unveils temporary silver art tunnel near her in-progress High Line condos

While Zaha Hadid’s futuristic condos on the High Line are under construction, she wanted to give people a reason to visit – and something to look at. A temporary installation debuted last week, composed of a curving metal frame covered with a silver

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$2.1 million Metro North Railroad energy efficiency project completed in NY

$2.1 million Metro North Railroad energy efficiency project completed in NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the Metro North Railroad improvement project, worth $2.1 million, is complete. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Metro-North Railroad North White Plains Train Yard now has increased energy with

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Artistic construction worker conceals his artwork behind swanky condo walls

Artistic construction worker conceals his artwork behind swanky condo walls

As reported by the NY Times,

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Though Mr. Osmanaj didn’t know it, the eight-unit condominium at 560 West 24th, developed by Adam Gordon Holdings and Tavros Development Partners, was designed with serious a

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Public outrage as de Blasio considers getting rid of Times Square pedestrian plazas

Public outrage as de Blasio considers getting rid of Times Square pedestrian plazas

Apparently, street performers in Times Square have become such a nuisance that the city is considering doing away with the pedestrian plazas. Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that he would consider removing the plazas, which were installed six ago,

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Will you be at Citi Bike’s first-ever bike-in movie night?

Will you be at Citi Bike’s first-ever bike-in movie night?

In Williamsburg next week, a bikesplosion will be celebrated. Within the last two days, Citi Bike has installed 15 new stations in the neighborhood and on Tuesday, August 25, Brooklyn Flea Space will host the first-ever “bike-in” movie night. The a

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Chelsea condo strikes LEED Gold for its emphasis on healthy living and indoor air quality

Chelsea condo strikes LEED Gold for its emphasis on healthy living and indoor air quality

From honking cars to urinating strangers, most New Yorkers can agree the city is not the cleanest. In the bustling city that never sleeps, BKSK Architects challenges our city and raises the bar for healthy living. The Citizen prioritizes on optimum air

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New SeaGlass carousel takes you on an underwater adventure inside of giant, illuminated fish

New SeaGlass carousel takes you on an underwater adventure inside of giant, illuminated fish

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New solar-powered composting center may be coming to Gowanus

New solar-powered composting center may be coming to Gowanus

The Gowanus Canal Conservancy hopes a new solar-powered composting center will soon flank its shores. Locals could bring household food scraps and organic waste to the facility, which would then be transformed into compost for area gardens. In a with of

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Heroic Food Farm gives returning veterans a new mission cultivating sustainably grown food

Heroic Food Farm gives returning veterans a new mission cultivating sustainably grown food

Heroic Food was founded in 2014 by screenwriter Leora Barish in order to address two problems: the challenges veterans face as they transition back into civilian society, and America’s need for new farmers to supply the growing demand for locally and a

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NYC students aim to fill New York Harbor with a billion oysters by 2030

NYC students aim to fill New York Harbor with a billion oysters by 2030

Related: Oyster-tecture: Scape Studio Plans to Build a Park Filled with Millions of Oysters to Clean the Gowanus Canal

Via WSJ

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MoMA’s buzzworthy new statue sports a head made of honey bees

MoMA’s buzzworthy new statue sports a head made of honey bees

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Van hotels let you stay in NYC’s hippest areas for as low as $22 a night

Van hotels let you stay in NYC’s hippest areas for as low as $22 a night

There are many strange sights every day in New York, and each one is just as surprising as the one before. In the latest “you’ve got to see it to believe it” craze, people are renting decked-out sleeper vans for as little as $22 a night. Would you

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Artist planning public funeral procession through the High Line

Artist planning public funeral procession through the High Line

New York-based Michael Nicholas is planning a funeral and you’re invited! As part of what the 44-year-old Hell’s Kitchen artist is calling Wake Up 2015,

Related: Artist Olafur Eliasson invites you to build a giant LEGO city on the Up

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Could Two World Trade Center become the most expensive office tower in the world?

Could Two World Trade Center become the most expensive office tower in the world?

Although the Two World Trade Center building has yet to be started, it looks the Bjarke Ingles-designed building is on track to become the world’s most expensive office building. According to the NY Post, construction of the 2 World Trade Center will a

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NYC’s newest cat café will have an outdoor garden, sake, and Japanese snacks

NYC’s newest cat café will have an outdoor garden, sake, and Japanese snacks

Koneko is slated to open next month on the Lower East Side.

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Kayaking protesters take to the East River to demand promised park

Kayaking protesters take to the East River to demand promised park

Fed up Greenpoint and Williamsburg protestors took to land and water on Sunday to demand the city make good on their promise to build a waterfront park in the area. Along with 100 land-locked protestors, approximately 40 protesters on canoes and kayaks

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Three little piggies make adorable debut at the Prospect Park Zoo

Three little piggies make adorable debut at the Prospect Park Zoo

Prospect Park Zoo welcomed three adorable new residents last week. A trio of Juliana pigs debuted in the barn area of the zoo, making it the first time the Brooklyn zoo has had pigs on display. Judging from the video above released by Wildlife Society,

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Chick-fil-A’s new NYC restaurant to serve up locally sourced grub in a green space

Chick-fil-A’s new NYC restaurant to serve up locally sourced grub in a green space

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Citi Bike rolls out two new stations on Governors Island

Citi Bike rolls out two new stations on Governors Island

Citi Bike activated two new docking stations on Governors Island this week for its bike share program, which has racked up 2 million trips since its inception in 2013. This marks a huge benefit for visitors, since it eliminates the need to bring one’s

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Free Cat Cafe features colorful kitty skywalks and adoptable feline friends in Hoboken

Free Cat Cafe features colorful kitty skywalks and adoptable feline friends in Hoboken

Wednesday 8/5 until Sunday 8/9 and the goal of the café is to get cats adopted and generate donations to help support North Shore Animal League America (NSALA).

The Cat Café has been built in partnership with Optimum, the local company. I work at

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Hide from the world at this mirrored sauna that disappears into the woods

Hide from the world at this mirrored sauna that disappears into the woods

The Cadyville Sauna seems simple, but the design is quite smart, like Hisel’s other designs. The structure was built from local western red cedar and stones, lending a natural appearance to the little hut that underplays the luxury within. Hisel the in

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Enter the 2016 City of Dreams Pavilion competition and see your design come to life on Governors Island

Enter the 2016 City of Dreams Pavilion competition and see your design come to life on Governors Island

FIGMENT has opened the call for entries in its 2016 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition for Governors Island.

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Citi Bike to expand across the Hudson into Jersey City

Citi Bike to expand across the Hudson into Jersey City

Jersey City is the newest hub in the Citi Bike bike-sharing program. When the program launches next month, it will add 350 bikes at 35 stations to the existing network of bikes in New York. As promised in the announcement earlier this year, the Jersey 1

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Award-winning KinesicMouse lets the disabled control computers with facial gestures

Award-winning KinesicMouse lets the disabled control computers with facial gestures

AT&T, NYU ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF $100,000 CONNECT ABILITY TECH CHALLENGE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES

Senator Charles Schumer and Disability Advocates Join in Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Act

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Brooklyn Hotel by creators of the Lowline boasts winding gardens and tiny hidden spaces

Brooklyn Hotel by creators of the Lowline boasts winding gardens and tiny hidden spaces

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Mass pigeon kidnapping leaves Washington Square Park locals mourning feathered friends

Mass pigeon kidnapping leaves Washington Square Park locals mourning feathered friends

The troves of pigeons usually infiltrating picnic goers at Washington Square Park haven’t migrated to another city green space, but were apparently part of a mass abduction. As reported by the Washington Square Park Blog, around 300 pigeons were and a

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Waterfront streetcar connecting Queens and Brooklyn could actually happen

Waterfront streetcar connecting Queens and Brooklyn could actually happen

Commuting from Queens to Brooklyn has always been a frustration for straphangers, with few options other than the G train or making your way by several busses. With the booming development of both boroughs in mind, an advisory committee for the city is

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A new 60,000-sq-ft food court is coming to Brooklyn

A new 60,000-sq-ft food court is coming to Brooklyn

The massive overhaul of the Brooklyn Navy Yard will welcome the public with something every loves- food. The BNY Development Corp. has chosen Marvel Architects to design a massive 60,000 square- foot food court. The giant space will serve not only as a

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Cat Camp opens today in NYC (adorable video)

Cat Camp opens today in NYC (adorable video)

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From the people who brought you the first ever Cat Café, Purina ONE is at it again with the first-ever Cat Camp. right,

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Look up at the Empire State Building tomorrow to see giant endangered animals projected  on the side

Look up at the Empire State Building tomorrow to see giant endangered animals projected on the side

If you’re in New York City tomorrow night, don’t forget to look up. The facade of the iconic Empire State Building is set to double as a giant canvas from 9pm to midnight. 33 floors of the landmark will be lit up with a slideshow of endangered animal photos

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Eero Saarinen’s iconic JFK terminal to be reborn as swanky airport hotel and convention center

Eero Saarinen’s iconic JFK terminal to be reborn as swanky airport hotel and convention center

MCR Development will revamp JFK’s Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center into a lavish hotel and convention center, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday at a luncheon in Manhattan. The project will include a 505-room hotel, a museum to the Jet of

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See what LaGuardia Airport’s massive $4 billion makeover will look like

See what LaGuardia Airport’s massive $4 billion makeover will look like

The majority of the cost, according to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport in northern Queens, will go toward tearing down the existing Central Terminal Building and replacing it with a new structure with a grand entry

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139 new Citi Bike stations to be rolled out in NYC this August

139 new Citi Bike stations to be rolled out in NYC this August

Summer cruising is about to get even sweeter, with Citi Bike’s new expansion planned for August. The popular bike share will hit even more neighborhoods, bringing new bike stations to the boroughs. With new and improved software and hardware, Citi 139

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Outdoor pop-up libraries bring literary love to little ones in East Harlem and the South Bronx

Outdoor pop-up libraries bring literary love to little ones in East Harlem and the South Bronx

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Ride down this 270-foot-long water slide when it comes to NYC this weekend

Ride down this 270-foot-long water slide when it comes to NYC this weekend

Urban water sliding sounds a bit like an extreme sport made up for a sitcom script, but it’s real, and it’s coming back to Manhattan. Next month, Slide the City will set up a 270-foot-long waterslide at Foley Square as part of the annual Summer over

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