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Curiously Tiny Door Pops Up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Curiously Tiny Door Pops Up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Despite its size, the tiny door caught our eye with its bold red color and fancy Federal styling. As you might have guessed, it doesn’t actually lead to a tiny apartment, but a closer look did reveal a QR code that led us to its raison d’etre.

The tiny

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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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Did This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Poster’s 9/11 Imagery Go Too Far?

Did This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Poster’s 9/11 Imagery Go Too Far?

There’s already been a ton of hype surrounding the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, but not all of the attention has been positive. A new poster pairing a pic of the reptilian heroes jumping out of an exploding building with not-so-subtle text calling

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Garage Filled with 1,000 Plants Gives Yellow Cab Drivers a Breath of Fresh Air

Garage Filled with 1,000 Plants Gives Yellow Cab Drivers a Breath of Fresh Air

We’ve seen some amazing green interiors, but an automotive garage? The anonymous owner of a taxi garage in Queens, New York recently shared this photo of his space filled with 1,000 plants with NBC News. “I like to be in a nice environment, a clean environment,”

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8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

Photo by Heather Shimmin
230 Fifth Rooftop Bar and Restaurant
230 Fifth Ave. Manhattan

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted

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VIDEO: See How Staten Island Eels Help Measure Improved Water Quality in NYC

VIDEO: See How Staten Island Eels Help Measure Improved Water Quality in NYC

Did you know that there are eels living in Staten Island? The slippery creatures add to the Staten Island Bluebelt’s ecological diversity, but they also do double duty as indicators of the borough’s award-winning, stormwater management system, which preserves

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Pensa’s New Swiss Army Knife-Like Merge Bike Can Even Charge Your Smartphone

Pensa’s New Swiss Army Knife-Like Merge Bike Can Even Charge Your Smartphone

Inhabitat stopped by Pensa’s offices in DUMBO earlier this month for sneak preview of the Merge. Mark Prommel, creative director at Pensa, told us that the inventive new bike was designed in collaboration with Horse Cycles founder Thomas Callahan. The frame

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PARA-project Transforms a 1930s Attic into Stunning Writer’s Workshop and Library

PARA-project Transforms a 1930s Attic into Stunning Writer’s Workshop and Library

Built for a client who is both a writer and a bookbinder, this renovated attic primarily serves as a work space, but also includes a guest room and leisure area. To break up the rectilinear space, PARA-project inserted curved walls made from locally sourced

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Tour Kickstarter’s Beautiful New Green-Roofed Headquarters Inside an Old Pencil Factory

Tour Kickstarter’s Beautiful New Green-Roofed Headquarters Inside an Old Pencil Factory

After purchasing the abandoned factory on Kent St., the Kickstarter team brought in Ole Sondresen Architects to transform it into their dream headquarters. Ole Sondresen also enlisted the help of designer Camille Finefrock with the landscaping and interior

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Who Put This Mysterious Little Living Room on One of NYC’s Most Deserted Islands?

Who Put This Mysterious Little Living Room on One of NYC’s Most Deserted Islands?

Has someone turned New York’s North Brother Island into their own personal outdoor living room? Kayaker Jamie Roderick recently shared the mysterious set-up he spied on the 13-acre islet off the Bronx with The Gothamist, and it’s really got us wondering.

Roderick

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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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Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline’s Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline’s Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

The LowLine could be the world’s first underground park–if it gets the funding to happen. Promoted as New York City’s next revolutionary green space, the design concept flips the idea of elevated parks on its head and buries them underground. Girls creator Lena

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See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog Drops Next Month

See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog Drops Next Month

“Everyone goes to sleep and wakes up, but everything in between those moments is very personal,” said Patty Lobell, Sales Manager, IKEA U.S. “We all have individual needs when it comes to our morning and evening routines. IKEA understands how people live

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Citi Bike Could Double Its Bike-Share Fleet with Multimillion-Dollar Investment Deal

Citi Bike Could Double Its Bike-Share Fleet with Multimillion-Dollar Investment Deal

Earlier this year, the future of NYC’s Citi Bike looked bleak after reports of “significant financial and operational issues,” but a multimillion-dollar deal expected to close in a week is poised to keep the bike-share program rolling. According to the Wall Street Journal, REQX Ventures, an affiliate of real-estate tycoon Related Companies, has been in […]

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Vandals Break into Historic NY State Pavilion, Damage 50-Year-Old Terrazzo Map with Fire

Vandals Break into Historic NY State Pavilion, Damage 50-Year-Old Terrazzo Map with Fire

Just when things were looking up for the NY State Pavilion a new report says vandals ruined part of the 50-year-old terrazzo map. A motely crew reportedly broke into the historic park last weekend and set fire to a stolen van. Thankfully the van did not explode,

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Solar-Powered Boogie Down Booth Pops Up Under a South Bronx Subway Station

Solar-Powered Boogie Down Booth Pops Up Under a South Bronx Subway Station

One of New York’s hottest music scenes can now be found in a very unexpected spot! Yesterday, the NYC Department of Transportation and the Design Trust for Public Space unveiled the “Boogie Down Booth”—a 24/7, all-access Bronx-born music experience

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What is a “Poor Door” and Why Is It Causing So Much Controversy?

What is a “Poor Door” and Why Is It Causing So Much Controversy?

Sanctioned racial segregation was abolished in the U.S. in 1964, but a recent housing decision has shown that class segregation is still alive and well in New York City. The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development recently approved a controversial

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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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Brooklyness Introduces the World’s First Universal Bike Meant to Fit 99% of the Population

Brooklyness Introduces the World’s First Universal Bike Meant to Fit 99% of the Population

A one-size-fits-most bike that can be used by 99% of the population? It may sound like a pipe dream, but Brooklyness believes it can be achieved with their new ergonomic, Universal Bike. The Greenpoint-based company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign

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Grab a Drink at These 6 Amazing Outdoor Bars in New York City

Grab a Drink at These 6 Amazing Outdoor Bars in New York City

Terrace at Yotel
If you’re around Times Square, head over to the rainbow-friendly Terrace at Yotel for an escape from the throngs of tourists. The outdoor garden overlooks a northern view of Midtown West and offers punches, sake and sangria specials. Late

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WeeWeeFree Directs Those That Need to Pee to Local Businesses with Toilets

WeeWeeFree Directs Those That Need to Pee to Local Businesses with Toilets

There’s a reason that NYC subways have that oh-so-distinctive “eau de toilet” scent. Sometimes finding an open bathroom in the city without having to make a purchase can be close to impossible. But Stefan George thinks he has a solution that will be a win-win

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Barker Freeman Adds a Clever “Floating” Bedroom to This Chic Brooklyn Apartment

Barker Freeman Adds a Clever “Floating” Bedroom to This Chic Brooklyn Apartment

When the owners of this Brooklyn duplex decided to add an additional children’s room to accommodate their growing family, it seemed inevitable that they would have to sacrifice the spacious feel of their loft-like apartment. But thanks to the creative ingenuity

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8 Unique Room Dividers to Section Off Your Space in Style

8 Unique Room Dividers to Section Off Your Space in Style

Plastic Bottle Room Divider
Take a tip from the repurposing gurus at TerraCycle and copy their plastic bottle partitions. You can use clear bottles if you want light to pass through your bottle wall or darker bottles if you prefer more privacy.

LEGO

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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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5 Ways to Green Your Home and Get Back Money Doing It

5 Ways to Green Your Home and Get Back Money Doing It

Building green isn’t just helpful to the environment – it could also put some Benjamins back in your pocket. In the last few years, New York City kickbacks for buying hybrid cars and energy star appliances have waned, but DNAinfo has collated a new list

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NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently released $41 billion affordable housing plan to create or preserve 200,000 units for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers over the next ten years contains an important green component – a sustainable retrofit

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Create a Bedroom Wherever You Need One with Dan Hisel’s Awesome Z-Box

Create a Bedroom Wherever You Need One with Dan Hisel’s Awesome Z-Box

The Z-Box comes as a boxed set of 12 parts that can be assembled on-site into a freestanding room. The frame itself is made of Douglas fir wood and measures 12-feet-wide and 10-feet-tall. Inside, there isn’t just space for a bed; it also includes a closet,

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VIDEO: See the Cool New Way This Brooklyn Whole Foods is Delivering Groceries

VIDEO: See the Cool New Way This Brooklyn Whole Foods is Delivering Groceries

Just when you thought the Gowanus Whole Foods couldn’t be any more Brooklyn – what with its rooftop farm, bearded shoppers, vinyl aisle and kale everything – it goes and starts a cargo bike delivery program! The Third and 3rd location of the supermarket giant

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Park Slope’s New Solar Panel-Clad Residential Building Puts Its Best Facade Forward

Park Slope’s New Solar Panel-Clad Residential Building Puts Its Best Facade Forward

A brand new building with a shiny solar facade has popped up in the Park Slope, Brooklyn. Designed by McMahon Studio, this cool structure features a 7KW photovoltaic-clad front that brings a futuristic new aesthetic to the traditionally brick and brownstone

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Here’s Your Chance to Help Plan the Future of NYC’s Public Transit System

Here’s Your Chance to Help Plan the Future of NYC’s Public Transit System

This week, the MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission will be hosting a series of meetings that include expert panels and public input sessions that will allow New Yorkers to give their ideas on how to improve the city’s mass transit system into the 21st

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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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Salvage Supperclub: Would You Dine on Food Scraps in a Dumpster for $50 a Head?

Salvage Supperclub: Would You Dine on Food Scraps in a Dumpster for $50 a Head?

Would you pay $50 to eat food scraps in a dumpster? Grad student Josh Treuhaft’s supper club offered up exquisite culinary creations by chefs from the Natural Gourmet Institute – all made from vegetables bound for the garbage bin. Last month, Treuhaft

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6 Smart Tips for Cooking and Entertaining in Tiny Apartments

6 Smart Tips for Cooking and Entertaining in Tiny Apartments

Terri showing an audience at the Museum of the City of New York’s Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers exhibit how to cook in a 325 sq. ft. micro apartment. The installation will be closing on September 15th, so if you haven’t checked it out yet,

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ENYA Invites You to Come See the Future of the QueensWay Elevated Park

ENYA Invites You to Come See the Future of the QueensWay Elevated Park

The exhibition opens at 6PM and will showcase the top four designs, one honorable mention, and a slideshow of all 120 entries. The competition drew in concepts from 28 countries all over the world. The show is also being presented as part of the 2014 AIA New

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PHOTOS: Explore Awakening Garden’s Tiny Cabins Nestled in the Trees

PHOTOS: Explore Awakening Garden’s Tiny Cabins Nestled in the Trees

Carin tells Inhabitat how she and her husband collected old treasures for many years before they bought the land that Awakening Garden has grown out of, including old timber tables, windows, chairs, and random knick knacks that give her cabins so much charm.

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You’re Invited: Sustainable Summer Fest Heats Up Underground Dance Venue Beef Cuts This Weekend

You’re Invited: Sustainable Summer Fest Heats Up Underground Dance Venue Beef Cuts This Weekend

Join the Ethical Writers Coalition this weekend at Beef Cuts, NYC’s newest underground electronic music venue, for a sustainable summer party of epic proportions. Venture into the newly built outdoor dance house in Bushwick and stop by the repurposed shipping

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The Mystery of New York’s Original High Line Park: Why Did It Vanish?

The Mystery of New York’s Original High Line Park: Why Did It Vanish?

Nowadays, there is not even a trace of the old park.

When the High Line opened back in 2009, many hailed it as the first park of its kind in New York City. But did you know that another elevated park existed long before its West Side successor? The New

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New York’s Nordstrom Tower Set to Be the World’s Tallest Residential Building

New York’s Nordstrom Tower Set to Be the World’s Tallest Residential Building

It looks like New York has trumped Chicago once again. Willis Tower recently lost to One World Trade Center when the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat counted 1 WTC’s spire as a permanent feature, bringing the height to a symbolic 1,776 feet compared

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Underwater Robot to Investigate Radiation Leak at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

Underwater Robot to Investigate Radiation Leak at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

After a radiation leak was detected at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY in March, officials are finally planning to investigate the source of the problem using an underwater drone. The plan is to deploy a camera-equipped robot to seek

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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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