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New Yorkers Can Now Enjoy a New Pocket Park ‘Oasis’ with Waterfall in Midtown

New Yorkers Can Now Enjoy a New Pocket Park ‘Oasis’ with Waterfall in Midtown

As part of the ongoing East Side Access project, the MTA has opened a new public space in Midtown called the 50th Street Commons. Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction officially inaugurated the new “urban oasis” yesterday as an

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Downtown NYC’s First Waldorf School Opens in the East Village

Downtown NYC’s First Waldorf School Opens in the East Village

The New Amsterdam School was meticulously designed by James Vira of Viraline Architects, working with a volunteer crew of parents and teachers, to make the space as nurturing and healthy for the students as possible. The interior finishes and furnishings are

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Lexus Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Converted Warehouse Training Facility in NJ

Lexus Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Converted Warehouse Training Facility in NJ

Luxury car manufacturer Lexus was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Eastern Area Office training facility in Parsippany, New Jersey. Under the design leadership of international architecture

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Would You Sit on a Sofa Made of NYC Sewer Pipe?

Would You Sit on a Sofa Made of NYC Sewer Pipe?

We’re not sure if Italian artist Carlo Sampietro is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan but his latest creation seems like it would be perfect for Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo. The New York-based artist took a discarded city sewage pipe and

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The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

It might be tough to swallow, but at this very moment, the buildings we are living in, working in and playing in are quietly wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, buildings contribute to over 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. And while green infrastructure

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Verdant PicNYC Table is Topped with Living Growing Grass

Verdant PicNYC Table is Topped with Living Growing Grass

picNYC is essentially an aluminum table frame with space inside that can we used as a planter bed. Cut and welded in the United States, the aluminum used is lightweight so it’s perfect for transient New Yorkers who are always moving from one apartment to another.

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Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

The implementation and care of a vertical garden, however, does not technically break the agricultural Shabbat, explains Megan Whitman, senior director of arts and ideas at the center. “By not using the ground, we can still give the land a rest,” she explains.

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st for what organizers are predicting

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Horse-Drawn Carriages Anger Animal Lovers at New York Fashion Week

Horse-Drawn Carriages Anger Animal Lovers at New York Fashion Week

Argentine designer Victor de Souza’s New York Fashion Week show drew crowds last week, but not everyone was there to see the clothes. Many were protesters from PETA, NYCLASS, and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages denouncing the designer’s decision

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VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

Today, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York-based ad agency BBDO Worldwide released a short commemorative film featuring a little-known tree found at the World Trade Center site. As a way of highlighting the resilient nature of the city in the

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9/11 Memorial Museum’s Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

9/11 Memorial Museum’s Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

To help guide visitors though the history of the site, Davis Brody Bond designed the museum around one central element dubbed “the Ribbon.” Envisioned as a gentle path, the Ribbon guides visitors down from the plaza to the bedrock level where the sheared base

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PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

Arad’s design was selected from a global competition that received more than 5,200 submissions from 63 nations. The reflecting pools, which sit in the exact footprints of the Twin Towers, are the center of the memorial. The pools as are large voids, a visible

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A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

The letter — which was actually an invitation to a wedding rehearsal dinner — was supposed to go from Maine to California. Lawry Meister’s aunt dropped the red envelope addressed to her Los Angeles-based niece in the mail in Cape Neddick, after which it

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WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

For the first time ever, the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza will be open to the general public on the night of 9/11 (tonight) after the official anniversary service paying homage to the over 3,000 lives lost in the attacks. In previous years, the area

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And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is…

And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is…

Congratulations, New York City! Bicyclist Magazine recently named NYC as the best city for biking in the country. Although many local cyclists may be fast to point out their never-ending battles with potholes, congested bike lanes and car drivers, it

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Former Firehouse Converted Into a Beautiful Loft in Fort Greene

Former Firehouse Converted Into a Beautiful Loft in Fort Greene

This beautiful Brooklyn space has quite a storied past. Not only has it been home to NYFD Engine 256, but it’s also been a water tower and a bomb shelter. 6sqft reports that this turn-of-the-century firehouse at 124 Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene now boasts two

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New 4-Block-Long Public Plaza Opens Today

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New 4-Block-Long Public Plaza Opens Today

The beautifully redesigned David H. Koch Plaza opened to the public today, giving New Yorkers and tourists a new outdoor space where they can lounge, work or just people-watch. About the size of three football fields, the plaza boasts 106 new trees, dancing

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Never Have to Refill Your MetroCard Again by Getting This

Never Have to Refill Your MetroCard Again by Getting This

When you’re already late for work and you see your train approaching on the other side of the turnstile, there’s nothing quite as disheartening as seeing the words “Insufficient Funds.” But did you know that there’s a way to avoid this situation altogether?

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One World Trade Center Opening Delayed Again

One World Trade Center Opening Delayed Again

The Port Authority recently announced that the opening of One World Trade Center is delayed once again. Although the building appears to be inauguration-ready from the outside, officials are now saying that the 1,776-foot office tower will open “later

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Old Clock Company Building Converted into a Timeless Duplex Loft

Old Clock Company Building Converted into a Timeless Duplex Loft

Despite its former life as an old 1880s clock factory, 420 12th Street in Park Slope is now a timeless three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex. 6sqft reports that Hurley & Farinella Architects worked diligently to maintain original details like

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Final Section of High Line Park Set to Open This Month

Final Section of High Line Park Set to Open This Month

Although it comes with a staggering $75 million price tag, Section 3 of the repurposed elevated rail line was designed to stay true to its natural, overgrown state. In collaboration with James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Mr.

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Gehry’s WTC Performing Arts Center Design Officially Scrapped

Gehry’s WTC Performing Arts Center Design Officially Scrapped

As previously suspected by Inhabitat and recently confirmed by the NY Times, Frank Gehry’s design for the World Trade Center Performing Arts building has been officially scrapped. In what comes as no surprise for anyone following the beleaguered project,

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New Alternative NYC Natural History Museum Calls Out Other Museums Bankrolled by Koch Brothers

New Alternative NYC Natural History Museum Calls Out Other Museums Bankrolled by Koch Brothers

A new Natural History Museum is opening in Queens as a response to concerns of corruption at NYC’s American Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.’s Museum of Natural History and other institutions that accept funding from Koch Industries and other corporate

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See How This Tiny West Village Apartment Uses Double Duty Furniture to Maximize Its Small Space

See How This Tiny West Village Apartment Uses Double Duty Furniture to Maximize Its Small Space

James’ home may be the size of a shoebox, but she made it look spacious and homey by painting the main living area in a bold plum color. The color not only brings out James’ personal aesthetic and tastes, but also makes the apartment’s historic decorative

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Friends Pop-Up Replica Coffee Shop Coming to NYC This Month

Friends Pop-Up Replica Coffee Shop Coming to NYC This Month

Image Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Get ready to feel old, people. Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and fans who loved watching Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey’s shenanigans at Central Perk will soon have a

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Look Up! NYC Water Tanks Converted into Vibrant Works of Art for Water Conservation

Look Up! NYC Water Tanks Converted into Vibrant Works of Art for Water Conservation

For the duration of the city-wide event, tanks from Staten Island to the Bronx will be wrapped in vibrant artwork in hopes of bringing much-needed attention to global water issues. Often overlooked as rooftop eyesores, some of the 17,000 water tanks in Manhattan

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Join Green Drinks NYC for a Dutch Eco-Fashion Showcase During NYFW

Join Green Drinks NYC for a Dutch Eco-Fashion Showcase During NYFW

Take a detour to The Netherlands during New York Fashion Week by joining Green Drinks NYC for an exciting event exploring the latest in Dutch eco-fashion. See how Dutch innovators – from a brand that allows you to lease your jeans to a company that offers

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Bird Lovers Flock Together to Save Endangered Peregrine Falcon Family on UWS

Bird Lovers Flock Together to Save Endangered Peregrine Falcon Family on UWS

Upper West Side bird lovers have gotten their feathers in a ruffle thanks to a ritzy condo’s plan to evict a pair of beloved peregrine falcons and their babies from the property. The endangered birds first took up residence on millionaire Steve Nis­lick’s

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Get a Free Apple During Big Apple Crunch Next Month!

Get a Free Apple During Big Apple Crunch Next Month!

Attention all NYC apple lovers! GrowNYC will once again be giving out free apples next month for Big Apple Crunch 2014! The event will take place on Friday, October 24th at locations across the city (click here to find the one nearest you), or you can even

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Soaring Greenwich St. Condo Would Be Tallest Residential Building in Downtown NYC If Built

Soaring Greenwich St. Condo Would Be Tallest Residential Building in Downtown NYC If Built

Midtown’s Nordstrom Tower is set to become NYC’s tallest residential building, but now another skyscraper is hoping to give it a little competition downtown. While it actually falls a bit shy of its Park Avenue counterpart, 125 Greenwich St. would reach 1,356

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The Mets’ Citi Field Hits Another Environmental Home Run

The Mets’ Citi Field Hits Another Environmental Home Run

Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, just hit an environmental home run! The Mets administration recently announced a number of green upgrades for the sports facility and organization, including a 100-percent alternative energy offset for the stadium’s

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Parachuting Grilled Cheeses Coming to New York This Week

Parachuting Grilled Cheeses Coming to New York This Week

Do grilled cheeses taste better when delivered by parachute? Probably not, but New Yorkers will get to find out this week when Aussie company Jafflechutes brings its air-dropped sammiches to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The wacky entrepreneurs from Down Under will

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7 Gorgeous Vertical Gardens That Bring Living, Growing Art to the Walls of New York City

7 Gorgeous Vertical Gardens That Bring Living, Growing Art to the Walls of New York City

plant wall design specializes in – you guessed it – planted walls, and they work together with architects and designers to create vegetal art to adorn both public and private areas. Designer Marie Christine Steffanetti and hydraulic systems engineer Laurent

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Could Locally-Generated Solar Power be the Key to NYC Storm Resiliency?

Could Locally-Generated Solar Power be the Key to NYC Storm Resiliency?

One company’s bid to win a $30 million grant put up for grabs by the NYC Economic Development Corporation could be a major game changer in terms of urban resiliency in situations where severe weather paralyzes communication efforts. BlocPower, an energy

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HGTV’s David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips on How to Take Your Tiny Apartment from Poky Pad to Super Suite

HGTV’s David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips on How to Take Your Tiny Apartment from Poky Pad to Super Suite

Have a cool collection? Display it in a concentrated area on a wall like David did here, instead of all over your room.

FINAL FAVORITES

Most people feel the need to present an array of objects that define them personally. In a small space though, too

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5 Green Things You Might Not Know About Roberta’s Pizza

5 Green Things You Might Not Know About Roberta’s Pizza

5. They grow their own produce on top of two repurposed shipping containers.
Looking at Roberta’s concrete-heavy facade, you’d never imagine the wealth of tomatoes, eggplants, figs, peaches, berries and greens being grown inside. Made of two repurposed shipping

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World’s First 3D-Printed Estate Will Boast a Pool and 2,400-sq-ft House

World’s First 3D-Printed Estate Will Boast a Pool and 2,400-sq-ft House

3D printing has been used to create everything from entire rooms to salt houses and even a castle. But now architect Adam Kushner wants to take the technology to a whole new level by 3D printing an entire estate. Kushner has grand plans to fabricate an

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Learn How Citi Bike Cleans Its Rides with Gunk-Eating OzzyJuice Microbes

Learn How Citi Bike Cleans Its Rides with Gunk-Eating OzzyJuice Microbes

Citi Bike has revolutionized green transportation in New York City, with over 10 million trips taken so far. But with so many rides on a daily basis, the popular bike sharing program does require some heavy maintenance to keep its bikes running smoothly.

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Did You Know That There’s a 292,000-sq-ft Green Roof Atop the Jacob Javits Center?

Did You Know That There’s a 292,000-sq-ft Green Roof Atop the Jacob Javits Center?

Millions of people pass through the doors of Manhattan’s glassy Jacob Javits Center each year, but most have no idea what lies right above their heads. While it might not be obvious from below, the sprawling convention center is home to the second largest

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Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck Parts

Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck Parts

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to enjoy the last days of summer? How does staying at a floating, sustainable hotel made from repurposed truck parts sound? Designed by architects Matteo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros of design company ComboColab, the

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