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NYC to Install Solar Panels on 24 Public Schools

NYC to Install Solar Panels on 24 Public Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a $23 million investment to install solar panels on 24 public schools by 2016 as part of his One City, Built to Last green building plan to develop 100 megawatts of solar power on 300 public buildings

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“What’s That Smell?”: Artist Kate McLean Creates a Smellmap of NYC

“What’s That Smell?”: Artist Kate McLean Creates a Smellmap of NYC

Let’s face it: NYC stinks. Garbage, dog poop, sewage…that guy squished up next to you on the train who forgot to wear deodorant (lucky you). You might not be able to avoid the stank completely but thanks to artist Kate McLean, you may be able to sidestep

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Toxic Blue-Green Algae Stirs Up Trouble For Pets and People at Prospect Park Lake

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Stirs Up Trouble For Pets and People at Prospect Park Lake

Pet parents are being warned to avoid the murky waters of Prospect Park Lake. Last week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tested and confirmed the widespread presence of toxic blue-green algae in the popular Brooklyn waterbody.

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Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

Just in time for the crisp fall weather, Bronx residents are celebrating the opening of a newly revamped green space in Mott Haven. The Willis Avenue Community Garden officially re-opened last week after months of renovations. Thanks to neighborhood leaders

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A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won’t Want to Miss

A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won’t Want to Miss

Happy first day of fall everyone! You know what that means: sweater weather, pumpkin ale, vibrant foliage, and the best part of all – house tour season. Whether you’re into classic Victorian homes or modern industrial lofts, there are tours to satisfy everyone’s

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ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

NYC’s fourth annual celebration of architecture and design starts tomorrow! Rechristening the tenth month of the year as Archtober, it will be a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions all over New York City. The event will

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Yogaworks Transforms a Brooklyn Government Building into a Serene Studio

Yogaworks Transforms a Brooklyn Government Building into a Serene Studio

Bi-coastal yoga company Yogaworks recently stretched its limbs into Brooklyn, debuting a new venue that transforms the old Brooklyn Municipal building into a serene studio. Now called Brooklyn Heights Plaza, the former government headquarters was revamped

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Elon Musk’s Other SolarCity “Gigafactory” Expected to Bring 5,000 New Jobs to New York

Elon Musk’s Other SolarCity “Gigafactory” Expected to Bring 5,000 New Jobs to New York

Hot on the heels of the incredible 400,000-person-strong People’s Climate March last weekend, Elon Musk-backed solar company SolarCity just struck a major deal with New York State to bring a gigantic manufacturing plant to the city of Buffalo. Capable of

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INFOGRAPHIC: What Would Happen if Everyone Swapped Their Cars for Bikes?

INFOGRAPHIC: What Would Happen if Everyone Swapped Their Cars for Bikes?

Can you imagine what NYC would be like if half the cars on the road were to be swapped out for bicycles? It’s almost impossible to conceive of most cities without traffic jams, the ever-present cacophony of horns, and exhaust fumes billowing anywhere… but

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Check Out the Beautiful Feng Shui Makeover Planned for This Manhattan Hotel

Check Out the Beautiful Feng Shui Makeover Planned for This Manhattan Hotel

When the owners of the 414 Hotel decided to renovate their 22-room boutique hotel located in Midtown Manhattan, they were looking to implement sustainable and energy-efficient features, but also wanted to ensure a healthy environment and positive energy

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New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

The 14,500-square-foot, pre-World War I warehouse and its adjacent municipal parking lot will be transformed into a self-sustaining complex, producing much of its own food and drink with its very own small-batch brewery and rooftop garden. The green-minded

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Brooke Shields’ Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Halloween Costume is a Must-See

Brooke Shields’ Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Halloween Costume is a Must-See

Wondering what to be for Halloween this year? Take a tip from actress Brooke Shields and copy her amazingly bizarre and wonderful Citi Bike costume from last year. For her one-of-a-kind getup, the actress donned a blue wig, head lamp and electric blue outfit

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Mayor de Blasio Pledges Major Steps Towards Greener NYC Buildings

Mayor de Blasio Pledges Major Steps Towards Greener NYC Buildings

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major overhaul of New York City’s energy-efficiency standards this week right on the heels of the world’s largest climate march this past weekend. The plan focuses most of its initiatives on NYC buildings (both public

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New Study Warns that Superstorm Sandy was Not ‘The Big One’

New Study Warns that Superstorm Sandy was Not ‘The Big One’

Bad news, folks. Although she completely clobbered the East Coast in 2012, Sandy was not the worst storm to ever hit the area and it looks like it’s not going to be the last. According to a new report conducted by Swiss Re, there is a very real possibility

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Rockefeller Family Decides to Divest Their Charitable Fund from Fossil Fuels

Rockefeller Family Decides to Divest Their Charitable Fund from Fossil Fuels

The Rockefeller family – which built much of its empire on oil – is making waves with the announcement that it will be joining the fossil fuel-free divestment movement. Yesterday, the family’s $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller

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“Lonesome George”, Last Giant Tortoise from Galapagos, Comes to Museum of Natural History

“Lonesome George”, Last Giant Tortoise from Galapagos, Comes to Museum of Natural History

 

As a fitting homage and send-off for Lonesome George, the world’s last giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, the American Museum of Natural History has launched a special exhibition centered around his life. The last member of his species

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What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March Today

What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March Today

A series of high-profile climate change awareness events is taking place in New York City starting today and is poised to change the world - with your help. The massive campaign kicks off this weekend on September 21st as tens of thousands of climate activists

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East River Skyway Gondola Could Get You from Brooklyn to Manhattan in Four Minutes Flat

East River Skyway Gondola Could Get You from Brooklyn to Manhattan in Four Minutes Flat

North Brooklyn is already serviced by subways (the G and the L), buses, taxis and ferries. Why do we need the East River Skyway?

According to CityRealty’s blog 6sqft: “Before the L train added an extra ninety-eight weekly round trips in 2012, trains were

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New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2014!

New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2014!

Happy Park(ing) Day everyone! Today, people from all five boroughs will be participating in a worldwide celebration of public green space by taking back parking spots and turning them into miniature parks. Inhabitat will be sending our reporters out to see

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New York Gets $1.9 Billion in Storm Resiliency Funding from Feds

New York Gets $1.9 Billion in Storm Resiliency Funding from Feds

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the Empire State will receive $1.9 billion in storm resiliency funding from the federal government as climate change increases extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Transit

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Hand-Cut ‘Factory Made’ Collages Illustrate the Colorful Papermaking Process

Hand-Cut ‘Factory Made’ Collages Illustrate the Colorful Papermaking Process

Brooklyn-based artist Michael Hambouz is bringing the unexplored inner workings of a historic paper factory to light with his new large-scale, abstract artwork made –surprise!– of paper. His most recent exhibition, Factory Made, is a series of brightly-colored

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Get a Free Fruit Tree at MillionTreesNYC’s Fall Tree Giveaway!

Get a Free Fruit Tree at MillionTreesNYC’s Fall Tree Giveaway!

Great news tree huggers: MillionTreesNYC just launched its seventh tree giveaway season and for the first time ever, the green initiative will be handing out a variety of highly coveted fruit trees! Hosted by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the 40+

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How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday’s Soiree (For a Good Cause)

How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday’s Soiree (For a Good Cause)

Anyone looking for a discount floral arrangement can check the Rebloom website to see what’s in stock on any given day. Better yet, sign up for their newsletter and you’ll be notified whenever flowers are available. Rebloom will do all the heavy lifting, picking

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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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