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NYC film screening: See Cotton Road at the BF + DA this Wednesday

NYC film screening: See Cotton Road at the BF + DA this Wednesday

Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year, but how many of us know where and how those garments come to be? Cotton Road, directed by Laura Kissel, is a film that explores the global supply chain centering around cotton, as well as

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Will joyriding on abandoned train tracks be the next big thing in the Bronx?

Will joyriding on abandoned train tracks be the next big thing in the Bronx?

A group of Bronx residents is hoping to add a little green space and adventure to the borough by revitalizing its abandoned train tracks. Their innovative idea would allow citizens to utilize the patches of abandoned track to joyride in their own personal

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2 Chelsea lofts combined into 1 gorgeous eco apartment for a growing family

2 Chelsea lofts combined into 1 gorgeous eco apartment for a growing family

With a new baby on the way, this family of four was outgrowing their two-bedroom apartment and wanted to expand. Their solution was to buy the loft apartment upstairs and completely renovate the space to create a new safe haven. wUNDERground and Design Development

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VIDEO: Behold! The world’s smartest pizza box

VIDEO: Behold! The world’s smartest pizza box

NOTE: The video states that the pizza box comes in two different sizes, but there are actually now six different sizes available.

The GreenBox was invented by William Walsh after he got the idea to re-use the top of a pizza box as plates for his friends

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Too-perfect Bronx townhouses are not at all what they seem (PHOTOS)

Too-perfect Bronx townhouses are not at all what they seem (PHOTOS)

Notice anything strange about these doors?

Located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, the too-perfect townhouses actually hide a four-story, 125,000-sq-ft Con Edison substation that cost $300 million to build. Con Ed made a conscious decision to disguise

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Old soap factory home features a “terrarium” room that opens up to the Manhattan sky

Old soap factory home features a “terrarium” room that opens up to the Manhattan sky

Image ©Albert Vecerka/Esto

The circa-1884 landmark building was a former soap warehouse, designed by architect George B. DaCunha in the Romanesque Revival style. Its large timber columns rise like trees to meet 16-foot beam ceilings, while brick lines

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How to avoid colds and the flu with natural immune boosters

How to avoid colds and the flu with natural immune boosters

Flu shot, or not? DNAinfo recently spoke to naturopathic practitioner Nicole Egenberger, who said that it may not be necessary to turn to the syringe if you can augment your daily intake of natural immune boosters. In fact, taking the natural route in lieu

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Stereotank’s Valentine’s Day installation will pump loving beats through Times Square

Stereotank’s Valentine’s Day installation will pump loving beats through Times Square

Times Square will be thumping to the sounds of a more literal urban pulse this Valentine’s Day thanks to Brooklyn- based, Venezuelan-born design firm Stereotank. The firm’s installation, Heartbeart, was chosen as the winner of this year’s annual Times Square

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2015 Times Square New Year’s Eve ball will dazzle with 32,000+ LED lights

2015 Times Square New Year’s Eve ball will dazzle with 32,000+ LED lights

The world-famous New Year’s ball is twelve feet in diameter and a whopping 11,875 pounds. To achieve its mesmerizing effect, the surface of the geodesic sphere is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, which reflect and refract light. The crystals

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Is the Port Authority already looking to sell the World Trade Center?

Is the Port Authority already looking to sell the World Trade Center?

One World Trade Center just opened its doors this fall, but the Port Authority may already be considering selling the entire WTC site. According to an extensive report released this past weekend, Governors Cuomo and Christie announced that the agency would

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Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island’s wooden boardwalk with concrete

Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island’s wooden boardwalk with concrete

A decision to reconstruct Coney Island’s iconic boardwalk by replacing its historic wooden planks with concrete is drawing a lot of criticism. The city is moving ahead with the plans, which were originally proposed during the Bloomberg administration as

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A new Bjarke Ingels Group project is coming to Harlem

A new Bjarke Ingels Group project is coming to Harlem

Will Harlem be the next NYC nabe to get a project by BIG? Earlier this month, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels requested a permit to build a 235,000-square-foot, 233-unit residential building in Harlem, which also includes 37,000 square feet of commercial space.

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Details of NYC’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface

Details of NYC’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface

Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious goal of reducing New York’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Now some of the details of the plan are surfacing, illustrating what the path to energy efficiency will look like for the

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Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

Move over Rockefeller Center. Rochester, NY’s Genesee Brewing Company has an impressive Christmas tree of its own and it’s made out of hundreds of beer kegs. Built by 20 of the brewing company’s industrious employees, the tree was constructed out of 300

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500 new trees coming to Greenpoint thanks to oil spill grant money

500 new trees coming to Greenpoint thanks to oil spill grant money

It looks like Greenpoint is about to get a whole lot greener. Thanks to a nearly $2 million grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, the Brooklyn neighborhood will soon be able to plant 500 new trees. The funds are part of a $19.5 million settlement

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How to donate a coat to keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter

How to donate a coat to keep a fellow New Yorker warm this winter

90% of NYC’s homeless will rely on a donated coat this winter to keep from freezing. If you have outerwear to spare, give a fellow New Yorker the gift of warmth by donating it to the New York Cares Coat Drive. It couldn’t be easier – just take your gently

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Dazzling LED “New York Light” installation becomes a popular selfie spot for the holidays

Dazzling LED “New York Light” installation becomes a popular selfie spot for the holidays

“The Flatiron Plaza is one of the few places where it’s possible to experience the magnificence of Manhattan’s urban plan,” said Jeffrey Inaba, Founder of INABA. “And it’s a unique spot in the heart of the city where the sky and skyline can be seen

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Construction of New York Ferris Wheel begins in Staten Island

Construction of New York Ferris Wheel begins in Staten Island

Although the official groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated NY Ferris Wheel is scheduled for February of next year, work has already begun on the parking area around the mammoth project. The 650-foot observation wheel, which is slated for completion

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It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

In the state’s ongoing effort to reduce its massive amounts of e-waste, New York has finally made it illegal to kick your unwanted electronics to the curb. Effective January 1st, the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act will make it a crime

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Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio’s popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative building’s demise was met with a flurry of controversy, but that soon

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New Yorker creates giant holiday card by biking across Manhattan

New Yorker creates giant holiday card by biking across Manhattan

People spend hours making their own DIY cards for the holidays but we think we can say pretty confidently that New Yorker Erik Trinidad’s is the most labor-intensive one we’ve ever seen. In order to create the giant virtual greeting, which spans almost the

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New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

In a move that should make sense to anyone with a heart, New York has officially banned cosmetic pet tattoos and piercings. The new law, which will go into effect in 120 days, was signed by Governor Cuomo on Monday and includes strict penalties ranging from

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NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

This week, a New York City committee approved long-awaited plans to replace the city’s antiquated, unused sidewalk payphones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. The high-speed aluminum charging stations will offer free Wi-Fi as well as free nationwide phone calls

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

What it looks like when a combined sewage overflow happens (notice the greyish water overtaking the cleaner water). In Atema’s words, “Not real pretty.” Still image captured from “Poonami” video on YouTube.

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Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

You’ve probably seen heatmaps showing your area’s real estate prices, but they often don’t show the whole picture. Hoping to tell a more comprehensive story about average home prices in NYC, real estate developer Constantine Valhouli teamed up with architectural

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New York City’s First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

New York City’s First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

Want to know what it’s like inside the Meow Parlour cat cafe? Come along with me…

The first thing I noticed about the Meow Parlour is that these folks take their cat cafe operation seriously. We booked well in advance online and there is a bunch

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Uber’s new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

Uber’s new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

Uber is already one of the most convenient methods to get around NYC, but now the company is hoping to make its service more affordable with a new innovation. Last week, the transportation tech company unveiled uberPOOL, a feature that would allow people

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Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

The renovated brownstone bordering Hell’s Kitchen on 353 West 46th Street originally housed a brilliant geometric skylight on its rooftop terrace and Cezign foresaw its great potential. Cecilia Dupire, design principal at Cezign, made use of the unique prism

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NYC’s First Cat Cafe Opens Today!

NYC’s First Cat Cafe Opens Today!

Purina One’s temporary cat cafe gave New Yorkers a taste of what could be last spring.

We *cat* believe it’s finally happening! Meow Parlour, New York’s very first permanent cat cafe, is set to open today on the Lower East Side. The new space promises

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NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

Shipping container homes and shops have been popping up here and there around New York City, but two developers are hoping to bring a lot more of the sustainable design trend to the Big Apple. Palladium Management and SG Blocks recently created a new

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this Tribeca loft by Jane Kim Design. The NYC-based designer used reclaimed barn wood for the counters and salvaged marble slabs in the master bathroom to give the space a sustainable touch. Proving that luxury

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Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

Blame it on the rain? According to Bushwick police, rainy weather may oddly be connected to the recent increase in local crime in the area. Local reports show the number of burglaries in Brooklyn’s 83rd precinct increased by a whopping 24 percent this year,

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

Part of New York City’s charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most highly trafficked structures in NYC. Take the Brooklyn Bridge, which

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Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

How’d you like to paint the town red (or “Marsala” rather) on a bike inspired by Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year? The Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently announced the launch of its Driggs 3 and Willow 3 models in Soft Burgundy, a slightly more subtle variation

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The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

When plans for the recently opened One World Trade Center were first made public years ago, they promised to deliver not only one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the world, but also one of the greenest. And although the original concept included

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NYC taxis may soon get their own app to compete with Uber and Lyft

NYC taxis may soon get their own app to compete with Uber and Lyft

One of the reasons that ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have gained so much popularity is because users can request a ride via an app, alleviating the need to stand outside in the cold or rain to hail a cab. Well NYC’s taxis could soon follow suit if

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Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design’s “GIY” Kits

Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design’s “GIY” Kits

You might already DIY, but do you GIY? New York-based Ecovative Design is already known for creating packaging and even buildings out of mushroom root material, and now they are bringing that ability to the masses with their “grow-it-yourself” kits. The

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Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling ‘Lowline Lab’

Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling ‘Lowline Lab’

Looks like support for the Lowline initiative, a plan to build NYC’s first underground park, is still going strong. The team behind the ambitious project is currently on the funding trail with a new Kickstarter campaign looking to raise some green for the

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Will the Hudson Yards “Thrill Device” really make you crap your pants?

Will the Hudson Yards “Thrill Device” really make you crap your pants?

In this week’s odd architecture news, Related Companies president Jay Cross reportedly surprised guests at a real estate luncheon recently by boasting that the second tower in the developer’s mammoth 30 Hudson Yards project will have a very interesting

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This is now the world’s most expensive building

This is now the world’s most expensive building

It might not look like it, but New York City’s recently completed One World Trade Center is now the most expensive building in the world—by a very large margin. Although 1 WTC is a far cry from the world’s tallest skyscraper, the prismatic structure’s $3.9

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