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Newly Renovated Tavern on the Green Slated to Re-Open This Month

by , 02/18/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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After years of being shuttered, Central Park’s historic Tavern on the Green will soon be reopening to the public. Originally built in 1871, the restaurant was recently given a $15.9 million makeover by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects. The new eatery will also boast a menu featuring local and sustainable ingredients when it welcomes guests this month.

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How Close is New York to Being Able to Grow All of Its Own Food?

by , 02/18/14
filed under: Food,Urban Farming

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New York is known for being one of the most diverse culinary melting pots in the world with everything from Tibetan momos to Ethiopian injera to be found just a subway ride away. And while exotic ingredients may tantalize our tastebuds, recent disasters like Hurricane Sandy have highlighted how little of what we eat is actually produced locally, and why that might pose a danger going forward. But could we grow all of our own food if we wanted to? The Smithsonian recently asked the question in a new article and found the theoretical answer to be somewhat optimistic.

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5 ENYA Competition Designs Show Us What a Beautiful Elevated Park the QueensWay Could Be

by , 02/18/14
filed under: Parks / Wildlife,Queens

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NYCLASS Pushes to Ban Exotic Animals From New York Circuses

by , 02/17/14
filed under: Animals

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NYCLASS, the animal rights group that has called for the ban of Central Park horse carriages, is now turning its attention toward animals performing in circuses in New York City. According to the New York Daily News, the organization is asking city officials to implement legislation that bans exotic animals like elephants from circuses. The United Kingdom announced a similar ban last year alongside Austria, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and NYCLASS says New York should follow suit.

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New Survey Shows 68% of New Yorkers Think Housing Affordability is Bad and Getting Worse

by , 02/17/14

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A new survey by Talking Transition, a project aimed at getting community feedback during the mayoral transition, reveals that New Yorkers across all demographics are worried about how they’re going to afford rising housing costs. 68 percent of New Yorkers responded to the survey saying that housing affordability in the city is bad and getting worse. Only 14% said it is good and getting better. Some solutions to this mounting problem include things like micro housing and better transportation from the outer boroughs to Manhattan.

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CodeGreen Solutions Helps 1251 Avenue of the Americas Earn LEED-EB Silver Certification

by , 02/17/14

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One of the tallest buildings in New York City has earned LEED-EB Silver thanks to the help of LEED consultants CodeGreen Solutions. Located in the heart of Midtown at the edge of Rockefeller Center, the 54-story International Style office tower’s commitment to sustainability and implementation of green measures led to a successful reduction in its carbon footprint. Owned by Mitsui Fudosan America, the multi-tenant office tower is managed by the international real estate firm Hines.

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How New York Threw Away the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel

by , 02/17/14

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New York City is usually pretty good about celebrating and preserving its landmarks, which is why the following story is quite disappointing. Unearthed by The Verge’s Adrianne Jeffries, the fascinating tale delves into how a man named Bob Diamond rediscovered the world’s oldest subway tunnel underneath Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue only to have it taken away from him by the city. Diamond had been leading tours through the 169-year-old landmark for 30 years before officials sealed it off in 2013.

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9 Small Living Tips for Couples Trying to Stay Sane in Tiny Apartments

by , 02/16/14

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New York Launches Largest Green Bank in the United States

by , 02/15/14

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that business operations have begun for the New York Green Bank, a mechanism to spur private sector investments in clean energy and energy efficiency that is the largest of its type in the nation. The bank is currently seeking financing proposals from investors, lenders, industry participants and institutions for renewable energy and energy conservation projects. The $1 billion initiative was introduced in Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Address.

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Young Projects’ Heart-Shaped Match-Maker Sculpture Enlivens Times Square for Valentine’s Day

by , 02/14/14
filed under: Art NYC,Manhattan

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Winter Storm Pax Covers New York in Yet Another Heavy Blanket of Snow

by , 02/13/14
filed under: Weather

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Winter Storm Pax has dumped yet another blanket of snow on New York City, making the morning commute a messy one once again. The low pressure weather system hit the Mid Atlantic states late Wednesday night and made its way up the I-95 corridor to New York City around midnight. According to weather reports, the NYC area could see 6 to 10 inches of snow accumulation and the Hudson Valley and other areas north of the city could see up to 12 inches or even more in higher elevations. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo isn’t taking any chances as he prepares state agencies for the Nor’easter.

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January Oil Spill in Far Rockaway is Still Affecting Waterfowl

by , 02/12/14
filed under: Animals,Brooklyn

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Waterfowl in the Atlantic Beach area are still suffering after a tugboat wreck in Far Rockaway unleashed 6,000 to 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the water last month. Wildlife rehabilitators are still finding sickened sea birds around the Far Rockaway area. Even though several weeks have passed, rescuers are continuing to find oil-covered razorbills and loons, proving that the spill has had a devastating and long-lasting effect on marine life in the area.

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Queens Community Helps Save Iconic New York State Pavilion from Demolition

by , 02/12/14
filed under: Architecture,Queens

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Preservationists let down by New York City’s decision to seal off the world’s oldest subway tunnel will be cheered to learn that community activism has helped save another city landmark – the New York State Pavilion - from the chopping block. When the crumbling World’s Fair relic was under threat of demolition, activists and longtime fans Matthew Silva, Christian Doran, and Salmaan Khan founded People For The Pavilion to drum up support for the iconic structure. Thanks to their efforts and a Kickstarter-backed film, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has pledged to restore the site back to its former glory.

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14 Local NYC Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Big Apple of Your Eye

by , 02/12/14
filed under: Food,Green Products

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Celebrate Love in New York at MCNY’s “I ♥ City Museum Weekend”

by , 02/11/14
filed under: Art NYC,Things To Do

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If you’re bored with the whole dinner and flowers bit, the Museum of the City of New York has a creative date option that will take your Valentine’s Day off of the beaten path. “I ♥ City Museum Weekend” will be a 3-day series of interactive activities that celebrate love – and the pursuit of love – in NYC. Events start on Friday, February 14th and will include graffiti tagging lessons, romantic readings, printmaking classes and special gallery tours of the museum’s current exhibitions. The best part? All of the weekend’s activities (with the exception of the graffiti workshop) are free with the cost of admission ($10) and come with a free Keith Haring love pin!

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Watch Out! Ice Keeps Falling from the One World Trade Center Tower

Watch Out! Ice Keeps Falling from the One World Trade Center Tower

Watch your head if you’re walking near the One World Trade Center tower. Chunks of ice have been falling from the United States’ tallest skyscraper, endangering pedestrians below. Over the weekend, daggers of ice began falling from the building and workers

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Lab-Grown Meat Maker Modern Meadow Wants to 3D-Print Beef and Pork in Brooklyn

Lab-Grown Meat Maker Modern Meadow Wants to 3D-Print Beef and Pork in Brooklyn

It looks like Brooklyn may soon be home to the next 3D-printed burger. Crain’s New York reports that Modern Meadow, a pioneer in engineered tissues, is in the midst of negotiations to lease a 10,000-square-foot space at the BioBAT facility in the Brooklyn

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The Living’s Hy-Fi Towers Made of Mushroom Bricks Win MoMA PS1′s 2014 YAP Competition

The Living’s Hy-Fi Towers Made of Mushroom Bricks Win MoMA PS1′s 2014 YAP Competition

The planned Hy-Fi towers would be made of organic and reflective bricks: the organic bricks will make up most of the towers’ structures while the reflective bricks would sit atop them. This arrangement would bounce light down on the towers and the ground,

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New Liberty Park Renderings Reveal a Floating Green Space Overlooking the World Trade Center

New Liberty Park Renderings Reveal a Floating Green Space Overlooking the World Trade Center

Liberty Park has been a bit of a clandestine project for the World Trade Center site for some time now, but AECOM recently unveiled a full set of plans at a Community Board 1 meeting. The Tribeca Trib snapped up some of the new renderings, which reveal

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NYC Woman Warms Homeless Feet One Pair of Socks at a Time

NYC Woman Warms Homeless Feet One Pair of Socks at a Time

This winter has been especially brutal for thousands of homeless individuals living on the streets of New York City. While some might offer up a cup of coffee, a meal or even a few dollars to help a displaced New Yorker make it through the night, Saije Bashaw

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Young Projects’ Matchmaking Heart Sculpture Selected to Grace Times Square This Valentine’s Day

Young Projects’ Matchmaking Heart Sculpture Selected to Grace Times Square This Valentine’s Day

Lovers (and wannabe lovers) from around the world will have a new public art piece to admire this Valentine’s Day in Times Square thanks to Young Projects. The Brooklyn-based design firm recently won the Times Square Alliance and Van Alen Institute’s

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How Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is Planning to Restore the Number of Fish in the Sea

How Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is Planning to Restore the Number of Fish in the Sea

What does a New York City mayor do after leaving his position of 12 years? Well if you’re Michael Bloomberg, you spend your post-political career saving the environment. The former mayor recently announced his plans to spend $53 million to tackle a major

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BKLYN Designs Now Accepting Applications for May 2014 Home Furnishings Trade Show

BKLYN Designs Now Accepting Applications for May 2014 Home Furnishings Trade Show

“I am happy to announce that BKLYN DESIGNS will be back this year bigger and better than ever,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “This three-day exhibition shows off the best of Brooklyn when it comes to cutting

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7 Train Extension and East Side Access Projects Delayed Due to Construction Issues

7 Train Extension and East Side Access Projects Delayed Due to Construction Issues

New York commuters will be disappointed – but probably not surprised – to hear that the city’s $2.4 billion 7 train extension will not be ready for service as expected this June. The MTA told the NY Post that the project’s new completion date is being pushed

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Ramona Cocktail Bar Uses Reclaimed Atlantic City Boardwalk Wood to Line Its Cozy Interior

Ramona Cocktail Bar Uses Reclaimed Atlantic City Boardwalk Wood to Line Its Cozy Interior

Ramona is a collaboration between specialty cocktail goods company City of Daughters’ Jay Schneider and Natalka Burian and Jay’s brother Scott. The trio called upon interior design firm hOmE (who have already made their mark on Greenpoint hotspots like Tørst,

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