Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches New Green Initiative to Promote a Sustainable Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Community Foundation officially launched a 3 year, $750,000  green initiative program called Green Spaces yesterday, an exciting new project that promotes and implements sustainability practices and environmental improvements in Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg,

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Help Domestic Construction Bring a Design Plot of Art, Urban Farming, and Sustainability to Brooklyn!

Help Domestic Construction Bring a Design Plot of Art, Urban Farming, and Sustainability to Brooklyn!

Trish Andersen and Maureen Walsh of Domestic Construction have combined their creative forces to bring a new community design space to Greenpoint Brooklyn. This recent artistic endeavor “design.plot” aims to blur the boundaries between sustainability, urban design, and food production. The designers plan to deck out the lot with geodesic greenhouses, a viewing hill, a birdhouse village, vertical gardens, vegetable beds, and of course, a “mini-forest world.” With so many dead spaces dotting the Brooklyn landscape, this little ray of green design has the potential to set a precedent for sustainable development and community within the area. If you’re as passionate about positive grassroots change as we are, jump ahead and learn how you can help Domestic Construction raise some funds to make their project a reality – they’re even giving away some sweet prizes on their Kickstarter page!

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Heart of Brooklyn: Free Summer Sunday

Heart of Brooklyn: Free Summer Sunday

On Sunday, August 7, spend the day in the heart of Brooklyn six of the borough’s major cultural attractions will all be completely free and open to the public. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Heart of Brooklyn Cultural Partnership, there will

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Gowanus Canal Houseboat: Floating Brooklyn Home Generates Its Own Energy and Water

Gowanus Canal Houseboat: Floating Brooklyn Home Generates Its Own Energy and Water

Believe it or not, it is entirely possible to live off the grid in a city like New York. The extremely polluted Gowanus Canal is dotted with a handful of houseboats, but only the vessel painted like a circus clown is completely self-sufficient. Called “The

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3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride

3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride

Join the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride, a 40-mile ride along Brooklyn’s entire waterfront and Jamaica Bay! The route highlights the potential of a completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed

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Brooklyn’s New DeKalb Market is Made from 22 Salvaged Shipping Containers – Exclusive Photos!

Brooklyn’s New DeKalb Market is Made from 22 Salvaged Shipping Containers – Exclusive Photos!

Emerging from the Jay Street stop of the R train, visitors encounter a wall of orange, red and white containers behind white fencing that holds up a banner to welcome visitors. Passing through an alley between two double stacks of containers, one enters the

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Brooklyn-Based Designer Creates Solar Powered Bikini That Charges Your Electronics

Brooklyn-Based Designer Creates Solar Powered Bikini That Charges Your Electronics

Schneider spends about 80 hours on each bikini, hand-stitching super-slim, flexible photovoltaic film strips together using conductive thread. The resulting suits come with a USB connector that you can plug your iPod, iPhone or almost any other mp3 player

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Brooklyn’s Shipping Container Dekalb Market Opens Today!

Brooklyn’s Shipping Container Dekalb Market Opens Today!

Dekalb Market is a joint venture of Urban Space (who has built similar shipping container markets elsewhere), and Youngwoo and Associates. It is the product of an immense amount of community effort, and the whole market is constructed entirely of salvaged

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DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION Turns Old History Books into Brooklyn Bridge Mural for Restaurant

DOMESTIC CONSTRUCTION Turns Old History Books into Brooklyn Bridge Mural for Restaurant

Known for their keen sense of style and intelligent use of materials, the designers at Domestic Construction thought it was only appropriate to give the Brooklyn-centric restaurant an indoor view of the borough’s most iconic landmark: the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Brooklyn Compost Company Vokashi Cleans Up Your Kitchen Waste

Brooklyn Compost Company Vokashi Cleans Up Your Kitchen Waste

Here at Inhabitat, we’ve long praised the environmental benefits of composting, but we understand that the thought of rotting food or a worm bin in your kitchen can be a turn-off. But fear no more, eco-friends, Vokashi, a new Brooklyn composting company, is here to clean up your kitchen waste in an easy, green, smell-free way.

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MANIfold Architects Cut Out Sections of a Brooklyn Brownstone to Flood It With Natural Light

MANIfold Architects Cut Out Sections of a Brooklyn Brownstone to Flood It With Natural Light

The primary goal was to achieve more natural light in the center of the brownstone and create a more immediate connection to the outdoors. The architects cut out sections of the brownstone’s core that increased the building’s open space, thus allowing light

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Brooklyn Community Foundation is Greening Brooklyn With Gardening Grants

Brooklyn Community Foundation is Greening Brooklyn With Gardening Grants

Brooklyn is home to almost 50 percent of New York City’s community gardens, and it looks like that number is about to go up! The Brooklyn Community Foundation, in support of Brooklyn gardeners and environmentalists, is offering micro grants to fund the creation

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum Unveils Plans for New Eco-Friendly Rooftop Canopy

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Unveils Plans for New Eco-Friendly Rooftop Canopy

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New York City’s first ever LEED certified museum, just keeps getting better. The institution is expanding its space, and they recently unveiled plans for a new transparent rooftop canopy, made out of a heat-resistant ETFE skin

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Brooklyn College Breaks Ground on Green Performing Arts Center

Brooklyn College Breaks Ground on Green Performing Arts Center

Just last week, we reported that the Theater for a New Audience began construction on a new LEED-seeking theater, and now we’ve learned that another green performing arts center in the borough is also in the works. Brooklyn College broke ground this May on

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Tenth Acre Farms: An Abandoned Brooklyn Basketball Court Transformed into a Lush Green Space

Tenth Acre Farms: An Abandoned Brooklyn Basketball Court Transformed into a Lush Green Space

Tenth Acre Farms was started in 2009 by three guys — Jordan Hall, Bennett Wilson, and Adam Wilson –who work part-time for CollegeHumor.com, all of whom grew up with farming families. The project began as a small backyard garden behind Hall’s apartment in

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LEED-Seeking Theater for a New Audience Breaks Ground on Dramatic Black Box Building in Brooklyn

LEED-Seeking Theater for a New Audience Breaks Ground on Dramatic Black Box Building in Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s budding cultural district will soon raise the curtain on a new classic theater. Just Last Friday, construction started on the Theater for a New Audience, a Hugh Hardy designed flexible theater created specifically for the performance of Shakespeare

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Third + Bond is the First Brooklyn Building to Receive LEED Platinum Certification

Third + Bond is the First Brooklyn Building to Receive LEED Platinum Certification

The Gowanus Canal may be a Superfund site, but that hasn’t kept the surrounding neighborhood from having somewhat of a renaissance over the last few years. New apartment buildings, restaurants, and galleries continue to pop up, and just this week, the new

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Roberta’s Pizza in Brooklyn Grows its Own Produce in Shipping Container Greenhouses

Roberta’s Pizza in Brooklyn Grows its Own Produce in Shipping Container Greenhouses

Not long ago, Bushwick, Brooklyn was an industrial wasteland, with cafes and bars few and far between. Now, it is home to one of Brooklyn’s most popular — and sustainable — restaurants, Roberta’s. Famous for their pizza, the restaurant has helped develop

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BBox Radio is a Shipping Container Radio Station in Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market

BBox Radio is a Shipping Container Radio Station in Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market

The creators of BBox Radio

Back in March, we reported that a sustainable shipping container market will be popping up in Downtown Brooklyn this summer. Now that summer is here, the temporary market is underway and vendors are beginning to plan out their

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Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Geese Will Now be Used to Feed the Hungry

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Geese Will Now be Used to Feed the Hungry

That’s right – the Prospect Park geese are making headlines once again! After huge protests and outcry from local residents about the city’s mass slaughter of geese at Prospect Park last summer, the Department of Environmental Protection has decided that instead

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Old Brooklyn Airport to Be Transformed into Giant Urban Campground

Old Brooklyn Airport to Be Transformed into Giant Urban Campground

Finding a good campground isn’t really one of the first things you think about when it comes to New York City, but that might just change. Floyd Bennett Field, an old airport on the edge of Brooklyn, is set to become the largest urban campground in the United

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Gotham Greens Rooftop Hydroponic Greenhouse in Brooklyn Begins First Harvest This Month

Gotham Greens Rooftop Hydroponic Greenhouse in Brooklyn Begins First Harvest This Month

With spring in full swing, local fresh produce is available all over the city and Gotham Greens, a new comer to the urban agricultural movement, will have its first harvest this month which will help contribute to a healthier and more sustainable city. Founders

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Spruce Up Your Apartment At New Vintage Store Brooklyn Reclamation

Spruce Up Your Apartment At New Vintage Store Brooklyn Reclamation

Over the past few years, Williamsburg has become a premier shopping destination for vintage fashion, independent labels and unique boutiques, and there is always room for more! Having open just a few days ago, Brooklyn Reclamation on Driggs Avenue is new to

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Brooklyn Litter Crew Cleans Up Condoms After Park Goers Get Busy

Brooklyn Litter Crew Cleans Up Condoms After Park Goers Get Busy

Brooklyn residents near Prospect Park are frustrated with all the litter and the lack of a comprehensive cleanup effort, and they have decided to take matters into their own hands to clean up the park themselves. What began as the discovery of condom wrappers

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Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park Officially Opens, Offers Native Plantings & Sand Volleyball Courts

Pier 6 of Brooklyn Bridge Park Officially Opens, Offers Native Plantings & Sand Volleyball Courts

It was a great Memorial Day weekend in Brooklyn, and it wasn’t just because of the beautiful summer weather. The expansion of the Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 6 was finally completed on Saturday morning, offering an additional 1.8 acres of  sand volleyball

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