PHOTOS: Bizarre Japanese Victorian-Style Home Hides Treasures from Around the World in Brooklyn

PHOTOS: Bizarre Japanese Victorian-Style Home Hides Treasures from Around the World in Brooklyn

131 Buckingham was built as part of a project initiated by developer Dean Alvord back in 1899. Dean purchased 50 acres of land with the intent of developing a residential area that would also be a “park in the city” for the rich. He renamed the numbered streets

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New NJ Solar Plant Expected to Reduce 13,000 Tons of Carbon Dioxide Each Year

New NJ Solar Plant Expected to Reduce 13,000 Tons of Carbon Dioxide Each Year

South New Jersey’s Lopatcong Township will soon become home to one of the largest net-metered solar PV plants in the United States. The new plant is a three-company collaboration led by engineering and construction company Gehrlicher Solar America Corp, developer

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Want to See Your Home Featured on Inhabitat NYC? Send Us Photos!

Want to See Your Home Featured on Inhabitat NYC? Send Us Photos!

Are you a green-minded NYC inhabitant with a penchant for sustainable interior design? Inhabitat NYC is looking for cool, forward-thinking New Yorkers who want to share their green homes with the rest of the world. Whether you’re in an apartment, a brownstone

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Architecture Trend: Old Parking Garages Being Transformed into Restaurants,Galleries and Shops

Architecture Trend: Old Parking Garages Being Transformed into Restaurants,Galleries and Shops

The next time you visit your neighborhood bar or restaurant, take a careful look around: your favorite happy hour digs may have had a former life as an uninspired parking garage. As parking minimums come under increasing scrutiny, New York City has begun repurposing

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“Grow Your Own City” Concept Wins the Timber in the City Student Design Competition

“Grow Your Own City” Concept Wins the Timber in the City Student Design Competition

The contest was created by Parsons the New School of Design, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council as a way to promote wood as an ideal green building material, and to challenge students to create

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Go See Real New Yorkers Live in a Tiny Apartment Inside the Museum of the City of New York

Go See Real New Yorkers Live in a Tiny Apartment Inside the Museum of the City of New York

MCNY’s “Living Large While Living Small” will take place over the last month of the “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers” exhibit, and will plop real New Yorkers into a 325-sq-ft apartment to see how they make the most of the small space. The guests

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Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Science and Resilience Institute for Jamaica Bay

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Science and Resilience Institute for Jamaica Bay

This week, Mayor Bloomberg and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that Jamaica Bay will be home to a new environmental research center called the Science and Resilience Institute. Among other plans, the 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned

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INTERVIEW: Inside the Studio with Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

INTERVIEW: Inside the Studio with Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

INHABITAT: Elena, how would you describe your photography in one sentence? And Eric, how would you describe your furniture?

ELENA: My photography is a poetic meditation on the world which surrounds me, a visual representation of internal truths, an expression

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B:Hive Co-Working Space Features Buzzworthy Upcycled and Thrifted Decor

B:Hive Co-Working Space Features Buzzworthy Upcycled and Thrifted Decor

B:Hive is positioned to attract talented professionals, freelancers needing reprieve from working out of their homes and those “interesting” people who simply need a cool place to hang out and network with other movers and shakers in the area. “We wanted

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New Ice Skating Rinks Coming to McCarren Park and Prospect Park This Winter!

New Ice Skating Rinks Coming to McCarren Park and Prospect Park This Winter!

If you’re feeling blue that summer is coming to an end, maybe a winter of skating fun will give you something to look forward to. The NYC Parks Department recently announced that new ice skating rinks will be coming to McCarren Park and Prospect Park this

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The East River Blueway Project Goes Foward with $8 Million in the Bank

The East River Blueway Project Goes Foward with $8 Million in the Bank

The East River Blueway project is one step closer to becoming a reality now that the project has some cash to spend. Last week, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced that the project will proceed with

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Library Lawn Brings a Peaceful Outdoor Reading Room to Governors Island (PHOTOS)

Library Lawn Brings a Peaceful Outdoor Reading Room to Governors Island (PHOTOS)

“There’s really nothing better on a warm summer day than to sit in the sun and cozy up with a book,” said Tony Marx, President & CEO of New York Public Library. “This new open-air Library Lawn will give the public the opportunity to do just that, as well

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Beyoncé Biked Over the Brooklyn Bridge to Her Last Barclays Center Concert

Beyoncé Biked Over the Brooklyn Bridge to Her Last Barclays Center Concert

It looks like not all of the world’s celebrities ride around in gas-guzzling SUVs. Apparently, mega-star Beyoncé biked across the Brooklyn Bridge to get to her last concert at the Barclays Center on Monday night. While she was able to make the trip relatively

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6 Easy Eco Escapes From New York City

6 Easy Eco Escapes From New York City

Buttermilk Spa
There are plenty of spas you could visit in the city, but walking out into the muggy, crowded city streets after your massage is a bit of a relaxation buzz-kill. At the Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, you can indulge yourself in a serene Hudson

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Did You Know It’s Illegal for New York City Stores to Blast Air Conditioning Outside?

Did You Know It’s Illegal for New York City Stores to Blast Air Conditioning Outside?

We’ve all caught a blast of cool air while walking by the open doors of an air-conditioned store during the summer, but did you know that it’s actually illegal for NYC stores to let AC escape so wantonly? The very common practice among retailers may not

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Behold, This is the Greenest Block in Brooklyn!

Behold, This is the Greenest Block in Brooklyn!

Photo © Brooklyn Botanic Garden

This year, blocks from more than 25 Brooklyn neighborhoods like Boerum Hill, East Flatbush, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bay Ridge and Windsor Terrace participated in the BBG’s Greenest Block competition. But in the end,

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SHoP Architects’ Dancing Towers Break Ground on First Avenue and Could Be Storm Resistant

SHoP Architects’ Dancing Towers Break Ground on First Avenue and Could Be Storm Resistant

From a community that would double as a storm surge protector to flood-proof prefab beach buildings, NYC has been leading the charge on all sorts of new ideas that will make it “A Stronger, More Resilient New York.” The folks over at JDS Development have

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New John Street Apartments to Fund Brooklyn Bridge Park Expansion in DUMBO

New John Street Apartments to Fund Brooklyn Bridge Park Expansion in DUMBO

According to Crains, the 100,000 square foot, 12-story residential building designed by Alloy is expected to fit right into Dumbo with its large windows and facade of metal panels. A mixed-use facility, it will also include cultural and retail space on the

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New Farmers Market and Public Plaza Might Be Coming to BQE Underpass Thanks to Myrtle Avenue Partnership

New Farmers Market and Public Plaza Might Be Coming to BQE Underpass Thanks to Myrtle Avenue Partnership

At a recent Community Board 2 meeting, the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership expressed its hopes to create a new public plaza underneath the BQE. According to a DNAinfo report, the plans for the renovated space could include everything from a weekend farmers

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DUMBO Walls: Blank Space Under the BQE Transformed into a Vibrant Open Air Art Exhibition

DUMBO Walls: Blank Space Under the BQE Transformed into a Vibrant Open Air Art Exhibition

Artists CAM, MOMO, Stefan Sagmesiter, Yuko Shizimu, Shepard Fairey, Eltono, and Faith 47 added their signature styles to the walls with colorful, semi-permanent murals. Visitors can marvel at the outdoor art exhibition, which traverses the walkway near the

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Solarize Brooklyn Aims to Bring Affordable Solar Power to Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush

Solarize Brooklyn Aims to Bring Affordable Solar Power to Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush

The Solarize movement that swept across the nation from Oregon in 2009 has spread all the way to Brooklyn. Solarize Brooklyn is a project started by two local groups, Sustainable Flatbush and Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace. The initiative is a volunteer-run, grass

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MTA Secures $200 Million in Flood Insurance Protection for Future Superstorm Sandy-Like Events

MTA Secures $200 Million in Flood Insurance Protection for Future Superstorm Sandy-Like Events

Not wanting to get caught with its pants down by another Superstorm Sandy, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency announced today that it’s picked up $200 million in insurance money that will help pay for future repairs in the case of similar weather disasters.

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NYC’s Colorful “Recycle Everything” Ad Campaign Encourages New Yorkers to Curb Waste

NYC’s Colorful “Recycle Everything” Ad Campaign Encourages New Yorkers to Curb Waste

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office is launching a colorful new ad campaign to encourage New Yorkers to recycle. Called “Recycle Everything,” the series of eye-catching adverts will also promote the expansion of organic food recycling around New York City.

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FrankenBeaches: Sandy-Damaged Waterfronts to Be Repaired with Sand from Other Beaches

FrankenBeaches: Sandy-Damaged Waterfronts to Be Repaired with Sand from Other Beaches

This August, NYC will begin their latest beach restoration project, repairing popular Sandy-ravaged Brooklyn beaches located between W. 37th St. and Brighton Beach and requiring beach bums to head elsewhere. As reported by the Daily News, around 600,000 cubic

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Massive Robot-Controlled Parking Garage Will Be Able to Stack 700 Cars Underground in Brooklyn

Massive Robot-Controlled Parking Garage Will Be Able to Stack 700 Cars Underground in Brooklyn

Image: JEFFREY M. HYDE DESIGN DIRECTOR OF AUTOMOTION

The Willoughby Square parking garage will delve 37 feet underground and will be able to accommodate 697 cars on five levels. Since it will be subterranean, the lot won’t take up valuable city land, and

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