BKLYN Designs: Palo Samko Showcases the Beauty of Salvaged Furniture’s “Flaws”

BKLYN Designs: Palo Samko Showcases the Beauty of Salvaged Furniture’s “Flaws”

Palo is a humble artisan who applies old world techniques to design contemporary interiors that will give any home a special air of sophistication. We’ve showcased his work before, including a men’s only chest that has a curious secret hiding spot, and his

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6 Marvelous Green Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in NYC

6 Marvelous Green Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in NYC

Savor Spa Mani/Pedi
Kick your day off by treating mom to an organic manicure and pedicure at Savor Spa in the West Village. The cozy eco-chic boutique is home to Om Aroma anti-aging bodycare products that are used in all of the treatment services including

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Rockwell Group Unveils Plans to Build Treehouse-Inspired Playground in Brownsville

Rockwell Group Unveils Plans to Build Treehouse-Inspired Playground in Brownsville

This week, the Rockwell Group announced exciting plans to build a treehouse-inspired Imagination Playground in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville. The firm is working with NYC Parks to transform a 1.5-acre section of Betsy Head Park into an active

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Bushwick’s Pine Box Rock Shop Vows to Serve Only Plant-Based Vegan Booze

Bushwick’s Pine Box Rock Shop Vows to Serve Only Plant-Based Vegan Booze

We were majorly impressed by the Pine Box Rock Shop’s adaptive reuse from a coffin factory into a neighborhood bar, and now the Bushwick spot has even more earth-friendly news. Going forward, the cozy, wood-clad watering hole has pledged to serve only plant-based,

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Noble Goods to Debut Super Eco-Friendly Wooden Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013

Noble Goods to Debut Super Eco-Friendly Wooden Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013

Noble Goods’ devotion to ensuring their products have a small environmental footprint is evident in everything from their bracelets and cheese boards right up to their smooth and shiny side tables. They only use FSC certified cherry wood, and strive to source

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PHOTOS: LEGO Batman Watches Over Toy Replica of Rockefeller Center at LEGO’s Flagship Store

PHOTOS: LEGO Batman Watches Over Toy Replica of Rockefeller Center at LEGO’s Flagship Store

Taking inspiration from the Art Deco splendor of Rockefeller Center, the LEGO store does its own version of the center’s famous murals in LEGO form, of course. The murals overlook the detailed window display- an all-LEGO replica of the entire Rockefeller Center

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See Caleb Zipperer’s Modern Tetris-Inspired Furniture at BKLYN Designs 2013

See Caleb Zipperer’s Modern Tetris-Inspired Furniture at BKLYN Designs 2013

With BKLYN Designs 2013 just around the corner, we’ve been tooting the horns of some of our favorite NYC-based green designers who will present their work at the fair this year — and we’re excited to announce that Caleb Zipperer will be on the scene with

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Lamacek to Bring Fun and Funky Felted Creations to BKLYN Designs 2013

Lamacek to Bring Fun and Funky Felted Creations to BKLYN Designs 2013

Long time collaborators in eco-design, Connie Lam and Michael Sedlacek are heading to BKLYN Designs 2013 for another round of local, kid-friendly design. And although they’ve been a little quiet about their new products, if their past furnishings are anything

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INTERVIEW: David Maundrell Gives Us the Scoop on aptsandlofts.com’s Beautifully Renovated Cobble Hill Office

INTERVIEW: David Maundrell Gives Us the Scoop on aptsandlofts.com’s Beautifully Renovated Cobble Hill Office

INHABITAT: For those who aren’t familiar with aptsandlofts.com, can you tell us a little bit about the services your company offers?

DM: aptsandlofts.com is one of NYC’s leading privately owned full-service real estate brokerages. Our team offers clients

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Brooklyn Gears Up for an Additional 14 Miles of Bike Lanes

Brooklyn Gears Up for an Additional 14 Miles of Bike Lanes

With the Citi Bike program expected to open in May, the New York City Department of Transportation has its sights set on giving Brooklyn cyclists more room to ride across the borough. The proposed Brooklyn Greenway Project will add 14 miles of bike lanes from

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BKLYN Designs: Aellon Turns Shipwrecked Boats and Reclaimed Materials into Fabulous Furnishings

BKLYN Designs: Aellon Turns Shipwrecked Boats and Reclaimed Materials into Fabulous Furnishings

Although Aellon often has to source new wood for their designs, when they do, they commit themselves to purchasing wood that has been grown and harvested responsibly. But their most exciting pieces are those made from reclaimed shipwrecked boats. Pieces in

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An Evening with The NY Times’ Mark Bittman to Benefit the Brooklyn Food Coalition

An Evening with The NY Times’ Mark Bittman to Benefit the Brooklyn Food Coalition

Please join the Brooklyn Food Coalition for an exciting fundraiser featuring New York Times cooking and food policy writer Mark Bittman on Tuesday April 30th in downtown Brooklyn! Coinciding with the release of his new book “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 p.m. to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…For Good”, Mr. Bittman will speak on “The Future of Food” and will address how we can eat for the health of our bodies and the planet.

Tickets are $20; there will be a limited amount of student tickets for $10. …

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Try Out CASA Kids’ Transforming Tuck Bed Collection at BKLYN Designs 2013

Try Out CASA Kids’ Transforming Tuck Bed Collection at BKLYN Designs 2013

The Tuck Bed collection exemplifies everything that we love about CASA Kids: fresh, kid-friendly designs that are adaptable to New York’s shrinking spaces. The single Tuck Bed can be mounted either vertically or horizontally, giving parents ultimate flexibility

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BKLYN Designs 2013: Each Piece of Mark Jupiter’s Reclaimed Furniture Tells a Story

BKLYN Designs 2013: Each Piece of Mark Jupiter’s Reclaimed Furniture Tells a Story

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind or custom pieces that no big box store could ever possibly replicate, then you will love Mark Jupiter’s work. A long time contributor to the DUMBO community, this talented artisan has a knack for finding the most extraordinary

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Urban Chandy’s Cool Recycled Chandeliers to Light up BKLYN Designs 2013

Urban Chandy’s Cool Recycled Chandeliers to Light up BKLYN Designs 2013

Urban Chandy uses Edison bulbs to complement the majority of their chandeliers – sometimes up to 18 of them – which dangle at varying lengths from a ceiling mounted base. Most of the bases are made with reclaimed wood such as black walnut or Merbau, as well

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Bien Hecho Gears Up to Bring Their Understated Reclaimed Furniture to BKLYN Designs 2013

Bien Hecho Gears Up to Bring Their Understated Reclaimed Furniture to BKLYN Designs 2013

If you’re in the market for well-made furniture built with reused materials, you’ll definitely want to check out this year’s BKLYN Designs showcase of Brooklyn-born furnishings in May. One of the show’s prime purveyors of understated, recycled design, Bien

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NY <3 Boston: Illuminated Messages of Support for Boston Victims Light Up Brooklyn Academy of Music

NY <3 Boston: Illuminated Messages of Support for Boston Victims Light Up Brooklyn Academy of Music

The streaming messages of hope and support for Boston were created by the NYC Light Brigade and The Illuminator Collective - a political art project featuring a cargo van equipped with video and audio projection that emerged out of the Occupy Wall Street

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See Adam Frank’s Charming LED Nightlights Illuminate BKLYN Designs

See Adam Frank’s Charming LED Nightlights Illuminate BKLYN Designs

The Lumen LED nightlight is programmable, which means it switches on at a set time every day and then switches off after a predetermined number of hours. This feature, combined with the LED battery pack, results in a deeply efficient lamp that will last up

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2 Gold Will Be the First Manhattan Building to Install a 13-ft Airtight Flood Gate

2 Gold Will Be the First Manhattan Building to Install a 13-ft Airtight Flood Gate

One NYC apartment that was hit hard by the waters that flooded the Financial District during Hurricane Sandy is taking matters into its own hands by investing in a giant, airtight floodgate. 2 Gold will be the first Manhattan rental complex to build a

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Don’t Miss Brooklyn’s Freshest Green Furnishings at This Year’s BKLYN Designs in May!

Don’t Miss Brooklyn’s Freshest Green Furnishings at This Year’s BKLYN Designs in May!

It’s baaaack! Our favorite showcase of the hottest made-in-Brooklyn home designs took a hiatus for a few years but now BKLYN Designs is back and ready to make a splash from May 10-12. This carefully curated tradeshow will bring together a bevy of leading

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Citi Bike Opens Up Membership Registration with Perks for First 5000 Founding Members

Citi Bike Opens Up Membership Registration with Perks for First 5000 Founding Members

If you’re one of the many New Yorkers who have been waiting with bated breath for the launch of the Citi Bike bike share system, we’ve got great news for you. CitiBank has opened up registration for the program and is currently offering “founding member” spots

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Coney Island’s Famous Childs Restaurant to Reopen as New Eatery and Amphitheater

Coney Island’s Famous Childs Restaurant to Reopen as New Eatery and Amphitheater

During his final State of the Borough speech, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced plans to revive Coney Island’s historic Childs restaurant building — a protected city landmark that once housed a thriving business in the early twentieth

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10 Transforming Furniture Designs Perfect for Tiny NYC Apartments

10 Transforming Furniture Designs Perfect for Tiny NYC Apartments

Sharing is caring, as the old adage goes, so the Schair Chair is the perfect way to show your guests you care by turning a single seat into two. The design, by Pratt student Charlotte Kreitmann, is made of reclaimed wood and is a fitting piece for

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PHOTOS: Bouncy, Zig-Zagging Squibb Park Bridge is NYC’s Funnest Pedestrian Bridge

PHOTOS: Bouncy, Zig-Zagging Squibb Park Bridge is NYC’s Funnest Pedestrian Bridge

Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge opened a few weeks ago in March, just in time for spring. The $5 million bridge was built out of 100,000 pounds of black locust timber, a species that was originally used for ship masts hundreds of years ago.

While you might

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Sandy Remix Treehouse Made of Sandy-Fallen Trees

Sandy Remix Treehouse Made of Sandy-Fallen Trees

Check out treehouse master Roderick Romero’s latest creation – a giant nest made from trees damaged by Hurricane Sandy at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden! Called Sandy Remix, the structure is now open to the public and features 18 different types of trees from

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