Joggers out on their morning run were surprised to spot a dolphin swimming in the the East River yesterday. The bottlenose dolphin, which appeared to be uninjured, was seen in the waters between East 96th Street and East 106th Street. Biologists who were
If you thought the collection of fungi housed in your own fridge was impressive, wait ’til you hear what was found on NYC’s green roofs. Researchers from Barnard College, Columbia University, Fordham and the University of Colorado recently conducted tests
Won Dharma Center, Claverack, NY – Architecture Honor Award Winner
This 22,000 square foot retreat built for the Won Buddhists of North America is outfitted with geothermal heating and solar hot water and the exteriors were covered in FSC-certified
An open kitchen space leads out onto a balcony that was created by cutting away pieces of the shipping container.
So how does one come up with the idea of building a shipping container house in New York City? By 2008, the couple had already purchased a
In the second episode of StreetEasy’s NYC brownstone renovation video series, Demo to Decor, local architect and historic NYC townhouse expert Brendan Coburn walks us through the renovation of a Park Slope brownstone and highlights several recent developments
DUMBO’s Two Trees Management Company has a new vision for the iconic Domino Sugar Refinery on Williamsburg’s waterfront. The company bought the property in 2012 with plans to renovate, but has just released an alternative plan designed by SHoP Architects that
Over the last ten years, rising property values in Williamsburg, Brooklyn have made home ownership difficult or impossible for many. But one couple, David Boyle and wife Michele Bertomen, decided to get around the high pricetags in the area by turning to
Thousands of New Yorkers are still rebuilding after the devastating wrath of Hurricane Sandy – and as restoration of the hard-hit Far Rockaway continues, the Museum of Modern Art is seeking to collaborate with artists, architects and designers to rebirth the
Composting some of the near 650,000 tons of food that New York City residents toss each year just became a little easier. Queens residents can now help in the effort to reduce food waste with nonprofit program Build It Green! NYC’s new program, BIG!Compost.
Last fall, New York state announced it would fund the transformation of the Lower East Side’s Pier 42 into a glorious new waterfront park. Although residents are excited about the park, they also wanted to be able to enjoy the area even sooner, so the Hester
The 120,000 square foot building, designed by New York-based ABS Architecture and developed by Blue Sea Development, was constructed using local and recycled materials and features a living green wall, air-filtration systems, outdoor exercise areas and artwork
If you’ve noticed “natural”, “green” or “organic” dry cleaners popping up in your neighborhood, it may be a sign that the area is moving up in the world. But while they may be good for property values, not all of these businesses live up to the eco-friendliness they advertise. Many of these green cleaners are simply regular dry cleaners that noticed the demand for greener products and services and retooled their operations in a way that is not entirely up to snuff with the sustainability customers are looking for.
plant wall design specializes in – you guessed it – planted walls, and they work together with architects and designers to create vegetal art to adorn both public and private areas. Designer Marie Christine Steffanetti and hydraulic systems engineer Laurent
Most of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s historic oak trees survived Hurricane Sandy last year, but a few were not so lucky. Ten of the fifty foot specimens are being chopped due to damage from the storm, but they will be given new life as a treehouse! Designed
The only stipulations FIGMENT had for entries into its competition, aside from transportation issues, was that they must be made of recycled or recyclable materials. Brooklyn-based STUDIOKCA, which combines Jason Klimoski’s Lighting Studio and Lesley Chang’s
From outside of the home, the 5,300 square foot brick townhouse looks like a traditional Cobble Hill property. But once inside, the space gives way to a design and finish that is clean and contemporary with soaring ceilings and generous dimensions.
Mark your calendars, design fans! In keeping with its other efforts to promote local goods and services, New York City recently announced the first ever “NYCxDESIGN” (NYC by Design) city-wide event to showcase design from all around the five boroughs.
The East River Blueway is a project that aims to revitalize Manhattan’s east side waterfront area from 38th Street to the Brooklyn Bridge. Though many New Yorkers already use the 4-mile-stretch for exercise, much of it is currently not the most visually pleasing,
Beginning on March 9th, the New York Restoration Project – a nonprofit organization founded by actress and environmentalist Bette Midler – will kick off their annual spring tree giveaways. Thanks to a sponsorship by Toyota, 4,500 trees will be free for the
We’ve been following the progress of One World Trade Center closely, and this weekend we were excited to see some of the first signs of sustainability pop up at the construction site. More than 2,000 state-of-the-art, “green technology” glass panels are being installed on the street level podium wall of 1 WTC, which is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. These high-performance panels are double-paned and made with a frosted coating for absorbing sunlight and minimizing heat gain.
With all the dire predictions about climate change in the news, it’s easy to start thinking that the problem is too large to even begin to untangle. But a new report released by the Urban Green Council, the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, says
Urban Librarians Unite has been coming to the rescue of book-loving residents in many of NYC’s Hurricane Sandy-hit neighborhoods. The literary Samaritans have begun installing miniature libraries outside of flooded New York Public Library branches, making
Residents in East New York, Brooklyn have a new place to shop for their eggs without having to step foot inside of a grocery store or bodega. Instead, members of the recently unveiled El Jardin del Pueblo – a community garden project spearheaded by GrowNYC
Eizirik, an illustrator from Brazil, spent a month sketching and interacting with Brooklyn’s vacant public land and residents, creating a series of drawings and collages that trace the debates and challenges surrounding public space in the city. Clips of
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