Upper West Side Artist Transforms Driftwood into One-of-a-Kind Furniture Pieces

Upper West Side Artist Transforms Driftwood into One-of-a-Kind Furniture Pieces

Collecting fallen wood during country road trips with friends started off as a hobby for Paul Kruger, but eventually turned into a full-fledged business that pays homage to the trees. The NYC-based artist quickly found that he could take his newly discovered

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Park Slope Residents Promised New Community Garden But Get Concrete Instead

Park Slope Residents Promised New Community Garden But Get Concrete Instead

Residents of Park Slope are expressing their concern over an empty grey lot that was supposed to be a new neighborhood garden. The Baltic Street Community Garden, which the School Construction Authority had promised to update, was instead fenced-in and

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WASTED Art Exhibit Closing Reception

WASTED Art Exhibit Closing Reception

Join the artist behind WASTED for a special reception and see this wonderful exhibition on its closing day. Resobox Gallery proudly presents political works from Alex White Mazzarella, artist and Founder of global social art initiative Artefacting. Artwork

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New Gowanus Whole Foods Will Have Rooftop Farm Operated by Gotham Greens

New Gowanus Whole Foods Will Have Rooftop Farm Operated by Gotham Greens

Slated to open as early as late fall of this year, the Gowanus Whole Foods location will employ Gotham Greens to grow high-quality, pesticide-free produce year round. The new greenhouse will integrate advanced irrigation systems using recycled and mineral-enhanced

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Breaking News: Pod of Dolphins Spotted Frolicking in the East River!

Breaking News: Pod of Dolphins Spotted Frolicking in the East River!

Dolphins just can’t seem to get enough of NYC. Hot on the heels of March’s East River dolphin spotting, we’ve just been tipped off that now a whole pod of dolphins has been seen swimming and doing tricks in the waterway. It’s not clear where the dolphins

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William Miller’s Beautiful and Abstract Photos Are Actually of the Gowanus Canal’s Polluted Slime

William Miller’s Beautiful and Abstract Photos Are Actually of the Gowanus Canal’s Polluted Slime

Miller finds the murky waters of the Gowanus to be inspiring and darkly beautiful. Only in art can the clouds of chemicals translate to graceful forms, with deposits of polluted sediment peppering the picture plane with pattern and swirls of oil. The photographer

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Help Plant 2,400 New Trees in NYC with JetBlue and the New York Restoration Project

Help Plant 2,400 New Trees in NYC with JetBlue and the New York Restoration Project

Get your hands dirty with JetBlue Airlines and the New York Restoration Project as they host the sixth annual One Thing That’s Green day on Saturday, April 20th in Highland Park on the border of Queens and Brooklyn. The weekend tree-planting project will

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Macro Sea to Transform Brooklyn Navy Yard into Hub For Sustainable Manufacturing Jobs

Macro Sea to Transform Brooklyn Navy Yard into Hub For Sustainable Manufacturing Jobs

New York firm Macro Sea has released a new design that would turn the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a state-of-the-art hub for technology, innovation, design and prototyping. Called New Lab, the 84,000-square-foot space is slated to be completed by 2014 with

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Newark Students Recreate Van Gogh’s Starry Night Using 5,000 Bottle Caps

Newark Students Recreate Van Gogh’s Starry Night Using 5,000 Bottle Caps

Students at South Street Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey are both artists and conservationists. After collecting over 5,000 bottle caps in their local community, the students arranged the caps into an eco-friendly 8-foot by 12-foot rendition of Vincent

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After Hurricane Sandy Devastation New York Aquarium Will Re-Open This Spring

After Hurricane Sandy Devastation New York Aquarium Will Re-Open This Spring

The New York Aquarium in Coney Island will be partially up and running come late spring, after months of rebuilding from the mighty blow of Hurricane Sandy. The storm caused roughly $65 million in damages and left devastating realities for the aquarium; many

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SNEAK PEEK: Nest-Shaped Treehouse Made of Hurricane Sandy-Fallen Trees Rises at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

SNEAK PEEK: Nest-Shaped Treehouse Made of Hurricane Sandy-Fallen Trees Rises at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Romero originally wanted to name the treehouse Judith Francis Scougall Wolgamott, after his mother who recently passed away. He explained that much of the turmoil that can be seen coming through in Sandy Remix was inspired by his feelings after his mother’s

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Brooklyn Grange’s Queens Rooftop Farm Gets Solar-Powered Compost Bins

Brooklyn Grange’s Queens Rooftop Farm Gets Solar-Powered Compost Bins

The Brooklyn Grange is opening up their one-acre rooftop farm in Long Island City, Queens as a local hub for solar composting. The new system will repurpose food waste and scraps gathered from local restaurants and residents and turn them into valuable fertilizer

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New York City’s Oldest House Getting a Bright New Addition from nARCHITECTS

New York City’s Oldest House Getting a Bright New Addition from nARCHITECTS

Aside from being New York City’s oldest house (it was built in 1652), the Wyckoff House Museum was also New York’s first official landmark. In order to preserve the sanctity of the site, nARCHITECTS designed the new addition around the historic home, closing

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10 of the Best Green Home Designs Spotted at the Architectural Digest Design Show

10 of the Best Green Home Designs Spotted at the Architectural Digest Design Show

Urban Green Furniture caught our attention with their simple and modern furniture, which is hand-crafted in Brooklyn, NY. They use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified wood and safe and allergen-free finishes, and all of their pieces are handcrafted

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Navid Baraty’s Energizing Photos Capture NYC Life From the Rooftops

Navid Baraty’s Energizing Photos Capture NYC Life From the Rooftops

Baraty left his work as an electrical engineer in pursuit of a career that would be more life-giving. Now, the artist is recognized for his unique images and has expanded his series to include aerial views of the bustling city after dark, and hopes to eventually

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“Bouncy” Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge Creates New Connection to Brooklyn Bridge Park

“Bouncy” Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge Creates New Connection to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Image via Brooklyn Bridge Park Facebook

The highly-anticipated Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge connecting Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park has finally opened, and locals could not be more pleased. The rather unusual “zig-zaggy” and “bouncy” $5 million bridge was designed by Ted Zoli and constructed by HNTB, who worked throughout March putting the finishing touches on it. With the structure now open, pedestrians are able to stroll over to Brooklyn Bridge Park from Brooklyn Heights without having to come in contact with cars and traffic.

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6 Beautiful Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

6 Beautiful Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

Fort Greene Park
Nestled in Brooklyn’s most distinguishing neighborhood, Fort Greene Park serves as a community hub for cultural diversity and public programming. One of the first parks built in Brooklyn, it originally housed forts during the Revolutionary

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Composting Poop Potties Planned for Prospect Park

Composting Poop Potties Planned for Prospect Park

Well House rendering via NYC Parks Department

Prospect Park wants to change the way you “go” at the park with a new system that will compost human waste. NYC has plans to build a $1.8 million composting green latrine in the park’s historic Well House building that will look much like a regular bathroom except it will use “eco-friendly foam” and very little water. Luckily, visitors won’t be subject to the smelly side of the new system as waste will be stored in the depths of the composting compartment in the bathroom’s basement, keeping it out of treatment plants and the Gowanus Canal.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Turns Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse Filled with 200+ Plants

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Turns Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse Filled with 200+ Plants

We were so intrigued by (and jealous of) Summer’s rainforest-esque digs that we had to catch up with her and see if she had any tips for aspiring urban gardeners like us. Here’s what she said:
INHABITAT: What inspired you to start a vertical garden in your

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NYC Sewage to Be Treated with Common Soap Ingredient Glycerol

NYC Sewage to Be Treated with Common Soap Ingredient Glycerol

The 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant in Queens has begun using a revolutionary biofuel process that employs glycerol (an ingredient that can be found in many soaps and perfumes) to remove nitrogen from our waterways. The first green water treatment facility

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6 Fun, Green Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC!

6 Fun, Green Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC!

Elzbieta Sekowska / Shutterstock.com

Get a head start on the Celtic celebrations by heading to the annual New York City St. Patrick’s day parade up Fifth Avenue, which starts at 44th Street at 11am on March 16th. Join the other 200,000 plus participants

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New York City Population is Highest It’s Been in Over 60 Years

New York City Population is Highest It’s Been in Over 60 Years

Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg announced that New York City’s population is the highest it’s been in over 60 years, with more people moving in than moving out for the first time in decades. According to data derived from the US Census Bureau, 161,000 more people

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“Heartwalk” Sculpture Made of Hurricane Sandy Wood Gets New Home in Brooklyn

“Heartwalk” Sculpture Made of Hurricane Sandy Wood Gets New Home in Brooklyn

Heartwalk in Times Square
The project was spearheaded by the DUMBO Improvement District and Situ Studio, in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). Situ Studio was originally commissioned to create the piece for Times Square,

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Joggers Spot a Dolphin in the East River

Joggers Spot a Dolphin in the East River

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

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Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

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

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