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World’s First Electric Wooden Bike Launches in Brooklyn

World’s First Electric Wooden Bike Launches in Brooklyn

The Bough Bike was designed by Jan Gunneweg and Piet Brandjes and is constructed with oak wood that is sourced from sustainably-managed forests in the Jura section of eastern France. The bike is extra durable with stainless steel hardware components, Schwalbe

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Bade Stageberg Cox Uses Yellow Reclaimed Chairs to Turn Times Square into a Street Theater

Bade Stageberg Cox Uses Yellow Reclaimed Chairs to Turn Times Square into a Street Theater

If you passed by Times Square today, you may have wondered about the groupings of bright yellow chairs scattered about the plaza. The seats were installed for design firm Bade Stageberg Cox’s Street Theater, which will be on display until May 18th as part

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New York Moves to Revolutionize Power Grid with System That Boosts Solar and Wind Energy

New York Moves to Revolutionize Power Grid with System That Boosts Solar and Wind Energy

New York State is proposing a revolutionary change to how utilities operate that would move away from the 20th century business model of centralized power stations to a 21st century market-based distributed energy system that would give solar and wind a big

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CCNY Students Design Sustainable Yantalo House for Volunteers in Peru

CCNY Students Design Sustainable Yantalo House for Volunteers in Peru

Two City College of New York architecture students are using their design skills to support social good in Peru. Michele Flournoy and Tiffany Kimmel, third-year graduate students at the Spitzer School of Architecture, turned an independent study project into

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Obama Dedicates September 11 Memorial Museum Before It Opens to the Public Next Week

Obama Dedicates September 11 Memorial Museum Before It Opens to the Public Next Week

President Obama was in New York today to mark the opening of the long-awaited National September 11 Memorial Museum in Lower Manhattan. The president was joined by survivors of the terrorist attacks as well as rescuers and the families of victims to dedicate

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The Surprising Reason Why New York City Tap Water is Not Vegan (and Possibly Not Kosher)

The Surprising Reason Why New York City Tap Water is Not Vegan (and Possibly Not Kosher)

Happy Water Week NYC everyone! As this annual event showcases the most promising new innovations to solve local and global water issues, we took a closer look at one of our city’s most precious resources – our tasty tap water. New York City tap water has long

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Katy Skelton’s Timeless American-Made Furniture Celebrates Clean Lines and Classic Materials

Katy Skelton’s Timeless American-Made Furniture Celebrates Clean Lines and Classic Materials

Katy Skelton’s line is produced exclusively in the United States, and special care is taken to ensure that the workers who fabricate the furniture are paid a fair wage and operate in safe and responsible manufacturing conditions. The company even conducts

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MTA Developing App to Let Riders Purchase Paperless Tickets from Their Smartphones

MTA Developing App to Let Riders Purchase Paperless Tickets from Their Smartphones

You may never have to wait in line for train tickets again if the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s new plan to convert Metro-North and Long Island Railroad trains to a paperless ticketing system is successful. The MTA recently announced that it has worked

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DIY VIDEO: How to Turn Your Blender into a Magic Bullet-Like Smoothie or Juice Machine

DIY VIDEO: How to Turn Your Blender into a Magic Bullet-Like Smoothie or Juice Machine

You will need:
- a blender
- a mason jar
- your smoothie ingredients (I used melon, apple, pear, locally-grown kale and water for mine)

STEP 1:
Very carefully unscrew the bottom cap of your blender pitcher. Be wary of the fact that the blade will

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Brooklyn Artists Build a Functioning Pipe Organ Out of Pringles Cans

Brooklyn Artists Build a Functioning Pipe Organ Out of Pringles Cans

It seems like Brooklyn-based Fall On Your Sword was unable to stop once they popped, because they recently built a functioning pipe organ out of colorful Pringles cans! Inspired by the bone organ in the cult classic movie “The Goonies,” the artists

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Inhabitat is Reporting Live from BKLYN Designs!

Inhabitat is Reporting Live from BKLYN Designs!

Hello Brooklyn! We’re reporting live today from BKLYN Designs, a celebration and showcase of home furnishings designed and made in the Kingsborough. We’ve only been here for a short while but it’s already plain to see that the show is a feast for the eyes,

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Get a Sneak Peek at Elkamii’s Space-Saving Furniture Made in Brooklyn

BKLYN Designs 2014: Get a Sneak Peek at Elkamii’s Space-Saving Furniture Made in Brooklyn

Peliships are just the tip of the space-saving furniture iceburg for Elkamii. Another delightful creation this Brooklyn collaborative design consultancy has made is the The Curved Bench, another delightful creation made by the Brooklyn consultancy, is the

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Futuristic Williamsburg Hotel with 20,000-Sq-Ft Rooftop Farm Set to Rise Above Wythe Avenue

Futuristic Williamsburg Hotel with 20,000-Sq-Ft Rooftop Farm Set to Rise Above Wythe Avenue

If Williamsburg, Brooklyn doesn’t boast enough visual stimulus for you already, a futuristic new hotel set to rise at 55 Wythe Avenue will add yet another urban spectacle to the neighborhood. A tipster recently shared some new renderings of the Level Hotel project

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Water “Bottle”

DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Water “Bottle”

Note: The Ooho is made using sodium alginate and calcium chloride using a formula developed by the designers. Our recipe is an approximation that replaces calcium chloride with calcium lactate, resulting in a membrane that is less tough.

YOU WILL NEED:

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Citi Bike Could Finally Be Expanding to More Neighborhoods with Help from NYC Investment Firm

Citi Bike Could Finally Be Expanding to More Neighborhoods with Help from NYC Investment Firm

A new investor could be stepping in to help Citi Bike expand to more neighborhoods. The Wall Street Journal reports that Alta Bicycle Share, which runs the bike sharing program, has been in talks with REQX Ventures, an investment firm formed by the Equinox

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Dr. Cow Opens Flagship Vegan Tree Nut Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

Dr. Cow Opens Flagship Vegan Tree Nut Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

Rejoice vegan food connoisseurs! Dairy-free delicacy maker Dr. Cow Tree Nut Cheese recently opened its first New York store in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The shop offers up creamy, animal-free cheeses as well as organic granola, mini vegan cheesecakes,

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NYCxDESIGN Festival of Design from the 5 Boroughs Starts This Week!

NYCxDESIGN Festival of Design from the 5 Boroughs Starts This Week!

NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design) will be returning to the city for its second year this week with hundreds of shows, events and workshops celebrating design from all around the five boroughs. The 12-day soirée will take place at multiple locations in NYC from May

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New York Announces $1.6 Million in Dam Improvement Projects

New York Announces $1.6 Million in Dam Improvement Projects

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a $1.6 million investment towards making dams across the state more resilient to storms to help control flooding. According to the governor’s office, the eight NY Works projects will include upgrades and repairs

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Bush Terminal Park’s New Shipping Container Bathroom Will be Topped With a Green Roof

Bush Terminal Park’s New Shipping Container Bathroom Will be Topped With a Green Roof

Bush Terminal is getting a bit greener every day thanks to a project that’s turning the former toxic brownfield site into a public park. The latest addition to the site is a 1,200-square-foot, green-roofed comfort station made from shipping containers. Designed

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Phil Gautreau’s Reclaimed Bowls Add Rustic Style to the Kitchen

BKLYN Designs 2014: Phil Gautreau’s Reclaimed Bowls Add Rustic Style to the Kitchen

To create his stripped cutting boards, Gautreau takes different wood castoffs, which would otherwise be destined for the landfill, and binds them together. After cutting the boards to shape, he also uses natural beeswax and mineral oil to give them a food-grade,

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Think Fabricate’s Playfully Green Wooden Décor

BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Think Fabricate’s Playfully Green Wooden Décor

Co-founded by Susan Doban and Jason Gorsline, Brooklyn-based Think Fabricate offers playful furniture collections that blend masterful craftsmanship with sustainable values. In addition to the traditional palette of walnut and teak, the design firm also produces

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Records Show That Over 1,600 Protected Birds Were Killed by JFK Airport Contractors

Records Show That Over 1,600 Protected Birds Were Killed by JFK Airport Contractors

According to the airport’s own records, wildlife control contractors killed over 1,600 protected birds at JFK over the past five years. In order to ensure the safety of passengers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey does have permission to shoot

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Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

Although the rain over New York and New Jersey has finally stopped, the overnight showers left many neighborhoods flooded. ABC News reports that LaGuardia Airport rain meters recorded rainfall totals as high as five-and-a-half inches last night. Thanks to

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Artist Coby Kennedy Transforms Brooklyn Street Signs into Post-Apocalyptic Weaponry

Artist Coby Kennedy Transforms Brooklyn Street Signs into Post-Apocalyptic Weaponry

If you feel like life in New York is a constant battle against rent hikes, Coby Kennedy feels your pain. In response to the rapid gentrification and sky-high apartment prices that have engulfed areas the city over the past few years, the Brooklyn-based

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Green-Roofed Solaire Tower Offers LEED Gold Luxury Living in Battery Park

Green-Roofed Solaire Tower Offers LEED Gold Luxury Living in Battery Park

The Solaire is a 27-story luxury rental building in Battery Park located at 20 River Terrace next to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. Developed by The Albanese Organization, the eco-tower was the first high-rise residential building in the United States to

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MTA Testing Solar-Powered Kiosks That Can Run for 10 Days on Just a Little Sunlight

MTA Testing Solar-Powered Kiosks That Can Run for 10 Days on Just a Little Sunlight

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the MTA are adding even more ways for NY commuters to access real-time train, subway and bus information with new solar-powered kiosks. The MTA and NYC Transit are testing a set of the sun-fueled units at Metro-North’s Woodlawn station.

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Evan Z. Crane Gives Heirloom Furniture a Modern Twist

BKLYN Designs 2014: Evan Z. Crane Gives Heirloom Furniture a Modern Twist

When ordering pieces from Crane, customers can choose from a variety of reclaimed woods, lacquer colors and upholstery options, but the studio’s showcase pieces are awesome as is. Take the unusual Six Legs Bench, for example, a low-slung sapele bench with

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Nathan Sawaya’s Repurposed LEGO ‘Hugman’ Sculptures Spread the Love in New York’s Clement Clarke Moore Park

Nathan Sawaya’s Repurposed LEGO ‘Hugman’ Sculptures Spread the Love in New York’s Clement Clarke Moore Park

Here at Inhabitat we love anything LEGO, so it’s no surprise that we’re pretty fond of world-reknowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya. Just in time for Earth Day, Sawaya impressed us again–this time with a series of Hugman sculptures recently installed at Clement

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Preview Brooklyn SLaB’s Artistically Reclaimed Wood Furniture

BKLYN Designs 2014: Preview Brooklyn SLaB’s Artistically Reclaimed Wood Furniture

Bowser’s background in sculpture and fine arts – she earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – is evident in each and every piece she crafts. But her approach is also practical. Take the Mothwing Lamp Table, for example. Before

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Hundreds of New Yorkers Wait Up to 4 Hours to Visit Purina ONE’s Pop Up Cat Cafe (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of New Yorkers Wait Up to 4 Hours to Visit Purina ONE’s Pop Up Cat Cafe (PHOTOS)

Purina ONE and North Shore Animal League did a fantastic job of moderating the number of people inside the temporary cat cafe. As it was, the space was loud and a bit chaotic, with people crawling on their hands and knees sometimes to touch an elusive creature

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Coil + Drift’s Rustic, Reclaimed Furniture Made in Brooklyn

BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Coil + Drift’s Rustic, Reclaimed Furniture Made in Brooklyn

Sorensen-Jolink founded Coil + Drift two years ago with the desire to explore ordinary objects in an extraordinary way. Using the woodworking skills he honed at Makeville Studios, Sorensen-Jolink creates home furnishings using reclaimed and FSC-certified sustainable

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Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

Urban Alloy Towers was also designed to use the “remnant spaces” of the surrounding intersection and elevated LIRR tracks. As such, those parts of the building extend outwards towards the street. From above, the towers sort of resemble a cross that’s

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Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

Most parents try everything they can to make sure their kids eat healthy foods while at home, but what about when they’re at school? Considering that it’s one of the three main meals of the day, what your child has for lunch is a major factor in their development,

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NYRP and JetBlue Bring NYC One Step Closer to MillionTreesNYC Goal with “One Thing That’s Green” Tree-Planting Event

NYRP and JetBlue Bring NYC One Step Closer to MillionTreesNYC Goal with “One Thing That’s Green” Tree-Planting Event

In honor of Earth Day, New York Restoration Project teamed up with JetBlue airlines to host the seventh annual “One Thing That’s Green,” a tree-planting event that’s moved New York City another step closer to its MillionTreesNYC goal. The event, held last

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In Search of the Purr-fect Latte? Check out Purina’s Pop-Up Cat Cafe in Manhattan This Weekend

In Search of the Purr-fect Latte? Check out Purina’s Pop-Up Cat Cafe in Manhattan This Weekend

Well, it’s finally happened—cats have achieved what their doggy nemeses have been reveling in for years: a place alongside their human subjects at designer cafes. The Purina One Cat Cafe is a new pop-up coffee shop that welcomes anyone to come and meet adorable,

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At the same time, our civilization is facing catastrophic climate change,

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Look for Off Centre’s Exquisite Glass-Blown Decor at BKLYN Designs 2014

Look for Off Centre’s Exquisite Glass-Blown Decor at BKLYN Designs 2014

“Our aim is to circumvent traditional processes, and approach “making” with naivety and reckless experimental abandon,” write the artists. Off Centre’s glass art is handmade at the Brooklyn Glass and Urban Glass studios in New York City and is made to order.

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Biggest Update to NYC’s Air Pollution Control Code Since 1975

Mayor de Blasio Announces Biggest Update to NYC’s Air Pollution Control Code Since 1975

This week, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced the biggest update to the city’s Air Pollution Control Code since 1975 at an Earth Day event in Union Square. The plan will focus on updating regulations for pollution sources that currently have little

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New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference Spotlights Shigeru Ban as an Architect of Social Change

New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference Spotlights Shigeru Ban as an Architect of Social Change

“After I became an architect, I was quite disappointed by my profession,” 2014 Pritzer Prize winner Shigeru Ban told New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the 2014 NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference on Monday night. “Because mainly we are

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Brooklyn Roasting Company Launches the “Citi Bike of Coffee Cups”

Brooklyn Roasting Company Launches the “Citi Bike of Coffee Cups”

Considering that the average New Yorker can drink several gallons of coffee a day, you can imagine the amount of disposable java cups clogging up our landfills. So could a coffee cup-sharing program, like Citi Bike but for cups, be the solution? Good

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