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Measles Outbreak Spreads in New York City

by , 03/17/14

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Health officials are warning New Yorkers to take caution as a new outbreak of measles has infected residents of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. So far, there are 19 confirmed cases of the illness, including a 63-year-old senior citizen and children as young as 3-months-old. The NYC Health Department is urging New Yorkers to make sure all household members, especially young children, are vaccinated. Thus far, there have been four hospitalizations resulting from the virus.

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The Urban Future Lab Opens as an Incubator for Green Tech Startups in Downtown Brooklyn

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Green tech startups now have a new place to call home in downtown Brooklyn. The Urban Future Lab - which was unveiled last week by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering - will be a launching pad for new businesses driving innovation, economic growth and resiliency in the city. Housed in a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, the lab is located on the top floor of 15 MetroTech in the heart of the burgeoning Brooklyn Tech Triangle. Twenty lucky sustainable technology companies will have access to this new low-cost office space for two years while receiving mentorship, venture funding and training from New York City’s leading companies and organizations in the green business technology sector.

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Is Google Opening Its First Retail Store in Soho?

by , 03/17/14
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The high-end retail shops of Soho may soon have Google as a neighbor. The tech giant is rumored to be looking for its first brick and mortar store on cobble-stoned Greene Street. If and when it does come to fruition, the Google storefront is expected to rival the ever-popular Apple store, which is located right down the road.

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Bright and Airy Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Townhouses Achieve Passive House Standards

by , 03/16/14
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Bronx River Alliance Getting a New Vine-Lined River House on the Waterfront

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Did New York’s Aging Gas Infrastructure Contribute to the Deadly Harlem Explosion?

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The death toll from the explosion that leveled two buildings in East Harlem on Wednesday has now risen to eight, with at least 60 people injured and several still missing. The investigation to determine the cause of this tragic incident will continue after the rubble is cleared and everyone is accounted for, but questions about whether New York’s aging infrastructure contributed to the gas leak that likely caused the explosion have already begun to surface. In fact, a damning report from the Center for an Urban Future on badly needed investments to NYC’s infrastructure was released to the public just a day before the deadly event in East Harlem. The study finds that the average age of the city’s 6,300 miles of gas mains is 56 years old and that 60 percent of the pipelines “are made of old and outmoded materials like unlined cast iron, making them highly susceptible to leaks and breaks.” According to the paper, leaks in the gas pipeline system cause Con Edison to lose more than two percent of gas every year.

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Win a Brand New Sustainable Chair in TODAY’s “Chair Chase” Scavenger Hunt

by , 03/14/14
filed under: Green Furniture,Manhattan

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Could your apartment use a new seat? Don’t miss your chance to win one of the 20 eco-friendly designer chairs that are up for grabs TODAY in House Beautiful’s Fifth Annual Twitter “Chair Chase.” The contest hits Manhattan THIS MORNING, and will invite participants to search for the chairs, which were designed by members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, around the city scavenger hunt-style. Clues will be posted on House Beautiful’s Twitter feed with the hashtag #hbchairs, and the first player to get to each prize will be able to take it home with them!

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Adorable 400 Sq. Ft. Studio for Rent in Brooklyn Also Meets Passive House Standards

by , 03/13/14

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BKLYN DESIGNS and aptsandlofts.com Announce the BKLYN DESIGNS New Talent Award

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If you’re a Brooklyn-based designer hoping to get the word out about your products without spending your hard-earned cash, BKLYN DESIGNS and aptsandlofts.com have the opportunity you’ve been looking for! The premier home furnishings showcase has teamed up with NYC’s go-to real estate listing website to offer one promising new designer the chance to debut their work to an audience of buyers and tastemakers at the tradeshow in May. Head over to the BKLYN Designs website to download the application form for their New Talent Award today. The deadline for this competition is April 1st.

Award Criteria:
Designers must make and/or design their product in Brooklyn
Designers do not sell their product in any retail establishments
Designers have not received press coverage

Related: Awesome Locally-Made Green Designs from BKLYN Designs 2013!

 

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Things Not Looking Good for Frank Gehry-Designed World Trade Center Performing Arts Building

by , 03/13/14

The architecture world was abuzz with excitement 10 years ago when Frank Gehry was selected to design the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center, but why has the building still not materialized after all this time? According to The Wall Street Journal, the project only has $155 million in federal funding, despite the fact that construction was previously estimated at $469 million. Meanwhile, city officials and financial backers are still unconvinced that the project is vital to the WTC area.

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Massive Explosion in East Harlem Shakes Morning Commute

by , 03/12/14
filed under: Manhattan

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Just moments ago, a loud explosion got many East Harlem residents and commuters taking to Twitter to ask “What the hell was that?!” Our own Alyssa Alimurung, who lives in the area, described it as a “loud boom and smoke” and others are reporting that two buildings have collapsed on 116th Street and Park Avenue. There is no word yet on the cause of the collapse. If you have any information, please let us know in the comments below.

Additional updates below.

A video of the smoke taken by Instagram user lovcole

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Could Present Architecture’s Green Loop Composting Park Concept Be the Future of NYC Sanitation?

by , 03/12/14
filed under: Parks,Urban Farming

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BoConcept and nendo Debut New Line Featuring Transforming Furniture Designed for Small Spaces

by , 03/11/14

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NYC Planning Commission Approves $1.5 Billion Domino Sugar Factory Redevelopment Plan

by , 03/11/14

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Last week, the New York City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve Two Trees‘ $1.5 billion Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment plan in Williamsburg. The rather controversial project calls for the transformation of the old sugar refinery site into residential towers designed by SHoP Architects, as well as communal areas and green spaces along the waterfront. One of the main areas of contention has been the amount of affordable housing available within the complex, and the proposal was at risk of falling through completely after a last minute request from Mayor Bill de Blasio for more low-cost units shortly before the Planning Commission’s vote.

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New ASTORIA FLEA & FOOD Weekend Market to Open at Kaufman Astoria Studios This May

New ASTORIA FLEA & FOOD Weekend Market to Open at Kaufman Astoria Studios This May

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NYC weekend market fans will soon have a new destination to check out starting this May. Long Island City’s popular LIC FLEA & FOOD is teaming up with Kaufman Astoria Studios to present a new shopping and dining destination located at the

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Liam Neeson Clashes with Mayor de Blasio on NYC Horse Carriage Ban

Liam Neeson Clashes with Mayor de Blasio on NYC Horse Carriage Ban

You probably know Liam Neeson for his Taken movie series, but now the actor has taken a starring role in the fight against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed horse carriage ban. Last Sunday, the action star toured the Clinton Park Stables on West 52nd Street

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Don’t Forget to Apply for NYC Green Roof Tax Abatement by March 15th

Don’t Forget to Apply for NYC Green Roof Tax Abatement by March 15th

The deadline to apply for NYC’s green roof tax abatement program is approaching fast. The Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition recently reminded us that applications must be in by March 15, 2014. New legislation also raised the abatement

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Commissions Dan Graham to Create Its Next Roof Garden Installation

Metropolitan Museum of Art Commissions Dan Graham to Create Its Next Roof Garden Installation

Artist Dan Graham will soon be creating one of his famous sculptural glass pavilions atop the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The museum commissioned Graham to erect a site-specific piece for its Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden with the help

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Outbreak of Rare Skin Infection Caused by Contaminated Seafood from Asian Markets in NYC

Outbreak of Rare Skin Infection Caused by Contaminated Seafood from Asian Markets in NYC

NYC health officials are warning New Yorkers not to touch live or raw seafood from Asian fish markets in the city with their bare hands. The Health Department announced yesterday that it has pinpointed fish and other seafood purchased at markets in Flushing,

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DEP Looking to Give Out $6M in Grants to Green Ideas for NYC

DEP Looking to Give Out $6M in Grants to Green Ideas for NYC

New Yorkers looking to green up their neighborhoods now have a chance to get some serious funding for their ideas. The Department of Environmental Protection is currently accepting applications for new projects that will help absorb rainwater to prevent sewer

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Musical Subway Turnstile System Could Turn Commutes into Mini Symphonies

Musical Subway Turnstile System Could Turn Commutes into Mini Symphonies

Bored straphangers may be in for an acoustic treat on their commutes if James Murphy has his way. The DJ, producer, and former front man for LCD Soundsystem has devised a program that could replace the blasé beeps heard when entering subway turnstiles with

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DEC Says It Will Revise Plan to Kill Mute Swans Thanks to 50,000 Opposition Emails

DEC Says It Will Revise Plan to Kill Mute Swans Thanks to 50,000 Opposition Emails

News of the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation’s recent proposal to eliminate the mute swan population in Prospect Park sparked a public outcry that resulted in 50,000 opposition emails. Taking the reaction of the community into consideration,

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PHOTOS: See the World Trade Center PATH Station’s First New Platform

PHOTOS: See the World Trade Center PATH Station’s First New Platform

The new Platform A can be accessed by taking the World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s main escalators (located at the corner of Vesey Street and Greenwich Street) and making a right after entering the turnstiles. Then, a cavernous hall featuring Santiago

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The High Line’s Final Section Will Harken Back to a Wonderfully Wild Aesthetic

The High Line’s Final Section Will Harken Back to a Wonderfully Wild Aesthetic

The High Line at the Rail Yards seeks to preserve the untamed and self-seeded landscape that first inspired the founders of Friends of the High Line to protect the defunct elevated railway. Visitors can expect to be surrounded by a wonderfully wild and diverse

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