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Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program Aims to Prevent Future Hurricanes From Crippling NYC Medical System

by , 02/25/14

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When Hurricane Sandy struck in October of 2012, one of its most dire consequences was that it effectively put six New York hospitals out of commission. The facilities could have provided critical disaster relief, however they were shut down forcing 6,500 patients to be evacuated. To help prevent the same tragic scenario from happening again, hospitals from around New York have teamed up with global architecture firm Perkins+Will to organize an in-depth panel called the “Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program.” The discussion on how to increase the resiliency of NYC hospitals will take place tomorrow night at the Center of Architecture.

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WORKac Adds a Cheery Greenhouse and Kitchen to P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard

by , 02/24/14

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Hurricane Sandy-Salvaged Wood Being Used to Rebuild the Rockaway Boardwalk

by , 02/24/14

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Over a year after Hurricane Sandy ripped whole planks away from its surface, the Rockaway Beach boardwalk is finally starting to look a bit like its old self. While much of the boardwalk’s original wood was destroyed, some of the material will find a new life as part of a two-and-half-mile section of future beach walkway. Parks Department carpenters are currently working to connect the boardwalk between Beach 35th and Beach 39th Streets using the salvaged boards.

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The Underground Home Mystery: Is There a Subterranean House Hidden Beneath Queens?

by , 02/24/14
filed under: Architecture,Queens

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New Jersey Cities Hope to Launch New Regional Bike Share System

by , 02/24/14

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The cities of Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken in New Jersey are teaming up to launch a bike share system this summer that will offer 800 bikes, 50 bike stations and two full-service pavilions. While New York’s Citi Bike is currently the largest bike sharing system in North America, NJ officials are claiming that their program will be the largest “next-gen” bike sharing system on the continent because instead of using fixed docking stations, the smart bikes will include built-in locks that allow riders to lock them up anywhere.

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NY Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

by , 02/23/14

As tiny as they are, those plastic microbeads you find in your face and body washes are polluting New York waters in a significant way. Used as exfoliating abrasives in beauty products, the beads are a major threat to the state’s aquatic life and food supply. To address the threat posed by the common cosmetic substance, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman introduced plans on Tuesday to protect the safety of surrounding waters with the Microbead-Free Waters Act. The act will ban the manufacturing, distribution and sale of personal care products with plastic particles that are less than 5 millimeters in size. If the legislation is passed, New York State would be the first in the nation to have a law prohibiting the materials in beauty products.

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Dine Inside of a Swimming Pool at This Repurposed Rooftop Pool Farm

by , 02/23/14
filed under: Architecture,Food,Manhattan

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Artist London Kaye Turns the L Train into a Yarnbombed Wonderland for Valentine’s Day

by , 02/21/14
filed under: Art NYC

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Artist London Kaye recently warmed up some of NYC’s cold, metal subway poles with some yarn for Valentine’s Day. The crochet artist hopped aboard the L train with ANIMAL New York, toting a bag full of red and pink yarn in honor of the holiday. On the journey from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back, Kaye slowly yarnbombed all of the train’s poles and turned them into crocheted masterpieces, sharing the Valentine’s Day spirit with straphangers through her craft.

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New Billboard Asks Motorists to Oppose Controversial LG Office Tower in the Palisades

by , 02/20/14
filed under: New Jersey,Parks

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The Protect the Palisades organization has taken a new approach to voicing its environmental concerns about LG building a new office tower in New Jersey. Motorists may have noticed the new billboard near 125th Street on the West Side Highway informing them about how LG’s new office tower will spoil an unbroken stretch of parkland in the Palisades. The hope is that the new signage will raise awareness about the fight to protect the land where the electronics company is aiming to erect its new 143-foot office tower.

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Old Prison to Be Transformed into Staten Island’s First Movie Studio

by , 02/20/14

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Staten Island will soon be home to a new mini Hollywood inside of an old prison. Earlier this week, Brooklyn-based Broadway Stages announced its plans to transform the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility into a 69-acre movie studio. The project will transform the former jailhouse into a “world-class” production facility complete with five sound stages and 100,000 square feet of studio space.

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Join Friends of the QueensWay for a Bike Tour Along the Proposed Elevated Park This Spring

by , 02/20/14
filed under: Parks,Queens

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We got a chance to walk the QueensWay for ourselves last fall, and soon even more people will be able to check out the abandoned rail line/proposed elevated park when it opens up for a bike tour this spring. The Friends of the QueensWay are organizing a ride-together event on March 15th so that the public can explore the entirety of the 3.5-mile long stretch of track, which starts in Rego Park and ends at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park. The goal of the tour is to show cyclists what could end up being a vibrant new bike path and park for Queens.

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DesigNYC Announces 7 New Resiliency-Centered Collaboration Projects for 2014

by , 02/19/14

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New York social change advocate desigNYC recently announced 7 new project collaborations for 2014 centered on the hot new topic of resiliency. Every year, the organization pairs non-profits with pro bono design professionals and challenges them to improve the lives of New Yorkers through collaborative design. A jury of design professionals selected the seven non-profits and their pro bono counterparts following an open call for entries.

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Get a Free $250 Pass to Social Media Week and Attend Prodigy Network’s Panel Discussion About Crowdfunding Real Estate

by , 02/19/14

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It’s no secret that social media has become an influential presence in our lives, but how can individuals and businesses harness this powerful tool to solve problems and drive innovation? Be a part of the conversation next week as Prodigy Network leads Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding: A Social Media Revolution In Real Estate. This panel discussion will bring together some of today’s brightest minds to explore how social media can be used to reframe problems and their solutions by putting human issues back at the core. Part of Social Media Week 2014, the talk will take place at 12:00PM-1:15PM on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Highline Stages – INNOVATE (440 West 15th Street New York, NY 10011), but you’ll need tickets to get in. Luckily, we’re giving away campus level passes (worth $249) to 10 people, and it’s easy to get one. Just comment below with a question you’d like to ask the panel, or tweet your question with the hashtag #mycotel. The 10 best questions will be rewarded with passes!

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You Might Still Be Able to Buy a Nice NYC Apartment for Under $50,000 Thanks to This Initiative

by , 02/19/14

In 2010, New Yorker Tracie Hunte bought a 600-square-foot one-bedroom with a balcony in Brooklyn Heights for a little more than $38,000. While it might sound like a deal that would only take place in your dreams, the purchase was actually made possible by a little-known 1955 housing initiative called Mitchell-Lama, which allots a number of affordable co-ops and rentals throughout NYC. The problem with the provision (besides the fact that most people have never even heard of it) is that many building owners have been opting out, diminishing middle-income housing in the city more than ever. But there may still be hope yet for eager apartment hunters as Democrats introduced a plan last week to boost the program by requiring New York state to fund a $750 million rental expansion over the next five years.

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Newly Renovated Tavern on the Green Slated to Re-Open This Month

by , 02/18/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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After years of being shuttered, Central Park’s historic Tavern on the Green will soon be reopening to the public. Originally built in 1871, the restaurant was recently given a $15.9 million makeover by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects. The new eatery will also boast a menu featuring local and sustainable ingredients when it welcomes guests this month.

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How Close is New York to Being Able to Grow All of Its Own Food?

How Close is New York to Being Able to Grow All of Its Own Food?

New York is known for being one of the most diverse culinary melting pots in the world with everything from Tibetan momos to Ethiopian injera to be found just a subway ride away. And while exotic ingredients may tantalize our tastebuds, recent disasters like

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5 ENYA Competition Designs Show Us What a Beautiful Elevated Park the QueensWay Could Be

5 ENYA Competition Designs Show Us What a Beautiful Elevated Park the QueensWay Could Be

The winner of the competition was Carrie Wibert, a designer hailing from Paris, and her “Queensway Steps” concept. The 1st place design would reinvent the former Rockaway Beach LIRR line into an aqueduct-like structure with tapering arches and stairways

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NYCLASS Pushes to Ban Exotic Animals From New York Circuses

NYCLASS Pushes to Ban Exotic Animals From New York Circuses

NYCLASS, the animal rights group that has called for the ban of Central Park horse carriages, is now turning its attention toward animals performing in circuses in New York City. According to the New York Daily News, the organization is asking city officials

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New Survey Shows 68% of New Yorkers Think Housing Affordability is Bad and Getting Worse

New Survey Shows 68% of New Yorkers Think Housing Affordability is Bad and Getting Worse

A new survey by Talking Transition, a project aimed at getting community feedback during the mayoral transition, reveals that New Yorkers across all demographics are worried about how they’re going to afford rising housing costs. 68 percent of New Yorkers

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CodeGreen Solutions Helps 1251 Avenue of the Americas Earn LEED-EB Silver Certification

CodeGreen Solutions Helps 1251 Avenue of the Americas Earn LEED-EB Silver Certification

Photo: Dan Deluca

One of the tallest buildings in New York City has earned LEED-EB Silver thanks to the help of LEED consultants CodeGreen Solutions. Located in the heart of Midtown at the edge of Rockefeller Center, the 54-story International Style office

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How New York Threw Away the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel

How New York Threw Away the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel

New York City is usually pretty good about celebrating and preserving its landmarks, which is why the following story is quite disappointing. Unearthed by The Verge’s Adrianne Jeffries, the fascinating tale delves into how a man named Bob Diamond rediscovered

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9 Small Living Tips for Couples Trying to Stay Sane in Tiny Apartments

9 Small Living Tips for Couples Trying to Stay Sane in Tiny Apartments

Photo: Michael Partenio

Lack of private space is probably the most obvious source of irritation for couples who live in small apartments. Having a separate room to escape to is a luxury that may not exist in a studio, but you can create your own by turning

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New York Launches Largest Green Bank in the United States

New York Launches Largest Green Bank in the United States

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that business operations have begun for the New York Green Bank, a mechanism to spur private sector investments in clean energy and energy efficiency that is the largest of its type in the nation. The bank

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Young Projects’ Heart-Shaped Match-Maker Sculpture Enlivens Times Square for Valentine’s Day

Young Projects’ Heart-Shaped Match-Maker Sculpture Enlivens Times Square for Valentine’s Day

Even though it was freezing yesterday morning, Times Square-goers were able to warm their hearts by gathering around the new sculpture for its inaugural match. The heart-shaped sculpture, fabricated by Kammetal, is made up of a series of pink and red tubes

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Winter Storm Pax Covers New York in Yet Another Heavy Blanket of Snow

Winter Storm Pax Covers New York in Yet Another Heavy Blanket of Snow

Winter Storm Pax has dumped yet another blanket of snow on New York City, making the morning commute a messy one once again. The low pressure weather system hit the Mid Atlantic states late Wednesday night and made its way up the I-95 corridor to New York

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