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Tour Two Stunning Eco-Home Renovations from the Dwell On Design NY House Tours (PHOTOS)

Tour Two Stunning Eco-Home Renovations from the Dwell On Design NY House Tours (PHOTOS)

The first home we toured was the work of architect Andrew Franz, who is known for his vibrant, nature-filled residences. The newly renovated apartment is situated inside one of Manhattan’s longest standing structures, a circa-1884 landmark building that

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Get Spooked in This Gourd-geous Garden of Pumpkin Delights [PHOTOS]

Get Spooked in This Gourd-geous Garden of Pumpkin Delights [PHOTOS]

We were on the scene last year as Food Network star and master carver Ray Villafane went to work whittling giant pumpkins into zombies, but don’t worry if you missed this spectacle because he’ll be back on October 18th and 19th carving up a new batch of

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QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

High Line lovers in NYC will soon have a new elevated park to enjoy if the QueensWay, a green space proposed for an abandoned railroad track in Queens, comes to fruition. The project got one step closer to its goal this week when it unveiled a blueprint for

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Video Game Mogul’s Unusual Home Conceals a Trick Bookcase, Secret Passageways and Other Surprises

Video Game Mogul’s Unusual Home Conceals a Trick Bookcase, Secret Passageways and Other Surprises

When Garriott purchased the five-story home back in 2013, it was not much different from the other brownstones on the block. But as with his past homes, like the famous Brittania Manor in Austin, Texas, the adventure-loving entrepreneur decided to add a few

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LEGO Superheroes Show Up to Celebrate New LEGO Flatiron Store

LEGO Superheroes Show Up to Celebrate New LEGO Flatiron Store

The LEGO celebration took place from October 10th to the 13th and spilled from inside the new Flatiron store over to Madison Square Park and to the public plaza between the two. Folks were eager to pose for pics with the stacked characters, who stood there

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Tour the Eco-Renovated Harlem Home of Orange Is The New Black Star Alysia Reiner

Tour the Eco-Renovated Harlem Home of Orange Is The New Black Star Alysia Reiner

The historic, three-story Harlem townhouse was a rugged brick-walled structure originally built in 1909. From the very beginning, Alysia and David were in love with the space and hands-on with a green vision for the construction. They aimed to employ ecologically-conscious

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Old YMCA Building Transformed into a Brooklyn Heights Loft with Cozy Reading Nook

Old YMCA Building Transformed into a Brooklyn Heights Loft with Cozy Reading Nook

This well-appointed Brooklyn Heights loft makes us want to break out into the YMCA dance. A couple living in a converted YMCA building hired Ensemble Architecture/Elizabeth Roberts Design to transform their top two floors into a warm place for reading and

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Pronounced Bounciness Causes Popular Bridge in Brooklyn to Close

Pronounced Bounciness Causes Popular Bridge in Brooklyn to Close

It looks like Brooklyn’s favorite bouncy bridge has just been bounced out of commission. Although the zigzagging Squibb Park Bridge was intentionally designed to spring up and down under pedestrian weight, the timber structure was closed after park staff

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Step Inside NYC’s Greenest Pizza Restaurant

Step Inside NYC’s Greenest Pizza Restaurant

Pizza by Certé is New York City’s only 3-star certified pizza restaurant (as awarded by Dine Green). The staff’s commitment to sustainability is apparent from the moment you step inside thanks to visible features like a vertical garden (which grows fresh

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Don’t Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn’s Design Open Mic Tomorrow

Don’t Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn’s Design Open Mic Tomorrow

Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn invite you to hear about innovative humanitarian designs directly from designers and architects themselves at their Design Open Mic on Saturday, October 11th. The PechaKucha-powered discussion will

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6 Inspiring Designs to See at Dwell on Design NY This Week

6 Inspiring Designs to See at Dwell on Design NY This Week

Who says hotel rooms can’t be uber-functional just because they’re tiny? Resource Furniture‘s 240-square-foot “Hotel Resource” booth aims to change the way travelers feel about compact accommodations by showcasing a luxury hotel suite outfitted with

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Ambitious Proposal Aims to Renovate Decrepit Farm Colony into Senior Housing on Staten Island

Ambitious Proposal Aims to Renovate Decrepit Farm Colony into Senior Housing on Staten Island

An ambitious proposal for Staten Island’s abandoned City Farm Colony could see the expansive 45-acre lot made over into a senior housing complex called Landmark Colony. A complete redevelopment plan was presented to the New York City Landmarks Preservation

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Strati, the World’s First 3-D Printed Car, Takes Inaugural Test Drive Through Brooklyn

Strati, the World’s First 3-D Printed Car, Takes Inaugural Test Drive Through Brooklyn

Watch out, Brooklyn gearheads! The world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, chose to make its debut in New York’s hippest borough yesterday. Created by Phoenix-based Local Motors, the sporty little two-seater buggy was built in just 44 hours using a mere $3,500

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GIVEAWAY: Score Free Tickets to One of NYC’s Hottest Design Events ($95 Value)

GIVEAWAY: Score Free Tickets to One of NYC’s Hottest Design Events ($95 Value)

Attention NYC design-lovers! Dwell on Design NY – one of NYC’s hottest design events organized by the editors of Dwell Magazine – has officially begun, and we’ve got free tickets to give away to six lucky Inhabitants. These passes will get you in to peruse

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See How This Studio Apartment Was Converted into a Space-Maximizing 2-Bedroom

See How This Studio Apartment Was Converted into a Space-Maximizing 2-Bedroom

The original layout of the studio apartment.

“When we stumbled upon our current place in Boerum Hill, it was really just an empty rectangular studio space with a tiny kitchen and a bathroom (see the original plan) on one end, however there were a lot of

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Tiny Forest in a Suitcase Pops Up at Grand Central Station

Tiny Forest in a Suitcase Pops Up at Grand Central Station

Gifford’s Forest is part of Kathleen Vance’s “Traveling Landscapes” series of nature vignettes enclosed in travel-worn suitcases.

Ten New York City artists donated works for the “Art for Trees” exhibit, and all of the pieces are currently for sale with

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$130 Million Allocated to Revamp 35 Neglected New York City Parks

$130 Million Allocated to Revamp 35 Neglected New York City Parks

After months of budgetary discord, Mayor de Blasio has announced an ambitious plan aimed at renovating 35 forgotten parks around New York City. The park equity plan, called Community Parks Initiative, comes with a $130 million budget and will give a long

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240-sq-ft Hotel Micro-Suite Will Invite Visitors Inside to Try Out Transforming Furniture

240-sq-ft Hotel Micro-Suite Will Invite Visitors Inside to Try Out Transforming Furniture

In the U.S., the average luxury hotel suite is estimated to be around 600 square feet (excluding the bathroom), but Hotel Resource aims to show that a room half that size can deliver the same high-end amenities and traveler experience. Hotel Resource will

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Archtober: 31 Can’t-Miss Design and Architecture Events to Check Out This Month in NYC

Archtober: 31 Can’t-Miss Design and Architecture Events to Check Out This Month in NYC

Wednesday, October 1: Building of the Day: The Public Theater at Astor Place, 12:00pm

Tour this important New York City landmark and learn about Ennead Architects’ ongoing redesign and restoration. Register here.

Thursday, October 2: Josep Gomez

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At Just 150 Sq. Ft., This Tiny Real Estate Office is One of NYC’s Smallest Workplaces

At Just 150 Sq. Ft., This Tiny Real Estate Office is One of NYC’s Smallest Workplaces

New York City is known for cramming its inhabitants into some incredibly tiny apartments, and now realtors are getting into small digs as well. Case in point: check out the tiny office of Rapid Realty, which spans just 150 square feet. Despite the lack of

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Step Inside This See-Through Apartment Made of Colorful Fabric

Step Inside This See-Through Apartment Made of Colorful Fabric

Like most of the artist’s large scale installations, Suh’s current work is inspired by personal experiences, taking the viewer on a voyage from his childhood in Seoul through his move to the US in 1991. According to Suh, the exhibit reflects the varied

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Why Smaller, Older NYC Rental Buildings Are Missing Out on Green Opportunities

Why Smaller, Older NYC Rental Buildings Are Missing Out on Green Opportunities

A new report from the Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) titled “All Green Buildings Great and Small” finds that smaller and older NYC rental buildings are missing out on energy efficiency retrofits and other green opportunities that could make

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Groundhog Dropped by NYC Mayor Died of Internal Injuries

Groundhog Dropped by NYC Mayor Died of Internal Injuries

There was a big media hullabaloo back in February after NYC mayor Bill de Blasio dropped the Staten Island Zoo’s famous groundhog during a Groundhog Day ceremony, but new information is showing that that wasn’t the end of the story. After falling from

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This Will Soon Be NYC’s Most Expensive Condo

This Will Soon Be NYC’s Most Expensive Condo

While the tiny apartment movement gains momentum, NYC’s richest are still chasing after the largest, most indulgent abodes the city has ever seen. Early next year, the most expensive condo in New York City history will hit the market, to be listed at a whopping

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PHOTOS: Get Lost in This Giant Maze Made of Corn

PHOTOS: Get Lost in This Giant Maze Made of Corn

The Amazing Maize Maze is a special treat that the Queens County Farm Museum organizes every year as part of their fall program. The maze is different every year, and the seemingly haphazard pathways have been carefully planned and laid out to be as confusing

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Recycled Stone Company Gives Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers Jobs and a Second Chance

Recycled Stone Company Gives Formerly Incarcerated New Yorkers Jobs and a Second Chance

NYC green company Urban Stone diverts stone construction waste from landfills and recycles it into green building materials. But in addition to improving the environment, they are also committed to boosting economic empowerment for urbanites through an innovative

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INABA’s Luminous LED Installation Wins First Ever Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition

INABA’s Luminous LED Installation Wins First Ever Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition

Built in collaboration with Tillotson Design Associates and bengal.fierro, INABA’s street-level “New York Light” installation will offer visitors a unique view of the Flatiron building while also providing a luminous space for public events. The large steel

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VIDEO: How You Can Cut Your Building’s Energy Costs by Changing the Color of Your Roof

VIDEO: How You Can Cut Your Building’s Energy Costs by Changing the Color of Your Roof

An initiative called the White Roof Project is cutting energy costs for buildings across New York City just by changing the color of their roofs. The volunteer-driven organization focuses on low-income residences, coating dark-colored roofs with a special

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Rat-Infested Seward Park Could Improve with Help from New Neighborhood Conservancy

Rat-Infested Seward Park Could Improve with Help from New Neighborhood Conservancy

Lower East Side residents are fed up with the unkempt conditions at Seward Park and they’re ready to do something about the problem. In its current condition, the century-old green space is more reflective of a garbage dump than of a place where children

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NYC to Install Solar Panels on 24 Public Schools

NYC to Install Solar Panels on 24 Public Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a $23 million investment to install solar panels on 24 public schools by 2016 as part of his One City, Built to Last green building plan to develop 100 megawatts of solar power on 300 public buildings

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“What’s That Smell?”: Artist Kate McLean Creates a Smellmap of NYC

“What’s That Smell?”: Artist Kate McLean Creates a Smellmap of NYC

Let’s face it: NYC stinks. Garbage, dog poop, sewage…that guy squished up next to you on the train who forgot to wear deodorant (lucky you). You might not be able to avoid the stank completely but thanks to artist Kate McLean, you may be able to sidestep

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Toxic Blue-Green Algae Stirs Up Trouble For Pets and People at Prospect Park Lake

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Stirs Up Trouble For Pets and People at Prospect Park Lake

Pet parents are being warned to avoid the murky waters of Prospect Park Lake. Last week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tested and confirmed the widespread presence of toxic blue-green algae in the popular Brooklyn waterbody.

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Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

Just in time for the crisp fall weather, Bronx residents are celebrating the opening of a newly revamped green space in Mott Haven. The Willis Avenue Community Garden officially re-opened last week after months of renovations. Thanks to neighborhood leaders

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A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won’t Want to Miss

A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won’t Want to Miss

Happy first day of fall everyone! You know what that means: sweater weather, pumpkin ale, vibrant foliage, and the best part of all – house tour season. Whether you’re into classic Victorian homes or modern industrial lofts, there are tours to satisfy everyone’s

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ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

NYC’s fourth annual celebration of architecture and design starts tomorrow! Rechristening the tenth month of the year as Archtober, it will be a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions all over New York City. The event will

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Yogaworks Transforms a Brooklyn Government Building into a Serene Studio

Yogaworks Transforms a Brooklyn Government Building into a Serene Studio

Bi-coastal yoga company Yogaworks recently stretched its limbs into Brooklyn, debuting a new venue that transforms the old Brooklyn Municipal building into a serene studio. Now called Brooklyn Heights Plaza, the former government headquarters was revamped

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Elon Musk’s Other SolarCity “Gigafactory” Expected to Bring 5,000 New Jobs to New York

Elon Musk’s Other SolarCity “Gigafactory” Expected to Bring 5,000 New Jobs to New York

Hot on the heels of the incredible 400,000-person-strong People’s Climate March last weekend, Elon Musk-backed solar company SolarCity just struck a major deal with New York State to bring a gigantic manufacturing plant to the city of Buffalo. Capable of

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INFOGRAPHIC: What Would Happen if Everyone Swapped Their Cars for Bikes?

INFOGRAPHIC: What Would Happen if Everyone Swapped Their Cars for Bikes?

Can you imagine what NYC would be like if half the cars on the road were to be swapped out for bicycles? It’s almost impossible to conceive of most cities without traffic jams, the ever-present cacophony of horns, and exhaust fumes billowing anywhere… but

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Check Out the Beautiful Feng Shui Makeover Planned for This Manhattan Hotel

Check Out the Beautiful Feng Shui Makeover Planned for This Manhattan Hotel

When the owners of the 414 Hotel decided to renovate their 22-room boutique hotel located in Midtown Manhattan, they were looking to implement sustainable and energy-efficient features, but also wanted to ensure a healthy environment and positive energy

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New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

The 14,500-square-foot, pre-World War I warehouse and its adjacent municipal parking lot will be transformed into a self-sustaining complex, producing much of its own food and drink with its very own small-batch brewery and rooftop garden. The green-minded

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