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Commuters Panic as Sergey Brin’s Google Glass Catches Fire on NYC Subway

by , 04/01/14
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A southbound E train was suspended this morning due to an accident involving Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The incident began when an unidentified iPhone user stood up and called Brin a “glasshole” for wearing his Google Glass on the subway. According to the FDNY, another nearby passenger drinking a Pepsi found the insult so hilarious that he proceeded to spit the liquid all over Brin’s Glass, causing it to short-circuit.

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EXCLUSIVE: Photos Leaked of Leo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower

by , 04/01/14
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Photos of Greenwich Village’s favorite resident, the luscious Leo DiCaprio, in his infamous vitamin C-infused shower have just been leaked, and we’re thrilled to be the ones to show you these scintillating green design pics. The eco-conscious actor recently nabbed the sustainable property at Sixty-Six East Eleventh Street, which boasts luxe, health-centric amenities like the famed vitamin-C shower. DiCaprio is clearly a fan of soaking in the invigorating waters, as you can see from these sassy photos of the star.

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NYPD Makes Sinister Discovery in Refrigerator of a Brooklyn Heights Brownstone

by , 04/01/14
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Last year, Inhabitat reported on a Brooklyn Heights brownstone that hides a secret portal to the NYC underground, but it turns out that wasn’t the only thing off about the building. The NYPD was recently called to the faux home when MTA workers stationed inside complained of “something strange in the neighborhood.”

 

Google Signs Agreement with NYC Mayor to Replace NYC Taxis With Driverless Google Cabs

by , 04/01/14

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If you’re sick of dealing with rude New York City cab drivers, we’ve got some welcome news for you. Yesterday Mayor de Blasio signed a contract with Google to start bringing Google’s patented driverless cars into the New York Taxi fleet. The mayor’s office said that there would be 5,000 driverless cabs on New York City streets by 2014. The driverless vehicle, which first came onto our radar in 2010, has already been legalized for street-use in the state of Nevada and was just “driven” by a blind man through a Taco bell drive-thru. The driverless taxi cabs will be customized to meet the needs of busy New Yorkers, and each vehicle will come equipped with ATMs, food vending machines, and “better entertainment options” according to the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

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Barclays Center Could Get a Giant, Sound-Absorbing Green Roof

by , 04/01/14

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The LEED Silver-certified home of the Brooklyn Nets may soon be getting even more verdant with a lush green roof. Barclays Center chronicler Norman Oder recently uncovered the venue’s planted roof plan, which is described as “a secondary roof with a structural system to hold a green sedum tray system very similar to the sedum roof at the transit entrance in front of the Arena.” If installed, the new roof would add to the Center’s sustainable features, and could possibly even mitigate some of the sound pollution that occurs during concerts and events.

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NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

by , 04/01/14

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Last week, many Gowanus residents were outraged to find out that the city has approved the first stage of a plan to turn the Gowanus Canal into a Venice-like tourist area. The hope is that the new mini neighborhood, dubbed “Little Gowanice”, will generate enough revenue to offset the millions needed to clean up the heavily-polluted superfund site. According to Chinese architecture firm Duplitect, Little Gowanice would feature a main canal (which would be a restored and renovated version of the current waterway) as well as several smaller offshoot canals leading right into the heart of the neighborhood. Tourist attractions would include gondola rides, Venice-themed eateries and a “Tunnel of Love” ride.

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to NYC

by , 03/31/14

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In an effort to reduce the number of plastic bags clogging landfills, the New York City Council introduced legislation last week to implement a 10-cent fee per bag at stores. The monetary incentive for customers to carry their own reusable bags is already in place in many European nations, and has had a proven effect on consumer behavior. If passed, city officials estimate the surcharge could also save NYC around $10 million a year.

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This Amazing 420-Square-Foot Transforming Apartment Can Be Yours for $995,000

by , 03/31/14

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Daylit Dia: Beacon Art Museum in Beacon, NY

by , 03/29/14

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A 38-Foot-Tall Hill of Slides is Coming Soon to Governors Island Park!

by , 03/29/14
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Things are sliding (literally) into place at the new Governors Island Park. Construction workers are working on erecting a 38-foot-tall hill that will eventually be covered with slides. Called Slide Hill, the play area will be just one of four themed waterfront zones planned for the island.

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Mathews Neilsen Unveils Plans to Revamp West Harlem’s 125th Street Corridor into a Lush Oasis

by , 03/28/14
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Gov. Cuomo Unveils $4.9 Billion Plan to Protect NYC Transportation Infrastructure from Storms

New York isn’t taking its chances with future superstorms. On Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a $4.9 billion plan to protect vital NYC transportation infrastructure from extreme weather (which scientists say will only occur more frequently going forward because of climate change). The MTA and Port Authority projects would harden infrastructure and improve transit network resiliency to better ensure that commuter railroad access into and out of Manhattan is not disrupted during severe storms.

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Daydream About Living in the Beautiful Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park Through These New Pics

by , 03/28/14

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Help Students Petition for Pedestrian and Bike Lanes on the Rockaway Freeway

by , 03/27/14

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A group of students in Far Rockaway want to make a section of the Rockaway Freeway safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and they need your help to do it. Youngsters from the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance after-school program have posted a petition asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to improve public paths for people walking and biking along the Rockaway Freeway (which connects the eastern end and western ends of the Rockaway peninsula). Read on to see how you can support their cause!

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New QueensWay Workshops Reveal Plans for Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

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Bridgeport, Connecticut Plans to Convert a Landfill into New England’s Largest Solar Power Array

Bridgeport, Connecticut Plans to Convert a Landfill into New England’s Largest Solar Power Array

Garbage dumps don’t exactly have the greenest reputation, but one former landfill in Bridgeport, Connecticut is changing that with an exciting new solar venture. A recent City Council vote gave the green light for a 9,000 solar panel array to be built across

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Help Restore the Destroyed East Harlem Urban Garden Center

Help Restore the Destroyed East Harlem Urban Garden Center

A local East Harlem business is picking up the pieces after it was destroyed by the devastating explosion that took place in the neighborhood two weeks ago. Undeterred by the broken flowerpots, caution tape and debris that now characterize his once bustling

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6 Edible Plants to Forage for in New York City

6 Edible Plants to Forage for in New York City

IMPORTANT GROUND RULES BEFORE FORAGING:
Foraging is a fascinating and rewarding pastime, but it can also be deadly if the right precautions aren’t observed. Many edible plants also have poisonous lookalikes, so it is of the utmost importance that anything

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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

New York City got a new Parks Commissioner on Friday, just in time for spring. Mayor de Blasio made the official announcement at Seward Park on the Lower East Side and congratulated Mitchell Silver on his new role. Silver will leave his current job as the

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Citi Bike Reportedly Needs Millions in Funding to Stay Afloat

Citi Bike Reportedly Needs Millions in Funding to Stay Afloat

NYC’s Citi Bike system is in hot water, and the program’s leaders are scrambling to raise tens of millions of dollars to keep it afloat. The Wall Street Journal reports that the bike share program ran into financial and operational challenges after its

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Friends of the QueensWay Unveils Preliminary Designs for a High Line-Style Elevated Park and Bike Path

Friends of the QueensWay Unveils Preliminary Designs for a High Line-Style Elevated Park and Bike Path

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land have released new renderings illustrating their plan to turn a stretch of train tracks in Queens into a High Line-style public greenway. Although the new QueensWay images are still preliminary, they

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SNEAK PEEK: Aussie-Inspired Northern Territory Rooftop Bar Opens Next Month

SNEAK PEEK: Aussie-Inspired Northern Territory Rooftop Bar Opens Next Month

Northern Territory was named after the Australian region of the same name, which is home to some of the most spectacular national parks in the world. Toll, who is originally from Australia, explained that while he wanted to pay homage to his homeland, he was

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Futuristic New Renderings Show What LaGuardia Airport Could Look Like in 2021

Futuristic New Renderings Show What LaGuardia Airport Could Look Like in 2021

Newly released renderings of a revamped LaGuardia Airport show what it could look like in 2021 – the year that the Port Authority is expected to complete its $2.5 billion redevelopment of the outdated and overused facility. Although an architectural firm for

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Visit the Iconic World’s Fair New York State Pavilion When It Opens to the Public for a Limited Time

Visit the Iconic World’s Fair New York State Pavilion When It Opens to the Public for a Limited Time

You’ve probably seen the excitement surrounding the restoration of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, but did you know that you’ll soon be able to visit the iconic World’s Fair structure yourself?  New York State Pavilion Paint Project, who has been

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Con Ed Increases Energy Savings Incentives Ahead of Indian Point Nuclear Plant Shutdown

Con Ed Increases Energy Savings Incentives Ahead of Indian Point Nuclear Plant Shutdown

In 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant station rather than renew its expiring license. To keep up with demand, Con Ed is significantly increasing its energy savings incentives to help offset about 20 percent

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