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Pratt Institute Launches Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator for Architects and Designers

by , 10/29/13
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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Some lucky designers and architects in Brooklyn will soon have a new place to call home thanks to the Pratt Institute. Today, the institute announced that it is launching a new initiative called The Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BFDA) to provide a shared workspace for up to 30 design start-ups. The new accelerator program will occupy a 15,000-square-foot space in the former Pfizer building in Williamsburg. The Pratt Institute says the new space will also provide interdisciplinary workspace with a diverse set of resources including traditional apparel production to high-tech digital fabrication and business development mentoring.

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One Year After Hurricane Sandy, Experts Warn of Worse Storms to Come

by , 10/29/13

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As New Yorkers grimly reflect on Superstorm Sandy’s one-year anniversary today, climate experts are forecasting even darker days ahead. Sandy, which flattened whole communities, cost the city over $65 billion in damages and claimed over 159 lives. While some areas are still struggling to recover, scientists are already warning residents that Superstorm Sandy is merely a taste of more extreme weather to come.

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‘I Love New York’ Sandy Anniversary MetroCards Come with Perks That Help Storm-Affected Nabes

by , 10/29/13

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A year has officially passed since Hurricane Sandy hit New York, but many communities hit by the superstorm still have a long way to go before full recovery. In order to promote tourism in these areas, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced NY state’s “Come See the Comeback” tourism campaign last week. In the coming months, New Yorkers will see new ads on TV as well as in trains and train stations, and specially-printed MetroCards emblazoned with the “I Love NY” logo. Even better, if you have one of these cards and flash it at select locations, you can take advantage of nice discounts on everything from hotdogs to museum visits.

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Banksy Remarks on His Rejected One World Trade Center Critique with “Blocked Messages” Mural

by , 10/28/13
filed under: Art NYC,Brooklyn

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For a Resilient Rockaways Design Competition Announces White Arkitekter as Winner

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Banksy’s Miniature Sphinx Made from Crumbling Cinderblocks Stolen from Queens

by , 10/26/13
filed under: Art NYC,Queens

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As part of his month-long residence, UK street artist extraordinaire Banksy constructed a miniature sphinx out of cinderblocks in Queens. Made from crumbling, discarded material, the diminutive creature presided over a vacant lot cluttered with stagnant water and trash – until it was stolen, that is. The work was reportedly nabbed earlier in the week by a gallery representative who brazenly dismantled the installation piece by piece and loaded it onto a vehicle.

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Bring Your Old Electronics to Upcycle Fest 2013 to Support Local Parks!

by , 10/25/13

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Clean out your desk drawers, closets and office shelves and join thousands of New Yorkers for Upcycle Fest™! Bring your outdated electronics to Prospect Park on Sunday, October 27th (9am-2pm) and Monday, October 28th (8am-2pm) and drop them into the designated trucks where they will find a new life after being recycled. This sustainable solution to the build-up of old electronics helps to decrease the negative global impact that throwing out devices has on our environment, all while helping to support City Parks Foundation and Prospect Park Alliance. For those who can’t make it out to Brooklyn, there will also be an e-waste recycling event on the Lower East Side on Sunday.

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Help Brooklyn-Based A Global Friendship Empower and Employ Women with Their Sage Braid Bracelet

by , 10/25/13
filed under: Brooklyn,Product Design

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A Global Friendship is a Brooklyn-based non-profit that seeks to empower and employ women around the world by providing them with small business training and market access. They recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Sage Braid bracelet, which would give jobs to members of the Pine Ridge Native American reservation. Support their efforts by pre-ordering one of these bracelets made out of real sage on their Kickstarter page!

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NYC to Save $14 Million a Year by Swapping All Street Lights to LEDs

by , 10/25/13
filed under: Energy,Urban Design

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New York City is ending the week on a bright note following the news that all of the city’s street lights will be swapped out soon with more energy-efficient versions. The announcement was made yesterday by Mayor Bloomberg and transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who explained that all 250,000 of the city’s street lamps will be replaced with LEDs by 2017. The retrofit will cut energy consumption and costs, while still ensuring well-lit streets for public safety.

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Starbucks Bets on Tea, Opens Teavana Tea Bar in New York City

by , 10/24/13

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President Obama Closing Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Tomorrow for Chopper Landing

by , 10/24/13
filed under: Brooklyn,Politics
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President Barack Obama is coming to Brooklyn, and he’s shutting down the borough’s largest park to use as a landing area for his arrival. Prospect Park will be closed this Friday from 12 pm to 6 pm to make way for Marine One. After touching down at the park, the POTUS will be visiting Brooklyn’s cutting-edge Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH).

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First ‘Solar for Sandy’ Back-Up Photovoltaic Panel Installation Goes Up at Red Hook Recreation Center

by , 10/23/13

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Today Global Green USA initiated the Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn as the first official community facility to receive a back-up solar system as part of the “Solar For Sandy” resiliency initiative. The plan, originally announced by former President Bill Clinton, aims to bring solar back-up energy systems to more than five community facilities that serve the urban areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy last year. The installation was completed with funding from IKEA and support from the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.

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New Article Highlights New York City’s Terrifying Potential for Sudden Food Shortages

by , 10/23/13

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When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. last year, it did more than just flood streets and knock out power. In its wake, the superstorm also revealed terrifying deficiencies in infrastructure and a troubling food crisis in the making. In many parts of New York, small to mid-sized grocery stores remained empty long after the power was restored. Why? Because they depend on distributors who truck food in from 100 miles away or more. A recent article in The Atlantic points out that it wasn’t always this way in New York City, and makes a case for returning to a locally-focused food system that could be the only way to avoid this type of crisis in the future.

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Get a Free Apple During Big Apple Crunch This Thursday!

by , 10/23/13
filed under: Brooklyn,Food

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Attention all NYC applephiles! Grab a free apple this Thursday, October 24th courtesy of GrowNYC to celebrate National Food Day with NYC’s annual Big Apple Crunch! The main event will start at 11:45 a.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket, but if you can’t make it there, you can pick up an apple at your local Greenmarket, or even register your group or class to organize your own healthy group crunch! Once you’ve got your shiny Red Delicious, Granny Smith or McIntosh in hand, join fellow New Yorkers to crunch together and try to break the record for the biggest apple-crunching event in the world!

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Inflato Classroom in a Dumpster Could Be Coming to NYC with NYCDUB Kickstarter Funding

by , 10/22/13

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After Decades of Construction, Mayor Bloomberg Opens NYC Water Tunnel No. 3 Underneath Manhattan

After Decades of Construction, Mayor Bloomberg Opens NYC Water Tunnel No. 3 Underneath Manhattan

Did you know that construction on a massive water tunnel has been going on beneath the city since 1969? Mayor Bloomberg announced the completion of the Manhattan portion of the 60-mile-long New York City Water Tunnel No. 3 project last week. The new

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New Taste NY Shop Filled with New York-Made Food, Beer and Wine Coming to Grand Central Terminal

New Taste NY Shop Filled with New York-Made Food, Beer and Wine Coming to Grand Central Terminal

Looking to grab the perfect gift or a quick bite on your commute home? A new Taste NY location coming to Grand Central Terminal will make it even easier for New Yorkers to purchase locally-made food, beer and wine right before they board their trains. Governor

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World’s Biggest Pumpkin Carved Into Creepy Carnivorous Plant by Ray Villafane at NY Botanical Garden

World’s Biggest Pumpkin Carved Into Creepy Carnivorous Plant by Ray Villafane at NY Botanical Garden

Villafane outdid himself this year with a new cast of pumpkins carved into crazy over-sized carnivorous plants. Last year’s army of zombie pumpkin ghouls roamed the gardens, but this year’s creations pose as innocent plants, poised to devour their unsuspecting

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Super-Skinny Skyscraper Taller Than the Empire State Building Gets Approval for Midtown NYC

Super-Skinny Skyscraper Taller Than the Empire State Building Gets Approval for Midtown NYC

It’s skinny, it’s taller than the Empire State Building and it’s coming to Midtown. SHoP Architects’ super-slim, 1,350-foot-tall tower just got the “ok, you can build it” from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and construction on the luxury

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First Wooden City Bike by Bough Bikes Hits the Streets of NYC (PHOTOS)

First Wooden City Bike by Bough Bikes Hits the Streets of NYC (PHOTOS)

Wooden city bike crosses Brooklyn Bridge from Bough Bikes USA on Vimeo.

“This bike generates amazing responses on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan,” said Zoon, who rode the Bough Bike to meet us in Queens yesterday. “Each day people stop me to take

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Get FREE TICKETS to Over 20 Movie Screenings at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival This Weekend

Get FREE TICKETS to Over 20 Movie Screenings at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival This Weekend

ATTENTION NYC ANIMAL LOVERS!
If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend or an impressive place to bring a fellow wildlife enthusiast, check this out. The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival is in NYC for the weekend, and they’ve

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Stunning New Pier 17 Renderings Show a Public Green Roof for South Street Seaport

Stunning New Pier 17 Renderings Show a Public Green Roof for South Street Seaport

Last night’s event celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the project, but without any actual ground to break, the developers and the designers from SHoP Architects simply threw down a pile of dirt to stick their shovels in. The project itself entails

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Get Spooked in the Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden This Weekend

Get Spooked in the Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden This Weekend

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 this weekend carving up a new batch of frightening pumpkin

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The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Brings a Celebration of Animals and Biodiversity to NYC

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Brings a Celebration of Animals and Biodiversity to NYC

Barbara Roberts has been caring for sick, injured and underweight hedgehogs for the past 22 years. The short film Mother of All Hedgehogs highlights Roberts’ efforts with the adorable creatures and the animal hospital she works in.

The Elephant Reintroduction

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Artists Pay Tribute to Hurricane Survivors with “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” Exhibition

Artists Pay Tribute to Hurricane Survivors with “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” Exhibition

As the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Dedalus Foundation and Industry City are commemorating the resiliency of New York with an incredible pop-up art exhibition. “Come Together: Surviving Sandy” will transform a 100,000-square-foot

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