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Why is There a Piano in the East River?

by , 06/03/14
filed under: Manhattan,Public Art

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New York has no shortage of curiosities, from Times Square‘s Naked Cowboy to Catman Charlie. Now, Instagrammers are reporting that a mysterious piano has popped up in the East River. It’s not floating on a barge or sitting on platform – it’s literally submerged right in the water underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, and eager pianists have even been wading out to try and play it.

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Camp Rockaway Could Bring Glamping to New York City Beaches

by , 06/02/14
filed under: Green Space,Queens

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If you’ve ever wanted to try glamping (glamorous camping), here’s your chance! Inspired by the tent communities that popped up at Rockaway Beach in the early 1900s, Camp Rockaway is an initiative to bring beach camping back to Queens. The team behind this ambitious goal recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to start their safari-style tent campground, but they need your help to make it a reality.

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NYC’s First Zero Energy School: P.S. 62 in Staten Island Designed by SOM

by , 06/02/14

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Thanks to Local Law 86, all of New York City’s civic buildings must be built to sustainable standards, but the School Construction Authority (SCA) was well ahead of the green game by the time that law was enacted in 2005. They had already been using efficient heating and cooling systems, light sensors, recycled materials, and more. The SCA has built more green buildings in the city than any other group, but they may have outdone themselves with their plans for P.S. 62, a net-zero energy elementary school on Staten Island. The city tapped SOM to design the 70,000-square-foot building, which is set to open in September 2015.

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Gulliver’s Gate: Help Bring the Biggest Tiny World in the World to New York!

by , 05/30/14
filed under: Art NYC,Manhattan

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When you live in a city as large as NYC, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and out of touch with your surroundings. To help bring perspective and a child-like wonder back to urban dwellers, Israeli entrepreneur Eiran Gazit wants to create Gulliver’s Gate, a Kickstarter-backed 40,000-square-foot miniature world featuring replicas of some of the globe’s most famous landmarks. Inspired by the tiny realm of Lilliput in Gulliver’s Travels, this proposed interactive landscape would combine elements of the real and the fantastical in a bid to create the “world’s greatest miniature world.”

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How to See the Manhattanhenge 2014 Solar Phenomenon Tonight!

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Get your cameras ready New Yorkers! “Manhattanhenge,” the solar phenomenon that descends upon NYC but twice a year, will be visible tonight. This evening, the sun will align perfectly with Manhattan’s east-west grid, presenting spectacular sunsets – especially when viewed from certain streets. Yesterday night, we were able to see a half sun on New York’s grid and tonight, we’ll be able to see the full sun  showcased.

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Fall in Love with the History and Charm of this Eco-Friendly Tribeca Loft

by , 05/30/14

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Shiny new condos might be the fancy of some, but for many New Yorkers, a hint of character is high up on the list of real estate must-haves. First spotted by 6sqft, this recently sold loft unit at 125 Watts Street offers both modern amenities and historic pre-World War II touches. On top of its best-of-both-worlds appeal, the 1,850-square-foot Tribeca apartment is decked out with locally sourced materials and utilizes energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.

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PHOTOS: Explore NYC by Foot with Walks of New York!

by , 05/29/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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MTA Unveils New Exhibit Showcasing the Tech Used to Build the Second Avenue Subway

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New Yorkers have been waiting since 1929 for the Second Avenue Subway, and the MTA project is finally set to become reality (if all goes well) with the opening of its first phase in 2016. Now the MTA is telling the amazing story of how the Second Avenue Subway was built with a new exhibit entitled En Route: The Techniques and Technologies Used to Build the Second Avenue Subway. The show is currently open to the general public at the MTA Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center (CIC), which is located at 1628 Second Avenue between 84th and 85th Streets.

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Checks Out the Best of BKLYN Designs 2014!

New York Design Week 2014 is finally over, but we’ve got a little treat for you if you’re going through design withdrawal. During BKLYN Designs, the Inhabitat team met up to make a few short videos showcasing our favorite green designs from the show. Check them out above and below to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the action from the event!

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Citi Bike Celebrates Its First Birthday with $1 Day Passes and Free Cupcakes

by , 05/27/14
filed under: Biking,Transportation

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Citi Bike is officially a year old today, and to celebrate their first birthday they’re offering day passes for just a dollar! The discounted fares will allow riders to take out the bikes for 30-minute intervals throughout the day and take advantage of the gorgeous weather. Along with the cheaper day passes, Citi Bike will also be handing out free cupcakes at its stations on 17th Street and Broadway and West Street and Chambers Street in Manhattan.

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Dry Your Plates Between Manhattan Skyscrapers with Luca Nichetto’s Inception Dish Rack

by , 05/27/14
filed under: Manhattan,Product Design

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See 6 Boundary-Pushing Designs from NYU’s ITP 2014 Spring Show (PHOTOS)

by , 05/27/14

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Henry Hargreaves Whips Up Delectable Edible Art for Poliform’s New York Showroom Re-Opening

by , 05/24/14
filed under: Art NYC,Food,Manhattan

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5 Free Things to Do During Memorial Day Weekend 2014 in NYC

by , 05/24/14
filed under: Green Space,Things To Do

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Massive Sinkhole Opens Up in Manhattan

by , 05/24/14
filed under: Manhattan,Water

Sinkholes are quite common in certain areas of the U.S., but it’s not every day that you see one open up in Manhattan! On Thursday, a massive 20-ft long sinkhole appeared in the middle of an intersection right outside Katz’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side. The culprit was a water main that ruptured underneath East Houston St. near Ludlow St., causing a flood of water to be unleashed. Soon after, part of the street also caved in. Thankfully, no one was hurt and several news sources reported that the pastrami remained intact as well.

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New Bocce Ball, Shuffleboard and Basketball Courts Open at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 and Pier 4

New Bocce Ball, Shuffleboard and Basketball Courts Open at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 and Pier 4

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Check Out 6sqft, a Brand New NYC Real Estate and Design Blog!

Check Out 6sqft, a Brand New NYC Real Estate and Design Blog!

If you love ogling interiors as much as we do but live in a tiny 5-story walk-up (like we do), we highly recommend checking out 6sqft, a brand new NYC real estate and design website showcasing the some of the most incredible homes and residential developments

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Free Outdoor Gym with Fitness Machines Pops Up on the East River Waterfront Esplanade

Free Outdoor Gym with Fitness Machines Pops Up on the East River Waterfront Esplanade

The new outdoor gym on South Street opened to the public on Friday, May 15th and it didn’t take long for neighborhood residents to catch on. Although, as you can see from our photos, many machines were still unoccupied on a weekday morning. There are 12 exercise

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Kara Walker’s Giant Sphinx Made of Sugar Rises Inside the Domino Sugar Factory (PHOTOS)

Kara Walker’s Giant Sphinx Made of Sugar Rises Inside the Domino Sugar Factory (PHOTOS)

Walker is known for her poignant works that expose issues of race and colonialism, often by using stereotypes as a way for her audience to relate to her message. For this exhibition, she has taken over Williamsburg’s Domino Sugar Refining Plant, an iconic

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New Amsterdam School’s Summer Camp Lets NYC Tots Explore Nature in the City

New Amsterdam School’s Summer Camp Lets NYC Tots Explore Nature in the City

Why settle for enrolling your little one in an ordinary summer camp when you can send them on a nature adventure in the city? The environmentally friendly New Amsterdam School in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood is offering a unique summer camp for

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9 Green Innovations Spotted at Gizmodo’s First-Ever “Home of the Future” Showcase

9 Green Innovations Spotted at Gizmodo’s First-Ever “Home of the Future” Showcase

“Gizmodo readers have always been curious about how things are being made, why they were designed that way, and what they will do to enhance our world,” said Gizmodo editor-in-chief Geoff Manaugh. “The Home of the Future is a chance to get up close with

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BKLYN Designs 2014 Showcases Award-Winning Designs by Pratt Institute Students and Alumni

BKLYN Designs 2014 Showcases Award-Winning Designs by Pratt Institute Students and Alumni

Corporate sponsorship and dynamic, playful designs were major highlights of this year’s Pratt Institute exhibition. One such sponsor that the renowned fine arts school featured was Hennessy V.S., the world’s largest Cognac producer, which Pratt teamed up

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Join Today’s Green Energy Fun at GrowNYC’s Spring Energy Fair in Union Square!

Join Today’s Green Energy Fun at GrowNYC’s Spring Energy Fair in Union Square!

The Union Square Greenmarket is being transformed today into a green energy classroom for children and teenagers. Starting at 10:45am, GrowNYC will launch its Spring Energy Fair complete with pizza box solar ovens, green streetscapes, and the Recycling Olympics.

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Step Inside an Incredible World of Origami Art at Cooper Union This Summer

Step Inside an Incredible World of Origami Art at Cooper Union This Summer

Surface to Structure: Folded Forms will display a series of intricate paper artwork created entirely through folding. The works will include simple and complex pieces as well as multiple origami styles from the present and the past. Featuring paper animals, geometric

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World’s First Electric Wooden Bike Launches in Brooklyn

World’s First Electric Wooden Bike Launches in Brooklyn

The Bough Bike was designed by Jan Gunneweg and Piet Brandjes and is constructed with oak wood that is sourced from sustainably-managed forests in the Jura section of eastern France. The bike is extra durable with stainless steel hardware components, Schwalbe

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