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Very few people actually get to see this hidden rooftop penthouse

by , 02/03/17
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Lower Manhattan is getting a new park that pays homage to immigrants in “Little Syria”

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The lower west side of Manhattan is getting a new park that will not only add some green space to the neighborhood, but will also serve to honor the immigrants who lived there and helped built the city. The neighborhood was once the home of immigrants from Lebanon and Syria, and later became an enclave for artists and writers. Now, what was called “Little Syria” will feature art by artists with a connection to the area and a pedestrian pathway to the 9/11 Memorial.

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Queen of tiny living shares her small space tips in 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (…or more)

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Snøhetta creates sun-filled space for Slack in Lower Manhattan

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Lowline Lab closing at Essex Street as plans for the park move forward


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The Lowline Lab, an experiment in utilizing solar technology to grow and sustain plants underground, will close doors at Essex Street on February 26. The lab was designed to be a temporary community space, educating the public and raising funds for the Lowline, an expansive, one acre underground park in what was once the Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal.

 

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A lush forest may be popping up soon in Times Square

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Brooklyn ecologist Marielle Anzelone is working to bring a forest to the middle of Times Square. Anzelone wants to make people forget that they are in the middle of the city for a while, and to do that, she’s wants to bring in trees, shrubs and wildflowers to create a pop-up forest where you may least expect to find one.

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The Pier 55 waterfront park design is getting an overhaul

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The highly anticipated and controversial Pier 55 may not be as marvelous as expected. A permit modification request discovered by Architect’s Newspaper reveals that the Heatherwick Studio-designed waterfront park is now slated to be smaller and with far fewer “pots” – a key element to the design. The new design will be 2.4 acres and appears to be flatter than originally expected.

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Queens parking garage is getting a makeover as affordable housing

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In 2015, the Mayor Bill de Blasio administration began the Jamaica NOW Action Plan, an $153 million agenda to revitalize Jamaica, Queens, including job growth. Now, as part of that program, the real estate firm Omni New York will be transforming an under-used NYPD parking garage into an affordable housing complex.

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Kimbal Musk launches a revolutionary shipping container farm initiative in Brooklyn

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New York approves the country’s largest off-shore wind farm

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On Wednesday, January 25th, The Long Island Power Authority reached an agreement with Deepwater Wind to create the largest offshore wind farm in the country off the coast of New York.  The northeastern coast boasts some of the strongest winds in the world, and New York state is aiming to take a leadership role in activating clean energy projects.  The decision to undertake the offshore wind project is a major and historic step forward, and in keeping with the country’s growing recognition of wind power’s benefits as an alternative power source.

 

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Ancient salt marsh in the Bronx reveals dangerous flooding likely for NYC

by , 01/26/17
filed under: Bronx,Climate Change,News

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For the past four years scientists have been working in the Bronx, taking advantage of a unique opportunity to study and research the past and future of our coastal ecosystem.  A rare stretch of otherwise untouched wetland exists in the uptown enclave, which has allowed scientists to document sea levels in this region for over 1,500 years.  The sediment in the marsh has so far not only confirmed the by well-known fact that sea levels are rising, but in particular reveals deep concern over the likelihood of disastrous flooding in the near future.

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Hundreds gather in front of Trump Hotel to protest the President’s DAPL revival

by , 01/25/17
filed under: News,Politics

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Yesterday, Trump signed executive orders revitalizing the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines. Hundreds of New Yorkers braved the rain and gathered at Trump Hotel to let the President know just how they felt about it. Protestors held signs proclaiming things like “DAPL is American Carnage,” a reference to the President’s inaugural speech, and Native American leaders, celebrities and activists made their voices heard.

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New York has third highest rate of student homelessness in the United States

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The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness has discovered that an astounding 1 in 8 children attending public school in New York City has experienced homelessness in some form in the past five years.  This and other alarming data regarding instability for children in New York City, has been made available to the public in the ICPH’s recently released report, which was created with the goal of providing data so that lawmakers can take positive steps towards alleviating the issue.

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Choreographed lights to illuminate New York City bridges and tunnels

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This winter riding through one of the city’s seven bridges or tunnels will be a more musical, multi-sensory experience.  The bridges and two tunnels, which are overseen by the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) will soon be outfitted with lights, and will blink in synch with coordinating music.  While such creative place-making projects are increasingly funded and implemented in recent years throughout the United States and the world, Governor Cuomo has said that this project is unique and on a larger scale than any other to date.

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Sleek, nautical home inspired by nearby life saving station from World War II

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Elizabeth Diller is working on an opera for the High Line

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Elizabeth Diller is working on an opera for the High Line

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Elizabeth Diller is blending the line between the environment, art and architecture with an exciting new project: an opera for the High Line.  Everyone’s favorite park in the sky will host the upcoming “Mile Long Opera” in to

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This tiny houseboat in Queens can be your home-in-the-water for just $59k

This tiny houseboat in Queens can be your home-in-the-water for just $59k

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State Senate guts measure to tax plastic bags in New York City

State Senate guts measure to tax plastic bags in New York City

The New York League of Conservation Voters has estimated that every year New Yorkers throw  away 10 billion plastic bags.  So,  passing a law to tax people 5 cents each if they choose to use a plastic bag when paying for their items made sense-the a

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The Women’s March on NYC and other ways to make your voice heard this week

The Women’s March on NYC and other ways to make your voice heard this week

Looking for a way to make your voice heard about the incoming Trump administration? The New York City sister march to the Women’s March in Washington D.C. takes place this Saturday with supporters like the Mayor, Rev. Al Sharpton, State Senator Liz and

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Governors Island will open early this year with a new sustainable seafood restaurant

Governors Island will open early this year with a new sustainable seafood restaurant

Governors Island, that 172 acre isle of green which used to be a military base, will open early this Spring for the first time ever. This extends the season for the Island, which traditionally has opened its doors to public access only the summer months. The Trust for Governors Island said that the longer season gives New Yorkers even more time to experience the outdoor space, enjoy the arts and educational activities, and experience the park’s new sustainably-sourced seafood.

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