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Control 1 WTC’s LED lights at this epic free dance party with Bill Nye and Questlove

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On Aug. 22, Brooklyn Bridge Park will become the site of an epic interactive party that combines nature appreciation, science, and cool beats for a free dance-a-thon to light up One World Trade Center’s LED lights. Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, and Questlove will be among the featured guests helping the National Park Service celebrate its 100th birthday. The high-tech party in the park is bound to go down as the hottest dance party of the century, and perhaps the most fun New Yorkers can have in one night without spending a dime.

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‘Sticks’ pavilion made of scrap wood opens at Socrates Sculpture Park

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World’s Fair Pavilion reimagined as a giant greenhouse blob atop Flushing Meadows Park

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Although some may have been rooting for this cheeky cheeseburger museum to take home first place in the National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s competition to reimagine Queens’ beloved but decaying New York State Pavilion, top honors actually went to Seattle architects Sarah Wan and Aidan Doyle for their verdant “Hanging Meadow” design. The proposal re-envisions the pavilion as a lush greenhouse garden blob that “bubbles” out of the iconic structure’s roof.

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‘Climate Inaction’ figures call out Trump and other climate change deniers

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New York approves mandate for 50% renewable energy by 2030

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the New York State Public Service Commission has approved the Empire State’s clean energy standard requiring 50 percent of electricity to come from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind by 2030. The renewable energy standard will be an important touchstone towards meeting the state’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent (from 1990 levels) by 2030 and by 80 percent by 2050.

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70 Vestry’s stepped terraces bring an urban oasis to the banks of the Hudson

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Open bridge with a coffee bar in the middle will perk up employees of this daylight-flooded office

Andrew Franz Designs

New York architect Andrew Franz is well-known for his sophisticated home renovations, but his latest project brings that same brand of elegance to the workplace. Tasked with transforming a classic 1913 penthouse into the headquarters for a prominent investment firm, Franz’s team has designed a light-filled space that focuses on the health and well-being of the nearly 100 employees who will work there.

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Historic St. Ann’s warehouse reborn as an ultra-sustainable theater and event space

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Massive food hall may come to South Bronx waterfront thanks to a controversial developer

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In a move that many are criticizing as the next wave of gentrification in the South Bronx, Somerset Partners founder Keith Rubenstein recently revealed plans to turn a 16,000-square-foot warehouse into an “affordable” food hall. The real estate developer has acquired the waterfront property at 9 Bruckner Boulevard and plans to open the space as Bruckner Market within the next 12 to 18 months. The food hall will reportedly host a restaurant, food stands, and a fresh food market.

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Old Rheingold Brewery to be transformed into European village-inspired residential complex

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The expert scoop on how to select the right air conditioner for your apartment

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filed under: Energy,energy

This summer has been a scorcher in NYC, but the right air conditioner can keep you from feeling the burn in your wallet too. If you’ve got an outdated AC or one that isn’t a good fit for your apartment, you may be paying a lot more on your monthly electricty bill than you need to. That’s why the good folks over at the Environmental Protection Agency came up with this helpful video outlining a few easy steps you can take to select the right ENERGY STAR-certified air conditioning unit for your space, which can save you money and help the environment by using at least 10% less energy. The EPA estimates that if all of the room ACs sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR-certified, the cost savings would grow to more than $350 million per year, and would save the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as taking 570,000 vehicles off the road! So if you’ve been using the same old AC for years, or aren’t sure if your AC is an appropriate match for your room, take a few minutes to watch the video above to learn how to upgrade to a model that will keep you and your budget more comfortable.

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Mysterious itty bitty fairy houses line this NJ hiking trail

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filed under: New Jersey,Public Art

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Landscaped roof and 5 terraces give the Meatpacking District’s tallest building tons of sky appeal

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Shipping container tower transforms Brooklyn carriage house into a bright orange oasis

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New law requires NYC big businesses to compost food waste

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When 50,000 fans fill up Yankee Stadium to cheer on the Bronx Bombers or 20,000 concertgoers rock out at Madison Square Garden, they generate a whole lot of food waste that can end up in landfills, releasing methane gas, a harmful global warming pollutant that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In an effort to curb some of these detrimental impacts, NYC is now requiring big businesses such as Yankee Stadium and MSG to compost their food waste. The commercial waste disposal law that took effect on July 19 mandates that certain large businesses separate and recycle organic waste. The law applies to about 350 establishments, including stadiums, hotels, food manufacturers, and wholesalers.

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Rem Koolhaas breaks ground on his first NYC building

Rem Koolhaas breaks ground on his first NYC building

Related: Rem Koolhaas Redraws Europe To Reduce Carbon Emissions by 80%

The project has just broken ground and is slated for completion in 2018.

+ Rem Koolhaas

Via 6sqft and CityRealty.com 

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Project Farmhouse community space with wall of edible plants coming to Union Square

Project Farmhouse community space with wall of edible plants coming to Union Square

Union Square will soon become home to a unique space with a living wall
https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160728/union-square/community-space-with-hydroponic-grow-wall-opening-under-union-square-hyatt that makes it easier to build community and share

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Take a free sunset cruise on this new 10,000-square-foot yacht restaurant at Pier 81

Take a free sunset cruise on this new 10,000-square-foot yacht restaurant at Pier 81

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New Pokémon Go tour at Met museum lets you catch ’em all while admiring priceless art

New Pokémon Go tour at Met museum lets you catch ’em all while admiring priceless art

“We were seeing people playing PokémonGO in the museum (and playing it ourselves — one of our guides is the current gym leader at the Met), and it’s awesome the game is getting people in the door — but we figured we could combine the game with our

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Famously foul “corpse flower” that smells like rotting meat is now blooming at NYBG

Famously foul “corpse flower” that smells like rotting meat is now blooming at NYBG

A stroll through the New York Botanical Garden http://www.nybg.org/ can be a lovely way to spend an afternoon, but you might not enjoy it as much if you caught a whiff of rotting meat. Visitors may soon be sniffing just that, as the garden’s famous is

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