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Studio Gang unveils designs for an eco-friendly and green-roofed firehouse in Brooklyn

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Massive Flash Factory night club built from salvaged materials opens tonight

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Massive NYPD training center will be NYC’s largest LEED project ever commissioned

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Freddie the Steer moo-ves to greener pastures after daring slaughterhouse escape

by , 01/28/16
filed under: Animals,News

Freddie the steer

After escaping certain death by going on the lam a day before his fateful date at the butcher, Freddie the Steer is doing just great at his new home. According to DNAinfo, the bold bovine is settling in nicely with the help of the good people at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue after his harrowing escape from a Jamaica slaughterhouse last week.

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New renderings unveiled for BIG’s twisty High Line towers

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Just over two months ago, we got a sneak peek of Bjarke Ingels Group‘s swanky new condo project at 76 Eleventh Avenue. Now, updated renderings posted by NY YIMBY show a few alterations to the original asymmetrical dual tower design to be located adjacent to the High Line at 17th Street, but it seems like the architects may still be tinkering with the final plans for the site’s design and use. Nonetheless, once completed, the massive $870 million residential project will certainly be one of the most notable projects in the area with both towers soaring over the neighborhood at 28 and 38 floors above the ground.

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Recently unearthed evidence indicates that Central Park may have come close to not existing

by , 01/27/16

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Two centuries ago, surveyor John Randel, Jr. was charged with the job of laying out New York City’s future grid system, but it’s come to light that his original plan may have entailed filling in the area now occupied by Central Park with streets and buildings. According to a recent article published in the New Yorker, various white marble stone markers Randel used to plot future intersections have been found in the park area, indicating that the city’s eight hundred and forty-three acres of beloved park space may have come very close to not existing.

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New York’s first K-Solar school project announced at the New York Institute for Special Education

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the New Yorks’s first solar schools project will be hosted by the New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) in the Bronx. A purchase agreement with SolarCity will facilitate the installation of a solar array that will supplement the school’s energy needs, lower operating costs, decrease carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, and offer unique educational opportunities for the state’s kids.

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Confined Manhattan apartment artfully transformed into an airy loft

by , 01/26/16

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Mischievous Brooklynites rent ’boutique winter igloo’ out on Airbnb during blizzard

NYC Igloo

In true Big Apple form, a group of entrepreneurial Brooklynites decided to turn this past weekend’s blizzard into a business opportunity, albeit a facetious one. Inspired by the mounds of snow that began piling up in their backyard, Greenpoint resident Patrick Horton and his roommates braved the frigid temps to build an igloo and put it up on Airbnb, offering up the “chic dome-style bungalow” for a mere $200 a night.

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JPDA’s clever furniture piece solves a common studio apartment layout issue

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Recycled wire hanger pavilion announced as winner of 2016 City of Dreams design competition

by , 01/23/16

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An airy new pavilion will be the perfect place to “hang” out this summer on Governors Island. Made out of old wire hangers, Folio’s Hanger Barn was recently chosen as the winner of the sixth annual City of Dreams Pavilion competition. Sponsored by FIGMENT, The Emerging New York Architects Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Structural Engineers Association of New York, the initiative selects a new innovative shelter made from recycled materials each year to erect on the island and serve as a venue and meeting spot.

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SOM’s glittering LEED Gold-seeking towers symbolize renewal of Manhattan’s Far West Side

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See which buildings in your ‘hood produce the most greenhouse gas emissions with this map

by , 01/21/16
filed under: Climate Change,Energy

Jill Hubley Carbon Map

Web developer Jill Hubley is on a roll. First, the prolific cartographer created an amazing interactive map of 600,000 of NYC’s trees and now she’s at it again with a new project that puts NYC buildings on blast by illustrating which properties produce the most greenhouse gas emissions.

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Aspiring chef lives in a 100-square-foot NYC apartment with no kitchen or windows

by , 01/21/16

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If aspiring chef Grayson Altenberg wanted to make a name for himself in the Big Apple, he’s certainly achieved his goal quite quickly, albeit probably not for the reason he was hoping for. The Wisconsin native came to New York to work in some of the country’s finest restaurants but it’s his shocking living conditions that have garnered him so much attention. According to the Village Voice and Business Insider, Altenberg is trying to live out his NYC dream while sleeping in a window-less, kitchen-less 100-square-foot mini apartment, which he rents for $1,100 a month. Check out the VV’s understandably brief video of the space after the jump.

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Mayor compromises on Central Park horse carriage deal in the face of intense criticism

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s stance on horses in Central Park has shifted quite a bit since his campaign days two years ago. Back then, he took up the cause to ban the park’s historic horse-drawn carriages, promising they would get the axe on “Day One” of his administration. The cause didn’t see much progress since then until this week, when city officials put forth a compromise that would shrink the horse carriage business and implement some measures to improve conditions for the working horses. Although the deal was supposed to be a positive move for the city and the horses, carriage owners, pedicab drivers, many members of the public, and even animal rights advocates are upset over the plan, saying that the mayor is pandering to wealthy supporters instead of doing the right thing for Central Park’s horses.

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Oculus World Trade Center Transportation Hub finally set to open in March

Oculus World Trade Center Transportation Hub finally set to open in March

With an original anticipated opening of 2007, the megaproject has been slowed by ballooning costs and scandals. Major delays and bad press have unsurprisingly hit Calatrava’s reputation hard. “I have been treated like a dog,” he said to the Wall a

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‘Poor door’ just the beginning of disparate living conditions at 50 Riverside, say lower-income residents

‘Poor door’ just the beginning of disparate living conditions at 50 Riverside, say lower-income residents

Related: Mayor de Blasio Vows to Close the Door on “Poor Door” Practices in NYC

The Post quotes Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal as saying that “No landlord should be allowed to tell a child that they are not able to walk through the same 6

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NYC to receive $176 million in federal funding for storm protection infrastructure

NYC to receive $176 million in federal funding for storm protection infrastructure

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Did you know that you can get a free clothing recycling bin for your building?

Did you know that you can get a free clothing recycling bin for your building?

http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/zerowaste/residents/re-fashionyc.shtml

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3D-printed skeleton of world’s largest dinosaur now on display at American Museum of Natural History

3D-printed skeleton of world’s largest dinosaur now on display at American Museum of Natural History

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“This animal is so new it doesn’t even have an official species name yet,” said Mark Norell, chairman and Macaulay Curator at the natural history museum.

“Titanosaur fossils have been unearthed on every continent, and an abundance of in

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