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7 easy ways to help victims of the Second Avenue explosion

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Several weeks have passed since last month’s tragic gas explosion on Second Avenue, but many of those affected are still without homes or belongings. If you want to help but aren’t sure how, Good Samaritans Bowery Boogie and DNAInfo have gathered together some ways that you can send your support. Whether you can part with a few dollars or some supplies, read on for their suggestions about how you can get your neighbors back on their feet.

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1 WTC’s One World Observatory set to open in May

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Take a look inside the swanky interior of NYC’s super-skinny 111 West 57th Street tower

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Curiosity about 111 West 57th Street has been brewing ever since SHoP Architects unveiled their plans for the ultra-skinny residential tower. The exterior renderings for the 42-ft-wide, 1,421-ft-tall skyscraper certainly caught the eye of many architecture aficionados, but what about the inside of the building? New York YIMBY recently unveiled new interior pics for the project, but don’t let them get your hopes up too much as the swanky homes are expected to start at $14 million and go up to $100+ million.

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Donald Trump opens a luxury golf course atop a former landfill in the Bronx

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New York golf enthusiasts now have a new place to putt - the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx. Run by Donald Trump’s company but overseen by the NYC’s Parks Department, the luxury course with killer Manhattan views was built atop a former landfill. But unlike some of the city’s other courses, The Donald’s greens come with a trumped up price tag, charging golfers nearly three times the typical admission.

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Don’t miss FIT’s Sustainable Business and Design Conference today

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If you’re in the New York area, don’t miss your chance to hear from some of our nation’s most respected sustainability leaders at FIT’s free conference today. Entitled “Our Land: Local Action, Global Impact”, the school’s ninth annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference will feature a keynote address from Jon Bowermaster (who was recently named as one of a dozen “Ocean Heroes” by the National Geographic Society), presentations by sustainable practice experts, and student and faculty displays and demos. The conference will take place from 8:00am-5:30pm today at FIT’s John E. Reeves Great Hall (Seventh Avenue at 28 Street) and is free and open to the public. However, advance registration is encouraged.

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9 cool and quirky recycled quilts spotted at IIDA NY’s 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction

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Times Squared 3015 skyscraper concept stacks a beach, a farm and a forest into one soaring tower

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What would happen if environments as varied as a vertical farm, a beach, a mountain range, and a redwood forest could be stacked into one soaring tower overlooking the heart of New York City? That’s exactly what Times Squared 3015, a skyscraper proposal by Blake Freitas, Grace Chen and Alexi Kararavokiris, does with its experimental, boundary-breaking design. The concept recently nabbed an honorable mention in the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition for its imaginative approach to promoting density in one of the most crowded cities in the world.

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“Deep Skins” skyscraper concept takes inspiration from sharks for its futuristic facade

by , 04/03/15

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Architects Yongsu Choung, Ge Zhang, and Chuanjingwei Wang took inspiration from the adaptability of sharks for their proposal for a building at 157 West 57th Street in Manhattan. The design, called ‘Deep Skins’, aims to discard the characteristics of a typical NYC skyscraper and create a new typology featuring a futuristic exterior inspired by shark skin. The concept recently received an honorable mention in the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Awards.

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Psychedelic rainbow makeover gives an old farmhouse a vibrant new glow

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian buy entire NYC micro-apartment building to turn it into an “urban mega-mansion”

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After several months of highly publicized apartment hunting in New York City, Kim Kardashian and hubby Kanye West have closed on a new pad – but the tone-deaf purchase has many New Yorkers saying, “Oh, Yeez”. The celebrity couple considered several other posh addresses, including a penthouse in same building as Leonardo DiCaprio’s Greenwich Village eco-friendly digs, before deciding to buy out an entire micro-apartment building being constructed under the adAPT NYC plan to create smaller, more affordable housing options for New Yorkers. According to reports, the Kardashian-Wests paid three times the amount it cost the developers of MicroCube NY to erect the 7-story Soho tower, and have already begun consulting with their personal architecture team about how to gut the project and turn it into a “massive, urban mega-mansion.”

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Google Signs Agreement with NYC Mayor to Replace NYC Taxis With Driverless Google Cabs

by , 04/01/15

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If you’re sick of dealing with rude New York City cab drivers, we’ve got some welcome news for you. Yesterday Mayor de Blasio signed a contract with Google to start bringing Google’s patented driverless cars into the New York Taxi fleet. The mayor’s office said that there would be 5,000 driverless cabs on New York City streets by 2016. The driverless vehicle, which first came onto our radar in 2010, has already been legalized for street-use in the state of Nevada and was recently “driven” by a blind man through a Taco bell drive-thru. The driverless taxi cabs will be customized to meet the needs of busy New Yorkers, and each vehicle will come equipped with ATMs, food vending machines, and “better entertainment options” according to the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

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NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

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Jeff Koons may want to hang a train over the High Line, but the park’s creators, Friends of the High Line, have decided to put a train back on the High Line in order to keep up with the park’s extreme popularity. Because of the park’s growing crowds every summer, which are anticipated to double when the final section is complete, the architects and engineers have decided it is time to put a people-mover style tram on the High Line to help pedestrians get from one side of the High Line to the other. While the original rails will still be daintily planted with wildflowers and grasses, a high-speed levitating train line will be built alongside the park to transport tired and crowd-weary tourists the 1.3-miles, end to end.

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Soaring city of “Vertical Factories” would produce goods made for New Yorkers by New Yorkers

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Help a colorful pavilion made of recycled materials bloom this summer on Governors Island

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This summer, visitors to Governors Island will get to enjoy not one, but two City of Dreams Pavilions made from recycled materials. Izaskun Chinchilla Architects’ gorgeous Organic Growth will be joining BanG’s Billion Oyster Pavilion on the grassy knoll of the island’s parade grounds this year. The colorful canopy will look like a series of flower bouquets from afar, but will be made from recycled elements like old umbrellas and bicycle wheels. If you love the look of Organic Growth, head over to Izaskun Chinchilla’s Kickstarter page and help them get the project off the ground!

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Tadao Ando’s first New York condominium design features one of the largest green walls in the city

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See IK Studio’s curvaceous Torqueing Spheres at Socrates Sculpture Park this May

See IK Studio’s curvaceous Torqueing Spheres at Socrates Sculpture Park this May

The Architectural League of New York has chosen IK Studio’s Torqueing Spheres as the winner of their 2015 Folly Design Competition. Each year, the league invites emerging architects to create a public installation in New York, and this year, the panel of

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WastED: Behind the design of NYC’s food waste pop-up serving dishes made from dinner scraps

WastED: Behind the design of NYC’s food waste pop-up serving dishes made from dinner scraps

Barber, a long-time advocate of the locavore movement and sustainable food awareness, created WastED as an experiment to see how foods that are usually thrown away could be reimagined as viable (and still perfectly delicious) ingredients. The menu consists

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Dine at these restaurants on Sunday to raise money for hunger-relief

Dine at these restaurants on Sunday to raise money for hunger-relief

Looking for a place to grab brunch, lunch or dinner on Sunday? Why not stop in at one of the 70+ restaurants participating in Time Out For Hunger to raise money for hunger-relief while you’re at it? A partnership between Time Out New York and Food Bank For

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Elegant Flying Point home rises gracefully out of restored sand dunes

Elegant Flying Point home rises gracefully out of restored sand dunes

Flying Point is a contemporary one-story structure that is comprised of the main house, a pool and a pool house. Although the home maintains a simplistic sophistication, the project was quite complex in nature due to the ecological intervention required to

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Inhabitat’s favorite green designs from the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Inhabitat’s favorite green designs from the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Artist Breon Dunigan’s cruelty-free “Trophy Heads” made us do a double-take over at the Gallery Schoolhouse booth. Made from repurposed furniture and textiles, the sculptures offer an alternative to real game trophies and “are a marvel of ingenious fabrication,

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