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NYC’s new Whitney Museum opens today

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A living room of found furniture pops up in Times Square (PHOTOS)

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NY Attorney General announces $1.8 million community program to combat climate change

NYC air pollution

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced an exciting new program that aims to foster the development and creation of local response systems to climate change. The Community Climate Initiative is a $1.8 million program that will provide grants to local NY organizations that contribute in some way to promoting issues such as climate change initiatives, energy efficiency and renewable energy within their communities.

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Pratt’s Open Sewer Mapping Project helps New Yorkers understand the city’s sewer problems

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Flooding and sewage overflow has been a hot button issue in New York City since Hurricane Sandy, inciting public and private programs to create new systems to help prevent future disasters. To address these concerns, a group of students and faculty at Pratt Institute has created the Open Sewer Mapping Project - an interactive map of New York’s sewer system that creates transparency and allows citizens and community groups to better understand its inner workings and problem areas. Supported by the Taconic Fellowship program, the data visualization effectively illustrates some of the sewage system’s most deficient areas in Newtown Creek, Tallman Island, Hunts Point, Jamaica Bay and Red Hook.

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The Prism: Check out the health-centric new residential tower redefining the Manhattan skyline

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New Citi Bike app could let you count calories burned while biking

by , 04/23/15
filed under: Biking,News,Transportation

Citi Bike

More exciting news for Citi Bike users looking to get in shape for summer! According to ABC News, NYC’s popular bike sharing system may soon be launching a revamped smartphone app that will offer detailed fitness stats such as calories burned and distance traveled. Additionally, the newly-improved app could allow users to send real-time feedback about mechanical issues such as flat tires or broken bikes.

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Mayor de Blasio unveils major solar installations for three NYC public buildings

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio has just unveiled three large solar projects that will launch NYC closer to achieving its ambitious goal of reducing city emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The three large solar arrays installed on City Hall, the Port Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant and Daniel D. Tompkins Elementary School in Staten Island are all operational as of this week.

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Governor Cuomo announces completion of MTA’s largest energy efficiency program ever at Grand Central Terminal

by , 04/22/15
filed under: Energy,Manhattan,News

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Just in time for Earth Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday the completion of Grand Central Terminal’s $25 million energy efficiency upgrade project. The overhaul, a collaborative effort between NYC’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the New York Power Authority, is the MTA‘s largest energy efficiency project ever and is expected to realize a savings of $2.5 million per year in energy costs at the busy transportation hub.

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NYC environmental groups worried about de Blasio’s revamp of PlaNYC

Bill de Blasio inauguration

NYC environmentalists are waiting with bated breath to see if Mayor de Blasio has plans to rebrand PlaNYC, the city’s eight-year-old sustainability blueprint originally implemented by the Bloomberg administration. As reported by Crain’s New York, local sustainability advocates are worried that the mayor is planning to steer the sustainability initiative away from environmental issues and towards inequality issues.

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Super-skinny home’s private library boasts its own sunken bathtub

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Animal holocaust victims to be mourned tonight at memorial procession in NYC

PETA's animal Holocaust campaign

While many pay their respects to the millions of human lives lost in the Holocaust today, some will also be observing Holocaust Remembrance Day by holding a candlelight vigil procession for the victims of the another type of mass extermination. Brooklyn’s Shimon Shuchat will be leading animal lovers on a march tonight to protest the ongoing atrocities committed against animals on factory farms. One of the participants of the peaceful protest will be a Holocaust survivor from Hungary who committed her life to preventing the mass slaughter of animals after losing her father and sister to Nazi concentration camps.

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will.i.am launches roll-out of EKOCYCLE recycled bottle sheets across W Hotel rooms around the world

Musician will.i.am, W Hotels and Coca-Cola are getting into bed together for a new collaboration to roll out eco-friendly EKOCYCLE sheets at W properties around the globe. The trio launched the new initiative at the W New York last night with a sheetastic soirée showcasing the bed coverings, which are made using a type of polyester that contains recycled plastic bottles. According to EKOCYCLE, each one of the king-size sheet sets is made with approximately 31 recycled 20 oz. plastic bottles – that’s more than 268,000 bottles across all W Hotel beds in North America.

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Mayor de Blasio launches largest public housing energy savings program in the nation

by , 04/13/15
filed under: Architecture,Energy

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Nearly 300 existing New York City Housing Authority developments will be getting sustainable upgrades in a $100 million city project announced by Mayor de Blasio last week. A series of Energy Performance Contracts will help the city retrofit thousands of buildings across the five boroughs as part of NYC’s ongoing plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The project will also create tens of millions of dollars in utility savings, as well as hundreds of new jobs for New Yorkers.

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Don’t miss ESNYC’s celebrity chef-studded benefit tonight + chef Kevin Pemoulié’s turnip carpaccio recipe

by , 04/13/15
filed under: Food,Helping People

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Not sure what to do for dinner tonight? How about coming out to Edible Schoolyard NYC‘s 2015 Spring Benefit and rubbing shoulders with some of NYC’s most talented chefs while indulging in an unforgettable meal prepared tableside by restaurants like The Spotted Pig, Mission Chinese Food, Momofuku, Bar Boulud, Thirty Acres and Red Rooster Harlem? Proceeds from this year’s event, dubbed “Growing the Next Generation”, will go towards ESYNYC’s efforts to bring healthy eating and gardening education to public schools in underserved communities around the city, and it’s not too late to attend! Click here for ticket information, and read on for chef Kevin Pemoulié’s recipe that he will be serving to guests at tonight’s benefit.

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Marine pollution research expedition “Race for Water Odyssey” cruises into New York Harbor

by , 04/10/15
filed under: News,Water

Race for Water

After crossing 40,000 nautical miles, the crew from the Race for Odyssey (R4WO) expedition cruised into the New York Harbor this week. The six-man crew set off from Bordeaux, France on March 15th with the goal of traversing the Atlantic in order to analyze the dire state of our littered oceans and create the first global assessment on marine pollution.

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6 wonderful places to see spring bloom in NYC

6 wonderful places to see spring bloom in NYC

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Arguably our favorite garden in the city, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an ideal place to see the first signs of spring in New York City. Bright yellow buds on the Asiatic dogwood trees, fragrant white magnolias, and dainty daffodils

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Massive Ziggurat-like tech hub planned for Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Massive Ziggurat-like tech hub planned for Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Via DNA Info

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PHOTOS: Celebrities and animal lovers come out for the National Audubon Society’s Annual Gala in NYC

PHOTOS: Celebrities and animal lovers come out for the National Audubon Society’s Annual Gala in NYC

The National Audubon Society’s annual gala was held at The Plaza Hotel’s Terrace Room on Tuesday, March 31. Held in honor of top conservationists who have made outstanding achievements in their commitment to the environment, the event began with a

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7 easy ways to help victims of the Second Avenue explosion

7 easy ways to help victims of the Second Avenue explosion

Last month’s tragic gas explosion on Second Avenue left three buildings leveled, and many locals families displaced, with a lifetime of belongings gone. Good Samaritans Bowery Boogie and DNAinfo have gathered together a list of ways that you can help

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

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

Mark your calendar, folks! May 29th has been announced as the official opening day of the much-anticipated One World Observatory. Tickets will be on sale tomorrow, April 8th and there will be special admission dates before the official opening for and a

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