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Times Square Valentine’s Heart celebrates diversity and immigration in NYC

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This year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition celebrates the role that immigrants have played in the development and vibrancy of New York. Called “We Were Strangers Once Too,” the winning design was created by The Office for Creative Research in order to open a dialogue about the value of immigrants in making the city what it is today, and given the current political climate, the conversation couldn’t be more timely.

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Williamsburg ‘coffee co-op’ offers up free java and a chance for community reflection

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Could you use a side of coffee with your community activism? El Museo de Los Sures a compact museum nestled in south Williamsburg, will be offering up free java as a ‘coffee co-op’ for the next four months. Part of a project curated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Program Manager at the International Studio and Curatorial Program, the “Aridoamerica Winter Plan” is the concept of Fran Ilich, a Tijuana born, New York-based media artist and writer. In a recent talk at the museum, Ilich spoke about his hopes for the space to be a place to convene during this time of “transition to a new global climate.”

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19th century townhouse gets dreamy LEED-certified reno (with its own elevator)

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Lawmakers move to halt NYC plastic bag fee

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NYC’s proposed single-use bag fee could be in danger. NY state senators recently voted to put a halt on the measure, and the assembly voted in favor of stopping it as well. Now, if the governor also signs the legislation, the fee, which could have helped to prevent tons of plastic from contaminating the environment, could be dead in the water.

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Bronx schools found to have water lead levels 16 times higher than Flint

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Flint gets most of the attention when it comes to lead in the water, but a recent study found that Bronx schools have lead levels 16 times higher than those in the Michigan city. Readings were taken in two schools and results showed that numerous faucets in school facilities were well above the baseline “action level” set by the EPA, and far higher than those readings taken in Flint.

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New photos reveal Domino Sugar Refinery’s terraced form rising on the East River

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WXY is turning an old juvenile detention center into a vibrant live-work community

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Urban design can improve the way we live, but can a well-designed neighborhood actually create an instant vibrant community with jobs, education and affordable homes? WXY Architecture + urban design is out to show that it is not only possible, but the way of the future. The Peninsula is a 5-acre project in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx that will feature everything you need for green, healthy living in the city, including retail, industrial and community spaces along with affordable housing and recreational areas.

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This revolutionary 7-in-1 table is the only one you’ll ever need in your living room

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9 sexy storage solutions for small spaces

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Very few people actually get to see this hidden rooftop penthouse

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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

The Pier 55 waterfront park design is getting an overhaul

The highly anticipated 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

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Queens parking garage is getting a makeover as affordable housing

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 economic development program to boost retail development and more job growth in Jamaica, Queens. Now, as part of that program, the real estate firm Omni New

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Kimbal Musk launches a revolutionary shipping container farm initiative in Brooklyn

Kimbal Musk launches a revolutionary shipping container farm initiative in Brooklyn

Near Jay Z’s childhood home and an old Pfizer factory, one will find a set of ten steel shipping containers. Launched by Tobias Peggs and and Kimbal Musk, brother to Elon, the containers are part of a project called Square Roots, an urban farming to a

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

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

In New York, the Long Island farm is part of a plan to meet Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal of drawing 50 percent of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2030

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

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

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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