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Could a cooling tower be spreading Legionnaires’ disease to Bronx residents?

by , 01/14/15
filed under: Bronx,Health

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Hundreds of Co-op City residents met with Health Department officials on Tuesday to discuss a potential outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease thought to be caused by a contaminated cooling tower in the Bronx complex. A dozen cases of the potentially deadly form of pneumonia have been reported in the co-op community since December, causing concern among the housing developments’ many tenants.

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New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

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Measuring in at 160-feet-tall, New York City’s largest wind turbine is set to generate up to 100 kilowatts for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Designed and constructed by Vermont-based company Aegis Renewable Energy for a reported $750,000, the turbine will be able to supply 4% of the recycling plant’s needed energy, which may sound like a small figure, but marks a large step forward for clean energy in New York City.

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Become a card-carrying New Yorker with the new IDNYC municipal identification card

by , 01/13/15
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Here’s your chance to become a real card-carrying New Yorker. On Monday, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the launch of an ambitious identity card program for residents of all five New York City boroughs. The IDNYC municipal identification card is the first of its kind in the city and will provide all NYC residents with a valid ID to open bank accounts or gain access to public institutions and services.

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Jersey City announces new bike share program that will be compatible with NYC’s Citi Bike

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Great news for Jersey City bike riders! New Jersey lawmakers and Alta Bicycle Share have announced that the city will soon be launching its own bike share program. Although no sponsor has been announced yet, the Jersey version is expected to be quite similar to NYC’s popular Citi Bike system. Even better, officials say that those who sign up with the Jersey bike share will have reciprocal membership privileges within New York’s bike sharing system and vice versa.

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PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

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200-year-old “murder well” haunts Soho’s new COS store

by , 01/10/15
filed under: Manhattan,Shopping

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H&M brand COS recently opened the doors to its new Soho store, but the clothes may be overshadowed by another feature in the space – a 200-year-old “haunted” well! Uncovered by Scouting NY’s Nick Carr, the historic brick structure is displayed rather prominently in the shop, and is actually located right next to the cashier. The well got its nefarious reputation after a young woman’s strangled body was found inside of it in over 200 years ago.

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NYC real estate developers realizing valuable savings with solar power

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The dropping price of solar technology is sparking the interest of New York City real estate developers. The roof of the luxurious Atelier building on West 42nd Street was decked out with solar panels back in 2011, and many other buildings in the area are expected to follow suit. Solar power helps building managers save thousands, which they can then use to add attractive perks for their tenants.

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Styrofoam to be banned in New York City starting in July

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The administration of New York City mayor Bill De Blasio announced today a ban on single-use styrofoam products starting on July 1st, 2015. The decision follows a long-awaited determination by the Department of Sanitation that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is not a recyclable product. The new law prohibits NYC food service establishments, stores and manufacturers from possessing, selling or offer single-service EPS foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging in New York City.

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Old factory converted into ultra-colorful Bronx Charter School for the Arts

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Repurposed buidings always make our hearts happy, but when they’re converted into learning spaces, well, we’re head over heels. The Bronx Charter School for Arts is a perfect example of an old factory turned new again for a great reason. Built with 80% repurposed materials, the incredible learning environment features a multitude of cost-cutting strategies as well as many sustainable features.

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NYC braces for arctic blast of ‘dangerously cold air’

by , 01/07/15
filed under: News,Weather

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Get ready to double up on your long johns, folks. It looks like a major blast of frigid weather is about to bear down on the tri-state area. According to NBC New York, the most recent forecast is calling for “dangerously cold air” that could make for some hazardous conditions in and around New York state.

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PHOTOS: See how the world’s largest dump has been transformed into a stunning public park

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6 Clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

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Dorothy the Cat needs a new home after being stuck in a tree for days

by , 01/06/15
filed under: Animals,Queens,Video

We’ve all heard the old cat-in-the-tree story before, but it never quite fails to pull on our heartstrings. Poor little Dorothy Gale, named after The Wizard of Oz, somehow got herself stuck in a towering treetop across from Newtown High School in Queens for three whole days. Now ‘there’s no place like home’ for this sweet kitten, who is currently looking to find a permanent place and owner to call her own.

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NYC film screening: See Cotton Road at the BF + DA this Wednesday

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Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year, but how many of us know where and how those garments come to be? Cotton Road, directed by Laura Kissel, is a film that explores the global supply chain centering around cotton, as well as the people who make their living making our clothes. The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator will be screening Cotton Road on Wednesday, January 7th from 6PM-9PM as part of its Winter Film Series sponsored by our sister site Ecouterre. Watch the film and join in on a Q&A with Kissel, followed by a post-holiday clothing swap.

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Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

630 Flushing Ave, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

January 7, 2015
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET

READ ECOUTERRE’S INTERVIEW WITH LAURA KISSEL HERE >

 

Will joyriding on abandoned train tracks be the next big thing in the Bronx?

by , 01/06/15
filed under: Adaptive Reuse,Bronx

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A group of Bronx residents is hoping to add a little green space and adventure to the borough by revitalizing its abandoned train tracks. Their innovative idea would allow citizens to utilize the patches of abandoned track to joyride in their own personal rail cars. The plan still faces extensive fine-tuning and many levels of approval before getting off the ground, recently got its start with a test drive of a retired rail car called the Bronxstack Continental.

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2 Chelsea lofts combined into 1 gorgeous eco apartment for a growing family

2 Chelsea lofts combined into 1 gorgeous eco apartment for a growing family

With a new baby on the way, this family of four was outgrowing their two-bedroom apartment and wanted to expand. Their solution was to buy the loft apartment upstairs and completely renovate the space to create a new safe haven. wUNDERground and Design Development

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VIDEO: Behold! The world’s smartest pizza box

VIDEO: Behold! The world’s smartest pizza box

NOTE: The video states that the pizza box comes in two different sizes, but there are actually now six different sizes available.

The GreenBox was invented by William Walsh after he got the idea to re-use the top of a pizza box as plates for his friends

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Too-perfect Bronx townhouses are not at all what they seem (PHOTOS)

Too-perfect Bronx townhouses are not at all what they seem (PHOTOS)

Notice anything strange about these doors?

Located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, the too-perfect townhouses actually hide a four-story, 125,000-sq-ft Con Edison substation that cost $300 million to build. Con Ed made a conscious decision to disguise

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Old soap factory home features a “terrarium” room that opens up to the Manhattan sky

Old soap factory home features a “terrarium” room that opens up to the Manhattan sky

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The circa-1884 landmark building was a former soap warehouse, designed by architect George B. DaCunha in the Romanesque Revival style. Its large timber columns rise like trees to meet 16-foot beam ceilings, while brick lines

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How to avoid colds and the flu with natural immune boosters

How to avoid colds and the flu with natural immune boosters

Flu shot, or not? DNAinfo recently spoke to naturopathic practitioner Nicole Egenberger, who said that it may not be necessary to turn to the syringe if you can augment your daily intake of natural immune boosters. In fact, taking the natural route in lieu

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