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PHOTOS: 4-story-tall inflatable bunnies set to hop into downtown Manhattan this weekend

by , 04/14/16
filed under: Animals,Art,Manhattan

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Green thumbs needed to take care of Sixth Avenue micro gardens

by , 04/14/16

Sixth Avenue

Calling all green thumbs! The DOT has come up with a savvy way to incorporate a patch of micro-gardens on the pedestrian islands planned for Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue, and they need your help. According to DNAinfo, the new protected bike lanes that are slated to be built from 14th to 33rd streets along the avenue will be covered with cold hard cement unless enough volunteers come forward to commit to taking care of small gardens that could be planted instead. Your move, guys.

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North America’s largest outdoor bouldering gym set to open at Brooklyn Bridge Park

by , 04/13/16

Dumbo Boulders

New York climbing fans will soon be able to take advantage of the April 16th opening of DUMBO Boulders’ new outdoor bouldering gym located under the Manhattan Bridge. Once open, the 7,800-square-foot climbing gym, operated by The Cliffs at Long Island City, will be the largest outdoor bouldering gym in North America.

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Ambitious Brooklynite builds her own tiny home inside of a Crown Heights warehouse

by , 04/13/16

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MTA agrees to study resurrection of Rockaway train line

by , 04/12/16
filed under: Green Space,Queens

Queensway Rail

It looks like public transport might win out over green space this time. According to NY1, the MTA has agreed to study the feasibility of reopening the Rockaway Beach train line. The railway, which initially ran from Rego Park to Rockaway, hasn’t been used for more than 50 years and there have even been talks of converting it into a High-Line style park. However, since that plan was voted down by community members, local advocates have been pushing to resurrect the old rail line in order to provide more transportation options for residents and alleviate heavy traffic congestion in the area.

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Herd of giant glowing bunnies coming to NYC next week

by , 04/12/16
filed under: Art NYC

Amanda Parer Rabbits Intrude

A herd of larger-than-life glowing rabbits is coming to New York next week as part of an environmental bunny trail tour. Created by Australian artist Amanda Parer, Intrude consists of seven enormous inflatable rabbits lit internally with LED strips. Although some may be quick to pass off the large nylon bunnies as just another quirky art installation, Parer’s artwork has a deeper ecological message.

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Van Gogh’s Ear swimming pool to add a surreal touch to Fifth Avenue

by , 04/11/16
filed under: Art,Art NYC,Manhattan,News

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A four-and-a-half-ton swimming pool is coming to Fifth Avenue, but don’t get your bathing suit out just yet. Berlin-based creative duo Elmgreen & Dragset designed the unusual installation, entitled Van Gogh’s Ear, as an art piece that appears to pay homage to Vincent Van Gogh using an empty swimming pool flipped on its side to resemble the Dutch post-impressionist painter’s missing ear lobe. Created to inspire both puzzlement and delight among passersby, the surreal artwork will be installed this week at the entrance of the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center.

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Copper-clad Staten Island courthouse turns towers of justice into a beacon of sustainability

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WeWork opens gorgeous WeLive co-living apartments on Wall Street

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Is NYC’s sustainability plan hurting the people it should be helping the most?

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The Environmental Justice Alliance is getting tough with its criticism against Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying his OneNYC sustainability plan leaves out the people who need it the most. Rather than improving conditions for poor residents of the city, the EJA says that environmental projects under the plan equate to “gentrification growth” that hurts lower income residents and people of color. The community group applauds the city for taking on climate change, but says it hasn’t done enough to help those most threatened by flooding and other health issues.

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VIDEO: Sony’s new LED light bulb has another very unusual capability

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New York state budget deal hikes minimum wage to $15 and rolls out paid family leave

by , 04/07/16
filed under: Health,Helping People,News

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new budget deal last week that will boost support for New York residents and their families. Much like the state’s aggressive goals to increase renewable energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions are aimed at improving the environment, two key parts of the new budget are designed to boost quality of life for many residents. The deal implements a hike in NYC’s minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2018, making NY the second state to adopt that threshold. Other areas of the state will also work to meet to the $15 mark at a slower pace. The new budget deal also outlines the state’s new family leave rule, which is being touted as ‘revolutionary’ by family health advocates. NY’s law is the fourth of its kind in the nation and the most generous, as it calls for paid family leave up to 12 weeks following the addition of a child or to care for an ill family member. Furthermore, most employees in the state are eligible once they meet employment requirements. These long anticipated changes are more than just line items in the budget, but legislation that truly helps change people’s lives, making for a happier, healthier New York state of mind.

Via The New York Times

Image via Governor’s Office

 

NYC’s iconic MetLife building becomes a vertical farm in quirky architecture comic

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Watch New York City get devoured by a swarm of plants in this breathtaking short film

by , 04/06/16

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NYC could be under water in less than a century according to new climate change study

by , 04/06/16
filed under: Climate Change,News,Water

New York Flooding

Although the climate change alarm bells have been ringing for some time now, a new study reveals that we will be seeing the effects of climate change sooner rather than later, especially along US coastal regions. As reported by The New York Times, the new paper entitled Contribution of Antarctica to Past and Future Sea-Level Rise, predicts that cities like NYC could be completely flooded in less than 100 years.

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Jon Stewart rescues slaughterhouse runaway bull in Queens

Jon Stewart rescues slaughterhouse runaway bull in Queens

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

Via NBC New Yok

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Giant cheeseburger-shaped museum proposed as a way to revitalize the New York State Pavilion

Giant cheeseburger-shaped museum proposed as a way to revitalize the New York State Pavilion

After the competition for the redesign of the New York State Pavilion was recently announced, numerous entries have been submitted. As one could expect, forward-thinking innovators came forth with ideas varying from arts and community space, to a space

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New Aging: Architect Matthias Hollwich’s new book explores how we can live smarter now to live better forever

New Aging: Architect Matthias Hollwich’s new book explores how we can live smarter now to live better forever

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1. Your book New Aging tackles a subject that most people don’t think about it’s

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Proposed floating island with pyramids connects the High Line to the Hudson River

Proposed floating island with pyramids connects the High Line to the Hudson River

Set on high-capacity caissons anchored into bedrock, the Hub on the Hudson opens the High Line and neighboring developments up to the river. A steel and concrete bridge would extend the elevated park to a raised circular promenade that encircles the The

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Avant Garden serves up delectable vegan delicacies in a twinkly LES retreat lined with salvaged wood accents

Avant Garden serves up delectable vegan delicacies in a twinkly LES retreat lined with salvaged wood accents

While it may not seem a revolutionary act to simply enjoy a meal in a restaurant, the elimination of animal flesh and animal byproducts in one’s diet not only eases or eliminates an animal’s suffering, it’s also the most effective way an average person

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