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Hastings-on-Hudson becomes first NY community to ban styrofoam containers and plastic bags

by , 02/16/15

Hastings Foam Container Ban

New York City’s recent decision to ban single-use styrofoam containers (which will go into effect on July 1st) was celebrated by many as a major step towards eliminating the ubiquitous but unrecyclable product. However, a small NY municipality has one-upped the big city by banning both plastic bags and foam food containers in one fell swoop. In fact, Hastings-on-Hudson is now the first New York town to prohibit both products.

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NYC DEP announces 6 super-soaking projects that will help prevent flooding and sewage overflow

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Yesterday, NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection announced six exciting stormwater solutions that will help protect vulnerable parts of the city from future storms and flooding. The group of winning proposals from the competition will receive more than $3 million from a Green Infrastructure Grant to implement their plans. The funds will go towards developing the projects and implementing infrastructure that will prevent sewage overflow during superstorms and rain storms.

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Stereotank’s giant heart-shaped sculpture drums up the love in Times Square (PHOTOS)

by , 02/13/15

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New MCNY exhibit brings New York architectural icons to life through animation and sound

by , 02/12/15

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Next month, the Museum of the City of New York will invite visitors to experience NYC in a new, immersive way with an installation entitled Soundscape New York. The exhibit, which opens on March 10th, aims to enhance and elevate people’s experience of visiting New York landmarks like Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center. Created by James Welty and Karen Van Lengen, the audio-visual installation fuses familiar architectural icons with sound and fantastical animation resulting in an entirely new way of perceiving them.

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OMA to design the High Line’s latest project

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OMA is the latest in a list of internationally acclaimed architects to contribute to New York City’s High Line. The architecture firm has been tapped by developer Related Companies to design a new project on West 18th Street. OMA founder Rem Koolhaas and partners joins fellow architect Zaha Hadid, who has also been tapped by Related Companies for an 11-story luxury High Line project at West 28th Street. Details have yet to be released, but this will be the first OMA “ground-up” building in New York City.

Via Arch Daily

Lead image via Forgemind ArchiMedia, image via OMA

 

This is what NYC would look like if sea levels rose 100 feet

by , 02/11/15
filed under: Climate Change,Water

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Climate change is scary, people, and here’s a map that may give you a little chill down your spine. Jeffrey Linn, a Seattle resident with a background in geography and urban planning, visualized NYC in a “doomsday scenario” using actual geographic data. Linn’s map shows what NYC would look like if sea levels rose 100 feet — as you can see, Manhattan would be almost completely submerged with just a few small islands left uptown. The only thing funny about the map is the nicknames Linn gives each underwater nabe: for example, Bushwick would become “Flushwick” and the West Village “Wet Village.” See more of the map here.

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A sandy urban beach could be coming to the East River shoreline

by , 02/11/15
filed under: Green Space,Manhattan

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Manhattan school becomes second in NYC to serve all-vegetarian lunch

by , 02/10/15

Vegetarian School Lunches NYC

Manhattan’s Peck Slip School has officially gone all veggie! Although the elementary school has been serving vegetarian fare for years now, it recently announced that it will be adopting a new completely meatless menu this week. Peck Slip follows the example of Flushing’s P.S. 244, which made national headlines two years ago when it became the first public school in the nation to offer all vegetarian lunches to its students.

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New Essex Crossing renderings show what the forthcoming LES complex will look like

by , 02/10/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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Bald eagles shack up in New York City for the first time in a century

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Exciting news avian aficionados! According to the National Audubon Society, a pair of bald eagles has decided to shack up on an uninhabited island off the Staten Island coast, marking the first time in 100 years that the majestic birds have nested in the New York City area. Although the pair’s location is being carefully guarded to protect them against poachers, a tugboat captain reportedly saw the feathered duo collecting materials needed for building a nest on an abandoned dock in early January.

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Award-winning vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy reopens at new larger location

by , 02/09/15

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After closing the doors to its East Village space last year, chef Amanda Cohen’s award-winning vegetarian oasis, Dirt Candy, reopened at a larger location at 86 Allen Street this week. Known for its menu of imaginative veggie-based dishes, the herbivore favorite made the move from its tiny EV spot to accommodate even more eager diners. The new Dirt Candy has started taking reservations, and welcomes guests with a brand new menu and full bar.

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Disturbing DNA from bubonic plague to anthrax to cheese found in NYC subway stations

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If you think the resident rat population is the nastiest part of NYC’s subway system, it looks like you’ve got another thing coming. A recent DNA examination of more than 450 subway stations across the city revealed an astonishing 67 types of disease-causing bacteria, including bubonic plague and anthrax. And just in case those aren’t disturbing enough, the project, called PathoMap, also found traces of 562 species of bacteria associated with food poisoning, urinary tract infections, meningitis, sepsis and staph infections. Yechhh.

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Tour Brooklyn’s first net zero-capable solar-powered passive house condo building (PHOTOS)

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Actor building solar-powered private island home off NYC coastline

by , 02/09/15

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It’s no secret that privacy comes at a premium in New York, but how far would you go to get away from the hubbub of the city? Scouting NY‘s Nick Carr recently discovered a mysterious island off the city’s coastline that’s about as secluded as it gets. The tiny landmass, known as Columbia Island, is privately owned, and the landowner is in the process of building what looks like a pretty sweet off-grid, solar-powered residence atop it.

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25,000 Ping Pong Balls Line the Walls of Daniel Arsham’s Tiny Brooklyn Apartment

by , 02/07/15
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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Andrés Jaque’s mesmerizing water-purifying pavilion wins MoMA PS1′s 2015 YAP Competition

Andrés Jaque’s mesmerizing water-purifying pavilion wins MoMA PS1′s 2015 YAP Competition

MoMA PS1′s courtyard will come to life once again in June 2015 with the debut of Andrés Jaque’s giant water-purifying pavilion, which took home the grand prize for this year’s 2015 Young Architects Program Competition. Conceptualized by Jaque and his team

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Why are there USB drives sticking out of the walls of New York buildings?

Why are there USB drives sticking out of the walls of New York buildings?

What would you do, or think, if you saw a USB drive sticking out of a wall as you walked down the street? Some New Yorkers have already run into this conundrum as they’ve encountered Dead Drops, a project by Berlin-based artist Aram Barthall. Though they’ve

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Ferry service expansion to new NYC nabes could have you riding a boat to work

Ferry service expansion to new NYC nabes could have you riding a boat to work

If you’ve been jealous of your friends who have the option to take the ferry to work, you may be in for some good news. In his State of the City address yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new plans for expanded ferry service that will offer stops at

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VIDEO: Clever woman lives, works and sleeps in a tiny space the same size as her bed

VIDEO: Clever woman lives, works and sleeps in a tiny space the same size as her bed

Chu’s very modestly-sized room is actually part of what is called a “1.5 apartment” in Brooklyn, New York, where a roommate occupies a larger bedroom and Chu lives in the half-bedroom. The key to the space is the over-sized, custom-made canopy bed, which serves

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You’re invited: Explore how tech is redefining fashion at the BF+DA’s Fashion Week events

You’re invited: Explore how tech is redefining fashion at the BF+DA’s Fashion Week events

From 3D-printed shoes to tweeting dresses to solar-powered jackets, examples of wearable technology are slowly but surely becoming parts of our everyday lives. Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator invites you to explore how technology is

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