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Hand-Cut ‘Factory Made’ Collages Illustrate the Colorful Papermaking Process

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Brooklyn-based artist Michael Hambouz is bringing the unexplored inner workings of a historic paper factory to light with his new large-scale, abstract artwork made –surprise!– of paper. His most recent exhibition, Factory Made, is a series of brightly-colored collages inspired by the arduous process of converting pulp into a beautiful paper product. The pieces are created from a variety of paper stock from the independently-owned, family-run French Paper Company, a 140-year-old American paper mill known for its long history of recycled paper manufacturing.

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Get a Free Fruit Tree at MillionTreesNYC’s Fall Tree Giveaway!

by , 09/18/14

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Great news tree huggers: MillionTreesNYC just launched its seventh tree giveaway season and for the first time ever, the green initiative will be handing out a variety of highly coveted fruit trees! Hosted by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the 40+ giveaways across the five boroughs will distribute 4,500 fruit trees this fall. But hurry–this limited quantity of plants is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday’s Soiree (For a Good Cause)

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New Yorkers Can Now Enjoy a New Pocket Park ‘Oasis’ with Waterfall in Midtown

by , 09/17/14
filed under: Green Space,Manhattan,Parks

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As part of the ongoing East Side Access project, the MTA has opened a new public space in Midtown called the 50th Street Commons. Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction officially inaugurated the new “urban oasis” yesterday as an inviting and relaxing mini respite for weary commuters. The pocket park was a way for the MTA to give back to the local community after years of construction on the delayed transportation project.

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Downtown NYC’s First Waldorf School Opens in the East Village

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Lexus Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Converted Warehouse Training Facility in NJ

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Luxury car manufacturer Lexus was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Eastern Area Office training facility in Parsippany, New Jersey. Under the design leadership of international architecture and interior design firm Ware Malcomb, 38,000 square feet of warehouse space was converted to accommodate a café, elegant meeting spaces, interior glass garage doors and 16 service training bays. Click through to see this environmentally-friendly facility’s modern take on sustainable office design.

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Would You Sit on a Sofa Made of NYC Sewer Pipe?


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We’re not sure if Italian artist Carlo Sampietro is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan but his latest creation seems like it would be perfect for Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo. The New York-based artist took a discarded city sewage pipe and transformed it into an industrial-chic sofa, creating an attractive hybrid of sculpture and furniture. By repurposing the rusty old pipe, the artist gave new life to something thought to be utterly useless, and made it into an incredible piece of multi-functional art.

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The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

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It might be tough to swallow, but at this very moment, the buildings we are living in, working in and playing in are quietly wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, buildings contribute to over 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. And while green infrastructure is thankfully taking root across the globe, the industry professionals at this year’s Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium in Garrison, NY are shifting the focus of energy consumption in buildings to one root cause: human behavior. Attendees will learn how to design and implement effective green building programs aimed at curbing energy consumption among building occupants. Registration is now open to the public, and real estate developers, building managers, and community revitalization professionals are highly encouraged to attend this very important and forward-thinking conversation.

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Verdant PicNYC Table is Topped with Living Growing Grass

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Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

by , 09/12/14

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In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st for what organizers are predicting will be the largest climate march in history. The People’s Climate March is timed to coincide with a UN summit on the climate crisis where Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will be facilitating talks with world leaders on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of reaching a significant agreement at the 2015 climate conference in Paris.

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Horse-Drawn Carriages Anger Animal Lovers at New York Fashion Week

by , 09/12/14
filed under: Animals

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Argentine designer Victor de Souza’s New York Fashion Week show drew crowds last week, but not everyone was there to see the clothes. Many were protesters from PETA, NYCLASS, and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages denouncing the designer’s decision to have horse carriages pull his models down a “moving runway.”

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VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

by , 09/11/14


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Today, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York-based ad agency BBDO Worldwide released a short commemorative film featuring a little-known tree found at the World Trade Center site. As a way of highlighting the resilient nature of the city in the aftermath of the tragedy, the new two-minute film illustrates the inspirational story of the “survivor tree,” which somehow made it through the destruction to flourish once again. See the video after the jump.

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9/11 Memorial Museum’s Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

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PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

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A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

The letter — which was actually an invitation to a wedding rehearsal dinner — was supposed to go from Maine to California. Lawry Meister’s aunt dropped the red envelope addressed to her Los Angeles-based niece in the mail in Cape Neddick, after which it

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WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

For the first time ever, the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza will be open to the general public on the night of 9/11 (tonight) after the official anniversary service paying homage to the over 3,000 lives lost in the attacks. In previous years, the area

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And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is…

And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is…

Congratulations, New York City! Bicyclist Magazine recently named NYC as the best city for biking in the country. Although many local cyclists may be fast to point out their never-ending battles with potholes, congested bike lanes and car drivers, it

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Former Firehouse Converted Into a Beautiful Loft in Fort Greene

Former Firehouse Converted Into a Beautiful Loft in Fort Greene

This beautiful Brooklyn space has quite a storied past. Not only has it been home to NYFD Engine 256, but it’s also been a water tower and a bomb shelter. 6sqft reports that this turn-of-the-century firehouse at 124 Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene now boasts two

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New 4-Block-Long Public Plaza Opens Today

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New 4-Block-Long Public Plaza Opens Today

The beautifully redesigned David H. Koch Plaza opened to the public today, giving New Yorkers and tourists a new outdoor space where they can lounge, work or just people-watch. About the size of three football fields, the plaza boasts 106 new trees, dancing

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Never Have to Refill Your MetroCard Again by Getting This

Never Have to Refill Your MetroCard Again by Getting This

When you’re already late for work and you see your train approaching on the other side of the turnstile, there’s nothing quite as disheartening as seeing the words “Insufficient Funds.” But did you know that there’s a way to avoid this situation altogether?

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One World Trade Center Opening Delayed Again

One World Trade Center Opening Delayed Again

The Port Authority recently announced that the opening of One World Trade Center is delayed once again. Although the building appears to be inauguration-ready from the outside, officials are now saying that the 1,776-foot office tower will open “later

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Old Clock Company Building Converted into a Timeless Duplex Loft

Old Clock Company Building Converted into a Timeless Duplex Loft

Despite its former life as an old 1880s clock factory, 420 12th Street in Park Slope is now a timeless three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex. 6sqft reports that Hurley & Farinella Architects worked diligently to maintain original details like

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Final Section of High Line Park Set to Open This Month

Final Section of High Line Park Set to Open This Month

Although it comes with a staggering $75 million price tag, Section 3 of the repurposed elevated rail line was designed to stay true to its natural, overgrown state. In collaboration with James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Mr.

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Gehry’s WTC Performing Arts Center Design Officially Scrapped

Gehry’s WTC Performing Arts Center Design Officially Scrapped

As previously suspected by Inhabitat and recently confirmed by the NY Times, Frank Gehry’s design for the World Trade Center Performing Arts building has been officially scrapped. In what comes as no surprise for anyone following the beleaguered project,

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