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This adorable red ‘train’ carts books around the New York Public Library

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Some people worry about robots taking over their jobs, but librarians at the New York Public Library aren’t concerned at all about the new machines that are helping them with their work. As adorable as it is efficient, the NYPL’s little red book train carries tomes beneath Bryant Park and onward to the library’s circulation desks. Thanks to a special video produced by The New York Times, we can all take a gander at the library’s latest high-tech addition, which began taking books on a five-minute ride through the building in October.

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Come swing on these holiday hammocks at the new Flatiron Sky-Line LED light installation

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NYU students to bunk with local senior citizens to save on campus housing costs

by , 11/23/16

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Many New York University students pay approximately $14,000 a year to live on campus, but they may soon have a cheaper alternative. The private university is starting a pilot “home stay” program that would see selected students living in the spare rooms of local senior citizens, saving money and learning from their life-experienced roomies at the same time.

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Remembering visionary landscape architect Diana Balmori through her most forward-thinking projects

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Santiago Calatrava to attend Saint Nicholas National Shrine topping out ceremony

by , 11/21/16
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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Famed architect Santiago Calatrava will be in New York City today to celebrate the topping out ceremony of the reconstructed Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center. The Archbishop Demetrios of America, members of the Greek Orthodox Church and Calatrava’s project team will also be on hand for the celebration, which will see the installation of a temporary cross placed on the building’s highest point, marking a major milestone in the construction process.

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WXY unveils verdant and pedestrian-friendly new redesign of Astor Place and Cooper Square

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Those looking for a little green escape from the concrete jungle can now find it at WXY Architecture‘s newly unveiled redesign of Astor Place and Cooper Square. The renovated plaza now includes an additional 50,000 square feet of pedestrian-friendly areas with plenty of zipper benches to sit on and enjoy the newly-planted storm-ready landscaping. The existing art works in the plaza – such as the beloved Alamo rotating cube, mosaic installations on the light poles, and the statue of the square’s namesake, Peter Cooper – have also been spruced up.

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Sneak a peek inside the beautiful new model apartment at Pacific Park’s 550 Vanderbilt

by , 11/18/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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People are going crazy over this family of raccoons living at Central Park

by , 11/18/16
filed under: Animals,Manhattan

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A family of 22 or so downright cuddle-worthy (but totally wild!) raccoons has taken up residence in the southern end of Central Park, where they have become the stars of many a hastily captured selfie. Some park visitors are getting too bold, though, according to wildlife officials who warn that people should not feed or touch the raccoons no matter how friendly they seem.

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BMW MINI and nARCHITECTS’ new creative hub and free working space nears completion in Greenpoint

by , 11/17/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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nARCHITECTS, the firm behind New York’s recently-opened micro apartments, is switching gears from micro to MINI for their next design. Their latest project for client BMW/MINI transforms an old warehouse into a 23,000-square-foot creative hub called A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The vibrant new space aims to give local innovators and designers a platform to create urban living solutions, and will center around a free co-working area.

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World’s tallest modular building is now open – see inside (VIDEO)

by , 11/16/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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Get a free UberPOOL ride when you shop small businesses on November 26

by , 11/16/16
filed under: News

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Save up your shopping energy for the day after Black Friday instead to support small, local businesses on Small Business Saturday. This year American Express, creator of the initiative to promote local mom and pop shops, is teaming up with Uber to provide free transportation for shoppers in New York City on November 26. Uber is offering one promo code for UberPOOL rides during the event and another promo code applicable through the end of 2016 for first time UberPOOL passengers.

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Cornell Tech unveils new renderings for hotel and education center on Roosevelt Island

by , 11/15/16
filed under: Architecture,Urban Design

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New initiative aims to convert NYC’s worst playgrounds into vibrant green spaces

by , 11/14/16

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The Trust for Public Land and New York Road Runners recently announced a new partnership aimed at improving some of NYC’s worst school playgrounds. The first step in the initiative will see three dilapidated public school blacktops converted into state-of-the-art green recreational areas in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. Even better? The students who’ll be using these new spaces actually helped to give input on the designs.

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A heavenly 490-square-foot ‘urban cottage’ in Hell’s Kitchen

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Come eat free food from this floating edible forest before it sets sail again

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Car-free zone proposed for Williamsburg’s Grand Street during L Train shutdown

Car-free zone proposed for Williamsburg’s Grand Street during L Train shutdown

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What’s the deal with this apple tree growing out of a car on the High Line?

What’s the deal with this apple tree growing out of a car on the High Line?

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Miniature Manhattan studio comes with pre-installed Murphy bed and lots of built-in storage

Miniature Manhattan studio comes with pre-installed Murphy bed and lots of built-in storage

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550-sq-ft Greenwich Village studio goes big on bold patterns

550-sq-ft Greenwich Village studio goes big on bold patterns

Related: Minimalist Greenwich Village loft makes smart use of its 500 square feet

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Mohonk Preserve commits to using 100% clean energy

Mohonk Preserve commits to using 100% clean energy

While most people may equate New York City with skyscrapers and concrete, a lot of the state is actually nature-based. The Mohonk Preserve is a New York State gem. The nature preserve is 8,000 acres of cliffs, forests, fields, ponds and streams, that to

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