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Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

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3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

by , 11/18/14

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Yesterday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is expected to facilitate the creation of about 3,000 new jobs. According to the mayor, the city plans to completely overhaul the Navy Yard’s Building 77, a World War II-era warehouse currently used as storage, and turn it into work spaces. Slated for completion in late 2016, the massive project will increase the number of positions at the former military shipyard by about 40%.

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NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

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New York has kicked off a new campaign to bolster clothing and textile recycling statewide. Called “Clothes the Loop,” the initiative is the brainchild of the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) and the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART). Together, the organizations have created a program that will help to divert 1.4 billion pounds of recoverable clothes and textiles from state landfills.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

by , 11/17/14

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Upstate New York’s Farm Sanctuary is celebrating Thanksgiving early this year–and the guests of honor are turkeys! Each year the sanctuary promotes a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, encouraging animal lovers to adopt a turkey instead of eating one. The tables are turned, and the rescued turkeys dine on Thanksgiving treats, rather than becoming dinner themselves.

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Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

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$1 Million Awarded to NYC’s Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

by , 11/17/14

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We’ve seen many interesting infrastructure proposals that aim to protect New York City from storms and flooding, but it’s much more exciting when the plans are actually implemented. Inhabitat first wrote about a plan to construct a stormwater-absorbing wetland at East River Park back in January 2013, and New York State recently awarded the non-profit Lower East Side Ecology Center with a $1 million grant to get started on the ambitious project. In addition to offering protection from future extreme weather, the soft infrastructure will initiate a new and sustainable waste management model for the Lower East Side.

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Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

by , 11/16/14
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VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

What does it mean to live in a world of natural distasters and unpredictability? Andrew Zolli, a futures researcher and author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, explores this issue for a living. This fall at the Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium at the Garrison Institute in New York’s Hudson Valley, Zolli shared his prophecies for the future and spoke about how technology, sustainability and global societies intersect in a rapidly changing future. Watch the video above to see how Zolli explored the unseen interconnections of our current economic, social, environmental, food and climate systems and how volatile disruptions in each of those systems is forcing us to learn how to “live in an era of inevitable surprise.”

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Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

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1 WTC Window Washers Make Clean Escape After Dangling Dangerously From Scaffolding

by , 11/13/14

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Two window washers are likely pretty relieved this morning after being trapped on scaffolding at Manhattan’s newly opened 1 World Trade Center yesterday. The two experienced workers were left dangling 68-floors-up after their equipment malfunctioned. Thankfully, FDNY rescuers were able to cut through the building’s glass and save the duo from their perilous mid-air adventure.

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The Best In-Season Veggies to Buy for Thanksgiving Dinner at Your Local Greenmarket

by , 11/13/14
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2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

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If you live in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens, a lush new rainwater garden may soon be popping up on a sidewalk near you. New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to install 2,000 new bioswales (rainwater-absorbing gardens) over the next year to divert four million gallons of storm water from city sewers. Lovely to look at, these sidewalk gardens will not only spruce up NYC streets, but also protect neighborhoods from storm water overflow.

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Help Get The Simply Co.’s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

by , 11/11/14

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You expect your laundry detergent to keep our clothes clean, but with ingredients like 1-4 dioxane, formaldehyde and tetrahydro myrcenol, is it doing more harm than good? The Simply Co., founded by former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection Lauren Singer, is launching a new kind of handmade, organic, vegan detergent with just three ingredients, and they need your help to do it. Made of just baking soda, washing soda and castile soap (all things you can actually pronounce), The Simply Co.’s detergent is safer for your family and the environment. Help bring The Simply Co.’s detergent to a store near you by contributing to their Kickstarter here and receive perks like a six-month supply or a handmade laundry scoop.

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A High Line-Style Park May Be Coming to the JetBlue Terminal at JFK

by , 11/11/14
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Tourists who missed the High Line while staying in NYC may soon be able to get a last-minute taste of the popular park right if JetBlue gets its way. The airline is hoping to create a snippet of the famous elevated park on top of its forthcoming international extension at Terminal 5 at JFK in Jamaica, Queens. If approved, the unexpected green space would give travelers the unique experience of frolicking in a park right before takeoff.

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Portia Munson’s Floral Art Brings Summer Flowers to NYC Transit Stations

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MTA Arts and Design is showing a new photography exhibit that’s influenced by the gardens in midtown’s Bryant Park. Artist Portia Munson wanted to keep the park’s flowers blooming even as winter moved in on the city, so she photographed flowers in circular shapes and patterns, capturing them using a scanner as a large format camera. The images will be displayed at four different transit stations: the B, D, F, M line at the 42nd St-Bryant Park station, the 4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St, the B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, and the 4, 5 at Bowling Green.

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3D-Printed Fruit, Electric Snowboards and Other Tech Marvels Seen at Engadget Expand

3D-Printed Fruit, Electric Snowboards and Other Tech Marvels Seen at Engadget Expand

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We’ve seen our share of electric skateboards such as the ZBoard, but what about an electric snowboard made for all seasons? Crazy as it might sound, that’s exactly what Aaron Aders and his cohorts at LEIF Technologies have created. The LEIF

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BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

BIG’s West 57th Street Pyramid-Like Apartment Building Reaches Full Height

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BIG designed West 57th for The Durst Organization, which is also responsible for the adjacent Helena residences (a LEED Gold-certified project). The design for West 57th emerged out of the European tradition of forming residential

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Fulton Center LEED-Seeking Landmark Transit Hub Unveiled in Lower Manhattan

Fulton Center LEED-Seeking Landmark Transit Hub Unveiled in Lower Manhattan

“The new Fulton Center complex is another example of how we are rebuilding Lower Manhattan which will spur a resurgence throughout the area,” said Governor Cuomo of the newly opened transit hub. “This new station makes traveling easier for subway riders, and

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Can You Believe There’s a Beautiful Home Hidden Behind This Gritty Facade?

Can You Believe There’s a Beautiful Home Hidden Behind This Gritty Facade?

This could be the ultimate tactic for those wanting to be left alone: disguising your home with a gritty facade. Believe it or not, behind this dingy, vandalized door is a sprawling, 72-room residence estimated to be worth up to $50 million! If you’re wondering

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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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Google Gobbles Up Former Nabisco Cookie Factory Near the High Line

Google Gobbles Up Former Nabisco Cookie Factory Near the High Line

Looks like Google’s got a taste for NYC’s sweet industrial buildings. The search engine giant has just scooped up yet another lease on a massive building at 85 Tenth Avenue, adjacent to the ever-popular High Line. The beautiful brick building, a former Nabisco

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CANSTRUCTION: Gravity-Defying Structures Made of Food Cans Rise in NYC

CANSTRUCTION: Gravity-Defying Structures Made of Food Cans Rise in NYC

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The 2014 NYC Canstruction exhibit is hosted by Arts Brookfield and features 30 gravity-defying sculptures made of close to 100,000 cans of food. All of the cans will be donated to City Harvest at the

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5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

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Found in many of NYC’s parks, red clovers make a tasty brew with a soothing, sweet punch. According to the foragers at Nona Brooklyn, the red clover is medicinally known to cure respiratory ailments and skin conditions, including eczema.

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Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Congratulations are in order thanks to the tireless work of non-profit Habitat for Humanity. On October 29th, HFH finished repairs on a Coney Island residence damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Although all of the organization’s projects are significant, this

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Craigslist Sees Surge in Secondhand Burial Plots

Craigslist Sees Surge in Secondhand Burial Plots

It looks like Craigslist ads are diversifying into new, more macabre sectors. No longer just for browsing apartments, used cars and creepy dating ads, the popular classifieds website is now being used to hawk burial sites for bargain hunters. Recently (most

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