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Tour Bed-Stuy’s Bright and Airy LEED Gold Acacia Apartments

by , 06/16/14
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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Explore Andrew Franz’s Greenery-Covered West Village Penthouse Addition and Townhouse Renovation

by , 06/15/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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6sqft recently tipped us off about this verdant renovation of a historic townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village. Architect Andrew Franz restored many of the home’s architectural elements to their original glory, and expanded the living space upward with a lush penthouse addition adorned with plants. Read on for more pics of the very photogenic final result.

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Meat Rushmore Wastes 1,600 Pounds of Jerky by Turning It into a Giant Flesh Sculpture

by , 06/13/14
filed under: Art,Food,Manhattan

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If you thought Lady Gaga’s meat dress was disgusting, get a load of Meat Rushmore – a 13-ft-tall replica of Mount Rushmore made of beef, pork and turkey jerky. Jack Link’s erected the flesh pile yesterday in Columbus Circle in honor of National Jerky Day, and it seemed that many passersby appreciated the work of “art.” But we still can’t get over the amount of food – 1,600 pounds – that was wasted in order to implement the meaty publicity stunt.

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Transforming “Superstairs” May Be the Only Furniture You’d Ever Need Again

by , 06/13/14

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Could This Sunken Forest Protect the Rockaways from the Next Superstorm?

by , 06/13/14

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The Rockaways is still in the process of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy but the area’s resiliency against the next superstorm is still in question. While multiple architects have come up with ideas to prepare for future flooding, Walter Meyer’s sunken forest may be the most ambitious plan yet. Meyer, who runs Local Office Landscape Architecture, has proposed a 50-acre nature park that grows five feet below ground level in order to create a green buffer that could provide protection again storm surge.

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Cat Lovers Outraged as Feline Colony on Plumb Beach Gets Closer to Demolition Date

by , 06/12/14
filed under: Animals,Brooklyn

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Cat lovers are hissing back at the National Park Service‘s plans to dismantle a colony of stray felines in Plumb Beach, Brooklyn. According to a sign first spotted by Sheepshead Bites, the NPS will begin demolition work on the habitat that 25 strays call home on Friday, June 13th. Animal protection advocates also fear that city workers will go in and mass-euthanize the feral population in addition to just taking apart their dwellings.

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Intricate Recycled PVC Tube Forest Pops Up on Governors Island (PHOTOS)

by , 06/12/14

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+ POOL and Google Drive Unveil New App That Shows New Yorkers the Quality of Their Water

by , 06/11/14
filed under: Water

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2014 is turning out to be a very “positive” year for + POOL, a project aiming to bring a floating, water-filtering pool to New York City’s East River. Last week, the + POOL team and Google Drive unveiled a new interactive tool that lets New Yorkers see the quality of their water, and how + POOL’s equipment is improving it, through simple and fun visualizations. The colorful water quality dashboard (which is currently still in beta) can now be accessed here.

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NYC’s Prefab Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

by , 06/11/14

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Snacking Goats May Be Brought in as Natural Lawnmowers This Summer in DUMBO

by , 06/11/14

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This July, a herd of snacking goats could come to pave the way for a new 100,000-square-foot, 12-story residential building in DUMBO, Brooklyn. New York artist Andrea Reynosa recently announced her tentative plans to bring in the hungry bunch to munch on clovers and clear out the 6,000-square-foot plot located at 1 John Street. After the billies and does have had their fill, the area will be clear for construction on a 42-condo development set to begin later this summer.

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Go on an Architectural Adventure on the Water with AIANY’s Boat Tours Around Manhattan

by , 06/10/14

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City Beach NYC Wants to Bring a Fake Floating Beach to Manhattan by 2016

by , 06/10/14
filed under: Manhattan,Parks,Water

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Beach-loving New Yorkers typically have to travel outside of Manhattan to get their fix of sparking white sand, but all of that could change if City Beach NYC gets its way. Created by designer Blayne Ross, workshop/apd and Craft Engineering Studio, City Beach NYC is a budding concept that wants to dock a floating artificial beach along the shores of Manhattan by 2016. The creators say that the pop-up beach, which would be self-contained on a floating barge, would ideally be located near the West Village in the Hudson River.

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Governor’s Cup Amazes Crowds at the 2014 FIGMENT Festival (PHOTOS)

by , 06/09/14

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Austin + Mergold’s Upcycled SuralArk Lands at Socrates Sculpture Park

by , 06/09/14

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Head to Governors Island This Weekend for the FIGMENT Art Festival!

by , 06/05/14

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Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time for the annual celebration of creativity known as the FIGMENT Festival!  The yearly event invites New Yorkers of all ages to hop on the ferry to Governors Island for two days of arty fun on June 8th and 9th. So pack a picnic, head to the island, and don’t forget to get there in time for the unveiling of this year’s City of Dreams Pavilion - CDR Studio’s Governor’s Cup.

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Interboro’s ‘Living with the Bay’ Resiliency Plan Scores $125 Million to Protect Long Island from Future Storms

Interboro’s ‘Living with the Bay’ Resiliency Plan Scores $125 Million to Protect Long Island from Future Storms

Living with the Bay: A Comprehensive Regional Resiliency Plan for Nassau County’s South Shore from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo.

Interboro partnered with Apex, Bosch Slabbers, Center for Urban Pedagogy, David Rusk, Deltares, H+N+S, IMG Rebel, NJIT Infrastructure

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OutdoorFest 2014 Invites New Yorkers to Get Outside and Play!

OutdoorFest 2014 Invites New Yorkers to Get Outside and Play!

Whether you’re into hard-core sports or prefer a relaxing picnic, there’s nothing like finally getting to enjoy the outdoors after a long, hard winter. But with all of the skyscrapers and congested streets that surround us, you may not know where to start

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BIG Architects Awarded $335 Million for Storm-Resilient Green “U” Around Manhattan

BIG Architects Awarded $335 Million for Storm-Resilient Green “U” Around Manhattan

Big U would not only tackle Lower Manhattan, but would also extend to known flood zones up to 57th Street on the West Side, down through Battery Park, and up to 42nd street on the East Side. The plan will encompass ten miles of low-lying land throughout Manhattan,

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LIC Landing by COFFEED: Dine Al Fresco at This New Cafe with Breathtaking Waterfront Views

LIC Landing by COFFEED: Dine Al Fresco at This New Cafe with Breathtaking Waterfront Views

In addition to bringing a new type of outdoor dining experience to the Long Island City waterfront, LIC Landing will donate 3% of its revenue to the Friends of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy in keeping with COFFEED’s commitment to giving back to the communities

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TONIGHT: Yoga, a Vegan Buffet Dinner and Bike Inspiration at 3B Brooklyn

TONIGHT: Yoga, a Vegan Buffet Dinner and Bike Inspiration at 3B Brooklyn

Our friends over at Get Up and Ride Brooklyn are hosting a dinner + bike party tonight and you’re invited! The event at 3B Brooklyn (136 Lawrence St Brooklyn, NY 11201) will commence with a free yoga class designed specifically for cyclists taught by Lisa

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Why is There a Piano in the East River?

Why is There a Piano in the East River?

New York has no shortage of curiosities, from Times Square’s Naked Cowboy to Catman Charlie. Now, Instagrammers are reporting that a mysterious piano has popped up in the East River. It’s not floating on a barge or sitting on platform – it’s literally

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Camp Rockaway Could Bring Glamping to New York City Beaches

Camp Rockaway Could Bring Glamping to New York City Beaches

If you’ve ever wanted to try glamping (glamorous camping), here’s your chance! Inspired by the tent communities that popped up at Rockaway Beach in the early 1900s, Camp Rockaway is an initiative to bring beach camping back to Queens. The team behind this

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NYC’s First Zero Energy School: P.S. 62 in Staten Island Designed by SOM

NYC’s First Zero Energy School: P.S. 62 in Staten Island Designed by SOM

Thanks to Local Law 86, all of New York City’s civic buildings must be built to sustainable standards, but the School Construction Authority (SCA) was well ahead of the green game by the time that law was enacted in 2005. They had already been using efficient

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Gulliver’s Gate: Help Bring the Biggest Tiny World in the World to New York!

Gulliver’s Gate: Help Bring the Biggest Tiny World in the World to New York!

When you live in a city as large as NYC, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and out of touch with your surroundings. To help bring perspective and a child-like wonder back to urban dwellers, Israeli entrepreneur Eiran Gazit wants to create Gulliver’s Gate, a

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How to See the Manhattanhenge 2014 Solar Phenomenon Tonight!

How to See the Manhattanhenge 2014 Solar Phenomenon Tonight!

Get your cameras ready New Yorkers! “Manhattanhenge,” the solar phenomenon that descends upon NYC but twice a year, will be visible tonight. This evening, the sun will align perfectly with Manhattan’s east-west grid, presenting spectacular sunsets –

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