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Toxic Blue-Green Algae Stirs Up Trouble For Pets and People at Prospect Park Lake

Pet parents are being warned to avoid the murky waters of Prospect Park Lake. Last week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tested and confirmed the widespread presence of toxic blue-green algae in the popular Brooklyn waterbody. Also referred to as cyanobacteria, the algae floats on top of the water like a thin sheen of green scum. Park-goers in the area will want to re-route their recreational activities, and deter pets from swimming in or drinking the water to avoid toxic exposure.

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

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Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

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Just in time for the crisp fall weather, Bronx residents are celebrating the opening of a newly revamped green space in Mott Haven. The Willis Avenue Community Garden officially re-opened last week after months of renovations. Thanks to neighborhood leaders working in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project, Ten Arquitectos and the Urban Air Foundation, the public space has been reborn with a new prefab “casita” structure that adds both fun and functionality to the community center.

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A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won’t Want to Miss

by , 09/30/14
filed under: Architecture,Things To Do

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Happy first day of fall everyone! You know what that means: sweater weather, pumpkin ale, vibrant foliage, and the best part of all – house tour season. Whether you’re into classic Victorian homes or modern industrial lofts, there are tours to satisfy everyone’s voyeuristic fancies. Check out 6sqft’s roundup of the season’s best ones from openhousenewyork and Dwell on Design to more obscure tours like the ones hosted by the New York Junior League. Plan out your agenda here.

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ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

by , 09/30/14
filed under: Architecture,Design

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NYC’s fourth annual celebration of architecture and design starts tomorrow! Rechristening the tenth month of the year as Archtober, it will be a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions all over New York City. The event will feature more than 150 curated programs by 50-plus participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Center for Architecture, so don’t miss it!

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VIDEO: Behold! The World’s Smartest Pizza Box

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Yogaworks Transforms a Brooklyn Government Building into a Serene Studio

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Bi-coastal yoga company Yogaworks recently stretched its limbs into Brooklyn, debuting a new venue that transforms the old Brooklyn Municipal building into a serene studio. Now called Brooklyn Heights Plaza, the former government headquarters was revamped into retail space thanks to a proposal by former Mayor Bloomberg and former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Thankfully, Yogaworks opted to retain much of the structure’s original architecture, making for a more sustainable build.

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Elon Musk’s Other SolarCity “Gigafactory” Expected to Bring 5,000 New Jobs to New York

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Hot on the heels of the incredible 400,000-person-strong People’s Climate March last weekend, Elon Musk-backed solar company SolarCity just struck a major deal with New York State to bring a gigantic manufacturing plant to the city of Buffalo. Capable of producing enough PV panels per year to generate a gigawatt of electricity, the forthcoming ‘Gigafactory’ is also expected to create close to 5,000 new clean energy jobs in the region. This news comes just weeks after Tesla broke ground on a $5 billion Gigafactory for lithium-ion batteries in Nevada.

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INFOGRAPHIC: What Would Happen if Everyone Swapped Their Cars for Bikes?

by , 09/26/14

Swap Cars for Bikes

Can you imagine what NYC would be like if half the cars on the road were to be swapped out for bicycles? It’s almost impossible to conceive of most cities without traffic jams, the ever-present cacophony of horns, and exhaust fumes billowing anywhere… but what if such a thing actually happened? Studies have shown that people who use bicycles as a primary means of transport are a lot healthier overall, with lower rates of obesity and cardiovascular illnesses, plus scaling back on inner-city car use would improve air quality and cut back on our use of fossil fuels. Although this infographic is based on information from the UK, it certainly gives us food for thought about how much of a difference could be made if bikes took precedence over cars in cities around the world.

Infographic by Pounds to Pocket

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Check Out the Beautiful Feng Shui Makeover Planned for This Manhattan Hotel

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When the owners of the 414 Hotel decided to renovate their 22-room boutique hotel located in Midtown Manhattan, they were looking to implement sustainable and energy-efficient features, but also wanted to ensure a healthy environment and positive energy flow for guests. Thanks to a group of interior designers from EcoChi, the intimate hotel will soon be converted into a unique Feng Shui-guided design that encompasses an amazing array of green and wellness-boosting features.

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New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

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Clever Earth-Sheltered House Uses Natural Surroundings to Reduce Energy Needs

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Sustainable homes often feature high-tech bells and whistles but John Grzibowski’s clever house relies on the power of nature to keep it green. Located in Newburgh, NY, about an hour-and-a-half from NYC, the DIY earth-sheltered home strategically uses the surrounding landscape to insulate itself. Even more impressive, the spacious 1,500-square-foot structure, built on 4.7 wooded acres, was built using locally-sourced materials.

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Brooke Shields’ Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Halloween Costume is a Must-See

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Wondering what to be for Halloween this year? Take a tip from actress Brooke Shields and copy her amazingly bizarre and wonderful Citi Bike costume from last year. For her one-of-a-kind getup, the actress donned a blue wig, head lamp and electric blue outfit emblazoned with the Citi Bike logo. What do you think of Brooke’s costume touting eco-friendly green transportation? Tell us in the comments below!

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Mayor de Blasio Pledges Major Steps Towards Greener NYC Buildings

by , 09/24/14


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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major overhaul of New York City’s energy-efficiency standards this week right on the heels of the world’s largest climate march this past weekend. The plan focuses most of its initiatives on NYC buildings (both public and private) since they account for the bulk of the city’s energy expenditure. The announcement is part of the mayor’s ballsy pledge to reduce NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.

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New Study Warns that Superstorm Sandy was Not ‘The Big One’

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Bad news, folks. Although she completely clobbered the East Coast in 2012, Sandy was not the worst storm to ever hit the area and it looks like it’s not going to be the last. According to a new report conducted by Swiss Re, there is a very real possibility that another, much larger storm could cause 50% more damage to New York and New Jersey in the future.

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Rockefeller Family Decides to Divest Their Charitable Fund from Fossil Fuels

Rockefeller Family Decides to Divest Their Charitable Fund from Fossil Fuels

The Rockefeller family – which built much of its empire on oil – is making waves with the announcement that it will be joining the fossil fuel-free divestment movement. Yesterday, the family’s $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller

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“Lonesome George”, Last Giant Tortoise from Galapagos, Comes to Museum of Natural History

“Lonesome George”, Last Giant Tortoise from Galapagos, Comes to Museum of Natural History

 

As a fitting homage and send-off for Lonesome George, the world’s last giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, the American Museum of Natural History has launched a special exhibition centered around his life. The last member of his species

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What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March Today

What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March Today

A series of high-profile climate change awareness events is taking place in New York City starting today and is poised to change the world - with your help. The massive campaign kicks off this weekend on September 21st as tens of thousands of climate activists

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East River Skyway Gondola Could Get You from Brooklyn to Manhattan in Four Minutes Flat

East River Skyway Gondola Could Get You from Brooklyn to Manhattan in Four Minutes Flat

North Brooklyn is already serviced by subways (the G and the L), buses, taxis and ferries. Why do we need the East River Skyway?

According to CityRealty’s blog 6sqft: “Before the L train added an extra ninety-eight weekly round trips in 2012, trains were

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New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2014!

New Yorkers Transform Parking Spots into Mini Parks for Park(ing) Day 2014!

Happy Park(ing) Day everyone! Today, people from all five boroughs will be participating in a worldwide celebration of public green space by taking back parking spots and turning them into miniature parks. Inhabitat will be sending our reporters out to see

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New York Gets $1.9 Billion in Storm Resiliency Funding from Feds

New York Gets $1.9 Billion in Storm Resiliency Funding from Feds

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that the Empire State will receive $1.9 billion in storm resiliency funding from the federal government as climate change increases extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. The Federal Transit

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

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

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

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

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

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+

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

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

Anyone looking for a discount floral arrangement can check the Rebloom website to see what’s in stock on any given day. Better yet, sign up for their newsletter and you’ll be notified whenever flowers are available. Rebloom will do all the heavy lifting, picking

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

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

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

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