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NYC bike map based on riders’ brainwaves tells you which routes are most stressful and relaxing

by , 02/03/15
filed under: Biking,Transportation

NYC is now considered one of the best cities for biking in the U.S., but resident cyclists know that navigating its streets can still be a stressful experience. MIT Media Lab’s Arlene Ducao is hoping to shed some light on which biking routes promise a more relaxing ride with her Mindreader Map. The project is a continuation of Ducao’s 2012 experiments involving a mind-controlled bicycle helmet that flashes different colors depending on the stress levels of the rider.

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CUNY solar program wins $800,000 DOE grant to design resilient emergency solar energy systems

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Exciting solar news, NYC! Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the City University of New York (CUNY) has been awarded $800,000 to support the design and implementation of the university’s resilient solar electric system plan, Smart DG Hub, which is designed to supply solar energy to the city during emergency situations.The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the grant money to fund CUNY’s project, “NYSolar Smart Distributed Generation (DG) Hub – Resilient Solar Project,” which is an infrastructure-based system that would deploy and monitor independent solar energy systems throughout the city in case of short- or long-term power outages.

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Mayor de Blasio makes it through Groundhog Day without dropping Staten Island Chuck

by , 02/02/15
filed under: Animals,Manhattan,News,Weather

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Chuck, Staten Island’s famous season-predicting groundhog, did not see his shadow this morning, indicating that we’ll be treated to an early spring. The forecast, which contradicted that of Chuck’s Pennsylvania cousin, Punxsutawney Phil, was great news for New Yorkers sick of snow, but there was one person who was even more relieved than the rest. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who became the center of a scandal last year after he dropped Chuck’s predecessor, a female groundhog named Charlotte, attended the Groundhog Day ceremony today, but kept a safe distance from the animal. Charlotte unfortunately succumbed to her injuries and passed away after last year’s accident, but Chuck made it through today’s festivities safe and sound.

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DIY: How to Turn a Boring Tote Bag into a Double Wine Bottle Carrier

by , 02/02/15

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12-acre Innovation District looks to revitalize Red Hook, Brooklyn

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Red Hook isn’t just for IKEA trips anymore. A new project called the Red Hook Innovation District aims to create a 12-acre mixed use area filled with offices, retail space, performance venues and a promenade. Los Angeles-based development firm Estate Four plans to roll out the $400 million project in phases over five years. Though the project will feature mainly new construction, several key structures will be preserved and restored, including a three-floor factory complex and an old Daily News printing plant.

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Governor Cuomo announces ambitious shared solar program for all NY residents

by , 01/30/15
filed under: Energy,News,Solar Power


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Last Week, Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda outlined an ambitious new program for New York that would finally enable all state residents to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy. The program, Shared Solar, as outlined by the governor, would allow renters and homeowners alike to connect to shared solar energy systems throughout New York, resulting in more energy savings as well as increasing the amount of clean energy in New York.

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You can now own a piece of the World Trade Center for just $5,000

by , 01/30/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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If you have $5,000, you can now buy a part of the World Trade Center and own an iconic piece of New York City. The developers of Three World Trade Center are turning to crowdfunding to drum up excitement and help pay for the forthcoming building, which is already under construction in lower Manhattan. Upon completion, the tower will be the third largest at the WTC site, although the project has been stalled a few times due to inadequate financial backing. This new crowdfunding effort seeks to end those problems.

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Meet two resourceful bros who make a living rescuing wood from the trash

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Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

by , 01/29/15
filed under: Climate Change,Food

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Do you think you’d be able to give up steaks and burgers for one day of the week? The latest city-supported health initiative is encouraging New Yorkers join the Meatless Monday movement and start their weeks off with an animal-free meal. The health and environment-focused resolution is being led by City Council members Helen Rosenthal and Corey Johnson, who asked the city last week to formally recognize Meatless Mondays and integrate the initiative into the city’s public awareness campaigns.

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Chinatown’s giant snowman is back!

by , 01/29/15
filed under: Art NYC,Manhattan

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Get those green thumbs ready! North Brooklyn Farms is relaunching its organic garden this spring

by , 01/28/15
filed under: Brooklyn,Food,Urban Farming

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Who’s ready to play in the dirt? After temporarily closing last September, North Brooklyn Farms will soon be reopening in a new and improved location. Still located in Williamsburg, the organic cooperative will be plowing new dirt at a larger space next to the former Domino sugar refinery building.

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LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Food,News,Weather

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While New York City managed to remain relatively unscathed by the first big snowstorm of the year, we’re still facing a bigger and even scarier emergency – a major shortage of kale. In an effort to prepare for what was being called a historic blizzard, many New Yorkers stockpiled basic supplies recommended to go off grid for days if necessary. But for those determined not to skimp on their superfood intake while they waited out the storm, kale was in high demand and short supply, as documented by lovers of the leafy greens on social media networks.

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zeroHouse offers luxurious living in a fully self-sustaining modular home

by , 01/27/15

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NYC farmer Annie Novak shares the ins & outs of rooftop farming in the winter

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Rooftop farming during the winter may seem like a bleak prospect, but Annie Novak of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn says that winter on a farm is far from fallow. In the Wilder Quarterly, a Brooklyn-based magazine geared toward contemporary gardeners and growers, Novak shares the details of wintery urban agriculture while reflecting on the struggles she and other farmers faced over 2012 because of 2011′s rough weather.

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‘Historic Blizzard’ begins covering New York in snow

‘Historic Blizzard’ begins covering New York in snow

Get those shovels ready, New York. According to the National Weather Service, NYC is about to get clobbered with the first major snowstorm of 2015 and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a big one. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the upcoming storm, which

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Fascinating photos show how old NYC subway cars are reborn on the sea floor

Fascinating photos show how old NYC subway cars are reborn on the sea floor

For ten years, New York City subway cars have been helping the environment, not just by offering up green transportation, but by rebuilding fragile eco-systems on the seabed along the coast. After a life of transporting New Yorkers all around the city, MTA train

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Resolution 4′s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

Resolution 4′s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

Located Wainscott, NY, the luxury vacation home is set in a wooded three-acre site, offering an idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of NYC. The home’s six bedrooms, seven baths, media room, pool house, rooftop deck and numerous screened-in porches

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This new Times Square restaurant hides a giant living wall

This new Times Square restaurant hides a giant living wall

Midtown’s brand new Hunt & Fish Club Restaurant may echo old New York glamour, but its sprawling living wall elevates the venue into modernity. Designed by Studio Iyor, the lush vertical garden hugs the eatery’s rear marble dining room. The verdant

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New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

Remember BIG U, the giant, storm-resilient green strip proposed by the Bjarke Ingels Group to protect Manhattan from future super storms? The ambitious design was one of the winners of last year’s Rebuild by Design competition organized by the Hurricane Sandy

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