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Famously foul “corpse flower” that smells like rotting meat is now blooming at NYBG

by , 07/29/16

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The New York Botanical Garden‘s famously stinky “corpse flower” is now in bloom! The Amorphophallus titanum‘s rare opening marks the first time a corpse flower has bloomed at the NYBG in 80 years. If you’re keen on smelling the plant’s unique stench, hurry over to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory today as peak bloom typically only lasts 24–36 hours.

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L Train alternatives commuters can turn to during planned 2019 shutdown

by , 07/28/16

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Pretty much everyone agrees that the complete L subway line shutdown planned for 2019 is going to blow big time, but there may be a silver lining to the train-shaped cloud. Several proposals for alternative modes of transport have already been proposed, including suggestions for new bus and ferry services, as well as running additional trains on subway tracks in the area. The 18-month shutdown will mean a drastic change in habits for tens of thousands of commuters, but many argue that the alternatives may actually be better than the crowded L Train.

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“Bleeding” veggie burger to debut today at David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi

by , 07/27/16
filed under: Food,Food,Manhattan,News

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There’s been a ton of buzz surrounding Impossible Foods’ meatless burger that tastes, smells and even “bleeds” like real beef, and now New Yorkers will be able to try out the controversial dish for themselves starting today. Celebrity chef David Chang will be debuting the Impossible Burger at his Momofuku Nishi restaurant in limited quantities beginning at noon. But will the 100-percent plant-based patty be able to satisfy the picky palates of NYC foodies?

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Yesterday’s storm caused NYC electricity prices to spike 1000 percent

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This summer has been a mega scorcher, with high heat, intense humidity, and a flurry of thunderstorms all working together to make NYC residents pretty miserable. And there’s one more thing adding insult to injury: electricity prices skyrocketed on Monday afternoon to a whopping $1,042 per megawatt hour. The 1,000-percent increase, initially reported by Bloomberg, was the spot price at 3:30 p.m. local time just after a storm warning was issued, on a day that had already surpassed 90 degrees.

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W Hotel’s Extreme Wow Suite lets you go glamping in a yurt in the middle of NYC

by , 07/26/16
filed under: Interior Design,Manhattan

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Camping is probably the last thing most people think about when it comes to the Big Apple but glamping, on the other hand, fits right in. Just when we thought the popular trend of “glamorous camping” had started to wane, Manhattan’s W Hotel on Lexington Avenue reminds us why it got so big in the first place. For people who don’t really like nature but want to say they’ve been on a camping trip (and, incidentally, have a LOT of money to spend), the hotel offers this $2,770-per-night yurt situated on a terrace right off of an equally fabulous suite.

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Bike Fetish Day brings wacky wheeled creations to the streets of Williamsburg

by , 07/25/16

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Get your free water-saving rain barrel from the NYCDEP

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is giving away rain barrels to reduce stormwater runoff and conserve water. The 60-gallon green containers are available at scheduled events this summer coordinated by local elected officials and partner agencies. The Rain Barrel Giveaway Program began as a pilot program in 2008 with the distribution of rain barrels to 250 homeowners in the Jamaica Bay watershed. The program has expanded over the years, and in 2015, gave away more than 5,000 rain barrels to homeowners, schools and community gardens in all five boroughs.

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Brooklyn’s largest public housing development to run on self-sustaining microgrid

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is on a mission to develop a self-sustaining microgrid system to power a proposed 28-building complex in Red Hook, Brooklyn. According to the Architects Paper, NYCHA is on the lookout for developers for the Red Hook Houses District Energy System project, which would include a campus-scale heat, hot water, and electricity generation and delivery microgrid that would serve some 6,000 residents.

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Swale floating food forest to launch this weekend by giving away free food

by , 07/23/16

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Breaking Ground opens ultra-sustainable supportive housing complex in the Bronx

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Snag a studio for as low as $548 a month through the housing lottery at this sustainable building in BK

by , 07/21/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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NYC unveils plans for redesigned “accordion” subway cars and renovated stations

by , 07/20/16

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans this Monday for redesigned subway cars and renovated stations as part of the $27 billion, five-year MTA Capital Program approved last May to improve the NYC transit system. The proposal calls for 1,025 new subway cars, including 750 open-end cars, and major upgrades to 31 stations across the five boroughs. High-tech features will include Wi-Fi, USB charging ports and digital displays, but perhaps more important to straphangers are the open gangways that provide a seamless connection between train cars, helping to reduce overcrowding and aid in the flow of passengers. Open-end cars (also known as “accordion” cars) are increasingly being implemented around the world, including in London, Paris and Toronto.

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Trendy Urby waterfront community is the first in NY with its own farm, bodega and urban beehive

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The Hills: Massive new park with longest slide in NYC opens today on Governors Island

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First known case of Zika transmission from woman to man reported in NYC

by , 07/18/16
filed under: Health

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Since 2015, the Zika virus has been found in 48 countries, prompting scientists from around the world to research how the virus spreads. Unfortunately, Zika continues to not only spread to new areas, but also in new ways. According to Mashable, New York City recently reported the first known case of the virus being transmitted from a woman to her male partner through unprotected sex.

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Studio Garneau’s Transformer is an NYC Apartment That Morphs to Meet Your Needs

Studio Garneau’s Transformer is an NYC Apartment That Morphs to Meet Your Needs

The custom-designed wall bed can be flipped up to create a small open space that the resident uses for yoga, and the blue-tiled, spa-like bath is separated from the bedroom by an ingenious, floor-to-ceiling short wall of shallow drawers.

In the living room,

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Take a ride on Neil Young’s ‘Earth Train’ this month

Take a ride on Neil Young’s ‘Earth Train’ this month

Related: Eye-tricking “windows” at NYC subway station give the illusion of looking into an underground park

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Fuzz vs. buzz: Cops capture bee swarm just outside of Grand Central station

Fuzz vs. buzz: Cops capture bee swarm just outside of Grand Central station

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Disturbing ‘Trump Hair Hut’ spotted on the streets of Red Hook

Disturbing ‘Trump Hair Hut’ spotted on the streets of Red Hook

“I think we bought every hula skirt we could find on Amazon.com,” Noonan said. “A lot of people like to touch it because it’s so flowy.”

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Would NYC install an ugly flood wall instead of BIG’s greenery-filled storm protection system

Would NYC install an ugly flood wall instead of BIG’s greenery-filled storm protection system

Coastal cities around the globe are bracing as sea levels continue to rise in response to global warming. New York is not only no exception, but some parts of the city could be absolutely devastated in the event of severe flooding. Mayor Bill de OneNYC

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