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Modern glass addition brings light and nature into a Fort Greene row home

by , 04/27/16
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Help make NYC’s first floating pedestrian bridge a reality

by , 04/26/16
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Could a vertical park with a giant ball pit make Times Square more livable?

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Mayor announces new energy efficiency initiatives to further reduce NYC greenhouse gas emissions

by , 04/25/16
filed under: Energy,News

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Last week, Mayor de Blasio unveiled a series of new energy efficiency initiatives for NYC aimed at dramatically reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. The new projects, which are focused on implementing stricter energy-efficient standards for new and old buildings, are part of an aggressive sustainability plan aimed at an 80-percent reduction in all city emissions by 2050.

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Playful retro-inspired makeover injects personality into a 1980s East Hampton home

by , 04/24/16

Robert Young Architects East Hampton Home

New York-based Robert Young Architects has transformed a 1980s East Hampton home into a lively living space with a very mod feel. The renovation project focused on updating the residence’s interior space by opening up existing walls to bring in an optimal amount of natural light. Using the owners’ playful personalities as inspiration, the designers incorporated a vibrant mix of colors and textures throughout the reconfigured floorplan.

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NYC’s first passive apartment building set to open next month

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Mayor de Blasio announces that NYC solar power usage has tripled since 2014

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Talk about some sunny news! Just in time for Earth Day, Mayor de Blasio announced that solar power capacity in NYC has tripled since early 2014. In case you are thinking that this is sufficient for the Big Apple, well, de Blasio isn’t 100 percent satisfied. To further increase citywide access to affordable solar energy, the mayor has launched Solarize NYC, a new program designed to encourage community group solar purchasing campaigns.

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NYC launches Raised Shorelines project to protect low-lying neighborhoods from flooding

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that new progress is being made toward protecting vulnerable NYC communities from the effects of climate change. As part of the OneNYC plan for increased sustainability, the city is now accepting proposals for the first phase of the Raised Shorelines initiative, which focuses on managing sea level rise and erosion in low-lying areas of the city.

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Giant blooming bowl of flowers will attract bees and other pollinators to Socrates Sculpture Park

by , 04/20/16
filed under: Art NYC,Public Art,Queens

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A five-foot tall soil bowl of blooming flowers will be coming to Socrates Sculpture Park this May. Designed by artist Meg Webster, the earthwork sculpture, called “Concave Room for Bees,” will be a labyrinth of curved walking paths lined with flowers, grasses and herbs that attract bees and other pollinators.

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Local residents vote for ‘Lake Mess Monster’ to clean up Prospect Park’s scummy lake

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It looks like Prospect Park’s lake has a future date with a lean, green, algae-eating machine. As part of Brooklyn’s District 39’s Participatory Budgeting process, local residents recently voted for eight projects that will share $1.5 million of Councilman Brad Lander’s discretionary dollars. Out of the 13 contenders, a submission called the  “Lake Mess Monster” came out on top and will be awarded $140,000 to clean up the Prospect Park lake’s infamously scummy surface. Read on to see a video of the green beast in action!

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Beloved Chinatown hawk dies after ingesting rat poison in nearby park

by , 04/19/16
filed under: Animals,Manhattan,News,Parks

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Manhattan residents are mourning the loss of a beloved local hawk who died last month after ingesting rat poison. The female bird was known to nest atop an air conditioning unit on the Health Department building on Worth Street in Chinatown, and is believed to have been poisoned after eating a rat treated with the anticoagulant frequently used by the city to manage the rodent population, or perhaps by ingesting the rat bait herself. Following her death on March 31, community members are calling for the Parks Department to be more cautious about how dangerous pesticides are used in city parks.

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PsychoBarn: Artist Cornelia Parker plops a Hitchcock-inspired house atop the Met Museum (VIDEO)

by , 04/19/16

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Eco-friendly timber home glows like a lantern in the Hudson Valley

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NASA science-backed LED light bulbs help you fall asleep at night and stay alert during the day

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It’s a cruel daily cycle. We get drowsy when it’s time for that big meeting, but are suddenly wide awake when it’s time to hit the hay. But did you ever think that swapping your light bulbs might be the solution? The researchers at Lighting Science Group have been studying the effects of different kinds of light on our sleep and awake cycles since they developed light therapy products for NASA astronauts, and have extended their findings to create a line of LED bulbs engineered to restore our natural circadian rhythms. Inhabitat recently checked out LSG’s HealthE biological light line, which includes an Awake and Alert bulb that promotes energy and cognitive abilities, a Good Night bulb that supports the body’s natural creation of melatonin for corrected sleep patterns, and the Sleepy Baby bulb that creates the perception of darkness to help babies fall asleep. Read on to see what we learned.

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Thousands of LED-laced pigeons will light up the Brooklyn sky next month

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New York City is full of pigeons and full of art, but rarely, if ever, do the two intersect. One artist is giving thousands of the flying critters a chance to shine, with the help of tiny LED backpacks. Each weekend between May 7 and June 12, artist Duke Riley will enlist his feathered friends to help with his Fly By Night installation, sponsored by the public arts outfit Creative Time.

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PHOTOS: 4-story-tall inflatable bunnies set to hop into downtown Manhattan this weekend

PHOTOS: 4-story-tall inflatable bunnies set to hop into downtown Manhattan this weekend

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Green thumbs needed to take care of Sixth Avenue micro gardens

Green thumbs needed to take care of Sixth Avenue micro gardens

Green thumbs wanted!

“We are really happy that the DOT found a way to implement a pedestrian refuge, and we think these micro-gardens make a huge difference in the bike and pedestrian experience,” Berthet said. “This is good for Brooklyn

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North America’s largest outdoor bouldering gym set to open at Brooklyn Bridge Park

North America’s largest outdoor bouldering gym set to open at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Ambitious Brooklynite builds her own tiny home inside of a Crown Heights warehouse

Ambitious Brooklynite builds her own tiny home inside of a Crown Heights warehouse

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MTA agrees to study resurrection of Rockaway train line

MTA agrees to study resurrection of Rockaway train line

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