Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

New York City got a new Parks Commissioner on Friday, just in time for spring. Mayor de Blasio made the official announcement at Seward Park on the Lower East Side and congratulated Mitchell Silver on his new role. Silver will leave his current job as the

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Things Not Looking Good for Queensway High Line-Style Elevated Park

Things Not Looking Good for Queensway High Line-Style Elevated Park

Bad news for nature lovers in Queens: the future of the proposed High Line-style Queensway park along the Rockaway Beach rail line is looking grim. The plan, which aims to transform the long disused railway into a lush, elevated green space, was voted down

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Invasive, Cold-Resistant Asian Cockroach Species Found on NYC’s High Line

Invasive, Cold-Resistant Asian Cockroach Species Found on NYC’s High Line

The High Line has been a gathering place for all kinds of characters since it opened in 2009, and now it’s even attracted an invasive cockroach species from Asia. The newly found bug was spotted at the elevated park and researchers are saying it is the

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HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

MATERIALS:
- 5 plastic sushi takeout containers
- 12 pairs of wooden chopsticks
- black paint
- black paper
- a fork
- foil
- glue
- a knife
- A spatula or spoon
- FOOD! You can get pretty creative here and substitute whatever you like but here is

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High Line Reveals Giant, Garden-Filled Bowl for Its Third Section

High Line Reveals Giant, Garden-Filled Bowl for Its Third Section

Overlooking West 30th St. and 10th Avenue, the Spur’s bowl-shaped structure will mark the visual gateway to the Hudson Rail Yards. Draped in dense vegetation, the structure will house a lush interior room mimicking a woodland habitat. Ringed by Snakebark maple

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Iconic Eero Saarinen JFK Airport Terminal Will Have New Life as a Standard Hotel

Iconic Eero Saarinen JFK Airport Terminal Will Have New Life as a Standard Hotel

Eero Saarinen’s famous JFK terminal is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, but as a flight terminal, the building has fallen a bit behind the times. Largely unoccupied since 2001, the iconic building has left many wondering what would become of it.

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PHOTOS: Pop-Up Sheep Meadow Takes Over an NYC Gas Station

PHOTOS: Pop-Up Sheep Meadow Takes Over an NYC Gas Station

Lalanne’s beautiful pop-up meadow is enclosed by a classic white fence, bringing a sense of the serene countryside to the bustling Chelsea Arts District. The green expanse begins at the doors of the former convenience store that served Getty customers, and

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6 Fun (and Free) Places to Take a Date on a Summer Night in NYC

6 Fun (and Free) Places to Take a Date on a Summer Night in NYC

Image via NYC Parks & Rec
DATE IDEA #1: Walk the High Line at night
We absolutely love the High Line here at Inhabitat. One of the best examples of adaptive reuse, this newly minted iconic NYC destination finds itself packed full of tourists during the

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High Line Hotel Reneges on Promise to Re-Hire Employees After Hurricane Sandy Flood

High Line Hotel Reneges on Promise to Re-Hire Employees After Hurricane Sandy Flood

Employees of the High Line Hotel were expecting to get back to work after the hotel suffered major flooding damage during Hurricane Sandy, and owners MCR Development and Brodsky Organization spent months telling workers that they would return to their previous

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“Under the Elevated” Seeks to Transform Space Beneath NYC Bridges and Subways into Usable, Non-Scary Areas

“Under the Elevated” Seeks to Transform Space Beneath NYC Bridges and Subways into Usable, Non-Scary Areas

The High Line made a name for itself by turning land atop an elevated rail line into a flourishing park, but can the same be done for spaces underneath these kinds of structures? The Design Trust for Public Space is embarking on a plan to transform areas under

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NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

Jeff Koons may want to hang a train over the High Line, but the park’s creators, Friends of the High Line, have decided to put a train back on the High Line in order to keep up with the park’s extreme popularity. Because of the park’s growing crowds every

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Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

Study Finds That NYC Green Roofs Are Full of Fungi

If you thought the collection of fungi housed in your own fridge was impressive, wait ’til you hear what was found on NYC’s green roofs. Researchers from Barnard College, Columbia University, Fordham and the University of Colorado recently conducted tests

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Queens High Line Gets $467,000 Grant and Pushes Closer to Becoming a Reality

Queens High Line Gets $467,000 Grant and Pushes Closer to Becoming a Reality

A group called Friends of the Queensway is rallying support to transform a disused Long Island Rail Road track in Kew Gardens into a High Line-style park – and now a sizable grant has pushed them a step closer to their goal. Yesterday, Gov. Cuomo gave the

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Vine Line: Architect Wants to Blanket West Side Highway in Leafy Trellises and Waterfalls

Vine Line: Architect Wants to Blanket West Side Highway in Leafy Trellises and Waterfalls

Although it sounds similar to the High Line, the Vine Line would not be a park in itself, but a green wall for the existing facade of the West Side Highway. Tamaccio’s proposed design consists of a lightweight trellis that could be attached to the side of

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First LEED Gold Tower at Hudson Yards Breaks Ground in Manhattan

First LEED Gold Tower at Hudson Yards Breaks Ground in Manhattan

Hudson Yards is currently a predominantly blank space on the west side on Manhattan above 33rd Street, but is set to become a bright spot in the city with lots of new amenities. The 26-acre site is the single largest piece of undeveloped property in Manhattan

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PHOTOS: Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off High Line Section 3 Groundbreaking Today

PHOTOS: Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off High Line Section 3 Groundbreaking Today

“Today we celebrate a major step toward completing our vision of turning the entire High Line into a one-of-a-kind public park,” said Mayor Bloomberg of the commencement of the elevated park’s final section. “The park has become a local treasure and

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High Line Gets $5 Million from New York City

High Line Gets $5 Million from New York City

The City of New York has agreed to provide $5 million in cash for the High Line Park, which is scheduled to begin construction on the third (and final) half mile section in the near future.

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Disagreement as Queens Tries for a High Line Park of Its Own

Disagreement as Queens Tries for a High Line Park of Its Own

As you can imagine, we were extremely excited last year to find out that Queens might be getting a High Line-esque park of its own, but as of now, the project is causing a lot of disagreement. Friends of the QueensWay is the neighborhood group that wants

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NYC Plan to Suck Manhattan Garbage Through Vacuum-Powered Trash Tubes May Not Be a “Pipe” Dream

NYC Plan to Suck Manhattan Garbage Through Vacuum-Powered Trash Tubes May Not Be a “Pipe” Dream

In the popular cartoon Futurama, a maze of vacuum-powered suction tubes is used to transport people around the city of New New York – but did you know that a similar system is currently in use under Roosevelt Island in present-day NYC? OK, so it’s far less

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The Delancey Underground’s LowLine Wins Support from Community Board 3

The Delancey Underground’s LowLine Wins Support from Community Board 3

Great news for LowLine fans – this week, The Delancey Underground won the support of Manhattan’s Community Board 3, bringing the underground park even closer to coming to fruition. The plan to transform an abandoned underground trolley terminal under Delancey

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High Line Area Resident Hangs Condescending Tourist-Scolding Posters Around Chelsea

High Line Area Resident Hangs Condescending Tourist-Scolding Posters Around Chelsea

Last week, a disgruntled Chelsea resident posted fliers along the High Line Park begging tourists who visit the area to check their manners. The posters, most of which were torn down by other Chelsea residents, complained about visitors “trampling” and

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Ten Ecotastic Earth Day Activities in New York City

Ten Ecotastic Earth Day Activities in New York City

New York Cares Day
Spend Earth Day giving back to nature, New York, and your fellow citizens. Join 5,000 other New Yorkers for the annual New York Cares Day to beautify and clean our city’s parks and get them ready for the 2012 season. You can sign up with

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Donation to Build Indoor Velodrome Field House

Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Donation to Build Indoor Velodrome Field House

photo by Jessica Dailey for Inhabitat

Yesterday, competitive cyclist Joshua P. Rechnitz single handedly made the largest monetary gift to the NYC park system and made the widely longed for dream of an indoor velodrome within NYC come true. Rechnitz, the

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Designers Propose Ideas for the Possible Tappan Zee Bridge Park

Designers Propose Ideas for the Possible Tappan Zee Bridge Park

The Tappan Bridge Park Alliance, lead by Paul Feiner, the supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh, and Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona, is working toward making this park a reality. Lecuona is coordinating an international design competition, while schools like

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Let There Be Light: Low Line Exhibit Now Open at Mark Miller Gallery in the Lower East Side

Let There Be Light: Low Line Exhibit Now Open at Mark Miller Gallery in the Lower East Side

A few years ago, when Ramsey of Raad Studio learned about a huge, unused space below Delancey Street, he began thinking of how to create what could potentially be deemed the world’s first underground park. Built in 1903 and abandoned since 1948, the former

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