Did You Know It’s Illegal for New York City Stores to Blast Air Conditioning Outside?

Did You Know It’s Illegal for New York City Stores to Blast Air Conditioning Outside?

We’ve all caught a blast of cool air while walking by the open doors of an air-conditioned store during the summer, but did you know that it’s actually illegal for NYC stores to let AC escape so wantonly? The very common practice among retailers may not

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6 Spectacular Places to See 4th of July Fireworks In and Around NYC!

6 Spectacular Places to See 4th of July Fireworks In and Around NYC!

HUDSON RIVER PARK
For the bold and the brave willing to stand the ginormous crowds on the 4th, the piers at Hudson River Park are one of your best bets to watch spectacular views of the fireworks show. Access points will be stationed along 11th Avenue and

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How Citi Bikes Could Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC

How Citi Bikes Could Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC

An event at Universal Studios powered by people pedaling bikes equipped with ASE generators.

Pedal-powered generators are nothing new. In fact, we’ve featured quite a few examples here on Inhabitat from a pedal-powered music festival in Union Square (which

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Kickstarter’s New Brooklyn Headquarters Gets Trees on Its Green Roof

Kickstarter’s New Brooklyn Headquarters Gets Trees on Its Green Roof

Kickstarter enlisted Ole Sondresen Architects to design their dream headquarters inside the abandoned shell of the historic Eberhard Faber Pencil Co. factory on Kent St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The building has been slowly taking shape despite weather-related

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Brooklyn Gears Up for an Additional 14 Miles of Bike Lanes

Brooklyn Gears Up for an Additional 14 Miles of Bike Lanes

With the Citi Bike program expected to open in May, the New York City Department of Transportation has its sights set on giving Brooklyn cyclists more room to ride across the borough. The proposed Brooklyn Greenway Project will add 14 miles of bike lanes from

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The High Line Hotel Will Breathe New Life into a Beautiful Chelsea Landmark

The High Line Hotel Will Breathe New Life into a Beautiful Chelsea Landmark

The General Theological Seminary’s campus occupies over half of 20th and 21st Streets, in between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. Built in 1895, the complex originally housed students, and was meant to create an Oxford-like campus in the middle of the city. Featuring

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New Gowanus Whole Foods Will Have Rooftop Farm Operated by Gotham Greens

New Gowanus Whole Foods Will Have Rooftop Farm Operated by Gotham Greens

Slated to open as early as late fall of this year, the Gowanus Whole Foods location will employ Gotham Greens to grow high-quality, pesticide-free produce year round. The new greenhouse will integrate advanced irrigation systems using recycled and mineral-enhanced

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Pier 42 Pop-Up Waterfront Area to Open This May

Pier 42 Pop-Up Waterfront Area to Open This May

Last fall, New York state announced it would fund the transformation of the Lower East Side’s Pier 42 into a glorious new waterfront park. Although residents are excited about the park, they also wanted to be able to enjoy the area even sooner, so the Hester

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“Green” Dry Cleaners May Signify Neighborhood Gentrification in NYC but Buyer Beware

“Green” Dry Cleaners May Signify Neighborhood Gentrification in NYC but Buyer Beware

A natural dry cleaner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

If you’ve noticed “natural”, “green” or “organic” dry cleaners popping up in your neighborhood, it may be a sign that the area is moving up in the world. But while they may be good for property values, not all of these businesses live up to the eco-friendliness they advertise. Many of these green cleaners are simply regular dry cleaners that noticed the demand for greener products and services and retooled their operations in a way that is not entirely up to snuff with the sustainability customers are looking for.

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Outsider Art Fair’s Fascinating Eco-Creations

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Outsider Art Fair’s Fascinating Eco-Creations

This year, the Outsider Art Fair took residence in the former Dia Foundation Building on 22nd Street, which has remained vacant since Dia moved their offices several years ago. Exhibitors at this year’s fair brought a collection of Outsider art that spans

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UM Project Uses Hurricane Sandy Debris to Make Beautiful Lamps

UM Project Uses Hurricane Sandy Debris to Make Beautiful Lamps

Located at the industrial end of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the UM Project’s workshop is a place where “personality, function and purpose” are combined to create locally produced objects and furniture with a sustainable touch. It took three week for the

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Free Beer & Hugs: All Day Sandy Benefit at Public Assembly

Free Beer & Hugs: All Day Sandy Benefit at Public Assembly

Head over to Public Assembly this Sunday for a day of beer, hugs and music to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. David Teller (BirdDog Promo / Delinquency), Brian Russ (Campers’ Rule Records), Amy Grimm (The Whatever Blog) and Greenpointers will present

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Blood Emergency: Donate Blood to Make Up for Shortage Caused by Hurricane Sandy

Blood Emergency: Donate Blood to Make Up for Shortage Caused by Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Bloomberg sets an example by donating his own blood.

Hurricane Sandy ravaged neighborhoods across New York, but it also did serious damage to the city’s blood supply. Although people may not realize it, the need for blood at hospitals is constant

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Mayor Bloomberg Asks New Yorkers to Buckle Up for Today’s Nor’easter Storm

Mayor Bloomberg Asks New Yorkers to Buckle Up for Today’s Nor’easter Storm

Photo © gt8073a

Forecasts have been saying that the great nor’easter storm that is supposed to hit at mid-day today will be nothing close to Hurricane Sandy, but Mayor Bloomberg isn’t taking any chances. The mayor’s office is asking New Yorkers to take

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How to Volunteer to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways and Other Areas That Are Still in Need

How to Volunteer to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims in the Rockaways and Other Areas That Are Still in Need

Before heading out to volunteer sites, take a look through the needs – many hubs that are outside of the affected areas have been happily overwhelmed with volunteers, and no longer need people but could use food, supplies or funds. Don’t just show up somewhere,

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VIDEO: Dramatic Con-Ed Station Explosion at Hurricane Sandy’s Peak

VIDEO: Dramatic Con-Ed Station Explosion at Hurricane Sandy’s Peak

Much of Lower Manhattan is still in the dark thanks to the explosion that occurred during Hurricane Sandy at the Con Edison power plant on Avenue C and 14th Street. What many thought was “green lightning” was actually a transformer exploding around 9 p.m.

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PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Causes Estimated $10B in Damages Across Manhattan and Brooklyn

PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Causes Estimated $10B in Damages Across Manhattan and Brooklyn

Lower Manhattan Blackout Photo: Lori Zimmer

The Prospect Park area experienced a bevy of fallen trees, including some notable older trees in the park itself. Bushwick had a scattering of fallen signs and fences, but nearby Williamsburg fared much worse.

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PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Already Flooding Brooklyn and Manhattan

PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Already Flooding Brooklyn and Manhattan

A video of the flooding in Greenpoint, Brooklyn near the India Street East River Ferry Pier.

This fence decided to call it quits before Hurricane Sandy even started.

We stepped outside to take these photos around 10am this morning but were warned shortly

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Hester Street Collaborative Needs Your Ideas to Transform Pier 42 into a New Pop-Up Park

Hester Street Collaborative Needs Your Ideas to Transform Pier 42 into a New Pop-Up Park

Big plans are currently in the works to turn Manhattan’s Pier 42 into a new public space, but in the mean time, the Hester Street Collaborative wants to turn the abandoned pier into a temporary pop-up park, and they need your help! On November 3rd, the

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Park(ING) Day NYC: Mini Parks Pop Up Across Manhattan!

Park(ING) Day NYC: Mini Parks Pop Up Across Manhattan!

Happy Park(ing) Day New York! Take lunch outside today and enjoy the pop-up parks that are reclaiming parking spaces. New Yorkers will celebrate the 7th annual worldwide celebration all over the city by infusing greenery in over 30 parking spots. Check out

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110 Stories: Smartphone App Draws the Twin Towers in the Sky

110 Stories: Smartphone App Draws the Twin Towers in the Sky

The app will determine your distance from Lower Manhattan and help you orient your camera to a spot where the towers would have been visible. It is designed to work nearly 50 miles away at sea level. Though standing right in the center of the new World Trade

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Bring Your Bike on the East River Ferry for FREE Tomorrow to Summer Streets NYC

Bring Your Bike on the East River Ferry for FREE Tomorrow to Summer Streets NYC

Headed to Summer Streets tomorrow? NY Waterways’ East River Ferry has sent us word that they’ll be waiving the $1 bicycle fee for those traveling to the summer festival this weekend and will also waive it on the following Summer Street Saturday: August 18.

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New CitiLogs Newark Sawmill Will Recycle Urban Wood and Aim for LEED Platinum Certification

New CitiLogs Newark Sawmill Will Recycle Urban Wood and Aim for LEED Platinum Certification

CitiLogs is a seasoned urban milling company that has been upcycling wood since 1991. Each year in urban and suburban neighborhoods around the city, thousands of trees and branches are cut down and many are removed due to age, diseases, or to clear the land

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PICS: McCarren Park Pool Now Open To Swimmers in Brooklyn!

PICS: McCarren Park Pool Now Open To Swimmers in Brooklyn!

The original pool, built in 1936, has been transformed into a sprawling oasis which ranges from deep-end swimming to an ankle deep wading pool complete with squirting sprinklers for summertime fun.  McCarren Pool had not been used for its original purpose

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PHOTOS: Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool Opens Today!

PHOTOS: Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool Opens Today!

If you’re not familiar with McCarren Pool, it was one of eleven pools opened by Robert Moses back in 1936. The Greenpoint, Brooklyn pool closed up shop in the mid-80s but it then opened up again in 2005 as a repurposed concert venue. The unonventional spot

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