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Inside the secret apartments hidden within New York’s public libraries

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This former FDNY fireboat is set to be NYC’s next floating restaurant

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One of NYC’s former fireboats will soon embark on a new journey as a floating eatery. The Governor Alfred E. Smith, renamed simply “The Governor,” was purchased at auction earlier this month and its new owners have ambitious plans to transform the boat into a unique dining experience. The 97-foot vessel is said to be in ‘museum quality condition’ and while details haven’t been shared about what type of restaurant will occupy the boat, it’s sure to make for some unforgettable meals on the water.

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One Vanderbilt: Tallest building in Midtown Manhattan breaks ground

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NYC launches United States’ first citywide film and television industry sustainability program

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This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced a new sustainability initiative focused on film and television productions operating in the city. The “NYC Film Green” Program is aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of the city’s $9 billion film and television industry. The voluntary initiative is designed to encourage production operations to adopt sustainable practices such as waste reduction, energy conservation, and staff education, for the greater goal of reducing the environmental impact of a booming industry in America’s largest city.

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Smart 380-square-foot studio design uses transforming components to maximize space

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‘City of Women’ puts notable NYC females on the map

by , 10/18/16
filed under: Books

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Considering the number of NYC landmarks and monuments that are named after men, it’s glaringly obvious that it’s still very much a man’s world in the Big Apple. Thankfully, a creative new subway map featuring some of NYC’s most talented and influential women is out to give the city’s female population some long overdue credit. Recently featured by 6sqft, “Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas” is an upcoming book by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro that includes an elaborate NYC subway map highlighting “some of the great and significant women of New York City” such as Maria Callas, Ruby Dee, Mae West, Billie Jean King, and many more.

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NYC moves forward with bag fee despite efforts to block it

by , 10/17/16

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NYC leaders are moving forward to roll out the five-cent bag fee approved by City Council in May 2016. As environmentalists applaud, store owners are rushing to follow instructions from the city’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) via notices distributed last week. The directions were issued to remind shop owners to post required signage about the city’s new ‘Carryout Bag Fee’ law, which will go into effect next February, which adds a five-cent fee to every plastic, paper, and cloth bag provided by businesses. The funny thing about the controversial bag fee is that, although it passed in City Council last spring, the State Senate has disagreed with the measure and proposed legislation that would effectively make it illegal. NYC is now seemingly acting in defiance of state lawmakers, who have yet to finalize the proposed bill that would outlaw the bag fee.

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‘Human kaleidoscope’ installation will let you walk on the clouds in Times Square

by , 10/17/16
filed under: Art NYC,Manhattan

Rachel Valdés Camejo The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End, a new art installation by Cuban artist Rachel Valdés Camejo, will allow Times Square visitors to reflect on their surroundings — literally. Commissioned by Times Square Arts, the ‘human kaleidoscope’ will be a mirrored corridor that captures and multiplies chaotic images of the popular public plaza on either side, while reflecting the sky on the ground as visitors walk through. The new installation is set to be unveiled this Tuesday at Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th streets.

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7 scrumptious edible edifices spotted at the 2016 Great Architectural Bake-off

by , 10/15/16
filed under: Architecture,Food,Food

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Take a fall tour of NYC’s most exciting landscape architecture landmarks

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Open House New York is always a popular event for architecture and design lovers, but this year the organization is throwing a little green into the mix. In collaboration with the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the 2016 program includes the New Landscapes New York tour, which will take lucky participants on an urban adventure through 17 of the city’s most vibrant landscape architecture landmarks.

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Feral cats find work at Javits Center in exchange for food and shelter

by , 10/14/16

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Farmers have been counting on barn cats to control rodents for centuries, but now the Javits Center is taking a note from country life and putting feral cats to work in the big city too. The Manhattan convention center ‘employs’ a team of four cats to keep the rats away at the facility’s loading docks. The felines are part of a special program that helps feral cats stay healthy and find new homes away from dangerous construction sites. Sylvester, Alfreda, Mama Cat, and Ginger do their part by scaring off rodents without using toxic chemicals, and they work for cheap, too.

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“Trash Man” who wears all of his garbage is a walking, talking landfill

by , 10/13/16

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Rob Greenfield is a self-described adventurer and environmentalist, and if you happen to spot him on the streets of New York, he may also introduce himself as the Trash Man. The 30-year-old activist does all of the things most New Yorkers do — shopping, dining, riding public transportation — but instead of throwing his trash away, Greenfield will make it part of his outfit, carrying around all the trash he generates in a transparent suit made from expandable pockets. In an experiment possibly inspired by Morgan Spurlock, Greenfield hopes people will work harder to reduce their consumption once they’ve seen firsthand what a month’s worth of garbage can look like.

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Sneak a peek into the city’s swankiest new residences at OHNY 2016

by , 10/13/16
filed under: Architecture,Urban Design

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New Hell’s Kitchen apartments offer a host of heavenly green spaces

by , 10/12/16
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Science Barge floating farm gets decked out in new solar electric system

by , 10/11/16

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The Science Barge is a fully functioning off-grid urban farm and environmental education center on the Hudson River that teaches students about the importance of sustainable urban agriculture. Now, thanks to a $50,000 donation from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, the barge will be outfitted with a new and improved solar electric system that will double the greenhouse’s current power generation and storage.

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This Brooklyn rooftop will soon be a 20,000-sq-ft meadow filled with native wildflowers

This Brooklyn rooftop will soon be a 20,000-sq-ft meadow filled with native wildflowers

“The festival – the first of three annual festivals – [included] tabling with local environmental organizations, free food and drinks (courtesy of NYC Organic Smart Beer and Greenpoint’s own Greenhook Ginsmiths) live music, kids activities, and

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BIG unveils design update and hotel plans for twisted High Line towers

BIG unveils design update and hotel plans for twisted High Line towers

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) released a new set of renderings this week for its High Line-adjacent condo project at 76 Eleventh Avenue, which is now being called simply The Eleventh. Nearly a year after the first images emerged, the $1.9 billion project of

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Tomato-based vegan tuna is coming to this NYC eatery starting next week

Tomato-based vegan tuna is coming to this NYC eatery starting next week

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Drama brews around reconstruction of Southstreet Seaport’s historic Tin Building

Drama brews around reconstruction of Southstreet Seaport’s historic Tin Building

Related: SHoP Architects Reveals South Street Seaport Plans for a 50-Story Tower and Marina

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Renderings for new $70 million Statue of Liberty museum unveiled

Renderings for new $70 million Statue of Liberty museum unveiled

“Our goal is for visitors to take away a richer picture of what the Statue of Liberty has meant to people throughout her history – not only in this nation but around the world – and to see themselves as part of the amazing story of liberty’s and

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