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Macabre cemetery island in the Bronx to be revamped into city park

by , 01/21/15
filed under: Bronx,Green Space

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Will Hart Island’s macabre past finally be laid to rest? Last week, Bronx Community Board 10 passed City Council legislation that would pave the way to transform the isolated burial ground section of the island into a city park. Under the new guidelines, the responsibility and upkeep of the grave site will be transferred from NYC’s Department of Corrections to the Parks Department.

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Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever sold in New York City

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What would NYC’s 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a light rail system?

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Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

by , 01/19/15

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Giant “Balloon Swing” could bring your childhood dreams to Long Island City

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BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

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New York-based BKSK Architects is aiming high with their latest project, The Jefferson. The 115,000-square-foot, multi-family complex located on the East Village site of a former vaudeville theater by the same name is on track to earn LEED Gold certification for its many sustainable features. Particularly impressive is the building’s water management scheme, which is poised to collect 100% of the available LEED stormwater credits, a rare achievement for an urban building.

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HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

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Peer inside Bloomberg Tower’s dramatic glass-clad “urban room”

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Thousands of people pass by Bloomberg Tower at 731 Lexington Avenue every day, but many are unaware of the unique “urban room” that lies within its block-long commercial base. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and completed in 2005, Beacon Court is a fascinating secondary structure that connects 58th and 59th streets, welcoming visitors to the Manhattan building. Elliptical in plan and conical in form, the design of the courtyard was inspired by other historic New York City enclosures such as Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library’s reading room, and the Rockefeller Center skating rink.

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Citi Bike operator peddles a new name in hopes of a fresh start

by , 01/16/15
filed under: Biking,News,Transportation

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Looking to turn a new leaf in 2015, Alta Bicycle Share has rebranded under the new name Motivate. It’s no secret that the organizers behind Citi Bike, the popular bike sharing program in New York and New Jersey, were looking for a new start considering the company’s first 19 months in business were plagued with more than a few bumps in the road.

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Could these covert X-ray vans be giving New Yorkers cancer?

by , 01/16/15

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The New York Police Department has been ordered to release details on the covert X-ray vans they have been using to search for bombs around they city. The equipment in the vans is basically an older version of the backscatter machines removed from the nation’s airports in part due to the concern that they may cause cancer. The court order marks the end of a three-year battle between the NYPD and Pro Publica, a non-profit journalism organization also based in New York.

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Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

by , 01/15/15

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Airbnb has seen its fair share of controversy in New York City – is it legal or isn’t it? – but now it’s getting a chance to set the record straight. The New York City Council will be holding a hearing about Airbnb on January 20th and they want to hear from real New Yorkers. If you use Airbnb, join the meeting and let your voice be heard to let City Council members know why you think Airbnb has a positive impact on NYC. Airbnb will be passing out t-shirts to those who respond early, so RSVP to call dibs on yours.

Airbnb Hearing at City Hall
Tuesday, January 20th, 9:00AM
City Council Chambers (Meet first on the steps of City Hall to walk into the hearing together)

RSVP for the meeting here >

 

BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings trade show

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“Billion Oyster Pavilion” and “Organic Growth” win 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition

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In a surprising move, the jury of the fifth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition has chosen not one, but two entries as this year’s winners. As part of the ever popular FIGMENT festival that takes place every year on Governor’s Island, the pavilion design has become an integral symbol of the event’s message of open art expression. This year, after hours of deliberation, the jury remained deadlocked between two incredible entries: Billion Oyster Pavilion by New York-based BanG Studio and Organic Growth by Madrid and London-based Izaskun Chinchilla Architects.

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Thoughtful loft-within-a-loft adds 250-sq-ft of usable space to this NYC apartment

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NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

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Could a cooling tower be spreading Legionnaires’ disease to Bronx residents?

Could a cooling tower be spreading Legionnaires’ disease to Bronx residents?

Hundreds of Co-op City residents met with Health Department officials on Tuesday to discuss a potential outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease thought to be caused by a contaminated cooling tower in the Bronx complex. A dozen cases of the potentially deadly form

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New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

Measuring in at 160-feet-tall, New York City’s largest wind turbine is set to generate up to 100 kilowatts for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Designed and constructed by Vermont-based company Aegis Renewable Energy for a reported

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Become a card-carrying New Yorker with the new IDNYC municipal identification card

Become a card-carrying New Yorker with the new IDNYC municipal identification card

Here’s your chance to become a real card-carrying New Yorker. On Monday, Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the launch of an ambitious identity card program for residents of all five New York City boroughs. The IDNYC

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Jersey City announces new bike share program that will be compatible with NYC’s Citi Bike

Jersey City announces new bike share program that will be compatible with NYC’s Citi Bike

Great news for Jersey City bike riders! New Jersey lawmakers and Alta Bicycle Share have announced that the city will soon be launching its own bike share program. Although no sponsor has been announced yet, the Jersey version is expected to be quite similar

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PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson’s Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

Philip Johnson designed the Glass House as a weekend retreat for himself and his partner, art critic David Whitney. Set on a sprawling plot that was originally 47 acres and lined with forest, the Glass House was accompanied by a Brick House for guests, a pool,

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