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NYC approves pilot program to install electric vehicle charging stations across city

NYC Charging Stations

In great news for NYC’s battle against carbon emissions, City Council just passed INT. 1124, a bill that will see EV charging stations installed in 25 public locations across all five boroughs. The pilot program will facilitate the implementation of the new charging stations at gas stations and municipal parking lots, giving electric car drivers many more places to charge up around the city.

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NYC to add 1,000 electric cars to its municipal fleet

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Thanks to a new contract with General Motors, NYC is one step closer to reaching its goal of creating the largest electric municipal fleet in the country. The city has reached an agreement with the car manufacturer to acquire 1,000 all-electric Chevy Bolts by the end of 2017. The new electric vehicles will assist the city in reaching its objective of cutting municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 as part of its Clean Fleet Initiative.

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Miniature forest of 4,000 baby trees pops up in Brooklyn

by , 11/29/16
filed under: Art NYC,Brooklyn

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NYC’s concrete jungle is now home to a little slice of California’s Redwood forests. Installed in partnership with the Public Art Fund and Forest City Ratner Companies, Spencer Finch‘s Lost Man Creek recreates a 790-acre section of Redwood National Park in the middle of Downtown Brooklyn’s bustling MetroTech Commons using 4,000 baby Dawn Redwood trees.

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Last parcel of land needed for long-awaited Bushwick Inlet Park finally acquired by NYC

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The ten-year battle waged by Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents for the promised Bushwick Inlet Park is finally over. Mayor De Blasio’s office announced last week that the city has agreed to pay $160 million for the last parcel of land needed to complete the 28-acre park on the Williamsburg waterfront.

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There’s a humpback whale living in the Hudson River

by , 11/27/16
filed under: Animals,Manhattan,News

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Ahoy, there’s a whale living in the Hudson! According to the New York Times, an increasing number of witnesses have reported that a humpback whale has indeed taken up residence in the Hudson River. With the number of sightings (and photographic evidence) growing, many are wondering why the creature is swimming through the city and how many more are likely to follow.

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This adorable red ‘train’ carts books around the New York Public Library

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Some people worry about robots taking over their jobs, but librarians at the New York Public Library aren’t concerned at all about the new machines that are helping them with their work. As adorable as it is efficient, the NYPL’s little red book train carries tomes beneath Bryant Park and onward to the library’s circulation desks. Thanks to a special video produced by The New York Times, we can all take a gander at the library’s latest high-tech addition, which began taking books on a five-minute ride through the building in October.

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Come swing on these holiday hammocks at the new Flatiron Sky-Line LED light installation

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NYU students to bunk with local senior citizens to save on campus housing costs

by , 11/23/16

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Many New York University students pay approximately $14,000 a year to live on campus, but they may soon have a cheaper alternative. The private university is starting a pilot “home stay” program that would see selected students living in the spare rooms of local senior citizens, saving money and learning from their life-experienced roomies at the same time.

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Remembering visionary landscape architect Diana Balmori through her most forward-thinking projects

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Santiago Calatrava to attend Saint Nicholas National Shrine topping out ceremony

by , 11/21/16
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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Famed architect Santiago Calatrava will be in New York City today to celebrate the topping out ceremony of the reconstructed Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center. The Archbishop Demetrios of America, members of the Greek Orthodox Church and Calatrava’s project team will also be on hand for the celebration, which will see the installation of a temporary cross placed on the building’s highest point, marking a major milestone in the construction process.

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WXY unveils verdant and pedestrian-friendly new redesign of Astor Place and Cooper Square

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Those looking for a little green escape from the concrete jungle can now find it at WXY Architecture‘s newly unveiled redesign of Astor Place and Cooper Square. The renovated plaza now includes an additional 50,000 square feet of pedestrian-friendly areas with plenty of zipper benches to sit on and enjoy the newly-planted storm-ready landscaping. The existing art works in the plaza – such as the beloved Alamo rotating cube, mosaic installations on the light poles, and the statue of the square’s namesake, Peter Cooper – have also been spruced up.

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Sneak a peek inside the beautiful new model apartment at Pacific Park’s 550 Vanderbilt

by , 11/18/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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People are going crazy over this family of raccoons living at Central Park

by , 11/18/16
filed under: Animals,Manhattan

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A family of 22 or so downright cuddle-worthy (but totally wild!) raccoons has taken up residence in the southern end of Central Park, where they have become the stars of many a hastily captured selfie. Some park visitors are getting too bold, though, according to wildlife officials who warn that people should not feed or touch the raccoons no matter how friendly they seem.

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BMW MINI and nARCHITECTS’ new creative hub and free working space nears completion in Greenpoint

by , 11/17/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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nARCHITECTS, the firm behind New York’s recently-opened micro apartments, is switching gears from micro to MINI for their next design. Their latest project for client BMW/MINI transforms an old warehouse into a 23,000-square-foot creative hub called A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The vibrant new space aims to give local innovators and designers a platform to create urban living solutions, and will center around a free co-working area.

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World’s tallest modular building is now open – see inside (VIDEO)

by , 11/16/16
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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Get a free UberPOOL ride when you shop small businesses on November 26

Get a free UberPOOL ride when you shop small businesses on November 26

Related: Uber’s new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

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Images courtesy of AP Images for American Express

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Cornell Tech unveils new renderings for hotel and education center on Roosevelt Island

Cornell Tech unveils new renderings for hotel and education center on Roosevelt Island

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Via Curbed NY

Verizon Executive Education Center and Hotel, Roosevelt Island

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New initiative aims to convert NYC’s worst playgrounds into vibrant green spaces

New initiative aims to convert NYC’s worst playgrounds into vibrant green spaces

Related: Rapper 50 Cent’s community garden offers a green alternative to juvenile detention

“New York Road Runners is thrilled to launch this partnership with The Trust for Public Land and we look forward to building many new playgrounds that in

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A heavenly 490-square-foot ‘urban cottage’ in Hell’s Kitchen

A heavenly 490-square-foot ‘urban cottage’ in Hell’s Kitchen

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Come eat free food from this floating edible forest before it sets sail again

Come eat free food from this floating edible forest before it sets sail again

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