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What’s up with this mysterious camper trailer perched on top of a Red Hook warehouse?

Camping Trailer Red Hook

Jumping onto the trend of non-traditional rooftop houses in NYC, a mysterious silver Airstream has been spotted on top of a warehouse in Red Hook. The owner of the minimalist abode, which has been sitting on top of the warehouse roof since 2012, has yet to be confirmed, but has already incurred the wrath of the city in the form of one very steep fine.

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Run over to the New York Public Library’s serene outdoor reading room before it closes today

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Have you noticed NYC’s new WiFi hotspot garbage cans?

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New Yorkers may soon find themselves picking up WiFi from some very unlikely hotspots – the city’s trash bins. According to Mother Nature News, Massachusetts-based company Bigbelly has found a way to make NYC garbage cans do double duty as public WiFi spots. As part of a pilot program, the company has installed their solar-powered, WiFi-equipped, smart trash compactors and recycling receptacles around some of the Big Apple’s most trafficked areas.

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Hundreds of twins on tandem bikes set new world record at Central Park

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41 Bond’s gorgeous greenery-clad homes offer expansive great rooms and wall-to-wall windows

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Brilliant new app may help the blind safely navigate the New York subway system

Eugene Gao Lantern App

A new app on the market may just be the thing to help blind New Yorkers navigate the city’s sprawling subway system safely. Lantern, designed by New York-based copywriter Eugene Gao, is a beacon-based navigation system that is designed to send audible information to users’ smart phones.

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NYC asks Google Maps to discourage left hand turns in the name of safety

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In the seemingly never-ending quest to make NYC streets safer for pedestrians and drivers alike, city officials have asked Google to reduce the number of left turns suggested on its city maps. According to a recent report, New York City has the highest fatality rate in the country for pedestrians hit by drivers making left turns, and being struck by a car is the leading fatality for children under 13. Two city council members are on a mission to reduce those numbers and they hope that teaming up with the popular map app will make all the difference.

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De Blasio takes major step toward powering NYC with 100% renewable energy

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Talk about a man on a mission! NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major step towards powering 100% of the city’s energy needs with renewable energy sources. During his announcement last week, the mayor explained that he had made an official Request for Information in order to identify new renewable energy generation capacity for NYC, saying that the city is ready to put “our money where our mouth is” when it comes to green power.

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El Anatsui makes gorgeous recycled sculptures from discarded aluminum cans

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IGI-USA markets fanciful ODA’s terraced condos to NYC’s steampunk sect

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Could white powdered wigs be the next big fashion trend to hit NYC? Probably not, but you might think so after seeing IGI-USA marketing campaign for ODA Architects‘ new condos at 15 Renwick Street. Located on the little-known lane adjacent to the Hudson River, the under-construction residences pay architectural respects to Renwick St.’s namesake James Renwick, who was a 19th century author, engineer, and Columbia professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy. The sophisticated condos were designed to lavish residents with optimal amounts of fresh air and green space, and feature large terraces perfect for philosophizing amid New York’s steamy night air.

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ODA’s “Room” lets you unfold a whole suite of furniture out of a box

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Living in a box usually has a negative connotation, but it can be downright pleasurable if that box is The Room by ODA Architects. Designed by the same firm that brought you this cubist creation and this boxy Eliot Spitzer-developed waterfront complex, the modular dwelling system shows that it can definitely be hip to be square.

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Treehaus encourages a sort of “urban foraging” at its woodsy Midtown eatery

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NYSERDA investing $14.5 million to clean up power plants

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Power plants across the state could soon be delivering cleaner, more efficient energy to residents thanks to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) new pilot program. The agency recently announced a request for proposals for projects that will curb greenhouse gas emissions through scalable, market-ready technologies. Applications are now open for prospective initiatives seeking to take advantage of the $14.5 million budget offered to help spur innovation across New York.

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Controversial LG office tower in the Palisades will be redesigned to protect beloved view

by , 07/09/15

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Protect the Palisades has some great news for New York nature lovers! It looks like the organization’s massive campaign to stop LG Electronics from building a new office tower in the New Jersey Palisades has been successful. According to Hyper Allergic, the Korean electronics company has agreed to scrap its proposed 143-foot tower for a lower building design that won’t obstruct the scenic view of the area’s beloved cliffs and trees.

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NY Hall of Science’s breathtaking Great Hall reopens with massive interactive wall showcasing sustainability

Ennead Architects NY Hall of Science

After a long six-year renovation, Flushing Meadows’ “cathedral of science” has reopened with an updated building and a spectacular interactive Earth Sustainability installation. Designed by Ennead Architects, the renovated Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science has replaced its previous space theme and now is equipped with six massive virtual environments that aim to teach visitors about earth sustainability issues.

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Brooklyn’s green sewing camp for aspiring designers is eco-fabulous!

Brooklyn’s green sewing camp for aspiring designers is eco-fabulous!

Summer camp attendees will work on DIY projects based on their own suggestions, restyle old clothes and create reusable shopping bags.

“I try to help children understand that not only is sewing a fun thing you can do, but you can also turn it into

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Bender Bound repurposes old books with a boozy surprise inside

Bender Bound repurposes old books with a boozy surprise inside

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“Our books pay homage to some of the literary greats while instilling a bit of rebellion by helping our customers hide alcohol in plain sight.” Kevin Potere, Founder

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LEED Gold Riverhouse’s double glass curtain-wall provides drama as well as energy savings

LEED Gold Riverhouse’s double glass curtain-wall provides drama as well as energy savings

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New proposal calls for NYC commercial food vendors to separate organic waste to keep it out of dumps

New proposal calls for NYC commercial food vendors to separate organic waste to keep it out of dumps

All food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms
All food service vendors in arenas and stadiums with seating capacity of at least 15,000 people
Food manufacturers with a floor area of at least 25,000 square feet
Food wholesalers with

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Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles made of old car parts

Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles made of old car parts

“I just carry a 50-foot extension cord in a storage box on board. I frequent restaurants and cafes that have parking in front or nearby and ‘top off’ charge at various waypoints. It frees one from the anxiety of planning a trip around where 220v ,

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