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New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

by , 12/18/14
filed under: Animals,News

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In a move that should make sense to anyone with a heart, New York has officially banned cosmetic pet tattoos and piercings. The new law, which will go into effect in 120 days, was signed by Governor Cuomo on Monday and includes strict penalties ranging from fines of up to $250 to jail time.

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NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

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This week, a New York City committee approved long-awaited plans to replace the city’s antiquated, unused sidewalk payphones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. The high-speed aluminum charging stations will offer free Wi-Fi as well as free nationwide phone calls from cell phones. Construction will begin some time in 2015, with plans to install approximately 500 kiosks throughout the city in the program’s first year.

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

by , 12/17/14

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Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

by , 12/17/14
filed under: Urban Design

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You’ve probably seen heatmaps showing your area’s real estate prices, but they often don’t show the whole picture. Hoping to tell a more comprehensive story about average home prices in NYC, real estate developer Constantine Valhouli teamed up with architectural designer Cat Callaghan to come up with a detailed illustration – sort of a bar chart overlaid upon a city map – showing the city’s 325 neighborhoods extruded based on sales price per square foot. The resulting images demonstrate how areas within the same boroughs (and often right next to one another) are composed of incredibly different sub-markets, and even point out pockets of value that exist within close distance to Manhattan. For example, Jersey City apartments go for about $400/sq.ft despite being about a 10-minute commute whereas comparably priced neighborhoods in upper Manhattan, northwest Queens, or emerging parts of Brooklyn can be up to 35 minutes away.

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New York City’s First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

Want to know what it’s like inside the Meow Parlour cat cafe? Come along with me…

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

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Uber is already one of the most convenient methods to get around NYC, but now the company is hoping to make its service more affordable with a new innovation. Last week, the transportation tech company unveiled uberPOOL, a feature that would allow people who are riding along a similar route to share a ride together, at a fraction of the price of a New York City taxi.

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Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

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NYC’s First Cat Cafe Opens Today!

by , 12/15/14

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We *cat* believe it’s finally happening! Meow Parlour, New York’s very first permanent cat cafe, is set to open today on the Lower East Side. The new space promises to be a feline fanatic’s paradise and will offer one-on-one time with cute, adoptable kitties, and even free Wi-Fi.

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NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city


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Shipping container homes and shops have been popping up here and there around New York City, but two developers are hoping to bring a lot more of the sustainable design trend to the Big Apple. Palladium Management and SG Blocks recently created a new partnership to implement multi-family and retail space made of repurposed shipping containers throughout some of the city’s boroughs. Funded by Westchester County-based Dillon Hill Capital, the ambitious project is currently waiting on approval for 24 sites across NYC. 

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this Tribeca loft by Jane Kim Design. The NYC-based designer used reclaimed barn wood for the counters and salvaged marble slabs in the master bathroom to give the space a sustainable touch. Proving that luxury can be green, Kim’s loft boasts wooden and wrought iron columns, hardwood floors, and exposed dark red brick. The beautiful home is a great example of how, with good design, one man’s trash can be another man’s counter top. See more photos here.

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Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

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Blame it on the rain? According to Bushwick police, rainy weather may oddly be connected to the recent increase in local crime in the area. Local reports show the number of burglaries in Brooklyn’s 83rd precinct increased by a whopping 24 percent this year, with many of the thefts taking place on rainy days.

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

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Part of New York City‘s charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most highly trafficked structures in NYC. Take the Brooklyn Bridge, which is crossed every day by commuters who have no idea that there is a Cold War-era bunker inside of it.

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Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

by , 12/10/14

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How’d you like to paint the town red (or “Marsala” rather) on a bike inspired by Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year? The Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently announced the launch of its Driggs 3 and Willow 3 models in Soft Burgundy, a slightly more subtle variation of the winning wine-tinged hue. Pre-orders of the bikes are available at the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. website now.

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The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

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When plans for the recently opened One World Trade Center were first made public years ago, they promised to deliver not only one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the world, but also one of the greenest. And although the original concept included ultra-advanced, large-scale environmental features in order to achieve LEED Gold certification, the final version of the building falls noticeably short of its initial green objectives. Why? Unfortunately, it looks like 2012′s Hurricane Sandy is to blame once again.

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NYC taxis may soon get their own app to compete with Uber and Lyft

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One of the reasons that ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have gained so much popularity is because users can request a ride via an app, alleviating the need to stand outside in the cold or rain to hail a cab. Well NYC’s taxis could soon follow suit if one lawmaker’s new legislation passes.

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Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design’s “GIY” Kits

Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design’s “GIY” Kits

You might already DIY, but do you GIY? New York-based Ecovative Design is already known for creating packaging and even buildings out of mushroom root material, and now they are bringing that ability to the masses with their “grow-it-yourself” kits. The

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Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling ‘Lowline Lab’

Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling ‘Lowline Lab’

Looks like support for the Lowline initiative, a plan to build NYC’s first underground park, is still going strong. The team behind the ambitious project is currently on the funding trail with a new Kickstarter campaign looking to raise some green for the

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Will the Hudson Yards “Thrill Device” really make you crap your pants?

Will the Hudson Yards “Thrill Device” really make you crap your pants?

In this week’s odd architecture news, Related Companies president Jay Cross reportedly surprised guests at a real estate luncheon recently by boasting that the second tower in the developer’s mammoth 30 Hudson Yards project will have a very interesting

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This is now the world’s most expensive building

This is now the world’s most expensive building

It might not look like it, but New York City’s recently completed One World Trade Center is now the most expensive building in the world—by a very large margin. Although 1 WTC is a far cry from the world’s tallest skyscraper, the prismatic structure’s $3.9

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JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient Dream Home

JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient Dream Home

The studio apartment is always somewhat of a design challenge, with only one space to work with. JPDA built an amazing wood paneled central station that not only supports a lofted bedroom area but also contains the kitchen, bathroom and tons of storage space.

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