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Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

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New York’s High Line has helped liven up Manhattan’s West Side and soon another elevated park could do the same for a garbage station on the Upper East Side. The NY Daily News reports that the city is considering a proposal to dress up the Asphalt Green complex with a planted roof. The plan would also convert a curved elevated ramp currently used by 500 garbage trucks into a green walkway modeled after the High Line.

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Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline’s Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

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The LowLine could be the world’s first underground park–if it gets the funding to happen. Promoted as New York City’s next revolutionary green space, the design concept flips the idea of elevated parks on its head and buries them underground. Girls creator Lena Dunham and Her director Spike Jonze hope to make the park a reality by hosting the Lowline’s third annual Anti-Gala fundraiser, a star-studded event to be held at the Skylight Modern in Chelsea on October 8th.

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See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog Drops Next Month

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Citi Bike Could Double Its Bike-Share Fleet with Multimillion-Dollar Investment Deal

by , 07/25/14
filed under: Biking,News,Transportation

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Earlier this year, the future of NYC’s Citi Bike looked bleak after reports of “significant financial and operational issues,” but a multimillion-dollar deal expected to close in a week is poised to keep the bike-share program rolling. According to the Wall Street Journal, REQX Ventures, an affiliate of real-estate tycoon Related Companies, has been in talks with Citi Bike operator Alta Bicycle Share Inc. for several months. The new investment could double Citi Bike’s fleet and expand the program’s footprint to upper Manhattan, southern Brooklyn and Queens.

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Vandals Break into Historic NY State Pavilion, Damage 50-Year-Old Terrazzo Map with Fire

by , 07/25/14
filed under: Architecture,Queens

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Just when things were looking up for the NY State Pavilion a new report says vandals ruined part of the 50-year-old terrazzo map. A motely crew reportedly broke into the historic park last weekend and set fire to a stolen van. Thankfully the van did not explode, but the resulting heat and flames set the tarp that covers the map on fire. Distraught supporters of the Pavilion also discovered parts of the 1964 World’s Fair relic that were even smashed in with cinderblocks.

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Solar-Powered Boogie Down Booth Pops Up Under a South Bronx Subway Station

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One of New York’s hottest music scenes can now be found in a very unexpected spot! Yesterday, the NYC Department of Transportation and the Design Trust for Public Space unveiled the “Boogie Down Booth”—a 24/7, all-access Bronx-born music experience parked beneath the 2/5 subway station in the South Bronx’s Claremont neighborhood. The installation, illuminated by solar-powered lighting and directional speakers, marks the second prototype of public space reclamation project Under the Elevated. Throughout the summer, residents and visitors will be able to enjoy home-grown tunes set beneath the bustling sounds of passing trains at the Freeman Street and Southern Boulevard station.

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What is a “Poor Door” and Why Is It Causing So Much Controversy?

by , 07/22/14

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Sanctioned racial segregation was abolished in the U.S. in 1964, but a recent housing decision has shown that class segregation is still alive and well in New York City. The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development recently approved a controversial request by the Extell Development Company to create two separate entrances at its 40 Riverside Boulevard building – one for its market rate tenants and another for affordable housing tenants. The so-called “poor door” plan has New Yorkers around the city up in arms (for pretty obvious reasons).

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Green Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Bronx to Randall’s Island Nears 2015 Completion Date

by , 07/22/14

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Uptown nature lovers will soon be able to enjoy a pedestrian pathway connecting Randall’s Island to the Bronx. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is planning to open the quarter-mile bike and pedestrian walkway, called the Randall’s Island Connector, by 2015. Although there are two pathways leading to the island already, the walkway is part of a larger project that will create a link with the South Bronx Greenway, effectively making it one giant, green connecting path.

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Brooklyness Introduces the World’s First Universal Bike Meant to Fit 99% of the Population

by , 07/22/14

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A one-size-fits-most bike that can be used by 99% of the population? It may sound like a pipe dream, but Brooklyness believes it can be achieved with their new ergonomic, Universal Bike. The Greenpoint-based company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their adjustable, perfect-fit bicycle and bring it to the masses. Click here to support them and reserve one for yourself!

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Grab a Drink at These 6 Amazing Outdoor Bars in New York City

by , 07/21/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Food,Manhattan

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WeeWeeFree Directs Those That Need to Pee to Local Businesses with Toilets

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There’s a reason that NYC subways have that oh-so-distinctive “eau de toilet” scent. Sometimes finding an open bathroom in the city without having to make a purchase can be close to impossible. But Stefan George thinks he has a solution that will be a win-win for both bladder-strained New Yorkers and local establishments looking to drum up business. Called WeeWeeFree, Stefan’s site is a directory of free and open public bathrooms around the city, but it’s a drop different from other similar services.

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Barker Freeman Adds a Clever “Floating” Bedroom to This Chic Brooklyn Apartment

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When the owners of this Brooklyn duplex decided to add an additional children’s room to accommodate their growing family, it seemed inevitable that they would have to sacrifice the spacious feel of their loft-like apartment. But thanks to the creative ingenuity of the designers at Barker Freeman, no such trade-off was necessary. Barker Freeman’s solution was to create a “Floating Room Loft” – a partially glazed cube with sliding doors that creates a sectioned off space for the kids without breaking the visual connection between the two floors.

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8 Unique Room Dividers to Section Off Your Space in Style

by , 07/20/14

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Tour the World’s First WELL Certified Residential Building Where Leonardo DiCaprio Recently Purchased an Apartment (PHOTOS)

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5 Ways to Green Your Home and Get Back Money Doing It

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Building green isn’t just helpful to the environment – it could also put some Benjamins back in your pocket. In the last few years, New York City kickbacks for buying hybrid cars and energy star appliances have waned, but DNAinfo has collated a new list of five ways homeowners and renters can rake in the green for being energy-conscious. Just a few ideas include changing out regular lights for LEDs to get $15 Con Edison rebates or reducing your entire home’s energy needs for a reward of $1,000.

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NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently released $41 billion affordable housing plan to create or preserve 200,000 units for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers over the next ten years contains an important green component – a sustainable retrofit

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Create a Bedroom Wherever You Need One with Dan Hisel’s Awesome Z-Box

Create a Bedroom Wherever You Need One with Dan Hisel’s Awesome Z-Box

The Z-Box comes as a boxed set of 12 parts that can be assembled on-site into a freestanding room. The frame itself is made of Douglas fir wood and measures 12-feet-wide and 10-feet-tall. Inside, there isn’t just space for a bed; it also includes a closet,

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VIDEO: See the Cool New Way This Brooklyn Whole Foods is Delivering Groceries

VIDEO: See the Cool New Way This Brooklyn Whole Foods is Delivering Groceries

Just when you thought the Gowanus Whole Foods couldn’t be any more Brooklyn – what with its rooftop farm, bearded shoppers, vinyl aisle and kale everything – it goes and starts a cargo bike delivery program! The Third and 3rd location of the supermarket giant

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Park Slope’s New Solar Panel-Clad Residential Building Puts Its Best Facade Forward

Park Slope’s New Solar Panel-Clad Residential Building Puts Its Best Facade Forward

A brand new building with a shiny solar facade has popped up in the Park Slope, Brooklyn. Designed by McMahon Studio, this cool structure features a 7KW photovoltaic-clad front that brings a futuristic new aesthetic to the traditionally brick and brownstone

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Here’s Your Chance to Help Plan the Future of NYC’s Public Transit System

Here’s Your Chance to Help Plan the Future of NYC’s Public Transit System

This week, the MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission will be hosting a series of meetings that include expert panels and public input sessions that will allow New Yorkers to give their ideas on how to improve the city’s mass transit system into the 21st

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NYC Announces $5.8M for New York State Pavilion Renovation

NYC Announces $5.8M for New York State Pavilion Renovation

Philip Johnson’s iconic New York State Pavilion is finally getting the restoration funding it deserves. New York recently announced that it’s setting aside $5.8 million for the World’s Fair landmark in Flushing Meadows Park. The money will go towards restoring

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Salvage Supperclub: Would You Dine on Food Scraps in a Dumpster for $50 a Head?

Salvage Supperclub: Would You Dine on Food Scraps in a Dumpster for $50 a Head?

Would you pay $50 to eat food scraps in a dumpster? Grad student Josh Treuhaft’s supper club offered up exquisite culinary creations by chefs from the Natural Gourmet Institute – all made from vegetables bound for the garbage bin. Last month, Treuhaft

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6 Smart Tips for Cooking and Entertaining in Tiny Apartments

6 Smart Tips for Cooking and Entertaining in Tiny Apartments

Terri showing an audience at the Museum of the City of New York’s Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers exhibit how to cook in a 325 sq. ft. micro apartment. The installation will be closing on September 15th, so if you haven’t checked it out yet,

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ENYA Invites You to Come See the Future of the QueensWay Elevated Park

ENYA Invites You to Come See the Future of the QueensWay Elevated Park

The exhibition opens at 6PM and will showcase the top four designs, one honorable mention, and a slideshow of all 120 entries. The competition drew in concepts from 28 countries all over the world. The show is also being presented as part of the 2014 AIA New

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PHOTOS: Explore Awakening Garden’s Tiny Cabins Nestled in the Trees

PHOTOS: Explore Awakening Garden’s Tiny Cabins Nestled in the Trees

Carin tells Inhabitat how she and her husband collected old treasures for many years before they bought the land that Awakening Garden has grown out of, including old timber tables, windows, chairs, and random knick knacks that give her cabins so much charm.

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