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MIT’s ‘Treepedia’ tells you how green your spot in the city ranks

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Trees are vital for cities: not only do they clean the air and make things prettier, but they can prevent floods and even lower temperatures. MIT Senseability Lab created this insanely detailed, interactive map that lets you see how good the green canopy is in any particular spot in the city. Each area of the city is assigned a Green View Index number that tells you if a spot is lush or a desert. Aptly named Treepedia, you can drill down and see where tree cover is making a street a healthy spot to live or play, or if it needs some tree love, stat.

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Governor announces a $10 billion overhaul for a more green, accessible and tech-enhanced JFK airport

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Over 60 million people passed through John F Kennedy Airport in 2016, but even with as much traffic as it sees, the airport has long been the focus of criticism. Its terminal 3 has even been named one of the worst in the world by Frommer’s. Recently, Governor Cuomo announced a complete overhaul with a $10 billion agenda to revitalize John F. Kennedy Airport into a more innovative and accessible center for global travel.

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Just 3,000 ride-sharing cars could replace nearly all 14,000 cabs in NYC, new MIT study reveals

by , 01/06/17
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There are nearly 14,000 taxes cruising around New York City. Just think of all that stop-and-go pollution, not to mention traffic congestion. A new study says that just 3,000 ride-sharing cars could replace nearly every single one of those taxis. In an article published by MIT’s CSAIL, researchers found that by using ride-sharing carpools, we could reduce traffic, fuel consumption and pollution dramatically.

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Curvaceous Ex of In House is a solar-powered guest residence aligned with the natural world

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Governor Cuomo and Bernie Sanders unveil free tuition proposal for New York colleges

by , 01/04/17

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Governor Cuomo has started 2017 with a substantial plan designed to respond to the financial challenges most students and families face today in pursuing higher education. On January 3rd, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to launch the Excelsior Scholarship, which would make tuition free at all SUNY (State University of New York) and CUNY (City University of New York) campuses, as well as at two-year community colleges. All college students whose families earn less than a total of $125,000 per year would be eligible. If passed by state legislature, the program could have a considerable impact on many students and families throughout New York State. According to the Governor, as much as 80 per cent of households currently make less than the $125,000 cut off mark for program eligibility.

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Artist raises money to install living billboard at Brooklyn Botanical Garden this spring

by , 01/03/17
filed under: Art NYC,Brooklyn,Public Art

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Brooklyn-based artist Edina Tokodi is raising money to build a living art installation that highlights the effects of climate change and “dissolves the barriers… between nature and art.” Her proposed exhibit, Living Fence, combines the technologies of a sustainable green wall with public art, and will be on display at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this coming spring if she meets her fundraising goals. Much like her lush green creations of the past, Tokodi’s Living Fence will get people thinking about plants in a whole new way.

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6 clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

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Recycle your holiday tree while also helping homeless teens

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As this year’s holiday season comes to a close, New Yorkers will be able to start off the new year by doing two good deeds in one fell swoop. Christmas Tree Brooklyn, which sells its trees online and in-person throughout New York City, offers its customers a chance to simultaneously donate items to the Covenant House, an organization benefiting runaway youth. Before the holidays, the used goods are collected when Christmas trees are delivered to people’s homes, but there’s still an opportunity to give back now. When the company is hired to remove used trees, it will once again accept donated goods, including clothing, toys, canned foods, and gifts, and deliver them to the Covenant House. And those Christmas trees that brought so much festivity into our homes? They will be recycled and used to revitalize green spaces around the city.

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Times Square redesign completed just in time for New Year’s Eve festivities

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Gowanus pop-up dumpster gardens find new home in Industry City

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NYC’s first vegan butcher shop set to open this spring

by , 12/28/16

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A former Chinese restaurant is preparing to take on a new life as the home of Brooklyn’s first vegan butcher shop. Monk’s Meats has been hawking its vegan protein alternatives around NYC for several years, and the owners have revealed their plans to open a brick-and-mortar storefront by the end of spring 2017. The well-known Smorgasburg stall will expand its offerings to include a variety of specialty vegan meats, cheeses, and other tasty treats. The vegan butcher shop will open largely due to a successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised $50,385 for the project.

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Recycle your Christmas tree at MulchFest 2017

by , 12/27/16

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If you’re looking to recycle your Christmas tree after the holidays, do it the easy way at MulchFest 2017! On January 7th and 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the New York City Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC will be setting up their tree recycling stations at designated parks across the city! Simply bring your tree to one of the convenient locations, and have it transformed into mulch to be used at city parks or take some home for yourself.

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NYC’s first modular micro hotel set to open this spring

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BD Hotels and CB Developers recently announced their plans to open Pod Brooklyn, NYC’s first-ever entirely modular micro hotel in New York City. Located at 626 Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg, the compact but comfy hotel will have 249 rooms, each around 100-square-feet in size.

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Century-old row house transformed into modern home that can flex with the owners’ needs

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NYC’s most exclusive park will open to the public for one hour on Christmas Eve

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Gramercy Park, a serene space tucked away from the nearby bustle of Union Square and the East Village, is well known for its quiet and exclusivity. The private park is usually only accessible to those Gramercy residents who live directly around the park, but the rigid rules will be suspended on Christmas Eve in the spirit of the holidays when the posh green space is opened to the public for just one hour.

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New Yorker creates giant holiday card by biking across Manhattan

New Yorker creates giant holiday card by biking across Manhattan

People spend hours making their own DIY cards for the holidays but we think we can say pretty confidently that New Yorker Erik Trinidad’s is the most labor-intensive one we’ve ever seen. In order to create the giant virtual greeting, which spans almost the

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NYC rooftop cabin boasts a country porch with views of the Empire State Building

NYC rooftop cabin boasts a country porch with views of the Empire State Building

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How Rikers Island uses gardening therapy to improve inmates’ well-being

How Rikers Island uses gardening therapy to improve inmates’ well-being

The Department of Corrections has announced that they will be awarding the Horticultural Society of New York to expand its horticultural therapy program at Rikers Island. Therapeutic horticulture is a process that uses plants and plant-related in order

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DIY: How to make a gingerbread Brooklyn brownstone

DIY: How to make a gingerbread Brooklyn brownstone

Having graduated from both architecture school and culinary school, Baumann knew that she didn’t want to make a ho-hum candy-covered gingerbread house. “If I’m going to the trouble of making my own darn gingerbread house, then I’m going to make whatever

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Go on a zip line adventure across the Bronx River this summer at the Bronx Zoo

Go on a zip line adventure across the Bronx River this summer at the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo and the Wildlife Conservation Society, the organization that oversees the zoo, is in the process of developing new interactive experiences for visitors of all ages to discover the often-overlooked ecological attractions abundant in the Few

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