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Lissoni Architects envision fantastical submerged island aquarium in East River

Piero Lissoni Aquarium

A futuristic sunken design by architect Piero Lissoni recently took top honors in a speculative competition seeking ideas for a waterfront aquarium in Long Island City’s 11th Street Basin. Lissoni’s dynamic design depicts a partially submerged “island” aquarium that extends out into the East River, with a ramp leading visitors to its underwater exhibitions.

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Modular Cricket Shelter grows edible insects in Brooklyn

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NYC unveils new storm-resilient dock designs for Citywide Ferry Service

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New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) recently released new renderings of the docking stations for the city’s much-anticipated Citywide Ferry Service, which is scheduled to begin next summer. Ten new landings are being built and five existing stations are being upgraded to link six water routes between Manhattan, the Rockaways, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, Astoria, Long Island City and several other locations. According to NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer, the agency has been working with local leaders to ensure that the new landings are built with resilient features aimed at resisting damage from future storms and other climate change issues.

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Secret section of Central Park opens to visitors after years of being fenced off

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New Yorkers just gained access to a secret section of Central Park that has been closed off to the public since the 1930s. The four-acre peninsula reopened to parkgoers this week (with limited hours) thanks to the Central Park Conservancy’s Woodlands Initiative.

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Impending L train shutdown could make way for gondola over East River

by , 05/11/16

East River Skyway

If the impending L train shutdown has you thinking about leaving Brooklyn, there could be a silver lining to your transportation troubles. The East River Skyway, a green gondola system proposed by real estate exec Daniel Levy, began as a pie-in-the-sky idea back in 2014, but has been gaining steam as the threat of the L line closure looms closer. If realized, the tram could provide a much-welcomed alternative for the thousands of people who commute from Williamsburg to Lower Manhattan every day.

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Google will be anchor tenant at Superpier shipping container complex at Pier 57

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If Anthony Bourdain’s food market isn’t enough to get you excited about Superpier, the massive shipping container complex on the Hudson will also soon be home to none other than Google. Designed by Handel Architects, the $350-million rehabilitation project at Hudson River Park Pier 57 is already underway converting the dilapidated pier and surrounding area into vibrant public space with waterfront esplanades and an expansive green roof on top of 300,000-square-feet of office space. Google’s new digs at the pier will not only increase the tech giant’s presence in NYC, but will also bring an innovative atmosphere to Manhattan’s West Side.

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What is this mysterious micro-cabin doing in the middle of NYC streets?

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Free feast in Union Square tomorrow to feed 5,000 with food that would otherwise go to waste

by , 05/09/16
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The United States wastes about 40 percent of the food we produce, with some 52 million tons of it ending up in landfills (Source: Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data). GRACE Communications Foundation, an organization that advocates for sustainability and promotes awareness of environmental issues, is teaming up with Feedback and a few other organizations to spread their message about how we can cut down on food waste to New York City by hosting a free feast for 5,000 people in Union Square tomorrow.

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NYC adopts controversial 5-cent plastic bag fee to support city’s zero waste goal

by , 05/06/16

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Just a few days after gaining Mayor Bill de Blasio’s support, a five-cent fee on single-use plastic bags was approved yesterday by the NYC City Council. The law will require business owners to charge a fee for each plastic bag they give their customers in an attempt to cut down on the city’s enormous amounts of plastic waste. The bill, first introduced in 2013, has been controversial as some claim it is unfair, but city leaders have dismissed those concerns in favor of the environmental benefits.

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BKLYN Designs: Brooklyn’s hottest home furnishings and design festival opens today

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No sleep ’til…BKLYN Designs! NYC’s hottest showcase of Brooklyn-born design opens today at 1pm at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint and will run through the 8th. The “locally grown, internationally known” event will feature 28,000 square feet of design goodness, from sustainable furniture to micro-living solutions to handmade decor, as well as pop-up shops, design talks and interactive installations, and cafes and bars offering your favorite BK-made eats and brews. Click here for the full schedule and exhibitor list, and see you in Brooklyn!

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Herd of hungry goats will eat their way through Prospect Park as part of cleanup

by , 05/05/16

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Goats have been making a reputation for themselves lately as industrious employees, especially when it comes to NYC parks. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park recently hired a herd of the hungry helpers to assist with the ecological restoration of a massively overgrown area of the park known as the Vale of Cashmere.

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Bill de Blasio says he’ll support a plastic bag fee to cut down on the 9 billion bags used annually in NYC

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NYC could be the next American city in line to institute a plastic bag ‘tax’ on single-use grocery bags. Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested this week that he’d support a five-cent fee, as outlined in a proposed bill endorsed by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The measure, first introduced three years ago, now has more traction than ever, and the controversy will only heat up over time as the city’s leaders seek to make a dent in the 9 billion plastic bags used and discarded by New Yorkers each year.

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Mouthwatering edible pizza box is waste-free because you eat it

by , 05/03/16
filed under: Brooklyn,Food

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JDS and SHoP unveil renderings for soaring 77-story residential tower on Lower East Side

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According to an exclusive report by The Lo-Down, ever-prolific firms JDS Development and SHoP Architects are partnering up once again to build a soaring 77-story residential tower at 247 Cherry Street on the Lower East Side. When complete, the building will reportedly add a total of 600 apartments, 150 of which will be affordable housing units, to the neighborhood.

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AeroFarms is building the world’s largest indoor vertical farm just 45 mins from Manhattan

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AeroFarms broke ground last summer in Newark on what they are planning to be the world’s largest indoor vertical farm, as well as the company’s new headquarters. Using large scale aeroponics systems with a nutrient-filled mist and LED growing lamps, AeroFarms will grow several varieties of salad greens, kale, and herbs (all without sun or soil and throughout all seasons) thanks to a high-tech, climate-controlled environment. The company aims to generate 2 million pounds of fresh produce each year at the new facility.

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Coveted corner units will make up 80 percent of ODA’s Jenga-like Williamsburg towers

Coveted corner units will make up 80 percent of ODA’s Jenga-like Williamsburg towers

Located on the East River waterfront, 416-420 Kent will bring quality urban living to a post-industrial area that’s seeing a recent surge in redevelopment and reclamation. The 800,000-square-foot development comprises three 22-floor towers; over 80% a

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Secret art in abandoned subway tunnel makes statement about gun violence

Secret art in abandoned subway tunnel makes statement about gun violence

Related: Chuck Close and Sarah Sze to Create Site-Specific Artwork for Second Avenue Subway

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A new Passive House residential tower is coming to the Bronx

A new Passive House residential tower is coming to the Bronx

Like most of Bronx area, the Mott Haven neighborhood is becoming a magnet for new construction projects. However, Mott Haven is soon to stand out in terms of green design thanks to a new passive residential tower slated to begin construction on the of

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Tiny Brooklyn shed, er, bungalow is a chance to own a house in NYC for under $500k

Tiny Brooklyn shed, er, bungalow is a chance to own a house in NYC for under $500k

Here at Inhabitat, we love showing off amazing tiny homes throughout the city, especially when they are up for sale. Curbed reported that a micro bungalow currently on the market is bringing the tiny house crazy to Brooklyn, but we’re not so sure With

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Pier 55 elevated island park finally gets the go-ahead for construction

Pier 55 elevated island park finally gets the go-ahead for construction

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Images via Pier55, Inc. and Heatherwick Studio, Renders by Luxigon

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