6 Fun Ways to Spruce Up Your Tiny Apartment for Spring

6 Fun Ways to Spruce Up Your Tiny Apartment for Spring

GET VERTICAL

When you live in a tiny apartment, sometimes the only way you have left to go is up! Vertical storage is a simple way to refresh your home by getting clutter off of countertops and surfaces but if you rent like many of us New Yorkers do and

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Miele Brings a Green-Walled Kitchen and Massive Herb Garden to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Miele Brings a Green-Walled Kitchen and Massive Herb Garden to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

EcoWalls and Miele worked together to design the verdant booth, which was centered around a giant tabletop-style herb garden. Miele also took the opportunity to show how their appliances can be made to blend almost undetectably into the background thanks to

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Turns Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse Filled with 200+ Plants

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes Turns Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse Filled with 200+ Plants

We were so intrigued by (and jealous of) Summer’s rainforest-esque digs that we had to catch up with her and see if she had any tips for aspiring urban gardeners like us. Here’s what she said:
INHABITAT: What inspired you to start a vertical garden in your

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Brooklyn Cruiser Releases Special Edition MoMA Red Bicycles

Brooklyn Cruiser Releases Special Edition MoMA Red Bicycles

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasures of a bike ride”, JFK is noted as having said, and urban cyclists do agree. Based on the classic design of the Dutch bike, while featuring the stable smooth ride by hybrid bikes, the vintage inspired bicycle company

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City Proposes Pedestrian Plaza for South Williamsburg

City Proposes Pedestrian Plaza for South Williamsburg

As Williamsburg expands into the once strictly Hasidic south side, the city has reacted by planning a pedestrian plaza on the stretch of Broadway near the Williamsburg Bridge. Just east of Bedford Avenue, the plaza would create a triangular park with chairs,

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Architects for Animals Shows Off 8 Cat-Tastic Abodes to Raise Money for NYC’s Homeless Kitties

Architects for Animals Shows Off 8 Cat-Tastic Abodes to Raise Money for NYC’s Homeless Kitties

A range of designs were on display showing many diverse cat shelter approaches. Some, such as last year’s winner, Kathryn Walton of The American Street Cat, Inc. and Stonehill & Taylor, focused on sustainable materials. Walton used 300 empty aluminum cat

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New York’s Next Top Makers Competition Could Get Your Idea or Product Funded and Prototyped

New York’s Next Top Makers Competition Could Get Your Idea or Product Funded and Prototyped

We wrote about the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s “New York’s Next Top Makers” competition back in October, and we’re excited to say that the contest is now open to submissions. The call challenges NYC designers and inventors to for

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PHOTOS: Woman Bakes Entire Block of Brooklyn Brownstone Homes Out of Gingerbread

PHOTOS: Woman Bakes Entire Block of Brooklyn Brownstone Homes Out of Gingerbread

Gingerbread Brooklyn was dreamed up by Ms. Baumann as a way to raise money for City Harvest while doing what she loves best – baking. Renee is no stranger to cookie architecture. Last year, she created a single gingerbread brownstone which was so well-received

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Tiny World Terrariums is a Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Own Miniature Green Gardens

Tiny World Terrariums is a Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Own Miniature Green Gardens

Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow don’t just create any old terrariums, although these are challenging enough. Instead, they apply a little sense of humor and mischief to their miniature worlds. Examples of work included in the book are a desert oases with

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Gingerbread Brooklyn: Entire Block of Tasty Edible Brownstones Will be Auctioned Off for Charity

Gingerbread Brooklyn: Entire Block of Tasty Edible Brownstones Will be Auctioned Off for Charity

Last year, baker Renee Baumann’s epic gingerbread brownstone paid delicious homage to Brooklyn’s most recognizable homes. This year, the designer and chef is aiming even higher with a plan to create an entire block of yummy edible brownstones for charity!

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New York Runs out of…Brownstone?

New York Runs out of…Brownstone?

The next time you walk by one of the city’s beautiful brownstones, you may want to take an extra moment to appreciate it. The New York Times recently reported that the last local brownstone quarry in Portland, Connecticut would be using up its final pieces

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PHOTOS: Ray Villafane Unleashes an Insane Army of Ghastly Zombie Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden

PHOTOS: Ray Villafane Unleashes an Insane Army of Ghastly Zombie Pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden welcomed guests all weekend to watch the pumpkin master at work. Villafane and his crew of Trevor Grove, Alfred Paredes, Chris Vierra and Andy Bergholtz, a contender on the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars”, put oversized pumpkins

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Mystery Yarnbomber Decorates Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park with Crochet Art

Mystery Yarnbomber Decorates Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park with Crochet Art

We’ve seen many instances of yarnbombing in New York City from Olek’s rainbow-camo bikes to the Campaign for Wool’s fountains of felt, but the Transmitter Park piece appears to have been done by someone new based on its muted colors and simplistic design.

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Union Avenue Could be Turned into More Green Space for McCarren Park

Union Avenue Could be Turned into More Green Space for McCarren Park

Photo ©Kai Brinker

The city street that separates Williamsburg’s McCarren Park may soon become a piece of green space itself. A new city plan hopes to transform the stretch of Union Avenue that runs between the park’s dog park and sports field into a

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6 Can’t-Miss Green Activities to Do This Fall in NYC

6 Can’t-Miss Green Activities to Do This Fall in NYC

Bavaria in the beer garden photo from Shutterstock
Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain
Okay, so Bear Mountain is a little outside of New York City, but it’s a whole lot closer than Germany, right? This year, the state park is holding an enormous Oktoberfest celebration,

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New Green City

New Green City

New Green City is a hands-on, free event full day of action and dialogue, alongside our Union Square Greenmarket, where participants of all ages can learn how to live a low impact lifestyle. Activities include DIY tutorials on weatherization techniques, a

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Don’t Miss the Last Day of Food, Furry Friends and Fun at the Queens County Farm Museum’s Fall Fair!

Don’t Miss the Last Day of Food, Furry Friends and Fun at the Queens County Farm Museum’s Fall Fair!

If you’re sitting at home wondering what to do on this lovely fall day, we highly recommend hightailing it over to the last day of the Queens County Farm Museum’s annual Queens County Fair. This celebration filled with food, furry friends and fun happens but

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The Well is a Giant New Beer Hall Inside a Former Bushwick Brewery

The Well is a Giant New Beer Hall Inside a Former Bushwick Brewery

Bushwick’s Otto Huber Brewery may be long gone, but its new tenants have reincarnated its spirit with a cavernous new beer garden inside the old facility. Dubbed The Well, the transformed former beer factory is now home to 16,000 square feet of hopsy goodness

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6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool in NYC Today

6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool in NYC Today

INDULGE IN ICY TREATS

This is one day of the year when it might actually be dangerous to run after an ice cream truck, so why not make your own frosty treats in your own home? From scrumptious homemade popsicles in any flavor you like to organic lemon ice

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Green Depot’s Bowery Location is Up for Rent

Green Depot’s Bowery Location is Up for Rent

This might be the end of an era. For the past 4 years, 222 Bowery Street has been the home of environmentally-conscious building supply store Green Depot, but recently, locals have noted Sinvin Real Estate’s lease signage outside its door. During its short

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SNEAK PEEK: See Inside the Delta, NYC’s Very First Self-Powered Building

SNEAK PEEK: See Inside the Delta, NYC’s Very First Self-Powered Building

Photo © Yuka Yoneda

“If we can develop a building that powers itself, on an unusual trianglular lot in one of the most code-heavy cities in the world, our hope is to serve as a model, and inspire other developers around the world to do the same,”

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Brooklyn Couple Lives Comfortably in This Tiny 240 Square Foot NYC Apartment

Brooklyn Couple Lives Comfortably in This Tiny 240 Square Foot NYC Apartment

Small NYC apartments have been getting a lot of attention after Mayor Bloomberg announced his plan for an upcoming micro-apartment building in the city, but this Brooklyn couple began sharing their teensy tiny 240-square-ft. apartment way before it was in

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5 Super-Efficient Tiny New York Apartments

5 Super-Efficient Tiny New York Apartments

One of our favorite small apartments is this tiny East Village studio apartment that Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture transformed into a one bedroom loft. Near the front half of the space, JPDA built an amazing wood paneled central station that supports

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Salvage Secrets Book Signing & Tour

Salvage Secrets Book Signing & Tour

Join Build It Green! for a special visit from author and DIY-guru, Joanne Palmisano, author of Salvage Secrets, as she tours their Gowanus reuse center sharing DIY tips. Salvage Secrets will be available for purchase as well. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm, Salvage

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6 Green Activities to Celebrate Mother’s Day in NYC

6 Green Activities to Celebrate Mother’s Day in NYC

Siberian squill courtesy of Shutterstock

Walking Tour of Manhattan’s Wildflower Fields

Join ecologist and author Eric Sanderson for a tour of Manhattan’s nature including a walk along the tidal marshes of Broad Street, over the stream at Maiden Lane,

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