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The Surprising Reason Why New York City Tap Water is Not Vegan (and Possibly Not Kosher)

by , 05/15/14
filed under: Water

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Happy Water Week NYC everyone! As this annual event showcases the most promising new innovations to solve local and global water issues, we took a closer look at one of our city’s most precious resources – our tasty tap water. New York City tap water has long been lauded for its crisp flavor and drinkability, but did you know that it is also home to tiny crustaceans called copepods? The discovery of the miniature organisms – which are distant relatives of the lobster – in our drinking supply has sparked a debate about whether NYC tap water is kosher or not.

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Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

by , 05/14/14

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Too-Perfect Bronx Townhouses Are Not at All What They Seem (PHOTOS)

by , 05/13/14
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Katy Skelton’s Timeless American-Made Furniture Celebrates Clean Lines and Classic Materials

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MTA Developing App to Let Riders Purchase Paperless Tickets from Their Smartphones

by , 05/12/14
filed under: Transportation

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You may never have to wait in line for train tickets again if the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s new plan to convert Metro-North and Long Island Railroad trains to a paperless ticketing system is successful. The MTA recently announced that it has worked out an agreement with Masabi, a mobile ticketing app developer, to launch a new program for train riders to display fares on their smartphones and tablets. When finalized, the new app will also allow commuters to skip lines and simply purchase tickets using their handheld devices.

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DIY VIDEO: How to Turn Your Blender into a Magic Bullet-Like Smoothie or Juice Machine

by , 05/12/14
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Brooklyn Artists Build a Functioning Pipe Organ Out of Pringles Cans

by , 05/10/14
filed under: Art NYC,Brooklyn

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It seems like Brooklyn-based Fall On Your Sword was unable to stop once they popped, because they recently built a functioning pipe organ out of colorful Pringles cans! Inspired by the bone organ in the cult classic movie “The Goonies,” the artists collective used Original, Sour Cream and Onion, and Tortilla flavor chip cans to create a makeshift organ that plays ten notes just like a real instrument. The Pringles Organ made its debut at Gawker’s fourth annual Silent Disco, which was held at the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank.

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Inhabitat is Reporting Live from BKLYN Designs!

by , 05/09/14

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Hello Brooklyn! We’re reporting live today from BKLYN Designs, a celebration and showcase of home furnishings designed and made in the Kingsborough. We’ve only been here for a short while but it’s already plain to see that the show is a feast for the eyes, with lots of sustainable furniture, lighting and other decorative wares to choose from. Stay tuned as we keep you updated on all of our finds from the show as well as our annual Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Green Awards!

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Get a Sneak Peek at Elkamii’s Space-Saving Furniture Made in Brooklyn

by , 05/08/14

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Futuristic Williamsburg Hotel with 20,000-Sq-Ft Rooftop Farm Set to Rise Above Wythe Avenue

by , 05/08/14

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If Williamsburg, Brooklyn doesn’t boast enough visual stimulus for you already, a futuristic new hotel set to rise at 55 Wythe Avenue will add yet another urban spectacle to the neighborhood. A tipster recently shared some new renderings of the Level Hotel project with Brownstoner in a sneak peek of the planned 22-story hotel, office, and retail complex. One of the Zelig Weiss-developed building’s greenest attractions is its 20,000-square-foot rooftop farm.

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Water “Bottle”

by , 05/07/14
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Citi Bike Could Finally Be Expanding to More Neighborhoods with Help from NYC Investment Firm

by , 05/07/14
filed under: Biking,Transportation

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A new investor could be stepping in to help Citi Bike expand to more neighborhoods. The Wall Street Journal reports that Alta Bicycle Share, which runs the bike sharing program, has been in talks with REQX Ventures, an investment firm formed by the Equinox fitness center chain and its parent company Related, about an investment agreement. Assuming the two companies can come to a deal, Citi Bike could finally secure the money it needs to spread out to new areas with more bikes and docking stations. According to sources close to the negotiations, the funds could also go towards improving Citi Bike’s software.

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Dr. Cow Opens Flagship Vegan Tree Nut Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

by , 05/06/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Food

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Rejoice vegan food connoisseurs! Dairy-free delicacy maker Dr. Cow Tree Nut Cheese recently opened its first New York store in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The shop offers up creamy, animal-free cheeses as well as organic granola, mini vegan cheesecakes, yummy chocolate truffles and a roster of other cruelty-free pastries. The storefront may be tiny and take-out only (for now), but it’s chock-full of enticing treats.

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NYCxDESIGN Festival of Design from the 5 Boroughs Starts This Week!

by , 05/06/14

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NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design) will be returning to the city for its second year this week with hundreds of shows, events and workshops celebrating design from all around the five boroughs. The 12-day soirée will take place at multiple locations in NYC from May 9th through May 20th, highlighting locally-made products, art, crafts, clothing, graphics, furniture and even buildings. The initiative, along with the Built/NYC program that was launched after the success of last year’s NYCxDESIGN, is aimed towards supporting New York City-based designers and growing the local economy.

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New York Announces $1.6 Million in Dam Improvement Projects

by , 05/05/14

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a $1.6 million investment towards making dams across the state more resilient to storms to help control flooding. According to the governor’s office, the eight NY Works projects will include upgrades and repairs to embankments and outlet valves, erosion control, expanding piping and raising the height of some dams to increase storm water storage capacity.

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Bush Terminal Park’s New Shipping Container Bathroom Will be Topped With a Green Roof

Bush Terminal Park’s New Shipping Container Bathroom Will be Topped With a Green Roof

Bush Terminal is getting a bit greener every day thanks to a project that’s turning the former toxic brownfield site into a public park. The latest addition to the site is a 1,200-square-foot, green-roofed comfort station made from shipping containers. Designed

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Phil Gautreau’s Reclaimed Bowls Add Rustic Style to the Kitchen

BKLYN Designs 2014: Phil Gautreau’s Reclaimed Bowls Add Rustic Style to the Kitchen

To create his stripped cutting boards, Gautreau takes different wood castoffs, which would otherwise be destined for the landfill, and binds them together. After cutting the boards to shape, he also uses natural beeswax and mineral oil to give them a food-grade,

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Think Fabricate’s Playfully Green Wooden Décor

BKLYN Designs 2014: Sneak a Peek at Think Fabricate’s Playfully Green Wooden Décor

Co-founded by Susan Doban and Jason Gorsline, Brooklyn-based Think Fabricate offers playful furniture collections that blend masterful craftsmanship with sustainable values. In addition to the traditional palette of walnut and teak, the design firm also produces

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Records Show That Over 1,600 Protected Birds Were Killed by JFK Airport Contractors

Records Show That Over 1,600 Protected Birds Were Killed by JFK Airport Contractors

According to the airport’s own records, wildlife control contractors killed over 1,600 protected birds at JFK over the past five years. In order to ensure the safety of passengers, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey does have permission to shoot

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Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

Torrential Rains Leave Parts of New York and New Jersey Drenched with Rail and Road Closures

Although the rain over New York and New Jersey has finally stopped, the overnight showers left many neighborhoods flooded. ABC News reports that LaGuardia Airport rain meters recorded rainfall totals as high as five-and-a-half inches last night. Thanks to

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Artist Coby Kennedy Transforms Brooklyn Street Signs into Post-Apocalyptic Weaponry

Artist Coby Kennedy Transforms Brooklyn Street Signs into Post-Apocalyptic Weaponry

If you feel like life in New York is a constant battle against rent hikes, Coby Kennedy feels your pain. In response to the rapid gentrification and sky-high apartment prices that have engulfed areas the city over the past few years, the Brooklyn-based

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Green-Roofed Solaire Tower Offers LEED Gold Luxury Living in Battery Park

Green-Roofed Solaire Tower Offers LEED Gold Luxury Living in Battery Park

The Solaire is a 27-story luxury rental building in Battery Park located at 20 River Terrace next to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. Developed by The Albanese Organization, the eco-tower was the first high-rise residential building in the United States to

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MTA Testing Solar-Powered Kiosks That Can Run for 10 Days on Just a Little Sunlight

MTA Testing Solar-Powered Kiosks That Can Run for 10 Days on Just a Little Sunlight

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the MTA are adding even more ways for NY commuters to access real-time train, subway and bus information with new solar-powered kiosks. The MTA and NYC Transit are testing a set of the sun-fueled units at Metro-North’s Woodlawn station.

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Evan Z. Crane Gives Heirloom Furniture a Modern Twist

BKLYN Designs 2014: Evan Z. Crane Gives Heirloom Furniture a Modern Twist

When ordering pieces from Crane, customers can choose from a variety of reclaimed woods, lacquer colors and upholstery options, but the studio’s showcase pieces are awesome as is. Take the unusual Six Legs Bench, for example, a low-slung sapele bench with

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Nathan Sawaya’s Repurposed LEGO ‘Hugman’ Sculptures Spread the Love in New York’s Clement Clarke Moore Park

Nathan Sawaya’s Repurposed LEGO ‘Hugman’ Sculptures Spread the Love in New York’s Clement Clarke Moore Park

Here at Inhabitat we love anything LEGO, so it’s no surprise that we’re pretty fond of world-reknowned LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya. Just in time for Earth Day, Sawaya impressed us again–this time with a series of Hugman sculptures recently installed at Clement

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