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New York’s Nordstrom Tower Set to Be the World’s Tallest Residential Building

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It looks like New York has trumped Chicago once again. Willis Tower recently lost to One World Trade Center when the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat counted 1 WTC’s spire as a permanent feature, bringing the height to a symbolic 1,776 feet compared to Willis’s 1,451 feet. Now a new Midtown NYC residential building is set to become the world’s tallest residential building and will beat out Willis Tower again with the highest roof in the nation, topping out at 1,579 feet. A spire at the top of Nordstrom Tower will bring the skyscraper just one foot shy of 1 WTC at 1,775 feet.

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Underwater Robot to Investigate Radiation Leak at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

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After a radiation leak was detected at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY in March, officials are finally planning to investigate the source of the problem using an underwater drone. The plan is to deploy a camera-equipped robot to seek out the source of the radioactive leak next week. The issue was first discovered when elevated levels of tritium in two monitoring wells were found and it was noticed that radioactive material was leaking out into the groundwater below the plant.

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Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

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Just when they thought they were finally beginning to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, some New Jersey residents are now saying that debris from the super storm is making them sick. When people in Roxbury, NJ began suffering from headaches, nosebleeds and vomiting, the cause was traced to fumes emanating from the nearby Fenimore landfill. The locals claim that their illnesses were caused by decaying Sandy wreckage dumped at the site, but an investigation has yet to confirm.

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Did the Masonic Pyramid on the Dollar Bill Inspire the Design of This Famous Park?

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Many of famed architect Louis Kahn’s works have an air of mystery about them, but his design for the FDR Four Freedoms Park may be the most enigmatic of all. Built four decades after his death in 1974, the posthumous memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his policies has today become one of the architect’s, and NYC’s, most popular urban spaces. While the memorial has been met with plenty of accolades for its seamless fusion of FDR’s core beliefs and Kahn’s signature style, its main inspiration is still unclear: Is it modeled after a boat’s prow referencing FDR’s love of the sea? Or is the shape speaking to something deeper? Recently unveiled sketches reveal that the design may have been influenced heavily by the masonic pyramid found on the back of the U.S. dollar bill.

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6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

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Adorable 35-Sq.-Ft. Study Cabin Was Built for $400 Using Recycled and Salvaged Materials

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Would You Pay 50 Percent More for Citi Bike in Order to Save It from Failure?

by , 07/08/14
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New Yorkers are pretty used to fare hikes because of the MTA, but it looks like another form of transportation may soon be getting more expensive as well. The NY Daily News reports that the city has been in discussions to potentially raise Citi Bike’s annual membership fee by up to 50 percent. If enacted, the hike would increase yearly membership prices from $95 to $140 or even $155.

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Fordham Hill Apartment Complex’s Switch to Combined Heat and Power Can Save It $10 Million

by , 07/07/14
filed under: Bronx,Energy,The Bronx

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The Bronx’s sprawling Fordham Hill residential complex is making green news by shifting its systems to combined heat and power (CHP) or cogeneration – integrated power stations that generate electricity and recover normally wasted heat as useful thermal energy. The fuel source can include natural gas, biogas, biomass or waste heat. The conversion to CHP will save Fordham Hill $10 million.

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See How This Studio Apartment Was Converted into a Space-Maximizing 2-Bedroom

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Prefab “Mini-Me” House Acts as an Adorable Smaller Sidekick to an Upstate New York Home

by , 07/06/14
filed under: Architecture,Upstate NY

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Did you know that houses can have sidekicks too? When the owners of a sprawling home in Carmel, New York asked Archi-Tectonics to help them design a suitable guest house, they ended up getting an adorable miniature version of the larger dwelling. Appropriately called the “Mini-Me” home, the smaller house was prefabricated off site and fit together to mirror the aesthetic of its big sister.

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Split-Rocker: Jeff Koons’ Giant Flower-Covered Creature Blooms at Rockefeller Center

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New Chicken Coop Pops Up at Edible Schoolyard NYC

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Chickens have come to roost at P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard thanks to a new coop. The green elementary school classroom was already home to a plotted farm and greenhouse + kitchen, and now its flock of fine-feathered friends will help educate children about the life cycle of food. The school plans to use the fowl to teach students the importance of sustainable food.

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MAP: Where to Charge Your Phone for Free at AT&T’s Solar-Powered Street Charge Stations

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Attend the 2014 Building Brooklyn Awards on July 23rd

by , 07/02/14

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Get a rare glimpse into Brooklyn’s burgeoning construction scene at this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards™, taking place on July 23, 2014. Presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the annual event will spotlight recently completed construction and renovation projects that have positively impacted the Brooklyn neighborhoods where they are located. Of this year’s 13 building honorees, 7 have significant sustainable features! The awards ceremony and cocktail reception will be held on July 23, 2014 at Williamsburgh Savings Bank – click here for tickets.

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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy-Efficient This Summer

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With the muggy conditions in NYC right now, shutting off your air conditioner might be the furthest thing from your mind – but why not at least make it more energy-efficient while it’s on? If you think about the fact that there are over 3,000,000 households in New York City, and many of them are running their ACs at the same time, you can imagine how much electricity is necessary, putting immense strain on our grid. If you want to chop down your summer utility bills and do your part to conserve electricity, the folks over at NYC Air Conditioning Repair Company have 3 simple tips to help you save energy this summer. Read on to see them all.

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Should Barbecuing Be Banned at This New York City Park?

Should Barbecuing Be Banned at This New York City Park?

BBQing is a favorite summer activity for many New Yorkers, but a small group of Brooklyn residents is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ban the practice in Prospect Park. Park Slope resident Daz Ryan recently posted a Change.org petition asking the city

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Support North Brooklyn Farms and Enjoy a July 4th Fireworks Party!

Support North Brooklyn Farms and Enjoy a July 4th Fireworks Party!

North Brooklyn Farms needs your help to continue their mission of activating vacant lots into vibrant urban farms, and they’re hosting a party this Friday for supporters.The first NBF farm opened at an abandoned Domino Sugar Factory site last year as an interim

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC This September

Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC This September

In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st and 22nd for what organizers are

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Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

Coney Island usually conjures up images of fun in the sun, but area residents are saying that a nearby creek is looking more like a nightmare. According to locals, the Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to clean out the western Coney Island

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Urban Beach, Mini-Golf Course and Beer Garden Pop Up in the Financial District

Urban Beach, Mini-Golf Course and Beer Garden Pop Up in the Financial District

New York’s Financial District is changing its buttoned-up image this summer with a pop-up urban beach and other fun activities to enjoy. The Downtown Alliance recently opened their newly transformed strip of Water Street between Whitehall and Wall as part

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Explore This Tiny 240-Square-Foot Studio’s Small Space Secrets!

Explore This Tiny 240-Square-Foot Studio’s Small Space Secrets!

When the client first reached out to Seggerman for his architectural expertise, Seggerman described it to Dwell saying, “you couldn’t imagine a place that was more messed up.” The client’s original apartment felt cramped and tiny even though the studio took

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Do Urban Bees Produce Better, Healthier Honey? (VIDEO)

Do Urban Bees Produce Better, Healthier Honey? (VIDEO)

Urban beekeeping is quite the rage right now in New York City, but is honey produced by city bees actually healthier as well? A video produced by Marta Franco for TIME takes a look at why honey from urban apiaries might be better for you than its country counterparts.

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World’s First Tower Made from Mushrooms Rises at PS1 in Queens, NY

World’s First Tower Made from Mushrooms Rises at PS1 in Queens, NY

More than just a public pavilion, the Hy-Fi tower is an experiment in biological architecture using a new method of bio-design conceived by David Benjamin. Rather than manufacturing the bricks, Benjamin and The Living actually grew the organic “bio-bricks”

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SNEAK PEEK: The Living’s Hy-Fi Mushroom Tower Opens Tomorrow at MoMA PS1

SNEAK PEEK: The Living’s Hy-Fi Mushroom Tower Opens Tomorrow at MoMA PS1

The most fascinating thing about The Living’s Hy-Fi tower is the fact that it was made using a relatively new paradigm in construction based on biological technologies. Rather than mixing concrete or manufacturing bricks, the materials that make up the Hy-Fi

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Wind Turbine-Topped Pearson Apartments Add a Sustainable New Silhouette to the LIC Skyline

Wind Turbine-Topped Pearson Apartments Add a Sustainable New Silhouette to the LIC Skyline

The Pearson’s three vertical wind turbines are produced by Urban Green Energy and are capable of providing power for all of the building’s common areas. While many New York City buildings are crowded by neighbors, The Pearson sits right next to a large train

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