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Eat and drink at these fun floating bars and restaurants this summer

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Could the world’s first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to a neighborhood near you?

by , 07/01/15
filed under: Architecture,News,Water

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Could the world’s first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to your nabe? +POOL has been inching closer to its dream of building a plus-shaped swimming pool that would let New Yorkers swim in cleaned-up river water, and now it’s looking at a number of possible locations for the project to land. Can you imagine hitting a riverside (or is it rivertop?) pool in Long Island City or Astoria? Those are just two of the prospective spots that could soon be home to the groundbreaking watering hole.

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Studio Dror challenges trend of ultra-slim towers by unveiling three innovative building designs

by , 06/30/15
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Peek inside the beautiful sustainable home an architect designed for her family

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Could cloning bring back Astoria’s beloved 100-year-old tree?

by , 06/29/15
filed under: Green Space,Queens

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A lonely stump now reminds residents of 34th Street in Astoria of the spot where their beloved 100-year-old tree used to stand. The Parks Department cut down the massive American Elm in March after it began showing signs of decay. Although the tree has been gone for months, there is a chance the nabe could have it back – in a way. An arborist has stepped in to try to regrow the tree from cuttings salvaged by a sentimental local.

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Redesigned 3 WTC axes rooftop spires to fit in with new neighbor

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Silverstein Properties recently revealed a new change to the design of 3 World Trade Center, which has been under construction since 2013. Instead of being topped with towering masts, the roof of the building will be much more streamlined. This revision is in response to the reveal of the design for the building’s next-door neighbor, Bjarke Ingels’ 2 World Trade Center, and a reminder that even the best-laid plans can always be tweaked for the better.

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Giant water-purifying vertical garden pops up at MoMA PS1

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Students celebrate earth-friendly lunches with a giant puppet show in Union Square

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Last month, six of the largest school districts in the U.S. – including schools in New York City – decided to switch away from polystyrene trays to earth-friendly compostable plates. The new eco-friendly plates have landed in many city schools, and to celebrate, students held a massive celebration. On June 22, students threw a show in Union Square with larger than life puppets made out of the polystyrene trays from the cafeterias.

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One of these quirky New York dome homes could be yours

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Last week we brought you luxurious, sustainable homes in the Hamptons, but this week we’re in search of quirky dome homes across the New York state—particularly those that you can actually spend a night or two in. First on our list is Kevin Shea’s Long Island’s Green Dome. This beauty is the world’s largest dome home measuring 70 feet in diameter and 45-feet-high, and is in fact so big that you could actually fit two standard-sized houses inside. This cool dome is both wind- and solar-powered and features an open-plan design with smaller spaces that can be open or closed to the interior space. The price? It could be yours for $1 million.

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Skylit penthouse studio’s clever built-ins make smart use of limited space

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Preview LMHQ’s new “clubhouse” for Lower Manhattan professionals for free this week

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It’s not a co-working space. That’s the first thing the Downtown Alliance wants you to know about Lower Manhattan HQ (LMHQ), its new 12,500-square-foot, whiteboard-walled, coffee-equipped clubhouse at 150 Broadway. Yes, you can go there to work, or even get in a meeting or two, but LMHQ’s main objective is to serve as a sort of “living room” for downtown Manhattan professionals looking to network, recharge, or learn something new. The vibrant new space will be launching next week on July 1st, but is offering New Yorkers a sneak preview at its #OFFSITE festival featuring speakers from Smorgasburg, Control Group, Maple and more through June 26th.

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Andrés Jaque’s mesmerizing water-purifying COSMO pavilion pops up at MoMA PS1

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MoMA PS1‘s courtyard is now home to a giant water-purifying pavilion, which took home the grand prize for this year’s 2015 Young Architects Program Competition. Conceptualized by architect Andrés Jaque and his team at the Office for Political Innovation, COSMO is a bio-chemical tower engineered to raise awareness of global water poverty and serve as an easily replicated model for providing access to drinking water around the world.

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Architect designs life-sized replica of Empire State Building made of wood

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Step inside a replica of the Seinfeld apartment for a few days only this week

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HWKN chosen to design $3 million Bard College campus expansion

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New York-based architectural firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) has been selected to design the $3 million campus expansion for Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies. The prestigious art and design institute is a leading educational center dedicated to the study of art, and often collaborates with major starchitects such as Frank Gehry and Rafael Viñoly, so it’s only fitting that their new space be designed by one of NYC’s premier architectural firms.

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Soofa’s solar bench lets people charge electronics on city streets for free

Soofa’s solar bench lets people charge electronics on city streets for free

Part bench, part USB charger, Soofa’s solar bench soaks up sun and provides a welcome place to rest one’s bum.

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Access your own 25,000-sq-ft rooftop “hipster playground” at ODA’s new Bushwick apartments

Access your own 25,000-sq-ft rooftop “hipster playground” at ODA’s new Bushwick apartments

The 25,500 sf of modulating landscaped rooftop which will include:

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NYC announces permanent car ban for Central Park and Prospect Park

NYC announces permanent car ban for Central Park and Prospect Park

“Prospect Park has always been my family’s backyard. That’s a sentiment New Yorkers in every borough feel about their parks. Making the loop drives in Central and Prospect Parks permanently car-free for the first time in more than a century will a

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Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar arrives on the East River waterfront (PHOTOS)

Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar arrives on the East River waterfront (PHOTOS)

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Luxurious Hamptons homes that work with the environment rather than against it

Luxurious Hamptons homes that work with the environment rather than against it

The Hamptons is a place synonymous with summer, beaches and luxury. And though luxury can sometimes bring on excess, more than a handful of New Yorkers have taken an eco-stance when it comes to building on Long Island’s pricey beaches. Take a look at

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