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Pop-up dumpster gardens coming to the Gowanus Canal this summer

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The terms ‘dumpster’ and ‘stormwater management’ aren’t typically uttered in the same breath, but Alloy Development thinks they should be. The real estate company recently received approval to put six dumpsters filled with plants and trees in parking spaces around Gowanus to soak up some of the rainwater that would otherwise run off into the canal and contribute to flooding. Each of the ‘dumpster gardens’ can hold up to 2,000 gallons of water, lending to the project’s name: The 2,000 Gallon Project.

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NYC unveils new renderings for highly-anticipated Citywide Ferry System vessels

by , 06/24/16

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Mayor Bill de Blasio recently unveiled new vessel renderings for NYC’s much-anticipated Citywide Ferry Service, which is expected to hit Big Apple waterways in 2017. The nineteen vessels, which will serve 21 landings across the five NYC boroughs, will include many modern amenities designed for the daily commuter such as charging stations, concessions and free Wi-Fi.

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You might soon be able to live inside of the iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel

by , 06/23/16
filed under: Manhattan,News

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If you thought staying at the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel was an incredible privilege, what about living there? Word on the street is that historic NYC landmark may soon be shifting its business model to make room for some permanent residents. According to Crain’s, the owner of the iconic Park Avenue hotel, China-based Anbang Insurance Group, is planning to convert about 1,000 of the swanky hotel rooms into luxury condos.

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Con Edison announces plans for virtual power plant that connects solar-plus-storage systems

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New York utility Consolidated Edison just announced plans to launch a $15 million virtual power plant pilot program this summer that will connect residential solar-plus-storage systems to improve electricity grid resiliency. About 300 homes in Brooklyn and Queens are to be equipped with 7-kilowatt to 9-kilowatt high-efficiency rooftop solar panels from SunPower and a 6-kilowatt/19.4-kilowatt-hour energy storage system from Sunverge. The program is expected to integrate more than 1.8 megawatts of solar power and about 1.8 MW, or 4 MWh, of battery storage.

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Cars to be banned from 7-mile stretch of NYC once again for Summer Streets in August

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Summer officially begins today, and with it comes a slew of fun events around the city. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Summer Streets, and annual event that shuts down a portion of Manhattan to car traffic, will return this August with Citi as the first-time title sponsor. The fun will stretch from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, replacing car traffic with open space for running, biking, and participating in a host of organized activities. Summer Streets happens on three consecutive Saturdays in August and will this year be supplemented for the first time by a one-day event in lower Manhattan called Shared Streets.

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World’s tallest free-fall tower ride could be built atop Penn Station

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Designers imagine ‘giant condom’ floating pedestrian tunnel as stopgap for L Train shutdown

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Seeing a random condom strewn on a park bench is not a rare sight in New York, but what about a giant one that crosses the East River? Reminiscent of a ribbed, XXL Jimmy Hat, the inflatable floating tunnel you see above is AECOM’s suggestion for how New Yorkers might be able to make it from Brooklyn to Manhattan and vice versa during the impending L Train shutdown. The proposal was just one of 33 that were “floated” this Sunday at the Van Alen Institute’s “L Train Charrette”.

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$4 billion LaGuardia Airport revamp set to begin this summer

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LaGuardia Airport’s much-anticipated overhaul is scheduled to begin this summer. The plan, announced by Governor Cuomo last year, will include a complete rebirth of the airport’s Central Terminal Building. The $4 billion project will see the parking garage in front of the Central Terminal demolished to make way for a new 1.3 million-square-foot building with pedestrian bridges to allow for “improved airline circulation and gate flexibility” for passengers.

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Environmental groups call for Indian Point nuclear plant shutdown citing radioactive leakage, equipment failures and expired licenses

by , 06/16/16
filed under: Energy,News

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The Indian Point Energy Center is a three-unit nuclear power plant 24 miles north of NYC, and it has become more than just a big environmental problem in recent years. The plant, which has been leaking radioactive materials into the Hudson River for the past several months, is now the subject of an outright battle between local citizens and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and there is no end in sight. After the NRC’s recent assessment declaring the nuclear power plant “safe,” elected officials and environmental advocates are calling the bluff, and renewing efforts to shut down the plant before contamination levels increase further.

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NY City Council may turn the 5-cent bag fee into a 5-cent bag refund to appease state lawmakers

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NYC’s pending five-cent plastic bag fee was approved by both the City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio last month, but now it may not happen. What began as an unpopular initiative has grown into a true controversy, with the political machine showing its muscle. After Albany lawmakers in the Senate approved a bill last week that would effectively create a statewide ban on any kind of bag fee or tax, the City Council has one last chance to revamp its measure into something the state Assembly might like. And, at least for the time being, the power is in the hands of a man who happens to be from the one borough that didn’t like the city’s bag fee, the Bronx. That man is Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

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Who let the cats out? Tomorrow is the first-ever ‘Take Your Cat on an Adventure’ Day (VIDEO)

by , 06/14/16
filed under: Animals,Green Space

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Green walls and a yoga studio are just some of the perks at this new wellness-focused co-working space

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Solar Impulse 2 lands in New York City, final U.S. destination

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Swiss pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard brought their vision for a clean energy future to New York City with the successful landing of their sun-powered, zero-emissions Solar Impulse 2 airplane at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Saturday morning. Before arriving at its final stop in the United States as part of a journey around the world, SI2 flew over the Statue of Liberty. “It was symbolic to fly over the Statue of Liberty being free from fossil fuel,” said Borschberg, who was in the cockpit for the 14th leg of the trip — a five hour flight from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania to NYC (Piccard is taking the helm for the cross-Atlantic portion).

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Statue of Liberty at high risk due to climate change, says new report

by , 06/13/16
filed under: Climate Change,News

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Climate change has already been wreaking havoc across the world, but, according to a new study, NYC’s beloved Statue of Liberty could be its next victim. The UNESCO report, entitled “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate,” warns that the historic landmark, along with many World Heritage sites like Venice, Stonehenge, and the Galapagos Islands, are at risk of impending damage stemming from climate change.

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Long Island welcomes bats that can eat 1,000 mosquitoes an hour to fight Zika

by , 06/12/16
filed under: Animals,Health,Long Island

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New EOS eco-tower gives residents access to hooked-up Nike gym and rooftop recreation area

New EOS eco-tower gives residents access to hooked-up Nike gym and rooftop recreation area

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EŌS, The Durst Organization’s 47-story luxury mixed-use tower, which begins residential leasing this month.

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Rooftop park and LEED Gold-seeking tower coming to vacant building in Long Island City

Rooftop park and LEED Gold-seeking tower coming to vacant building in Long Island City

“We are investing in this community because Queens is our home and we believe strongly in the neighborhood,” said Peter Kosteas, commercial property manager of Alma Realty.

“In a matter of months, the building will become home to what we as a a

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LEED Gold-seeking 10 Hudson Yards marks mega-development’s first completed building

LEED Gold-seeking 10 Hudson Yards marks mega-development’s first completed building

Related: Hudson Yards to Get a Massive 51-Story LEED Gold Commercial Complex

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Via Curbed NY

Images via Steve Freihon and 10 Hudson Yards

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Escobedo Soliz Studio’s colorful woven rope “sky” blankets MoMA PS1 (PHOTOS)

Escobedo Soliz Studio’s colorful woven rope “sky” blankets MoMA PS1 (PHOTOS)

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State Senate attempts roadblock to derail NYC’s plastic bag fee

State Senate attempts roadblock to derail NYC’s plastic bag fee

Despite the efforts of NYC leaders to push the city in a greener direction, the state Senate has other ideas. Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat from Brooklyn who caucuses with Republicans, introduced a new bill that would essentially reverse NYC’s bag de

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