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7 Gorgeous Vertical Gardens That Bring Living, Growing Art to the Walls of New York City

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Could Locally-Generated Solar Power be the Key to NYC Storm Resiliency?

by , 08/29/14
filed under: News,Resiliency,Solar Power

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One company’s bid to win a $30 million grant put up for grabs by the NYC Economic Development Corporation could be a major game changer in terms of urban resiliency in situations where severe weather paralyzes communication efforts. BlocPower, an energy efficiency company run out of NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering’s Urban Future Center, is one of the 37 finalists in the Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy (RISE-NYC) contest, which seeks to find “new technologies and solutions to make New York City businesses more resilient to the impacts of future storms, sea level rise and other effects of climate change.”

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HGTV’s David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips on How to Take Your Tiny Apartment from Poky Pad to Super Suite

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5 Green Things You Might Not Know About Roberta’s Pizza

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World’s First 3D-Printed Estate Will Boast a Pool and 2,400-sq-ft House

by , 08/28/14

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3D printing has been used to create everything from entire rooms to salt houses and even a castle. But now architect Adam Kushner wants to take the technology to a whole new level by 3D printing an entire estate. Kushner has grand plans to fabricate an entire 2,400-square-foot home complete with four bedrooms and a swimming pool in Gardiner, New York. If the bold new project is successful, it would be the first 3D-printed estate in the world.

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Learn How Citi Bike Cleans Its Rides with Gunk-Eating OzzyJuice Microbes

by , 08/27/14
filed under: Biking,Transportation


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Citi Bike has revolutionized green transportation in New York City, with over 10 million trips taken so far. But with so many rides on a daily basis, the popular bike sharing program does require some heavy maintenance to keep its bikes running smoothly. So just how do they keep their famous blue bikes squeaky clean and rust-free, you ask? With OzzyJuice, of course!

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Did You Know That There’s a 292,000-sq-ft Green Roof Atop the Jacob Javits Center?

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Millions of people pass through the doors of Manhattan’s glassy Jacob Javits Center each year, but most have no idea what lies right above their heads. While it might not be obvious from below, the sprawling convention center is home to the second largest green roof on a single, free-standing building in the United States. Durham-based company Xero Flor was responsible for transforming 292,000 square feet of the urban rooftop into an energy-saving green haven using sedum grown on a farm in Upstate New York.

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Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck Parts

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Looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to enjoy the last days of summer? How does staying at a floating, sustainable hotel made from repurposed truck parts sound? Designed by architects Matteo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros of design company ComboColab, the Truck-a-Float Hotel offers four separate sleeping pods made out of old windowed truck cabs. The unique accommodations, moored at Marina 59 in Far Rockaway, will only set you back between $60 and $90 per night.

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50,000 Bees Found Living in Woman’s Ceiling


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Frieda Turkmenilli wasn’t too perturbed when she noticed a few bees flying around her Queens apartment. However, other residents living in the Elmhurst building were a bit more wary of the buzzing tenants and informed the property manager. Upon closer inspection, an astounding 50,000 bees were found to be living in Turkmenilli’s ceiling!

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7 Amazingly Intricate Dollhouse-Sized Scenes of NYC by Alan Wolfson

by , 08/26/14
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Newly Completed Hudson Woods Complex Offers Serene Eco-Living Deep in the Catskills

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VIDEO: IKEA’s Augmented Reality App Lets You Visualize Furniture in Your Home Before You Buy

by , 08/25/14

Buying new furniture can be a big commitment, especially given the cost and energy associated with shipping and setting up a large piece. What happens if you go through all of the pains of getting a new couch, table or wardrobe to your house, only to see that it just doesn’t look right in the space? IKEA is hoping to save their customers from these frustrations with their augmented reality app, which lets you visualize how pieces will actually look in your home. You can set up entire rooms and even send them to others to see what they think, saving time, money, fuel and headaches. We recently got a chance to see how the app works in person. Check out our video of it in action above!

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Only Two Weeks Left to See “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile” at MCNY

by , 08/25/14

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So-Called “Ugliest House in Queens” is Actually an Eco-Friendly Breath of Fresh Air

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Come Celebrate the Busy Bees that Keep New York Buzzing with NYC Honey Week

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The city will be buzzing September 8 – 14 as New York City honey week kicks off! Touted as the “Celebration of the busy bees who pollinate the city that never sleeps,” the event is a citywide celebration of the insects that keep the world humming. To celebrate, there will be honey tastings, cooking classes, tours and a daylong Honey Fest  with contests and a parade at Rockaway Beach.

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Far Rockaway Pipeline Project Moves Ahead Despite Community Concerns

Far Rockaway Pipeline Project Moves Ahead Despite Community Concerns

Far Rockaway has not had the best luck as of late. The area is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, and now a massive, underground gas pipeline is posing a new threat to residents. Al Jazeera America reports that the three-mile Rockaway Delivery

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A New Floating Library is Coming to NYC!

A New Floating Library is Coming to NYC!

Get out your reading glasses because a new floating library is coming to NYC next month! From September 6th to October 3rd, the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 will be transformed into a pop-up library on the water. Conceived by artist Beatrice Glow,

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8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

This Lower East Side apartment makes 432 sq. ft. of space go a long way with a few simple tricks. Clutter-free surfaces, bright pops of color on a neutral background and a mirrored wall that bounces back natural light back all make the studio appear larger

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See the Creative Way This Brooklyn Warehouse is Being Saved From Demolition

See the Creative Way This Brooklyn Warehouse is Being Saved From Demolition

Looks like we can add another Brooklyn warehouse to the saved local architecture list. Cayuga Capital Management has hopped on the adaptive reuse bandwagon by deciding to “restyle” an old warehouse at 79 Quay instead of completely demolishing the beautiful

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Citi Bike Unveils Slightly Less Confusing Kiosks Created by Design Students

Citi Bike Unveils Slightly Less Confusing Kiosks Created by Design Students

Citi Bike has announced that its kiosks will be getting a much-needed makeover thanks to a few first-year design students. Last year, the bike company participated in Jill Nussbaum’s Design in Public Spaces course, challenging MFA Interaction Design students

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A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency. The Department of Buildings recently posted the results of a completed

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Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Originally constructed in 1841 by Alexander Jackson Davis, The Octagon was an island retreat that featured a beautiful rotunda with a ‘flying’ spiral staircase. Then in 1894, it was converted into the Metropolitan Hospital and used as an asylum until 1955

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Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

We know the names and stories of male CEOs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, but what about female entrepreneurs? What do their lives look like? That’s exactly what filmmaker Erin Bagwell decided to find out in her new documentary Dream, Girl.

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Humans of New York Turns Its Lens on the Middle East in a Moving Series of New Portraits

Humans of New York Turns Its Lens on the Middle East in a Moving Series of New Portraits

The UN enlisted Stanton to help his followers gain a more global perspective, as well as to help bolster the Millennium Development Goals, a list seeking to better the world with humanitarian goals like halving extreme poverty rates and ending the spread of

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Tour Deke’s Tiny Dumpster House from 2 Broke Girls (VIDEO)

Tour Deke’s Tiny Dumpster House from 2 Broke Girls (VIDEO)

If Deke’s house seems familiar to you, it may be because it looks an awful lot like the real-life dumpster digs of artist Gregory Kloehn. Just like Kloehn’s, Deke’s place has a hand-crank mechanism that reveals a set of windows to bring daylight into the abode

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