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Brooklyn protesters flash Batman-style beacon asking mayor to take action on Bushwick Inlet Park

by , 03/10/15
filed under: Brooklyn,Green Space

Bushwick Inlet Park Protest

Fed-up residents in Williamsburg and Greenpoint hit the streets Batman-style last week to protest the long-overdue Bushwick Inlet Park they were promised 10 years ago. It’s now been more than a decade after Mayor Bloomberg committed to building the 28-acre park on the North Brooklyn waterfront, but little work has been done to complete the project. To call out the frustrating lack of progress, local residents used a tech projector to illuminate large protest messages asking Mayor de Blasio to address the issue.

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Javits Center’s massive green roof doubles as an urban bird oasis

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Looks like birds of a feather really do flock together – on the Jacob Javits Center‘s green roof, that is. The West Side convention center’s massive 29,200-square-foot green roof has been doing double duty as an avian oasis, according to a new study by the New York City Audubon and Fordham University. The report reveals that almost a dozen different species have been spotted on the sedum-covered rooftop since last summer.

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Did you know there are coyotes living in NYC parks?

by , 03/09/15

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Awoooooo! If you’ve been hearing howling lately, it’s not just because you’ve watched too many Twilight movies. According to reports, Eastern coyotes have been slowly taking up residence in New York parks for years now, and it looks like these savvy predators are set on becoming bona fide New Yorkers. In fact, with so many sightings in various city parks over the past few years, researchers from the Gotham Coyote Project have been tracking and studying the movements of the enigmatic animals’ colonization of the city.

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New study finds that breathing polluted air in NY can increase stroke risk

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According to new findings from the NYU Langone Medical Center, highly polluted air in parts of New York state could greatly increase the risk of strokes. This is because dirty air can cause the arteries in the head and neck to narrow (Carotid Artery Stenosis), limiting oxygen to the brain. The study, conducted by Dr. Jonathon Newman, examined 30,000 New York area residents and found that the risk of oxygen shortage to the brain increases by nearly 25% in the most polluted areas of the state.

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What do Robert Moses and Batman have in common? A lot, according to this new graphic novel

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s eco-friendly NYC apartment rents for a cool $25,000 a month

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This cool GIF shows the growth of the NYC subway system before your very eyes

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Ever wonder how our city’s incredible subway system started out? The designers at Appealing Industries have created a useful GIF that brings the history of the MTA to life. The illustrative map of the boroughs (seen over at BoingBoing) features color-coded lines that branch out to tell the story of the NYC subway in chronological order. See the GIF in action after the jump.

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Take a gander at the over-budget and much-delayed WTC Transportation Hub from the inside

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First residential building at Domino Sugar site breaks ground

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A massive floating hotel could be coming to NYC

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New York City’s West Side may soon be getting a massive floating hotel if the folks behind the much-anticipated SuperPier anti-mall have their way. Youngwoo & Associates, the developers of the shipping container megaproject, have hatched a plan with RXR Realty to transform a decommissioned cruise ship into Manhattan’s first permanent hotel at sea. The team was inspired by the Anheuser-Busch “Bud Light” hotel that took over a Norwegian Cruise Line ship during Superbowl XLVIII.

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MAP: Citi Bike reveals new station locations in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

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North Brooklyn residents who’ve been waiting with bated breath for news about Citi Bike‘s expansion into the area will be pleased to learn that the locations of the planned stations are now available. Published by The Brooklyn Paper today, a new map reveals the forthcoming blue bike pickup points and will help Greenpoint and Williamsburg cyclists locate the stations closest to them.

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Greenery-like sculptures bring life to a dreary intersection in Gowanus, Brooklyn

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Giant NYC heart sculpture will soon transform into a “Heartseat”

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Paula Hayes’ intriguing ‘Gazing Globes’ take over Madison Square Park (PHOTOS)

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Experts say more snow often leads to prettier spring gardens

by , 02/25/15
filed under: Weather

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If this unfathomably long, cold winter is getting you down, you’ll be happy to hear that there is a silver lining to our cold-weather doldrums. According to local NYC ecology experts, the more snow, the better (when it comes to gardening, that is)! The deep snow cover that has yet to melt away is acting as a supreme insulator for the soil underneath, meaning that we can expect abundant, lush flora this coming spring.

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Have you seen the revolutionary “Dryline” flood barrier coming to NYC’s East River? (VIDEO)

Have you seen the revolutionary “Dryline” flood barrier coming to NYC’s East River? (VIDEO)

The Dryline – BIG Teams Vision for Rebuild by Design from BIG on Vimeo.

It looks like the Bjarke Ingels Group’s BIG U proposal to create a flood barrier along Manhattan’s East River is moving forward with a catchy new name and an exciting video to go along

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Check out + POOL’s free art installation at the Ace Hotel to learn about NYC’s first river-purifying pool

Check out + POOL’s free art installation at the Ace Hotel to learn about NYC’s first river-purifying pool

If the idea of taking a dip on a warm, sunny summer day sounds really good to you right about now, + POOL has a treat for you over at the Ace Hotel. The team behind the initiative to build the world’s first river-purifying floating pool has launched a free

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INFOGRAPHIC: How many miles do elevators in the world’s tallest buildings travel a year?

INFOGRAPHIC: How many miles do elevators in the world’s tallest buildings travel a year?

Super-tall skyscrapers are more en vogue now than ever, but what is it like living in one? And more specifically, how long are the elevator rides? The inquisitive folks over at the WSJ answered this question with a nifty infographic comparing the tallest

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IKEA debuts 2015 kitchen line filled with ultra-efficient, space-saving designs (PHOTOS)

IKEA debuts 2015 kitchen line filled with ultra-efficient, space-saving designs (PHOTOS)

The highlight of SEKTION is its stackable soft-close drawer system, which discreetly stows everything from kitchen tools, linens, pots and pans, to recycling bins, in easy to pull-out “drawers within drawers” – so there’s no reaching, bending or crawling through

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Do some yoga in this cozy log cabin to escape the winter blues

Do some yoga in this cozy log cabin to escape the winter blues

Looking to get bendy in a rustic natural setting? Check out Alley Pond Environmental Center’s new “Yoga in the Elements” classes. Located in northeast Queens, the non-profit’s environmental center is offering the utmost in wintertime exercise inside of their

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