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Governor Cuomo announces ambitious shared solar program for all NY residents

by , 01/30/15
filed under: Energy,News,Solar Power


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Last Week, Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda outlined an ambitious new program for New York that would finally enable all state residents to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy. The program, Shared Solar, as outlined by the governor, would allow renters and homeowners alike to connect to shared solar energy systems throughout New York, resulting in more energy savings as well as increasing the amount of clean energy in New York.

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You can now own a piece of the World Trade Center for just $5,000

by , 01/30/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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If you have $5,000, you can now buy a part of the World Trade Center and own an iconic piece of New York City. The developers of Three World Trade Center are turning to crowdfunding to drum up excitement and help pay for the forthcoming building, which is already under construction in lower Manhattan. Upon completion, the tower will be the third largest at the WTC site, although the project has been stalled a few times due to inadequate financial backing. This new crowdfunding effort seeks to end those problems.

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Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

by , 01/29/15
filed under: Climate Change,Food

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Do you think you’d be able to give up steaks and burgers for one day of the week? The latest city-supported health initiative is encouraging New Yorkers join the Meatless Monday movement and start their weeks off with an animal-free meal. The health and environment-focused resolution is being led by City Council members Helen Rosenthal and Corey Johnson, who asked the city last week to formally recognize Meatless Mondays and integrate the initiative into the city’s public awareness campaigns.

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Chinatown’s giant snowman is back!

by , 01/29/15
filed under: Art NYC,Manhattan

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Get those green thumbs ready! North Brooklyn Farms is relaunching its organic garden this spring

by , 01/28/15
filed under: Brooklyn,Food,Urban Farming

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Who’s ready to play in the dirt? After temporarily closing last September, North Brooklyn Farms will soon be reopening in a new and improved location. Still located in Williamsburg, the organic cooperative will be plowing new dirt at a larger space next to the former Domino sugar refinery building.

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LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Food,News,Weather

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While New York City managed to remain relatively unscathed by the first big snowstorm of the year, we’re still facing a bigger and even scarier emergency – a major shortage of kale. In an effort to prepare for what was being called a historic blizzard, many New Yorkers stockpiled basic supplies recommended to go off grid for days if necessary. But for those determined not to skimp on their superfood intake while they waited out the storm, kale was in high demand and short supply, as documented by lovers of the leafy greens on social media networks.

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zeroHouse offers luxurious living in a fully self-sustaining modular home

by , 01/27/15

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NYC farmer Annie Novak shares the ins & outs of rooftop farming in the winter

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Rooftop farming during the winter may seem like a bleak prospect, but Annie Novak of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn says that winter on a farm is far from fallow. In the Wilder Quarterly, a Brooklyn-based magazine geared toward contemporary gardeners and growers, Novak shares the details of wintery urban agriculture while reflecting on the struggles she and other farmers faced over 2012 because of 2011′s rough weather.

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‘Historic Blizzard’ begins covering New York in snow

by , 01/26/15
filed under: News,Weather

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Get those shovels ready, New York. According to the National Weather Service, NYC is about to get clobbered with the first major snowstorm of 2015 and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a big one. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the upcoming storm, which is expected to start on Monday, as what could be “one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city.”

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Fascinating photos show how old NYC subway cars are reborn on the sea floor

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Resolution 4′s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

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This new Times Square restaurant hides a giant living wall

by , 01/23/15
filed under: Architecture,Food,Manhattan

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Midtown’s brand new Hunt & Fish Club Restaurant may echo old New York glamour, but its sprawling living wall elevates the venue into modernity. Designed by Studio Iyor, the lush vertical garden hugs the eatery’s rear marble dining room. The verdant focal point spans the entire length of the room, and is equipped with a built-in self-watering system that keeps it looking fresh and beautiful.

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New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

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Remember BIG U, the giant, storm-resilient green strip proposed by the Bjarke Ingels Group to protect Manhattan from future super storms? The ambitious design was one of the winners of last year’s Rebuild by Design competition organized by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and took home $335 million towards implementation. Now, the city has begun taking steps (albeit baby ones) towards constructing the first phase of the project.

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Macabre cemetery island in the Bronx to be revamped into city park

by , 01/21/15
filed under: Bronx,Green Space

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Will Hart Island’s macabre past finally be laid to rest? Last week, Bronx Community Board 10 passed City Council legislation that would pave the way to transform the isolated burial ground section of the island into a city park. Under the new guidelines, the responsibility and upkeep of the grave site will be transferred from NYC’s Department of Corrections to the Parks Department.

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Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever sold in New York City

Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever sold in New York City

The 10,923-square-foot condo is housed in the luxurious mixed-used building on West 57th between Sixth and Seventh avenues. At 1,000-feet-tall, One57 is currently the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere - at least for the time-being.

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What would NYC’s 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a light rail system?

What would NYC’s 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a light rail system?

Ateliergeorges Studio’s design, From Infrastructure to Urban Renewal, focuses on connecting the city’s existing transportation systems into a new urban transit hub while simultaneously enhancing and interconnecting the surrounding green spaces and neighborhoods

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Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

Open to grand views on three sides, “Villa for an Aviator” comprises raised and stacked vertical volumes that mimic the motion of an ascending plane. Rather than keep a plane’s streamlined form, Urban Office Architecture reconstructs the aeronautical components

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Giant “Balloon Swing” could bring your childhood dreams to Long Island City

Giant “Balloon Swing” could bring your childhood dreams to Long Island City

If chosen for the event, Lockhart-Krause’s balloon swing would be located in a small clearing in the park adjacent to the East River in Long Island City. According to the architect, it was this particular space with its serene grove of trees that inspired

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BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

BKSK Architects’ LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

New York-based BKSK Architects is aiming high with their latest project, The Jefferson. The 115,000-square-foot, multi-family complex located on the East Village site of a former vaudeville theater by the same name is on track to earn LEED Gold certification

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