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Boring Rental Towers Replacing 5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Add Insult to Injury

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Many New Yorkers were crushed by the news that Queens graffiti mecca 5 Pointz would be razed to make way for yet another condo development, and new renderings of the forthcoming complex are just adding insult to injury. New York YIMBY recently obtained the latest design plans for the rental towers replacing the formerly vibrant building, and they look about as interesting as a bag of rocks. Even more offensive, it seems that the space the developers promised to set aside for artists to use as a new canvas will barely even be visible.

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BOOK REVIEW: Leslie Adatto Explores 101 Fantastic Urban Rooftops Across New York City

by , 08/01/14

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When Leslie Adatto moved to New York City in 2010, she did something that most New Yorkers simply forget to do–she looked up. By choosing to explore a side of the city hidden right above our heads, Adatto uncovered a bevy of elevated urban oases across the five boroughs and distilled them into her new book, “Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops.” Read on for our thoughts on the book, which showcases a wide variety of urban rooftops that will appeal to everyone from the contemplative garden-lover to the adrenaline-seeking explorer!

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Check Out This Giant Map of NYC Neighborhoods Made From Hundreds of Smaller Maps

by , 07/31/14
filed under: Art NYC,Brooklyn

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It’s rare to see anyone using paper maps nowadays since we’ve become so accustomed to pulling up directions on our phones. But for artist Martin McCormack, creator of The Great NYC Mapping Project, old-fashioned maps are far from obsolete; rather, they serve as mementos and as means to preserve the history of a constantly changing city. The self-described urban explorer scavenged New York City streets for over four years, collecting sundry maps from various restaurants and small businesses throughout the five boroughs. The result of his work, an epic 10′x16′ collage of the city, is on display now at the Ground Floor Gallery’s “Staycation” summer exhibition through August 17.  His work is one of six original art displays from local artists bringing a view of New York City through the eyes of its creative talent.

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Summer Streets NYC Will Once Again Ban Cars from 7 Miles of Manhattan in August

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NYC’s annual Summer Streets festival is returning once again this August to turn almost 7 miles of Manhattan into a car-less haven for pedestrians. Residents, visitors and tourists alike will get a rare chance to walk the streets of the city without fear of being run down by taxi cabs or cars. The event will also offer a variety of performances, free bike rentals (and free helmets!), ziplining, health and wellness workshops, rockclimbing, water stations, art and more.

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8 Amazing Hidden Rooftop Houses You’ve Probably Never Noticed in New York City

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Curiously Tiny Door Pops Up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Mayor de Blasio Vows to Close the Door on “Poor Door” Practices in NYC

by , 07/30/14
filed under: Manhattan,News,Politics

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In response to the public outrage caused by news of a “poor door” entrance designated for affordable housing tenants at an Upper East Side luxury condo development, Mayor de Blasio is publicly rebuking landlord practices that segregate tenants based on income. The mayor’s administration has announced plans to put an end to such policies by making changes to zoning codes in the fall of 2014, but the process is likely to take a year to come into effect.

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Did This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Poster’s 9/11 Imagery Go Too Far?

by , 07/30/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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There’s already been a ton of hype surrounding the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, but not all of the attention has been positive. A new poster pairing a pic of the reptilian heroes jumping out of an exploding building with not-so-subtle text calling out the film’s September 11th release date in Australia has been met with ire. For now, it’s unclear whether the distasteful juxtaposition that calls back to the 9/11 tragedy New Yorkers remember so well was purposeful or just a design flub. Read on to see the full poster and judge for yourself.

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Garage Filled with 1,000 Plants Gives Yellow Cab Drivers a Breath of Fresh Air

by , 07/29/14
filed under: Green Building,News,Queens

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We’ve seen some amazing green interiors, but an automotive garage? The anonymous owner of a taxi garage in Queens, New York recently shared this photo of his space filled with 1,000 plants with NBC News. “I like to be in a nice environment, a clean environment,” he said. “That’s why all my cars are hybrids and that’s why we have all the plants.” We bet the greenery helps clear out some of those nasty car smells too.

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8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

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VIDEO: See How Staten Island Eels Help Measure Improved Water Quality in NYC

by , 07/28/14
filed under: Staten Island,Water

Did you know that there are eels living in Staten Island? The slippery creatures add to the Staten Island Bluebelt’s ecological diversity, but they also do double duty as indicators of the borough’s award-winning, stormwater management system, which preserves natural drainage corridors like ponds, streams and other wetland areas. Check out the video above to see how counting the eels helps researchers determine the water quality in the area.

+ NYC Water YouTube Channel

 

Pensa’s New Swiss Army Knife-Like Merge Bike Can Even Charge Your Smartphone

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PARA-project Transforms a 1930s Attic into Stunning Writer’s Workshop and Library

by , 07/28/14
filed under: Architecture,Upstate NY

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Tour Kickstarter’s Beautiful New Green-Roofed Headquarters Inside an Old Pencil Factory

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Who Put This Mysterious Little Living Room on One of NYC’s Most Deserted Islands?

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Has someone turned New York’s North Brother Island into their own personal outdoor living room? Kayaker Jamie Roderick recently shared the mysterious set-up he spied on the 13-acre islet off the Bronx with The Gothamist, and it’s really got us wondering.

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Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

New York’s High Line has helped liven up Manhattan’s West Side and soon another elevated park could do the same for a garbage station on the Upper East Side. The NY Daily News reports that the city is considering a proposal to dress up the Asphalt Green

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Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline’s Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline’s Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

The LowLine could be the world’s first underground park–if it gets the funding to happen. Promoted as New York City’s next revolutionary green space, the design concept flips the idea of elevated parks on its head and buries them underground. Girls creator Lena

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See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog Drops Next Month

See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog Drops Next Month

“Everyone goes to sleep and wakes up, but everything in between those moments is very personal,” said Patty Lobell, Sales Manager, IKEA U.S. “We all have individual needs when it comes to our morning and evening routines. IKEA understands how people live

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Citi Bike Could Double Its Bike-Share Fleet with Multimillion-Dollar Investment Deal

Citi Bike Could Double Its Bike-Share Fleet with Multimillion-Dollar Investment Deal

Earlier this year, the future of NYC’s Citi Bike looked bleak after reports of “significant financial and operational issues,” but a multimillion-dollar deal expected to close in a week is poised to keep the bike-share program rolling. According to the Wall Street Journal, REQX Ventures, an affiliate of real-estate tycoon Related Companies, has been in talks with Citi Bike operator Alta Bicycle Share Inc. for several months. The new investment could double Citi Bike’s fleet and expand the program’s footprint to upper Manhattan, southern Brooklyn and Queens.

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Vandals Break into Historic NY State Pavilion, Damage 50-Year-Old Terrazzo Map with Fire

Vandals Break into Historic NY State Pavilion, Damage 50-Year-Old Terrazzo Map with Fire

Just when things were looking up for the NY State Pavilion a new report says vandals ruined part of the 50-year-old terrazzo map. A motely crew reportedly broke into the historic park last weekend and set fire to a stolen van. Thankfully the van did not explode,

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Solar-Powered Boogie Down Booth Pops Up Under a South Bronx Subway Station

Solar-Powered Boogie Down Booth Pops Up Under a South Bronx Subway Station

One of New York’s hottest music scenes can now be found in a very unexpected spot! Yesterday, the NYC Department of Transportation and the Design Trust for Public Space unveiled the “Boogie Down Booth”—a 24/7, all-access Bronx-born music experience

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What is a “Poor Door” and Why Is It Causing So Much Controversy?

What is a “Poor Door” and Why Is It Causing So Much Controversy?

Sanctioned racial segregation was abolished in the U.S. in 1964, but a recent housing decision has shown that class segregation is still alive and well in New York City. The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development recently approved a controversial

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Green Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Bronx to Randall’s Island Nears 2015 Completion Date

Green Pedestrian Pathway Connecting Bronx to Randall’s Island Nears 2015 Completion Date

Uptown nature lovers will soon be able to enjoy a pedestrian pathway connecting Randall’s Island to the Bronx. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is planning to open the quarter-mile bike and pedestrian walkway, called the Randall’s Island

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Brooklyness Introduces the World’s First Universal Bike Meant to Fit 99% of the Population

Brooklyness Introduces the World’s First Universal Bike Meant to Fit 99% of the Population

A one-size-fits-most bike that can be used by 99% of the population? It may sound like a pipe dream, but Brooklyness believes it can be achieved with their new ergonomic, Universal Bike. The Greenpoint-based company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign

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Grab a Drink at These 6 Amazing Outdoor Bars in New York City

Grab a Drink at These 6 Amazing Outdoor Bars in New York City

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If you’re around Times Square, head over to the rainbow-friendly Terrace at Yotel for an escape from the throngs of tourists. The outdoor garden overlooks a northern view of Midtown West and offers punches, sake and sangria specials. Late

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