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Second Avenue subway finally set to open after nearly a century

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Citizens’ Committee for Children releases new child well-being rankings for NYC neighborhoods

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The Citizens’ Committee for Children’s released their annual report, “CCC Community Risk Ranking: Child Well-Being In New York City’s 59 Community Districts”, last week, presenting a detailed analysis on the many dimensions affecting the well-being of youth in the city. The paper looked specifically at child poverty, rent challenges, infant mortality rates, high-school graduation rates, violent felony rates and youth unemployment rates in NYC’s 59 community districts.

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Foster + Partners unveil plans for “Halo” tower at 50 Hudson Yards

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VIDEO: ‘Subway Therapy’ walls provide much-needed hope for New Yorkers after Trump’s election

by , 12/18/16
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“Nectar: War Upon the Bees” explores the plight of the beloved insects at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

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Last week, Pratt Manhattan Gallery launched “Nectar: War Upon the Bees”, a timely visual essay exploring the far-reaching consequences of today’s greed-driven food production industry, and its impact on bees. The show examines the disruptive effect current practices have had on the beloved species, threatening their role in the ecosystem.

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BMW’s ReachNow car sharing service gives NYC residents easy access to the i3

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Electric cars have been becoming easier to own and operate throughout the U.S., but what happens if you live in a crowded city, like NYC, where car ownership is scarce? BMW’s ReachNow car-sharing service is making it easier for some NYC residents to drive an EV, since it’s now adding the i3 electric car to its fleet. Last week, the service, which is already available in Seattle, Portland and Brooklyn, announced that it will be giving some residents in Battery Park access to its fleet of i3 vehicles.

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Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to rally at CitiGroup headquarters in NYC today

by , 12/15/16
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DAPL protesters, including Standing Rock indigenous leaders, Shailene Woodley and other celebrities, will be gathering today at CitiGroup‘s NYC headquarters to call on the bank to stop funding the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline project. The peaceful rally will begin at noon today at 390 Greenwich Street in Manhattan, and will be led by Chase Iron Eyes, a leader of the Standing Rock movement. The protest comes just days after an oil pipeline 150 miles west of the DAPL protest site leaked more than 176,000 gallons of oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri and Missouri rivers.

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Monroe College students to get new wood-frame modular residence

by , 12/15/16
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Some lucky students at Monroe College will be living in swanky new digs thanks to Doban Architecture. The Brooklyn-based design firm recently unveiled designs for a new six-story modular residential building wrapped in a wood-clad fiber-cement rainscreen that helps the building “breathe”.

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Trump Building “submerged” by Rising Seas installation in New York City

by , 12/14/16

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The Sierra Club made waves this week as they “submerged” 40 Wall St., also known as “The Trump Building”, in a symbolic flood of light. The installation, organized in partnership with NYC’s The Illuminator, saw the building “engulfed by rising seas” in order to send a message to President-elect Donald Trump and his pick for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, climate science denier Scott Pruitt. Read on to see a video of the light installation in progress.

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Ride through a miniature New York City at the MTA’s Holiday Train Show (VIDEO)

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All aboard! Brightly-colored miniature Metro-North trains have been departing from a tiny Grand Central Station and bringing joy to both young and old alike as part of the MTA Transit Museum’s annual train show. The delightful display is currently open at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal. If you can’t make it in person, read on for a fun video simulating a ride on one of these tiny trains.

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How Habitat for Humanity recycles the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree to build homes for those in need

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Red Hook Passive House music studio will use 90% less energy than buildings built to code

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If Passive Home design is music to your ears, you’ll think architect Ryan Enschede‘s new Red Hook music studio deserves a standing ovation. The ambitious project will see an aging brick building in Brooklyn’s old shipyard district converted into an ultra-efficient structure that will seek certification from Germany’s renowned Passive House Institute.

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Catch the MTA’s holiday nostalgia trains and buses for a limited time in December

by , 12/12/16

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Commuters and tourists who are in the right place at the right time can take a ride on the retro side this holiday season. From December 5th until December 21st, the MTA will be running vintage buses along the M42 line between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during weekdays. Or if the subway is more your speed, there will also be a vintage train running on December 4, 11, and 18 stopping at Sixth Avenue local stations between Second Avenue and Queens Plaza.

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Swanky LEED-seeking hotel inside JFK’s TWA Flight Center to have food court and nightclub

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You’re invited to the NYC Fair Trade Coalition’s holiday pop-up tonight

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Join the NYC Fair Trade Coalition tonight from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for a fun evening of shopping and celebrating. Not only will they be showcasing the wares and goods of fair trade brands such as Bhava, Tabii Just and JeevanKala, but there will also be wine and storytelling beginning at 7 pm. Invited speakers will share personal stories and also discuss their work and support of ethical fashion and endeavors to create vibrant sustainable communities, from the Himalayas, to Ethiopia, to here in New York.

The event will be held at Wix Lounge. Click here for all of the details and to RSVP.

 

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Dazzling canopy of holiday lanterns returns to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

Dazzling canopy of holiday lanterns returns to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

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Proposed ‘Maker Park’ would reuse Bushwick Inlet site’s existing oil tanks

Proposed ‘Maker Park’ would reuse Bushwick Inlet site’s existing oil tanks

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NYC offering free energy efficiency training program for small building operators

NYC offering free energy efficiency training program for small building operators

In NYC, residential buildings here are responsible for roughly three-quarters of greenhouse gas emissions. The NYC Building Operator Training Program, launched this week by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with NYC Department of

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Hearst Tower celebrates 10th anniversary with new Foster + Partners exhibit

Hearst Tower celebrates 10th anniversary with new Foster + Partners exhibit

Manhattan’s Hearst Tower is the epitome of green design in New York City and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its opening, an exhibit on architect Norman Foster and his firm Foster + Partners is currently on display. The gallery, titled “Building

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New study finds that NYC dirt is filled with potentially life-saving bacteria

New study finds that NYC dirt is filled with potentially life-saving bacteria

A recent study by researchers at Rockefeller University has found the NYC’s dirt is rich in bacteria that could be used to fight against disease.

“By sequencing and analyzing genes within soil samples, we found the genetic instructions for

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