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Mayor de Blasio unveils major solar installations for three NYC public buildings

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio has just unveiled three large solar projects that will launch NYC closer to achieving its ambitious goal of reducing city emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The three large solar arrays installed on City Hall, the Port Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant and Daniel D. Tompkins Elementary School in Staten Island are all operational as of this week.

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Governor Cuomo announces completion of MTA’s largest energy efficiency program ever at Grand Central Terminal

by , 04/22/15
filed under: Energy,Manhattan,News

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Just in time for Earth Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday the completion of Grand Central Terminal’s $25 million energy efficiency upgrade project. The overhaul, a collaborative effort between NYC’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the New York Power Authority, is the MTA‘s largest energy efficiency project ever and is expected to realize a savings of $2.5 million per year in energy costs at the busy transportation hub.

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NYC environmental groups worried about de Blasio’s revamp of PlaNYC

Bill de Blasio inauguration

NYC environmentalists are waiting with bated breath to see if Mayor de Blasio has plans to rebrand PlaNYC, the city’s eight-year-old sustainability blueprint originally implemented by the Bloomberg administration. As reported by Crain’s New York, local sustainability advocates are worried that the mayor is planning to steer the sustainability initiative away from environmental issues and towards inequality issues.

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Super-skinny home’s private library boasts its own sunken bathtub

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Animal holocaust victims to be mourned tonight at memorial procession in NYC

PETA's animal Holocaust campaign

While many pay their respects to the millions of human lives lost in the Holocaust today, some will also be observing Holocaust Remembrance Day by holding a candlelight vigil procession for the victims of the another type of mass extermination. Brooklyn’s Shimon Shuchat will be leading animal lovers on a march tonight to protest the ongoing atrocities committed against animals on factory farms. One of the participants of the peaceful protest will be a Holocaust survivor from Hungary who committed her life to preventing the mass slaughter of animals after losing her father and sister to Nazi concentration camps.

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will.i.am launches roll-out of EKOCYCLE recycled bottle sheets across W Hotel rooms around the world

Musician will.i.am, W Hotels and Coca-Cola are getting into bed together for a new collaboration to roll out eco-friendly EKOCYCLE sheets at W properties around the globe. The trio launched the new initiative at the W New York last night with a sheetastic soirée showcasing the bed coverings, which are made using a type of polyester that contains recycled plastic bottles. According to EKOCYCLE, each one of the king-size sheet sets is made with approximately 31 recycled 20 oz. plastic bottles – that’s more than 268,000 bottles across all W Hotel beds in North America.

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Mayor de Blasio launches largest public housing energy savings program in the nation

by , 04/13/15
filed under: Architecture,Energy

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Nearly 300 existing New York City Housing Authority developments will be getting sustainable upgrades in a $100 million city project announced by Mayor de Blasio last week. A series of Energy Performance Contracts will help the city retrofit thousands of buildings across the five boroughs as part of NYC’s ongoing plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The project will also create tens of millions of dollars in utility savings, as well as hundreds of new jobs for New Yorkers.

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Don’t miss ESNYC’s celebrity chef-studded benefit tonight + chef Kevin Pemoulié’s turnip carpaccio recipe

by , 04/13/15
filed under: Food,Helping People

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Not sure what to do for dinner tonight? How about coming out to Edible Schoolyard NYC‘s 2015 Spring Benefit and rubbing shoulders with some of NYC’s most talented chefs while indulging in an unforgettable meal prepared tableside by restaurants like The Spotted Pig, Mission Chinese Food, Momofuku, Bar Boulud, Thirty Acres and Red Rooster Harlem? Proceeds from this year’s event, dubbed “Growing the Next Generation”, will go towards ESYNYC’s efforts to bring healthy eating and gardening education to public schools in underserved communities around the city, and it’s not too late to attend! Click here for ticket information, and read on for chef Kevin Pemoulié’s recipe that he will be serving to guests at tonight’s benefit.

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Marine pollution research expedition “Race for Water Odyssey” cruises into New York Harbor

by , 04/10/15
filed under: News,Water

Race for Water

After crossing 40,000 nautical miles, the crew from the Race for Odyssey (R4WO) expedition cruised into the New York Harbor this week. The six-man crew set off from Bordeaux, France on March 15th with the goal of traversing the Atlantic in order to analyze the dire state of our littered oceans and create the first global assessment on marine pollution.

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6 wonderful places to see spring bloom in NYC

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Massive Ziggurat-like tech hub planned for Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Williamsburg Generator Office

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is currently known for being a hipster haven, but Heritage Equity Partners is hoping that their proposed office building will turn it into a tech mecca. Planned for a site that spans the entire block between North 12th and North 13th streets on Kent Avenue, the ziggurat-like Williamsburg Generator will be a massive 400,000-square-foot glass “transformative technology and maker hub” geared towards fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the neighborhood.

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PHOTOS: Celebrities and animal lovers come out for the National Audubon Society’s Annual Gala in NYC

by , 04/10/15
filed under: Animals,Manhattan

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7 easy ways to help victims of the Second Avenue explosion

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Several weeks have passed since last month’s tragic gas explosion on Second Avenue, but many of those affected are still without homes or belongings. If you want to help but aren’t sure how, Good Samaritans Bowery Boogie and DNAInfo have gathered together some ways that you can send your support. Whether you can part with a few dollars or some supplies, read on for their suggestions about how you can get your neighbors back on their feet.

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1 WTC’s One World Observatory set to open in May

by , 04/08/15
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan,News

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Take a look inside the swanky interior of NYC’s super-skinny 111 West 57th Street tower

SHoP Architect West 57th Street Tower

Curiosity about 111 West 57th Street has been brewing ever since SHoP Architects unveiled their plans for the ultra-skinny residential tower. The exterior renderings for the 42-ft-wide, 1,421-ft-tall skyscraper certainly caught the eye of many architecture aficionados, but what about the inside of the building? New York YIMBY recently unveiled new interior pics for the project, but don’t let them get your hopes up too much as the swanky homes are expected to start at $14 million and go up to $100+ million.

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Donald Trump opens a luxury golf course atop a former landfill in the Bronx

Donald Trump opens a luxury golf course atop a former landfill in the Bronx

As of last Wednesday, New York golf enthusiasts can putt at the city’s new course, the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx. Run by Donald Trump’s company but overseen by the city’s Parks Department, the course transformed a former with in

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Don’t miss FIT’s Sustainable Business and Design Conference today

Don’t miss FIT’s Sustainable Business and Design Conference today

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Tuesday, April 7, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will hold its Ninth Annual Sustainable Business is

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9 cool and quirky recycled quilts spotted at IIDA NY’s 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction

9 cool and quirky recycled quilts spotted at IIDA NY’s 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction

Join the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New York Chapter this Wednesday, March 25th for their 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction! Taking over the Open House Gallery in Soho from 6:00pm-9:00pm, the event will showcase an array of one-of-a-kind

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Times Squared 3015 skyscraper concept stacks a beach, a farm and a forest into one soaring tower

Times Squared 3015 skyscraper concept stacks a beach, a farm and a forest into one soaring tower

Want a beach or a redwood forest as a backyard, while still enjoying the convenience of a big city? The Times Squared 3015 design is an innovative lifestyle that brings great green spaces back into the city fabric. It addresses the spatial, and of in in

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“Deep Skins” skyscraper concept takes inspiration from sharks for its futuristic facade

“Deep Skins” skyscraper concept takes inspiration from sharks for its futuristic facade

Skyscrapers come in all shapes, these days, and here’s one more. This most unique part of this design is obvious from the outside. The building’s skin resembles that of a shark, lending to its name ‘Deep Skins.’ This design marks a new era in on

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