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200-year-old “murder well” haunts Soho’s new COS store

by , 01/10/15
filed under: Manhattan,Shopping

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H&M brand COS recently opened the doors to its new Soho store, but the clothes may be overshadowed by another feature in the space – a 200-year-old “haunted” well! Uncovered by Scouting NY’s Nick Carr, the historic brick structure is displayed rather prominently in the shop, and is actually located right next to the cashier. The well got its nefarious reputation after a young woman’s strangled body was found inside of it in over 200 years ago.

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NYC real estate developers realizing valuable savings with solar power

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The dropping price of solar technology is sparking the interest of New York City real estate developers. The roof of the luxurious Atelier building on West 42nd Street was decked out with solar panels back in 2011, and many other buildings in the area are expected to follow suit. Solar power helps building managers save thousands, which they can then use to add attractive perks for their tenants.

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Styrofoam to be banned in New York City starting in July

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The administration of New York City mayor Bill De Blasio announced today a ban on single-use styrofoam products starting on July 1st, 2015. The decision follows a long-awaited determination by the Department of Sanitation that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is not a recyclable product. The new law prohibits NYC food service establishments, stores and manufacturers from possessing, selling or offer single-service EPS foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging in New York City.

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Old factory converted into ultra-colorful Bronx Charter School for the Arts

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Repurposed buidings always make our hearts happy, but when they’re converted into learning spaces, well, we’re head over heels. The Bronx Charter School for Arts is a perfect example of an old factory turned new again for a great reason. Built with 80% repurposed materials, the incredible learning environment features a multitude of cost-cutting strategies as well as many sustainable features.

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NYC braces for arctic blast of ‘dangerously cold air’

by , 01/07/15
filed under: News,Weather

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Get ready to double up on your long johns, folks. It looks like a major blast of frigid weather is about to bear down on the tri-state area. According to NBC New York, the most recent forecast is calling for “dangerously cold air” that could make for some hazardous conditions in and around New York state.

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PHOTOS: See how the world’s largest dump has been transformed into a stunning public park

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6 Clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

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Dorothy the Cat needs a new home after being stuck in a tree for days

by , 01/06/15
filed under: Animals,Queens,Video

We’ve all heard the old cat-in-the-tree story before, but it never quite fails to pull on our heartstrings. Poor little Dorothy Gale, named after The Wizard of Oz, somehow got herself stuck in a towering treetop across from Newtown High School in Queens for three whole days. Now ‘there’s no place like home’ for this sweet kitten, who is currently looking to find a permanent place and owner to call her own.

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NYC film screening: See Cotton Road at the BF + DA this Wednesday

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Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year, but how many of us know where and how those garments come to be? Cotton Road, directed by Laura Kissel, is a film that explores the global supply chain centering around cotton, as well as the people who make their living making our clothes. The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator will be screening Cotton Road on Wednesday, January 7th from 6PM-9PM as part of its Winter Film Series sponsored by our sister site Ecouterre. Watch the film and join in on a Q&A with Kissel, followed by a post-holiday clothing swap.

Cotton Road
Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

630 Flushing Ave, 7th Flr.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

January 7, 2015
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET

READ ECOUTERRE’S INTERVIEW WITH LAURA KISSEL HERE >

 

Will joyriding on abandoned train tracks be the next big thing in the Bronx?

by , 01/06/15
filed under: Adaptive Reuse,Bronx

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A group of Bronx residents is hoping to add a little green space and adventure to the borough by revitalizing its abandoned train tracks. Their innovative idea would allow citizens to utilize the patches of abandoned track to joyride in their own personal rail cars. The plan still faces extensive fine-tuning and many levels of approval before getting off the ground, recently got its start with a test drive of a retired rail car called the Bronxstack Continental.

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2 Chelsea lofts combined into 1 gorgeous eco apartment for a growing family

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VIDEO: Behold! The world’s smartest pizza box

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Too-perfect Bronx townhouses are not at all what they seem (PHOTOS)

by , 01/03/15
filed under: Architecture,Bronx

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Old soap factory home features a “terrarium” room that opens up to the Manhattan sky

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How to avoid colds and the flu with natural immune boosters

by , 01/02/15
filed under: Food,Health

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Flu shot, or not? DNAinfo recently spoke to naturopathic practitioner Nicole Egenberger, who said that it may not be necessary to turn to the syringe if you can augment your daily intake of natural immune boosters. In fact, taking the natural route in lieu of a medication-based strategy may keep you healthier all year around.

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Stereotank’s Valentine’s Day installation will pump loving beats through Times Square

Stereotank’s Valentine’s Day installation will pump loving beats through Times Square

Times Square will be thumping to the sounds of a more literal urban pulse this Valentine’s Day thanks to Brooklyn- based, Venezuelan-born design firm Stereotank. The firm’s installation, Heartbeart, was chosen as the winner of this year’s annual Times Square

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2015 Times Square New Year’s Eve ball will dazzle with 32,000+ LED lights

2015 Times Square New Year’s Eve ball will dazzle with 32,000+ LED lights

The world-famous New Year’s ball is twelve feet in diameter and a whopping 11,875 pounds. To achieve its mesmerizing effect, the surface of the geodesic sphere is covered in 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, which reflect and refract light. The crystals

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Is the Port Authority already looking to sell the World Trade Center?

Is the Port Authority already looking to sell the World Trade Center?

One World Trade Center just opened its doors this fall, but the Port Authority may already be considering selling the entire WTC site. According to an extensive report released this past weekend, Governors Cuomo and Christie announced that the agency would

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Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island’s wooden boardwalk with concrete

Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island’s wooden boardwalk with concrete

A decision to reconstruct Coney Island’s iconic boardwalk by replacing its historic wooden planks with concrete is drawing a lot of criticism. The city is moving ahead with the plans, which were originally proposed during the Bloomberg administration as

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A new Bjarke Ingels Group project is coming to Harlem

A new Bjarke Ingels Group project is coming to Harlem

Will Harlem be the next NYC nabe to get a project by BIG? Earlier this month, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels requested a permit to build a 235,000-square-foot, 233-unit residential building in Harlem, which also includes 37,000 square feet of commercial space.

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