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VIDEO: See How This Architect Maximized His 78-sq-ft Shoebox Apartment in NYC

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6 Fun Floating Bars and Restaurants to Check Out This Summer

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Controversial Atlantic Yards Development Rebranded as Pacific Park – and Actually Includes a Park

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VIDEO: How to Make Velvety Avocado Ice Cream (Without an Ice Cream Maker)

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Discover Your Neighborhood’s Original Name with This Cool Interactive Map

by , 08/06/14
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Can you guess which NY nabes were once called Ponkiesburgh, Punk’s Hole and Boswijck? Okay, that last one was a giveaway, but if you’re interested in finding out your neighborhood’s original Dutch or Lenape (the Native American tribe that once inhabited New York) name, check out the fascinating map real estate developer Constantine Valhouli shared with us. Bonus points if you can figure out which borough was once home to Linoleumville.

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How Waste Management Plans to Turn the Food You Throw Away into Renewable Energy

by , 08/05/14

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That lasagna you couldn’t finish and the broccoli that went bad in your fridge could soon be turned into renewable energy if Waste Management has its way. The waste disposal and environmental services company is hoping to launch an experimental pilot program to separate food and other compostable waste (which currently accounts for about 30 percent of NYC trash) so that it can be turned into a source of renewable energy. To do so, WMNY has filed a permit with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to activate source separated organic (SSO) equipment to process organic waste at its Varick Avenue solid waste transfer station in East Williamsburg.

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Explore This Beautiful Underground Eco-Home in East Hampton

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4 Smart Plans That Could Energize Public Spaces in New York City

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Places like the High Line and Times Square’s pedestrian plaza may seem like they’ve been around forever now, but it was only few years ago that they were just ideas in someone’s mind. The Design Trust for Public Space recently announced four winning concepts from its Energetic City: Connectivity in the Public Realm design competition that could soon come become the next big thing in public spaces in the Big Apple. Read on to learn more about each of these inventive proposals to energize and re-invent spaces in the city.

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Pitch a Tent Right in the City at These Urban Camping Sites in NYC

by , 08/04/14
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Did you know that there’s no need to trek all the way upstate to go camping? Whether it’s waking up to birds chirping in Van Cortlandt Park or staring up at the starry sky from the comforts of your tent in Inwood Hill, the New York City Parks Department’s urban camping program offers the perfect way to unplug, unwind and enjoy nature right in the Big Apple.

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JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient Dream Home

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10 Transforming Furniture Designs Perfect for Tiny Apartments

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9 Sexy Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

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Tree Rings Unlock Mystery of Strange Ship Found Beneath World Trade Center Site

by , 08/03/14

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In July 2010, excavators digging up the World Trade Center site to build a new foundation found a mysterious seafaring ship buried under hundreds of feet of dirt. The unexpected discovery unearthed just south of the former Twin Towers left everyone baffled, but now the mystery has finally been solved. After years of research, Tree Ring Laboratory archaeologists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have concluded that the boat could date back to as early as 1773.

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First Look: See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Futuristic High Line Condos

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Just over a year ago, Iraqi starchitect Zaha Hadid unveiled an out-of-this-world concept for a wavy, futuristic building next to the High Line. Now were getting our first look inside the spaceship, er, condo building planned for 20 West 28th Street, and we have to say it’s unmistakably Zaha. The new renderings, courtesy of a Curbed NY tipster, show only a proposed kitchen and bathroom, but even from these small bits, it seems the inside of Hadid’s design looks just as curvaceous as it does on the outside.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We have long been fans of green prefab houses, and what better place to plop one down than on a rooftop? The sleek LoftCube is a chic and cheerful prefab designed specifically for rooftops. Designed by Werner Aisslinger, the square structure can be transported

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Curiously Tiny Door Pops Up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Curiously Tiny Door Pops Up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Despite its size, the tiny door caught our eye with its bold red color and fancy Federal styling. As you might have guessed, it doesn’t actually lead to a tiny apartment, but a closer look did reveal a QR code that led us to its raison d’etre.

The tiny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,”

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8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

230 Fifth Rooftop Bar and Restaurant
230 Fifth Ave. Manhattan

While the 230 Fifth rooftop is open year-round, we’re willing to bet that this lush rooftop bar and restaurant likely looks its best in the height of summer. Planted with potted palms and blooming

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

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

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

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