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VanMoof launches new SmartBike that “eliminates bike theft fears once and for all”

by , 05/26/16
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Five solar-powered charging benches to be installed in NYC

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Instead of making meat eaters feel guilty, The Veg Effect shows what people *can* do to help animals, their health and the planet

by , 05/25/16
filed under: Food,Food

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What do a butcher, a hip-hop legend, a stuntwoman, a dancer and a beer brewer all have in common? As random as it sounds, these five very different people from very different backgrounds have all made the choice to adopt a more plant-based diet into their lives (yes, even the butcher). Directed by award-winning filmmaker Alison Klayman (“AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY”), “The Veg Effect: When Less Meats More” is a new documentary series that follows the personal paths that led each of these individuals towards living a more vegetable-based lifestyle. It’s important to note that the film was produced by Morningstar Farms, a company that makes meat alternative foods and therefore stands to profit from people eating less meat, but the series presents a balanced take on the subject that sidesteps the guilt and scare tactics so commonly employed in other “why you should give up meat” films and instead observes people (some of whom have not even given up meat completely) eating more plant-based foods and living happy and healthy lives. Read on to see “The Veg Effect” trailer, and learn more about why you don’t have to be a full vegan or even a vegetarian to make a difference for animals, your health and the planet.

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Innovative solar, geothermal, microhydro projects win New York ‘Energy to Lead’ competition

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) just announced that Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College are the winners of the New York State Energy to Lead Competition. They each will receive $1 million for their winning project submissions focused on solar, geothermal and microhydro power.

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New floating bar and restaurant aboard revamped 10,000-square-foot yacht coming to Pier 81

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Breaking Ground’s Park House to provide sustainable housing for 248 low-income families in the Bronx

by , 05/23/16

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Breaking Ground, a non-profit organization that matches low-income New Yorkers with homes, hosted a topping-off ceremony this month for their latest project in the Bronx. Designed by COOKFOX Architects, Park House is the organization’s first residence and, once completed, will provide affordable green housing to 248 families.

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Former Brooklyn Navy Yard cemetery transformed into vibrant public space that pays tribute to veterans

Naval Cemetery Landscape

Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects recently cut the ribbon on a brand new public green space located on the site of a former naval cemetery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Christened the Naval Cemetery Landscape, the 1.7-acre park will be used for passive recreation and a way to escape the bustling urban environment.

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Decked-out pedestrian plaza will add a permanent car-free oasis in Midtown

Broadway's Pedestrian Plazas

According to the NY Daily News, the pedestrian walkways lining a swath of Broadway in Midtown Manhattan are in for a glitzy urban makeover. Representatives from the Garment District Alliance have confirmed that two lanes of Broadway from 35th St. to 41st St., which connect Times Square and Herald Square, will be permanently transformed into a welcoming public plaza complete with trees, lighting and water fountains.

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New Dock 72 technology hub breaks ground at Brooklyn Navy Yard

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The Brooklyn Navy Yard will soon be home to an exciting new technology hub. Called Dock 72, the ambitious renovation project will convert 675,000 square feet of the yard into office space for innovative technologies and startups. The hub, designed by S9 Architecture, is expected to bring $380 million of private investment and 4,000 living wage jobs to the former naval shipbuilding facility when complete.

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Top NYC architects team up with students to build imaginative LEGO creations

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Eye-tricking “windows” at NYC subway station give the illusion of looking into an underground park

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New York launches climate science data website

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently launched a website to help communities with climate change adaptation and mitigation. The new Climate Change Science Clearinghouse contains a treasure trove of information including maps, data sets and documents that can assist policymakers, planners and the public in making “scientifically sound and cost-effective” decisions.

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WXY reveals plans for Brooklyn Strand greenway connecting Downtown Brooklyn to waterfront

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TaskRabbit is building a tiny home in Chelsea to battle homelessness

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If there’s anything better than a tiny house, it’s a tiny house built for a great cause. Service networking company TaskRabbit is putting their workers to “task” by erecting its very own micro home in the middle of the Chelsea Triangle over the course of 72 hours. Once complete, the home will be sold through eBay to raise money for non-profit Community Solutions.

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Brooklyn Brewery announces plans for new rooftop beer garden at Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Brewery Navy Yard

It looks like the Brooklyn Navy Yard will soon be “hopping” in more ways than one. Folks working at the complex’s forthcoming Dock 72 technology hub will have a built-in happy hour haunt now that Brooklyn Brewery will also be taking up residence in the former naval shipbuilding facility. The popular Williamsburg beer makers will be working with architecture firm Davis Brody Bond to create spaces for their new headquarters, an expansive ground-floor brewery, and a massive restaurant and beer garden on the rooftop of the historic Building 77.

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Lissoni Architects envision fantastical submerged island aquarium in East River

Lissoni Architects envision fantastical submerged island aquarium in East River

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“Having the water level define the starting point of the project, the site is excavated to become a spacious and innovative water basin,” said Lissoni’s team.

“Our project creates a dynamic system that interacts with its surroundings, to

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Modular Cricket Shelter grows edible insects in Brooklyn

Modular Cricket Shelter grows edible insects in Brooklyn

While many Americans might squirm at the thought of eating crickets, over two billion people eat insects everyday. Unlike conventional livestock, these locally harvested crickets do not require immense amounts of water or space to produce a large amount

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NYC unveils new storm-resilient dock designs for Citywide Ferry Service

NYC unveils new storm-resilient dock designs for Citywide Ferry Service

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Secret section of Central Park opens to visitors after years of being fenced off

Secret section of Central Park opens to visitors after years of being fenced off

Related: Recently unearthed evidence indicates that Central Park may have come close to not existing

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Impending L train shutdown could make way for gondola over East River

Impending L train shutdown could make way for gondola over East River

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“It’s not going to be easy to get [it done] but it’s certainly not impossible,” he said, adding that in London, a similar gondola system went up on a time crunch before the Olympics in 2012. “It’s certainly well within reach.”

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