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Coney Island icon to be transformed into LEED-seeking amphitheater

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Coney Island’s famed Childs Building is finally getting the respectful renovation it deserves. According to Brokelyn, the historic landmark will be converted into a 5,000-seat, semi-outdoor amphitheater that is expected to open in time for free concerts this summer. The rehabilitation project should bring some much-needed life back to Coney Island and will be seeking LEED Silver certification to boot.

 

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Will NYC finally implement a plastic bag surcharge by Earth Day?

Brad Lander Plastic Bag Ban

Will NYC be able to do it? City Council members Brad Lander and Margaret Chin are on a mission to promote a currently stagnant bill that would help slash plastic bag waste in the city. The proposed legislation would impose a 10-cent on shoppers who request single-use and paper bags at grocery stores and bodegas. Lander and Chin are pushing to get the legislation passed by Earth Day.

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AECOM and Dewberry selected to work on BIG U storm-protection system

BIG U Design Rebuild by Design

Lower Manhattan is one step closer to becoming ultra-resilient. According to Crains New York, construction and engineering company AECOM and design firm Dewberry have been selected by the city to implement a portion of the ambitious BIG U resiliency infrastructure plan aimed at protecting downtown Manhattan from future superstorms like Hurricane Sandy. The team will be responsible for more than 3.5 miles of the area’s waterfront from Montgomery Street to the Lower East Side.

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It’s technically illegal to drive a Tesla Model X across the Brooklyn Bridge

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A lot of people have complaints about sport utility vehicles, often related to their gas consumption and increased risk of death in collisions. Tesla’s Model X, the company’s first all-electric SUV, avoids issues with fuel economy (by not using any), but the falcon-winged ride has does have some pitfalls for drivers living in the New York City area. As it turns out, the Model X is one of eight cars that exceed the maximum weight limit for the Brooklyn Bridge, making it illegal to drive across the bridge in one of those vehicles.

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How much time would the Brooklyn Queens Connector streetcar shave off of your commute?

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Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed more details about the proposed 16-mile Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), an electric streetcar line that would serve the growing waterfront communities in the two boroughs. Whether you love it, hate it, or think there are better ways to spend the money, there’s no denying that the BQX would slash commute times for about 50,000 riders each day along its route from Astoria, Queens to Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn artist wears discarded Christmas trees as clothing

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Bushwick-based artist Mary Ivy Martin is taking New Yorkers to task for their use-it-and-lose-it attitude when it comes to Christmas trees. In an effort to repurpose discarded trees after the holidays, Martin picks them up off the street and transforms them into wearable art. Because, after all, why wear fur when you can wear fir?

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See IKEA’s storage-maximizing makeover of a 300-sq-ft studio apartment in the Bronx

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JPDA’s clever furniture piece solves a common studio apartment layout issue

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1950s Brillo factory to be reborn as luxury condos in DUMBO

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Bourgeois Pig owner announces plans to go vegan at all of his restaurants and bars

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Landscape architect behind the High Line designs a breathtaking rooftop garden in Brooklyn

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Gotham Greens opens 60,000-sq-ft rooftop farm atop former toy company in Hollis, Queens

Gotham Greens Rooftop Greenhouse Hollis

New Yorkers can now look forward to even more fresh, locally-grown veggies thanks to Gotham Greens‘ new rooftop farm in Hollis, Queens. The 60,000-square-foot greenhouse is the urban agriculture company’s third and largest growing facility in New York City and will allow the Brooklyn-based brand to triple their high-quality, pesticide-free produce production in the New York region.

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‘Uncontrollable radioactive flow’ from Indian Point continues to contaminate the Hudson River

by , 02/26/16
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Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

No matter where you live, “uncontrollable radioactive flow” is not a phrase that you want to hear in relation to your local water source. Unfortunately for some towns located on the Hudson River, the Huffington Post reports that radioactive elements from the Indian Point nuclear power plant are most likely seeping right into the waterway and potentially contaminating the drinking water systems of several towns located along the river route.

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NYC becomes first US city to require sodium warnings at chain restaurants

by , 02/26/16
filed under: Health,News

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First they came for your soda, and now they’re here for your salt. This week, the New York State Supreme Court upheld the sodium warning rule, a now obligatory regulation that requires chain restaurants to display salt warning icons next to menu items that have 2,300 milligrams (the total recommended daily limit) or more of sodium. The rule is part of the National Salt Reduction Initiative, which seeks to work with restaurants across the city to improve the health of New Yorkers.

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Frustrated Staten Island organization urges mayor to reconsider spurned light rail system

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A streetcar named quagmire? The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation is calling foul after Mayor de Blasio announced a $2.5B investment for a streetcar system connecting Queens and Brooklyn (BQX). As reported by DNAinfo, frustrated supporters of the West Shore Light Rail, which would link Staten Island to Manhattan and connect to New Jersey light rail lines, are pressing the mayor to reconsider the project, which was initially proposed in 2004.

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NYCEDC launches UrbanTech NYC to support companies creating smart and sustainable cities

NYCEDC launches UrbanTech NYC to support companies creating smart and sustainable cities

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“Climate change represents one of the greatest challenges to our city, which is why we’ve committed to an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “To move us toward our goals, we’ll the

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Check this map to see if harmful Roundup pesticide has been sprayed near your neighborhood

Check this map to see if harmful Roundup pesticide has been sprayed near your neighborhood

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URBAN PLANT tower would allow tenants to grow food year-round in a flourishing winter garden

URBAN PLANT tower would allow tenants to grow food year-round in a flourishing winter garden

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Design for last High Line portion includes an Italian-style piazza

Design for last High Line portion includes an Italian-style piazza

Related: NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

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High Line’s Last Stretch Includes Plan for Large Piazza

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New study shows that New York waterways are filled with millions of plastic particles

New study shows that New York waterways are filled with millions of plastic particles

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