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Did you know NYC’s compost is being dumped in landfill?

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With a population of about 8.4 million people from all kinds of backgrounds, it’s pretty safe to say that New York City has some of the rankest, foulest garbage in the world — but was it enough to overload an entire waste processing facility? The Inhabitat NYC team was overjoyed back in 2013 when Mayor Bloomberg announced a city-wide composting plan to divert 100,000 tons of food scraps from landfills each year, but now the program may be in jeopardy due to the closing of the facility tasked with processing all of that organic waste. Peninsula Composting Group in Wilmington, DE was shut down in October after a public hearing where hundreds of area residents gathered to file complaints about putrid odors emanating from the plant.

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Contaminated Bean Sprouts Cause Salmonella Outbreak in New York

by , 12/02/14
filed under: Food,News

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You might want to think twice about eating your Thanksgiving leftovers if they contained bean sprouts. A salmonella outbreak has sickened five people in the New York area and 63 people in other states since September and FDA investigators have traced the bacteria back to bean sprouts from a Brooklyn-based company. Wonton Foods, an Asian food product distributor, has been identified as the source of the sickening sprouts.

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Could These Resilient Solutions Storm-Proof the NY Transit System During the Next Superstorm?

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After 2012′s Hurricane Sandy, it became obvious that New York City’s vulnerable subway system was way overdue for upgrades that would prevent it from being crippled by severe weather. Although many ideas have been put forth as viable options for protecting the subway from flooding, it looks like one man may be leading the way to a possible solution. In an interview with The Guardian’s Lilah Raptopoulos, long-term MTA employee John O’Grady explained some of the city’s new anti-flooding strategies and how effective they might be at protecting the transportation system during future storms.

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You’re Invited to the Edible Schoolyard NYC Toast and Taste Fundraiser Tonight

by , 12/01/14

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Who’s hungry? Edible Schoolyard NYC invites you to toast and taste the season at a holiday cocktail party benefiting its efforts to invigorate young New Yorkers through hands-on learning in urban farms and kitchen classrooms. The tastebud-tingling event taking place at Haven’s Kitchen (109 W 17th Street) tonight from 6:30-8:30pm will be hosted by Ali Cayne (Haven’s Kitchen), Sue Chan (Momofuku), Nic Jammet (sweetgreen), Gabe Stulman (Happy Cooking Hospitality), Sophie McNally (Balthazar, Cherche Midi et al) and others, and guests will be able to enjoy food by Chef James McDuffee (Joseph Leonard), Chef Michael Toscano (Jeffrey’s Grocery, Perla, Montmartre), and Chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly (Fedora, Bar Sardine), as well as specialty cocktails by Brian Bartels of Happy Cooking Hospitality. Tickets can be purchased for $125 each here with proceeds going to Edible Schoolyard NYC.

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Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

by , 11/28/14
filed under: Animals,Brooklyn

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While this wasn’t the best week for most turkeys in the United States, Franklin, a distinguished North American wild turkey named after Benjamin Franklin, has been living a life of relative luxury at the Prospect Park Zoo. The lucky bird has survived 12 Thanksgivings so far, and seems pretty happy about it, if his energetic strut around the zoo grounds is any indicator.

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HOW TO: Make a Teeny Tiny Edible High Line Centerpiece for Thanksgiving

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What is Causing Dozens of Dead Fish to Wash Up at Flushing Meadows Corona Park?

by , 11/26/14
filed under: Animals,News,Queens

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Is something fishy going on at Flushing Meadows Corona Park? An alarming number of dead fish have washed up along the shores of the park’s Willow Lake, sparking an investigation by the NY Parks Department. Some think that the problem at the lake, which is currently being converted into a nature preserve, might be the result of herbicides being used to kill off invasive plant species in the area.

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New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

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Harlem‘s historic Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot used to be a nuisance for neighborhood residents before it was demolished five years ago, but now it’s back and better than ever. The renovated building, which dates back to 1890 when it was used as a trolley barn, was recently born again as an eco-friendly bus hub. Boasting a massive 65,000-square-foot green roof and a busload of other environmental-friendly features, the re-opening of the local landmark was a proud green moment for the local community.

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6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

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Snowy Thanksgiving Week Forecast Could Lead to Messy Travel Conditions in Northeast United States

by , 11/24/14

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East Coasters may want to add good snow tires to their list of things to be thankful for this week. Though it’s still too early to tell for sure, winter storm watches are in effect for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day for the Northeast United States, and the National Weather Service advises that the New York area could see 6 to 10 inches of snow. Travelers are being warned to prepare for icy or snowy roads from Georgia up to New England.

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This Cool Interactive Map Reveals the Age of Every Building in Manhattan

by , 11/19/14
filed under: Architecture,Manhattan

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There may be a lot of hype surrounding NYC’s swanky new highrises, but what about the buildings that date as far back as 1765? This interactive map by Morphocode pays homage to these time-tested structures by revealing the age of every (and we mean every) building in Manhattan. Not only does the mapping tool give insight on the history of these buildings, it also shows the evolution of entire neighborhoods, too. Learn more about this handy tool here.

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Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

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3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

by , 11/18/14

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Yesterday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is expected to facilitate the creation of about 3,000 new jobs. According to the mayor, the city plans to completely overhaul the Navy Yard’s Building 77, a World War II-era warehouse currently used as storage, and turn it into work spaces. Slated for completion in late 2016, the massive project will increase the number of positions at the former military shipyard by about 40%.

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NY Kicks Off Textile Recycling Campaign to Divert 1.4 Billion Pounds of Clothes from Landfills

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New York has kicked off a new campaign to bolster clothing and textile recycling statewide. Called “Clothes the Loop,” the initiative is the brainchild of the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) and the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART). Together, the organizations have created a program that will help to divert 1.4 billion pounds of recoverable clothes and textiles from state landfills.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving by Rescuing Turkeys Instead of Eating Them

by , 11/17/14

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Upstate New York’s Farm Sanctuary is celebrating Thanksgiving early this year–and the guests of honor are turkeys! Each year the sanctuary promotes a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, encouraging animal lovers to adopt a turkey instead of eating one. The tables are turned, and the rescued turkeys dine on Thanksgiving treats, rather than becoming dinner themselves.

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Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

Diane Von Furstenberg to Bring $130 Million Elevated Park to Hudson River Waterfront

The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation has big plans for the desolate site of the already demolished Pier 53, and the soon-to-be-destroyed Pier 54. The new space will involve a new pier the size of two football fields that will be elevated on stilts.

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$1 Million Awarded to NYC’s Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

$1 Million Awarded to NYC’s Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

We’ve seen many interesting infrastructure proposals that aim to protect New York City from storms and flooding, but it’s much more exciting when the plans are actually implemented. Inhabitat first wrote about a plan to construct a stormwater-absorbing wetland

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Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Long Island Green Dome is the World’s Largest Wooden Residential Dome!

Standing 45 feet high, the Long Island Green Dome is the largest residential geodesic dome in the world. Taking nearly 4 years to build, it features 16 specially designed high solar heat gain windows and vents that not only warm the interior but can be filtered

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VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

VIDEO: What Does It Mean to Live in an Era of Inevitable Surprise?

What does it mean to live in a world of natural distasters and unpredictability? Andrew Zolli, a futures researcher and author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, explores this issue for a living. This fall at the Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium

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Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Opens with Sweater-Printing Machine, 3D Fabrication Lab and More

Located on the seventh floor of the old Pfizer factory at 630 Flushing Avenue, the new Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator is an airy and open space characterized by massive windows, the hum of machines and the electricity of creativity in the air. It’s

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