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DEC Says It Will Revise Plan to Kill Mute Swans Thanks to 50,000 Opposition Emails

by , 03/04/14
filed under: Animals,Brooklyn

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News of the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation’s recent proposal to eliminate the mute swan population in Prospect Park sparked a public outcry that resulted in 50,000 opposition emails. Taking the reaction of the community into consideration, the DEC has announced that it plans to review the comments and concerns and come back with a revised plan this spring. The initial proposal called for the extermination of the swans over the next 11 years.

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PHOTOS: See the World Trade Center PATH Station’s First New Platform

by , 03/04/14

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The High Line’s Final Section Will Harken Back to a Wonderfully Wild Aesthetic

by , 03/03/14

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 to Open This Spring with Roller Rink, Shuffleboard and Bocce Courts

by , 02/28/14
filed under: Brooklyn,Parks

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 is on track to wrap up construction by this spring, and visitors will soon be able to enjoy exciting amenities including a new roller rink. When complete, the newly renovated five-acre pier’s marquee attraction will be available for recreational roller and in-line skating, roller hockey, and roller derby. The pier will also offer all kinds of courts for basketball, bocce ball, shuffleboard and other sports.

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Get One of 12,000 Free Trees Being Given Away by MillionTreesNYC This Spring!

by , 02/28/14

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New Yorkers sick of Old Man Winter now have another exciting reason to look forward to spring: New York’s MillionTreesNYC just announced its annual spring tree giveaway and it’s going to be the biggest one yet! The PlaNYC greening initiative, which already boasts the country’s largest municipal tree giveaway program, is expanding its generous annual offer by 140% to help reach its one million tree mark by 2015. The New York Restoration Project and 75 other local NYC organizations will distribute the 12,000 free trees across all five boroughs.

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Uses the ShareRoller to Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike

by , 02/27/14
filed under: Biking,Transportation

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6 Bizarre Architectural Destinations You Have to See in Brooklyn

by , 02/27/14
filed under: Architecture,Brooklyn

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New GreenTECH Program Empowers NYC Students to Green Their Schools and Communities

by , 02/27/14
filed under: Eco Kids,Kids,Manhattan
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Image via MOUSE Flickr

There’s no debate that the students of today will be the driving force behind innovations in green technology and energy tomorrow. To support these future leaders, MOUSE and Solar One recently launched GreenTECH, a certification program that gives under-served youth the skills and education needed to move the needle on sustainability and resiliency within their schools and communities. Armed with $1.08 million dollars in funding from the National Science Foundation, the GreenTECH program will provide a robust curriculum for kids hoping to create more sustainable urban environments in New York. Read on to learn more about GreenTECH’s innovative program model, which empowers the next generation of green engineers, scientists and architects.

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Find One of These Art-Adorned Citi Bikes and Get Free Admission to the Armory Show

by , 02/26/14
filed under: Art NYC,Biking,Manhattan

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Citi Bike will be getting into the spirit of next week’s Armory Show by showing off 10 art-emblazoned bikes designed by world-renowned artist Xu Zhen. The bike share program teamed up with the annual showcase to commission Zhen to transform the bikes into mobile works of art. Two of the adorned bikes will be on display at the Armory Show, while the other eight will be up for grabs at Citi Bike receptacles nearby – and the lucky riders who find them will be granted free admission to the fair!

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Con Edison Required to Invest $1 Billion to Protect Systems from Climate Change

by , 02/26/14

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In a victory for Consolidated Edison customers, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) recently ruled that the utility company invest $1 billion to protect its energy delivery systems from climate change without raising rates. The ruling came after Con Edison submitted a request to hike its electric, gas and steam rates to pay for a proposed “storm-hardening” plan, which prompted an intervention from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Schneiderman found the rate hikes unnecessary and the proposal to be inadequate in addressing the risks posed by climate change.

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Step Inside the Trippy, Book-Lined Interior of D’espresso Cafe in NYC

by , 02/26/14

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Even in today’s digital world, printed books still enjoy a huge fan following. There’s just something about holding a real book in your hand, wondering about the author, the characters, and the hands that might have held it before you. Nemaworkshop, a New York-based collective of architects, designers and thinkers, tapped into this bibliophilia with their design concept for the second location of D’espresso, a trendy coffee shop located on Madison adjacent to Grand Central Terminal. Using uniquely printed tiles, the designers turned the entire cafe on its side, giving customers the feeling of being in a bookstore owned by Alice and the Mad Hatter.

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Port Authority Opens World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s First PATH Train Platform

by , 02/25/14

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The Port Authority is making headway with their World Trade Center transportation hub, and launched the PATH station’s first train platform this morning. The newly opened Platform A boasts new speakers, lighting, escalators and elevators, and connects the transport hub to Hoboken. The finished platform is another stepping stone towards completing the fully modernized PATH station, which will be the center of the new World Trade Center transportation hub.

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Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program Aims to Prevent Future Hurricanes From Crippling NYC Medical System

by , 02/25/14

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When Hurricane Sandy struck in October of 2012, one of its most dire consequences was that it effectively put six New York hospitals out of commission. The facilities could have provided critical disaster relief, however they were shut down forcing 6,500 patients to be evacuated. To help prevent the same tragic scenario from happening again, hospitals from around New York have teamed up with global architecture firm Perkins+Will to organize an in-depth panel called the “Hospital Disaster Resiliency Program.” The discussion on how to increase the resiliency of NYC hospitals will take place tomorrow night at the Center of Architecture.

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WORKac Adds a Cheery Greenhouse and Kitchen to P.S. 216’s Edible Schoolyard

by , 02/24/14

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Hurricane Sandy-Salvaged Wood Being Used to Rebuild the Rockaway Boardwalk

by , 02/24/14

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Over a year after Hurricane Sandy ripped whole planks away from its surface, the Rockaway Beach boardwalk is finally starting to look a bit like its old self. While much of the boardwalk’s original wood was destroyed, some of the material will find a new life as part of a two-and-half-mile section of future beach walkway. Parks Department carpenters are currently working to connect the boardwalk between Beach 35th and Beach 39th Streets using the salvaged boards.

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The Underground Home Mystery: Is There a Subterranean House Hidden Beneath Queens?

The Underground Home Mystery: Is There a Subterranean House Hidden Beneath Queens?

Operations Drawing courtesy of Worldfairphotos.com

The Underground Home was the brainchild of Jay Swayze, a Texas home builder with a knack for understanding the fears of the American public. The demand for ultra-secure dwellings and fallout shelters in

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New Jersey Cities Hope to Launch New Regional Bike Share System

New Jersey Cities Hope to Launch New Regional Bike Share System

The cities of Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken in New Jersey are teaming up to launch a bike share system this summer that will offer 800 bikes, 50 bike stations and two full-service pavilions. While New York’s Citi Bike is currently the largest bike sharing

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NY Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

NY Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

As tiny as they are, those plastic microbeads you find in your face and body washes are polluting New York waters in a significant way. Used as exfoliating abrasives in beauty products, the beads are a major threat to the state’s aquatic life and food supply.

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Dine Inside of a Swimming Pool at This Repurposed Rooftop Pool Farm

Dine Inside of a Swimming Pool at This Repurposed Rooftop Pool Farm

Photo: K•Taro Hashimura

Pool Farm takes one of the two pools located on Ink48′s 16th floor and repurposes into a private rooftop garden and dining area. Future Green Studio and Farming Up lined the sunken space with ipe wood decking salvaged from another

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Artist London Kaye Turns the L Train into a Yarnbombed Wonderland for Valentine’s Day

Artist London Kaye Turns the L Train into a Yarnbombed Wonderland for Valentine’s Day

Artist London Kaye recently warmed up some of NYC’s cold, metal subway poles with some yarn for Valentine’s Day. The crochet artist hopped aboard the L train with ANIMAL New York, toting a bag full of red and pink yarn in honor of the holiday. On the journey

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New Billboard Asks Motorists to Oppose Controversial LG Office Tower in the Palisades

New Billboard Asks Motorists to Oppose Controversial LG Office Tower in the Palisades

The Protect the Palisades organization has taken a new approach to voicing its environmental concerns about LG building a new office tower in New Jersey. Motorists may have noticed the new billboard near 125th Street on the West Side Highway informing them

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Old Prison to Be Transformed into Staten Island’s First Movie Studio

Old Prison to Be Transformed into Staten Island’s First Movie Studio

Staten Island will soon be home to a new mini Hollywood inside of an old prison. Earlier this week, Brooklyn-based Broadway Stages announced its plans to transform the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility into a 69-acre movie studio. The project will transform

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Join Friends of the QueensWay for a Bike Tour Along the Proposed Elevated Park This Spring

Join Friends of the QueensWay for a Bike Tour Along the Proposed Elevated Park This Spring

We got a chance to walk the QueensWay for ourselves last fall, and soon even more people will be able to check out the abandoned rail line/proposed elevated park when it opens up for a bike tour this spring. The Friends of the QueensWay are organizing a

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DesigNYC Announces 7 New Resiliency-Centered Collaboration Projects for 2014

DesigNYC Announces 7 New Resiliency-Centered Collaboration Projects for 2014

New York social change advocate desigNYC recently announced 7 new project collaborations for 2014 centered on the hot new topic of resiliency. Every year, the organization pairs non-profits with pro bono design professionals and challenges them to improve

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Get a Free $250 Pass to Social Media Week and Attend Prodigy Network’s Panel Discussion About Crowdfunding Real Estate

Get a Free $250 Pass to Social Media Week and Attend Prodigy Network’s Panel Discussion About Crowdfunding Real Estate

It’s no secret that social media has become an influential presence in our lives, but how can individuals and businesses harness this powerful tool to solve problems and drive innovation? Be a part of the conversation next week as Prodigy Network leads Crowdsourcing

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