Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon’s Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

Originally constructed in 1841 by Alexander Jackson Davis, The Octagon was an island retreat that featured a beautiful rotunda with a ‘flying’ spiral staircase. Then in 1894, it was converted into the Metropolitan Hospital and used as an asylum until 1955

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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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Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

Just when they thought they were finally beginning to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, some New Jersey residents are now saying that debris from the super storm is making them sick. When people in Roxbury, NJ began suffering from headaches,

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Wind Turbine-Topped Pearson Apartments Add a Sustainable New Silhouette to the LIC Skyline

Wind Turbine-Topped Pearson Apartments Add a Sustainable New Silhouette to the LIC Skyline

The Pearson’s three vertical wind turbines are produced by Urban Green Energy and are capable of providing power for all of the building’s common areas. While many New York City buildings are crowded by neighbors, The Pearson sits right next to a large train

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Spontaneous Interventions: Watch the World Cup at These Two Public Viewing Venues on Governors Island

Spontaneous Interventions: Watch the World Cup at These Two Public Viewing Venues on Governors Island

Watching the World Cup at your local bar is cool, but how about viewing it on the big screen at Governors Island? Spontaneous Interventions, an exhibition created by architects, artists and designers to bring new amenities to the public, has brought two

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PHOTOS: Explore NYC by Foot with Walks of New York!

PHOTOS: Explore NYC by Foot with Walks of New York!

Each of Walks of New York’s insider tours cover a lot of ground in an enjoyable two-and-a half to three hour time span. Participants can choose from a variety of cultural tours including Highlights of New York, Meet at the Met: Highlights of the Metropolitan

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

NYC Event: How to Green Your School – Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At the same time, our civilization is facing catastrophic climate change,

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INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

INTERVIEW: 6 Questions With Go-Green Teacher Aimee Østensen From the Manhattan Country School

For many of us growing up, sustainability wasn’t much of a topic at school (other than maybe planting a tree or two for Earth Day), but that’s changing rapidly. Nowadays, environmental awareness and incorporating social justice and diversity are crucial topics

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to Sprout a Giant Green Roof

While the Brooklyn Nets are positioning themselves for the NBA postseason, their home arena just scored a victory for the environment. NYC-based Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Company are teaming up to install a new

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Barclays Center Could Get a Giant, Sound-Absorbing Green Roof

Barclays Center Could Get a Giant, Sound-Absorbing Green Roof

The LEED Silver-certified home of the Brooklyn Nets may soon be getting even more verdant with a lush green roof. Barclays Center chronicler Norman Oder recently uncovered the venue’s planted roof plan, which is described as “a secondary roof with a structural

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Daylit Dia: Beacon Art Museum in Beacon, NY

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Daylit Dia: Beacon Art Museum in Beacon, NY

The original factory was built on the shores of the Hudson River by the National Biscuit Company in 1929 to serve as their box printing facility. In 2003, the Dia Foundation took over the space, hiring artist Robert Irwin and design firm OpenOffice to help

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Tour Fifty Three’s Awe-Inspiring NYC Office Filled with Reclaimed Material Accents

Tour Fifty Three’s Awe-Inspiring NYC Office Filled with Reclaimed Material Accents

Fifty Three turned to Laura Gonzalez Fierro of +ADD to ask for a space with what Fierro described as, “honest materials and exposed confidence.” The design team’s combination of reclaimed wood, rich walnut cabinetry, black steel, glass, stained concrete

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Measles Outbreak Spreads in New York City

Measles Outbreak Spreads in New York City

Health officials are warning New Yorkers to take caution as a new outbreak of measles has infected residents of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. So far, there are 19 confirmed cases of the illness, including a 63-year-old senior citizen and children as

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DEP Looking to Give Out $6M in Grants to Green Ideas for NYC

DEP Looking to Give Out $6M in Grants to Green Ideas for NYC

New Yorkers looking to green up their neighborhoods now have a chance to get some serious funding for their ideas. The Department of Environmental Protection is currently accepting applications for new projects that will help absorb rainwater to prevent sewer

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6 Bizarre Architectural Destinations You Have to See in Brooklyn

6 Bizarre Architectural Destinations You Have to See in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Heights Brownstone Hiding a Secret Underground Portal
Brooklyn Heights is one of Brooklyn’s most coveted neighborhoods. Brimming with beautiful brownstones and tree-lined streets, and located just steps away from the waterfront, it’s no surprise

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Lab-Grown Meat Maker Modern Meadow Wants to 3D-Print Beef and Pork in Brooklyn

Lab-Grown Meat Maker Modern Meadow Wants to 3D-Print Beef and Pork in Brooklyn

It looks like Brooklyn may soon be home to the next 3D-printed burger. Crain’s New York reports that Modern Meadow, a pioneer in engineered tissues, is in the midst of negotiations to lease a 10,000-square-foot space at the BioBAT facility in the Brooklyn

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Manhattan West Doubles Its Public Space Plans to Over Two Acres

Manhattan West Doubles Its Public Space Plans to Over Two Acres

The Manhattan West project originally called for the construction of two 65-story office towers and a 60-story residential tower just a block away from Hudson Yards. While that part remains unchanged, Brookfield wants to double the size of its open space.

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One World Trade Center Slated to Open in 2014

One World Trade Center Slated to Open in 2014

After years of anticipation and various types of delays, One World Trade Center is finally poised to open in 2014. Developers have announced that the tower is almost complete, and will soon welcome tenants in the new year. A concrete opening date still has

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Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s First-Ever LED Christmas Light Show Tonight

Don’t Miss the Empire State Building’s First-Ever LED Christmas Light Show Tonight

New Yorkers might not be able to see Santa in the night sky this Christmas, but the Empire State Building will be treating us to something just as nice – their first-ever LED Christmas light show. For four nights starting on December 20th, the energy-efficient

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Plans for Greenest Apartment Building in Manhattan Move Forward in Harlem

Plans for Greenest Apartment Building in Manhattan Move Forward in Harlem

The planned construction site for the new passive building.

If all goes as planned, Harlem will soon be home to the greenest residential building in all of Manhattan. Synapse Capital development firm, which finalized their purchase for a 9,900-square-foot

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s New Apartment Comes with a Vitamin-C Infused Shower

Leonardo DiCaprio’s New Apartment Comes with a Vitamin-C Infused Shower

After shopping around for a bit, award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has finally decided on a home in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The star is known for embracing the eco-lifestyle (as evidenced by his love affair with Citi Bikes and previous accommodations

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New Liberty Park Will Offer Elevated Views of 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Site

New Liberty Park Will Offer Elevated Views of 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Site

Just when we thought we had a handle on everything going on at the World Trade Center site, The New York Times uncovers a secret plan to build an elevated park above Liberty Street. The hovering parkland will be slightly larger than an acre and it will give

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New Green Grade School To Open in East Village – Will Be Downtown Manhattan’s First Waldorf Inspired School

New Green Grade School To Open in East Village – Will Be Downtown Manhattan’s First Waldorf Inspired School

For New York City families with preschool-aged children, nothing strikes fear into the heart quite so much as the search for a decent school for your child, and this frantic search often starts in the toddler and even infant years. This situation might ring

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4 World Trade Center: First New Building on 16-Acre WTC Site to Open Its Doors Today

4 World Trade Center: First New Building on 16-Acre WTC Site to Open Its Doors Today

Today, New York City will cut the ribbon on 4 World Trade Center, making it the very first tower at the 16-acre WTC site to open its doors. Extending 977 feet into the sky, the new LEED Gold-hopeful building will mark the beginning of the rebirth of Lower

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New Home of St. Ann’s Warehouse Breaks Ground at DUMBO’s Iconic Tobacco Warehouse

New Home of St. Ann’s Warehouse Breaks Ground at DUMBO’s Iconic Tobacco Warehouse

Currently, the Tobacco Warehouse is an 18,000-square-foot open space surrounded by four bare brick walls. With St. Ann’s Warehouse in mind, Marvel Architects PLLC re-imagined the barren area into a new enclosed building with a flexible performance space.

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