Design by Plants

Design by Plants

Design by Plants is a Brooklyn based garden design and installation firm passionately building beautiful artisanal gardens and helping their clients better understand plants. The firm is committed to enriching garden experiences and creating high value plant

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

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

Photo courtesy of Jeff Guida

Guida, a New York-based engineer and entrepreneur, created the ShareRoller after being turned off by Citi Bikes’ hefty frames. “I kind of felt like I was pulling a trailer,’ Guida told us. “I love them, but they’re 3 speeds

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

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

The greenhouse garden portion of the building is made of polycarbonate and aluminum to help let in light throughout the day. The attached kitchen classroom is clad in multi-colored, pixelated patterns formed by low-cost shingles. There are also porthole windows

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

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

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

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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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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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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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You Might Still Be Able to Buy a Nice NYC Apartment for Under $50,000 Thanks to This Initiative

You Might Still Be Able to Buy a Nice NYC Apartment for Under $50,000 Thanks to This Initiative

In 2010, New Yorker Tracie Hunte bought a 600-square-foot one-bedroom with a balcony in Brooklyn Heights for a little more than $38,000. While it might sound like a deal that would only take place in your dreams, the purchase was actually made possible by

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How Close is New York to Being Able to Grow All of Its Own Food?

How Close is New York to Being Able to Grow All of Its Own Food?

New York is known for being one of the most diverse culinary melting pots in the world with everything from Tibetan momos to Ethiopian injera to be found just a subway ride away. And while exotic ingredients may tantalize our tastebuds, recent disasters like

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5 ENYA Competition Designs Show Us What a Beautiful Elevated Park the QueensWay Could Be

5 ENYA Competition Designs Show Us What a Beautiful Elevated Park the QueensWay Could Be

The winner of the competition was Carrie Wibert, a designer hailing from Paris, and her “Queensway Steps” concept. The 1st place design would reinvent the former Rockaway Beach LIRR line into an aqueduct-like structure with tapering arches and stairways

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NYCLASS Pushes to Ban Exotic Animals From New York Circuses

NYCLASS Pushes to Ban Exotic Animals From New York Circuses

NYCLASS, the animal rights group that has called for the ban of Central Park horse carriages, is now turning its attention toward animals performing in circuses in New York City. According to the New York Daily News, the organization is asking city officials

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How New York Threw Away the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel

How New York Threw Away the World’s Oldest Subway Tunnel

New York City is usually pretty good about celebrating and preserving its landmarks, which is why the following story is quite disappointing. Unearthed by The Verge’s Adrianne Jeffries, the fascinating tale delves into how a man named Bob Diamond rediscovered

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9 Small Living Tips for Couples Trying to Stay Sane in Tiny Apartments

9 Small Living Tips for Couples Trying to Stay Sane in Tiny Apartments

Photo: Michael Partenio

Lack of private space is probably the most obvious source of irritation for couples who live in small apartments. Having a separate room to escape to is a luxury that may not exist in a studio, but you can create your own by turning

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14 Local NYC Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Big Apple of Your Eye

14 Local NYC Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Big Apple of Your Eye

SWEET AND SAVORY CHEESE BOX
Impress your beau with this culinary cheese and cracker set accompanied by a custom state-shaped cutting board. Birthed in Brooklyn, AHEIRLOOM is the brainchild of Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowa who created the cutting boards

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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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NYC Woman Warms Homeless Feet One Pair of Socks at a Time

NYC Woman Warms Homeless Feet One Pair of Socks at a Time

This winter has been especially brutal for thousands of homeless individuals living on the streets of New York City. While some might offer up a cup of coffee, a meal or even a few dollars to help a displaced New Yorker make it through the night, Saije Bashaw

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Young Projects’ Matchmaking Heart Sculpture Selected to Grace Times Square This Valentine’s Day

Young Projects’ Matchmaking Heart Sculpture Selected to Grace Times Square This Valentine’s Day

Lovers (and wannabe lovers) from around the world will have a new public art piece to admire this Valentine’s Day in Times Square thanks to Young Projects. The Brooklyn-based design firm recently won the Times Square Alliance and Van Alen Institute’s

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BKLYN Designs Now Accepting Applications for May 2014 Home Furnishings Trade Show

BKLYN Designs Now Accepting Applications for May 2014 Home Furnishings Trade Show

“I am happy to announce that BKLYN DESIGNS will be back this year bigger and better than ever,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “This three-day exhibition shows off the best of Brooklyn when it comes to cutting

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Ramona Cocktail Bar Uses Reclaimed Atlantic City Boardwalk Wood to Line Its Cozy Interior

Ramona Cocktail Bar Uses Reclaimed Atlantic City Boardwalk Wood to Line Its Cozy Interior

Ramona is a collaboration between specialty cocktail goods company City of Daughters’ Jay Schneider and Natalka Burian and Jay’s brother Scott. The trio called upon interior design firm hOmE (who have already made their mark on Greenpoint hotspots like Tørst,

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Plan to Kill Mute Swans in Prospect Park Sparks Outcry Amongst Brooklyn Animal Lovers

Plan to Kill Mute Swans in Prospect Park Sparks Outcry Amongst Brooklyn Animal Lovers

Brooklyn wildlife lovers are seeing red after learning of a proposal by the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation to eliminate the population of mute swans in Prospect Park by 2025. According to the agency, the elegant birds have been known to bully

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NYCEDC Says No Deal Was Made to Halt Howard Hughes’ Seaport Tower

NYCEDC Says No Deal Was Made to Halt Howard Hughes’ Seaport Tower

Just two days ago, we reported that the old Fulton Fish Market was temporarily safe from being sacked but now it seems that all redevelopment plans are back on track. According to a new report by the Downtown Express, the city’s Economic Development Corporation

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Citi Bike Share Inequality Becoming More of an Issue in New York City

Citi Bike Share Inequality Becoming More of an Issue in New York City

With all of the talk about income inequality in newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City, the unequal distribution of Citi Bike stations thus far has been facing more scrutiny. Unlike subways and buses, which service all kinds of neighborhoods in

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How Does Your Apartment Stack Up to the Abodes of HBO’s Girls?

How Does Your Apartment Stack Up to the Abodes of HBO’s Girls?

We’ve already coveted Charlie’s super-efficient DIY studio apartment complete with built-in storage stairs, excessive shelving and loungeable loft space. The other characters’ pads are just as sweet, and Ballinger even shares the spacious floorplans

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Old Fulton Fish Market Safe for Now as Howard Hughes Seaport Tower Put on Hold

Old Fulton Fish Market Safe for Now as Howard Hughes Seaport Tower Put on Hold

After an internet petition campaign voicing strong opposition to the razing of Lower Manhattan’s old Fulton Fish Market building to make way for a 50-story tower, it seems like the market may be safe, if only temporarily. The Tribeca Trib reports that

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