INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

INTERVIEW: Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, On Growing A Green School

It’s likely that the vast majority of us had a similar elementary school experience: rote memorization, gross cafeteria “mystery food”, long days spent sitting at our desks, filling out worksheets, anxiously awaiting the few precious minutes outside that were

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Japanese man invents 3D-printed gardens that can grow in any shape

Japanese man invents 3D-printed gardens that can grow in any shape

The list of things that can be 3D printed keeps growing and growing, and Yuichiro Takeuchi recently added gardens to the tally. The computer scientist at the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo has invented a way to use 3D printing technology to design,

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Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

Affordable Green Housing Complex Brings New Urban Living Solutions to the Bronx

RKTB Architects recently announced that its sustainable and affordable housing complex in the Bronx, East Clarke Place Court, is now 100% occupied. The 100,000-square-foot structure boasts a host of sustainable features, many of which are not commonly

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New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

New Harlem Green Bus Depot Opens with Colossal Planted Roof

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

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An Evening with RE-volv: A New Way to Bring Solar to Our Communities

An Evening with RE-volv: A New Way to Bring Solar to Our Communities

Join RE-volv for an exciting evening to of eating, drinking, networking, and learning about RE-volv’s innovative solar financing model is building community through solar, and building solar through community. Hear from RE-volv’s Executive Director Andreas

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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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Vote for a Greener Greenpoint

Vote for a Greener Greenpoint

Want to see Greenpoint become ever greener? Residents of Greenpoint have a say in what kinds of projects will be selected to receive funding from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. If you live in Greenpoint, head to the Polish & Slavic Center at

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Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 100th Home Repair on Second Anniversary of Sandy

Congratulations are in order thanks to the tireless work of non-profit Habitat for Humanity. On October 29th, HFH finished repairs on a Coney Island residence damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Although all of the organization’s projects are significant, this

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Plans Unveiled for ‘Stilt City’ Resilient Art Studio in Rockaway Park

Plans Unveiled for ‘Stilt City’ Resilient Art Studio in Rockaway Park

Brooklyn-based artist Robyn Rennee Hasty has teamed up with Jakitsch Gardner Architects to create Stilt City, an art residency program to be located in Rockaway Park. Design plans were unveiled as the program’s Kickstarter campaign kicked off in November

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World Trade Center Opens Again for Business 13 Years After 9/11

World Trade Center Opens Again for Business 13 Years After 9/11

Thirteen years after the tragic 9/11 attacks, the World Trade Center has officially re-opened its doors for business. On Monday, media company Condé Nast began moving into One World Trade Center, which is currently the tallest building in the Western

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Inwood Pumpkin Pageant

Inwood Pumpkin Pageant

Come show off your pumpkin carving skills, help the environment and build a new community tradition at the Inwood Pumpkin Pageant in Isham Park on November 1st (rain date: November 2nd). Drop off your jack-o-lantern along the pathways (near Park Terrace East)

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Is Harlem Next in Line For Its Own High Line-Style Park?

Is Harlem Next in Line For Its Own High Line-Style Park?

Could Harlem be the next NYC neighborhood to get its own High Line-style park? Non-profit organization Housing Partnership thinks so and has proposed the Harlem Promenade, a project to construct affordable residential units and an elevated green

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Resilient “Living Breakwaters” Project Wins Prestigious 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Resilient “Living Breakwaters” Project Wins Prestigious 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Living Breakwaters project was designed specifically for Staten Island and Rarutan Bay and is based on the idea of flood mitigation through the implementation of a well-strategized blend of structural defense and ecosystem reinforcement. The plan aims

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Plans Unveiled for Greenpoint Landing’s Resilient Waterfront Park

Plans Unveiled for Greenpoint Landing’s Resilient Waterfront Park

Greenpoint was once considered one of NYC’s most hardscaped areas, but things are changing slowly and surely for the Brooklyn nabe. New plans for a vibrant waterfront park at the forthcoming Greenpoint Landing complex were recently released and paint

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Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Saint Nicholas National Shrine With ‘Ground Blessing’ Ceremony

Santiago Calatrava Breaks Ground on Saint Nicholas National Shrine With ‘Ground Blessing’ Ceremony

Prolific (and often controversial) Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava attended a “ground blessing” ceremony this past weekend for his latest project, the $38 million reconstruction of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine in Lower Manhattan. The Greek Orthodox

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Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Tomorrow and Help Plant a Wish Garden in the Bronx

Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Tomorrow and Help Plant a Wish Garden in the Bronx

New York Restoration Project and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are teaming up to plant a “Wishes in Bloom” garden tomorrow and they need your help. 637 daffodil bulbs will be planted at NYRP’s Bathgate Community Garden in the Tremont section of the Bronx,

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Is the Central Park Loop About to Become Car-Free?

Is the Central Park Loop About to Become Car-Free?

Could a car-free Central Park Loop be in New York City’s future? Manhattan City Council members Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine recently introduced a bill that would test the idea by closing the road to vehicle traffic for a period of three months. The

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QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

High Line lovers in NYC will soon have a new elevated park to enjoy if the QueensWay, a green space proposed for an abandoned railroad track in Queens, comes to fruition. The project got one step closer to its goal this week when it unveiled a blueprint for

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Don’t Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn’s Design Open Mic Tomorrow

Don’t Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn’s Design Open Mic Tomorrow

Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn invite you to hear about innovative humanitarian designs directly from designers and architects themselves at their Design Open Mic on Saturday, October 11th. The PechaKucha-powered discussion will

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Ambitious Proposal Aims to Renovate Decrepit Farm Colony into Senior Housing on Staten Island

Ambitious Proposal Aims to Renovate Decrepit Farm Colony into Senior Housing on Staten Island

An ambitious proposal for Staten Island’s abandoned City Farm Colony could see the expansive 45-acre lot made over into a senior housing complex called Landmark Colony. A complete redevelopment plan was presented to the New York City Landmarks Preservation

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$130 Million Allocated to Revamp 35 Neglected New York City Parks

$130 Million Allocated to Revamp 35 Neglected New York City Parks

After months of budgetary discord, Mayor de Blasio has announced an ambitious plan aimed at renovating 35 forgotten parks around New York City. The park equity plan, called Community Parks Initiative, comes with a $130 million budget and will give a long

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Farm Festival!

Farm Festival!

Join in on the fun as 96th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues is transformed into an urban carnival featuring family-friendly music, rides, games, arts and crafts and farm-fresh produce. Kids of all ages can test their nerves in a haunted house staged

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New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

The 14,500-square-foot, pre-World War I warehouse and its adjacent municipal parking lot will be transformed into a self-sustaining complex, producing much of its own food and drink with its very own small-batch brewery and rooftop garden. The green-minded

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“Lonesome George”, Last Giant Tortoise from Galapagos, Comes to Museum of Natural History

“Lonesome George”, Last Giant Tortoise from Galapagos, Comes to Museum of Natural History

 

As a fitting homage and send-off for Lonesome George, the world’s last giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, the American Museum of Natural History has launched a special exhibition centered around his life. The last member of his species

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What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March Today

What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March Today

A series of high-profile climate change awareness events is taking place in New York City starting today and is poised to change the world - with your help. The massive campaign kicks off this weekend on September 21st as tens of thousands of climate activists

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