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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10 Fun (and FREE) Earth Day Events to Enjoy in New York City

10 Fun (and FREE) Earth Day Events to Enjoy in New York City

Earth Under the Spotlight
Get up close and personal with Mother Earth as you collect rocks, survey soil, and study pond water in High Rock Park. Examine samples of these elements under microscopes, flex cams and other lab equipment like a professional scientist.

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Life in 64 sq. ft. Chinatown Apartments Captured in Annie Ling’s Mesmerizing Photographs

Life in 64 sq. ft. Chinatown Apartments Captured in Annie Ling’s Mesmerizing Photographs

At Inhabitat, we’re all about downsizing to smaller spaces, but for many people, tiny living is less of a choice and more often a painful and necessary part of life. Photographer Annie Ling has captured this unfortunate reality in her photos of 81 Bowery,

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5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

Image via Mr. TinDC
PUBLIC-PRIVATE FUNDING
When 6,000 Citi Bikes rolled onto the streets Manhattan and Brooklyn for the first time nearly a year ago, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg boasted that “we now have an entirely new transportation network without

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Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

The New York City Department of Transportation wants to give Upper Manhattan bikers a helping hand with a whole new set of bike lanes, as well as the area’s first protected bike lane this summer. The DOT recently presented new plans before the Community

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New 103,000-Sq-Ft LEED-Certified Manny Cantor Center and Gym Opens on the Lower East Side

New 103,000-Sq-Ft LEED-Certified Manny Cantor Center and Gym Opens on the Lower East Side

“The Manny Cantor Center’s state-of-the-art facilities have the incredible opportunity to serve the Lower East Side community in a way that speaks to its enormously diverse, creative and vibrant population,” said Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Executive Director

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LOT-EK Proposes Resilient DUNE CO-HABITAT to Defend Against Flooding in the Rockaways

LOT-EK Proposes Resilient DUNE CO-HABITAT to Defend Against Flooding in the Rockaways

DUNE CO-HABITAT combines ecological design into a public and semi-public open space network to create an environment for people and marine life to coexist. To protect the community from a storm surge, the designers created a series of floodable platforms and

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Mayor de Blasio Appoints Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Leadership Team

Mayor de Blasio Appoints Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Leadership Team

NYC residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy are getting an extra helping hand as the city plans to reallocate $100 million in funding towards rebuilding homes destroyed in the storm. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new rebuilding leadership

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Have Your Broken Stuff Fixed at the Pop-Up Repair Shop!

Have Your Broken Stuff Fixed at the Pop-Up Repair Shop!

Stop! Before you throw out that busted lamp or that broken paper shredder, bring them over to the Pop-Up Repair shop for a chance to get them working like brand new. The roving repair center will be opening up a new shop in Manhattan this week. If you’ve

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NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

NYC Approves Plan to Turn Gowanus Canal into Venice-Like Tourist Area

Last week, many Gowanus residents were outraged to find out that the city has approved the first stage of a plan to turn the Gowanus Canal into a Venice-like tourist area. The hope is that the new mini neighborhood, dubbed “Little Gowanice”, will generate

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Daydream About Living in the Beautiful Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park Through These New Pics

Daydream About Living in the Beautiful Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park Through These New Pics

While not modestly priced (they start at $1.05 million), the first offerings of the gorgeous units have already sold out, with many potential residents interested in the next round of applications. Most of the apartments feature 18-foot ceilings met with glass

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Help Students Petition for Pedestrian and Bike Lanes on the Rockaway Freeway

Help Students Petition for Pedestrian and Bike Lanes on the Rockaway Freeway

A group of students in Far Rockaway want to make a section of the Rockaway Freeway safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and they need your help to do it. Youngsters from the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance after-school program have posted a petition asking Mayor

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New QueensWay Workshops Reveal Plans for Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

New QueensWay Workshops Reveal Plans for Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

At the workshop, WXY Architecture and DLand Studios showed their designs for the project, which will renovate the former Long Island Rail Road track into a new linear path surrounded by nature. Friends of the QueensWay say their project will help spur more

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30th Annual GrowTogether Conference

30th Annual GrowTogether Conference

The 30th Annual GrowTogether Conference, which GreenThumb will host at Hostos Community College in the Bronx on March 29th, officially kicks off the GreenThumb gardening season in New York City. The conference offers the opportunity for gardeners from over

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Help Restore the Destroyed East Harlem Urban Garden Center

Help Restore the Destroyed East Harlem Urban Garden Center

A local East Harlem business is picking up the pieces after it was destroyed by the devastating explosion that took place in the neighborhood two weeks ago. Undeterred by the broken flowerpots, caution tape and debris that now characterize his once bustling

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Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

Mayor De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver as New NYC Parks Commissioner

New York City got a new Parks Commissioner on Friday, just in time for spring. Mayor de Blasio made the official announcement at Seward Park on the Lower East Side and congratulated Mitchell Silver on his new role. Silver will leave his current job as the

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Friends of the QueensWay Unveils Preliminary Designs for a High Line-Style Elevated Park and Bike Path

Friends of the QueensWay Unveils Preliminary Designs for a High Line-Style Elevated Park and Bike Path

Friends of the QueensWay and the Trust for Public Land have released new renderings illustrating their plan to turn a stretch of train tracks in Queens into a High Line-style public greenway. Although the new QueensWay images are still preliminary, they

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Visit the Iconic World’s Fair New York State Pavilion When It Opens to the Public for a Limited Time

Visit the Iconic World’s Fair New York State Pavilion When It Opens to the Public for a Limited Time

You’ve probably seen the excitement surrounding the restoration of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, but did you know that you’ll soon be able to visit the iconic World’s Fair structure yourself?  New York State Pavilion Paint Project, who has been

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Bronx River Alliance Getting a New Vine-Lined River House on the Waterfront

Bronx River Alliance Getting a New Vine-Lined River House on the Waterfront

“It’s very exciting to know that we will be able to be located right on the Bronx River, right along the heart of the Bronx River Greenway,” Linda Cox, the group’s executive director, said to the NY Daily News. “It’s one more way for [the community]

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New ASTORIA FLEA & FOOD Weekend Market to Open at Kaufman Astoria Studios This May

New ASTORIA FLEA & FOOD Weekend Market to Open at Kaufman Astoria Studios This May

The LIC FLEA

NYC weekend market fans will soon have a new destination to check out starting this May. Long Island City’s popular LIC FLEA & FOOD is teaming up with Kaufman Astoria Studios to present a new shopping and dining destination located at the

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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A Little Night Musik: 6th Annual Benefit Concert for the New Amsterdam School

A Little Night Musik: 6th Annual Benefit Concert for the New Amsterdam School

Join in on a night of music, laughter and fun benefiting Lower Manhattan’s New Amsterdam School! The 6th annual benefit concert will feature performances by Nellie McKay, Justin Vivan Bond, Rev Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir as well as cocktails and light

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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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