Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

Inhabitat Explores BIG!Millworks, a Local Resource for Affordable Reclaimed Wood (PHOTOS)

If you’ve never been to one of BIG!NYC’s Reuse Centers, they’re basically like a Costco, except with reclaimed furniture and appliances. Here, and at BIG!’s other location near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, you can find just about anything you need to

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Bring Your Old Electronics to Upcycle Fest 2013 to Support Local Parks!

Bring Your Old Electronics to Upcycle Fest 2013 to Support Local Parks!

Clean out your desk drawers, closets and office shelves and join thousands of New Yorkers for Upcycle Fest™! Bring your outdated electronics to Prospect Park on Sunday, October 27th (9am-2pm) and Monday, October 28th (8am-2pm) and drop them into the designated

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Build it Green!NYC Opens a New Recycled Wood Sawmill Called BIG!Millworks in Astoria

Build it Green!NYC Opens a New Recycled Wood Sawmill Called BIG!Millworks in Astoria

Astoria, Queens is officially home to a new urban sawmill. Build It Green!NYC and Tri-Lox Workshop recently announced the launch of BIG!Millworks, a recycling wood works site housed within the BIG! reuse center in Queens. Located on 26 Avenue, just off the

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NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden: Teacher Wormshop

NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden: Teacher Wormshop

Discover the benefits of composting with a worm bin in your classroom. This excellent hands-on and inquiry-based activity teaches kids biology, recycling, and responsibility. Learn great facts about earthworms, how to set up a worm bin, and how to maintain

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8 Must-See 3D Printing Revelations Spotted at Maker Faire New York 2013 (PHOTOS)

8 Must-See 3D Printing Revelations Spotted at Maker Faire New York 2013 (PHOTOS)

Ultimaker displayed its new Ultimaker 2 to the public for the first time this weekend. Although it looks very similar to Ultimaker’s first 3D printer, there are a couple of notable updates including a new aluminum body, a quieter drive motor, and a heated

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Lehman College’s Science Hall Becomes the First NYC University Building to Earn LEED Platinum Certification

Lehman College’s Science Hall Becomes the First NYC University Building to Earn LEED Platinum Certification

Lehman College’s new Science Hall has been awarded top honors for its sustainable, energy-efficient design. The new 69,000 sq. ft. university building in the Bronx recently earned the extremely rare LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building

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Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Which NYC Mayoral Candidate Would Make the Greenest New York City Mayor?

Say what you want about iconoclast NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg – but no one can accuse him of being soft when it comes to the environment. The three-term billionaire technocrat scored numerous environmental victories during his 12 year tenure; from launching

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Custom-Made Designer Trash Bins Pop Up in NYC Parks

Custom-Made Designer Trash Bins Pop Up in NYC Parks

Ignacio Ciocchini is Vice President of Design for the Bryant Park Corporation non-profit, and the creator of the new tulip-shaped cans. Ciocchini says that “the design of the Bryant Park litter receptacles and recycling system was inspired by plants,

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ECOFEST!

ECOFEST!

ECOFEST, the greenest festival in NYC, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Times Square, the crossroads of the world! The event will feature green exhibits promoting sustainable lifestyle choices. From the ECO-FASHION SHOW, ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES DISPLAY,

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NYC Approves Prescriptions of Fruits and Vegetables to Obese or Overweight New Yorkers

NYC Approves Prescriptions of Fruits and Vegetables to Obese or Overweight New Yorkers

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It looks like there’s more to that old adage “An apple a day…” than previously thought. New York City health officials recently approved the Fruit and Vegetables Prescription Program, which allows health practitioners to prescribe

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BMW Debuts 2014 i3 Electric Vehicle at World Premiere in New York City

BMW Debuts 2014 i3 Electric Vehicle at World Premiere in New York City

The i3 EV world premiere in New York was one of three simultaneous debut events (the others were in London and Beijing). According to BMW, the i3 will be unique in that it will be the first mass-produced auto with a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic passenger

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NYC’s Colorful “Recycle Everything” Ad Campaign Encourages New Yorkers to Curb Waste

NYC’s Colorful “Recycle Everything” Ad Campaign Encourages New Yorkers to Curb Waste

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office is launching a colorful new ad campaign to encourage New Yorkers to recycle. Called “Recycle Everything,” the series of eye-catching adverts will also promote the expansion of organic food recycling around New York City.

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When the Beach Met the Bay: Plastic Mosaic Recalls Hurricane Sandy Destruction

When the Beach Met the Bay: Plastic Mosaic Recalls Hurricane Sandy Destruction

When the Beach Met the Bay recalls the night that Hurricane Sandy submerged most of Long Beach’s homes in four feet of water. The water has since receded, but many residents are still trying to rebuild their lives. As a tribute to them, and a creative way

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“SURF + TURF + EARTH” Spring Fundraising Gala

“SURF + TURF + EARTH” Spring Fundraising Gala

Join the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative at their annual summer benefit, New Views 2013: South Brooklyn Surf + Turf + Earth. The gala will be held at the spectacular Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn and guest will be able to enjoy unbeatable views of Lady

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Mayor Bloomberg Set to Announce All-Borough Composting Program in NYC

Mayor Bloomberg Set to Announce All-Borough Composting Program in NYC

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to announce a citywide composting plan that would divert 100,000 tons of food scraps from landfills annually. Tested through a spring pilot program on Staten Island in which 43 percent of residents participated in composting

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Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

Annual PlaNYC Report Shows NYC is Set to Exceed Climate Change Goals by 2030

According to an annual progress report released last week, PlaNYC is on track to exceed its greenhouse gas reduction goals by the year 2030. The paper measured progress on more than 100 citywide initiatives launched by the mayor’s office to meet its

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Upper East Side Residents Fight to Protect Kids From Damaging Health Effects of Planned Trash Station

Upper East Side Residents Fight to Protect Kids From Damaging Health Effects of Planned Trash Station

Residents of Manhattan’s Upper East Side are fuming over the Marine Transfer Station that is being planned to transport garbage in and out of a location at East 91st St. Opponents of the facility are mainly concerned about the station’s proximity to a

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PHOTOS: MoMA’s “Rain Room” Lets You Walk Through the Rain Without Getting Wet

PHOTOS: MoMA’s “Rain Room” Lets You Walk Through the Rain Without Getting Wet

The sophisticated system is made up of a complex network of pressure regulators, solenoid valves, sensors, and tracking cameras, all controlled by custom software designed by Random International. The grated floor allows for constant water recycling, and collects

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Ideas City Festival Livens Up the Bowery With Green Installations and Sustainable Fun

Ideas City Festival Livens Up the Bowery With Green Installations and Sustainable Fun

Inhabitat favorite Kim Holleman was there with her Trailer Park holding court at a prime location right in front of the New Museum’s doors and inviting guests to take a shady break and relax inside the plant-filled pop up park. After taking a load off, many

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Ideas City Festival and StreetFest Returns to the Bowery This Weekend!

Ideas City Festival and StreetFest Returns to the Bowery This Weekend!

The New Museum’s Ideas City Festival has hit the Bowery again, with a slew of art and culture events lined up for this weekend. This year’s festivities include artistic projections onto the museum’s façade, panel discussions on subjects like innovative

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10 Eco-Tastic Earth Day Activities to Do in New York City!

10 Eco-Tastic Earth Day Activities to Do in New York City!

Eco-Chick.com’s Sustainable Spring Fashion Party
Get a head start on your Earth Day party plans in style! Eco-Chick.com will be hosting a sustainable spring fashion presentation on the 18th featuring an array of local NYC designers. Take a gander at collections

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10 Global Companies Join PlaNYC Carbon Challenge to Cut Greenhouse Emissions

10 Global Companies Join PlaNYC Carbon Challenge to Cut Greenhouse Emissions

New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2017 has taken another step in the right direction. At a press conference at Rockefeller University yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the expansion of the PlaNYC Carbon

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The Junkluggers Makes Millions Hauling Away Your Unwanted Crap

The Junkluggers Makes Millions Hauling Away Your Unwanted Crap

Josh Cohen has turned other people’s trash into a treasure all his own. Before launching his business, The Junkluggers, back in 2004, Cohen was making just over minimum wage as an intern at a commercial real estate firm. After discovering that a friend made

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Pier 57 “Incubox” Shipping Container Mall Approved by City Council

Pier 57 “Incubox” Shipping Container Mall Approved by City Council

The project features sixty shipping container shops that will bring retail appeal to the former shipping industry pier under the unified name “Incubox”. For the first two years of operation (basically until the entire pier makeover is complete), retailers

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The Fancy Fox Thrift Shop Opens Near 5 Pointz and PS1 in Long Island City

The Fancy Fox Thrift Shop Opens Near 5 Pointz and PS1 in Long Island City

Penafiel has had this fox for many years, but it wasn’t until recently that the fellow acquired his fancy haberdashery (thanks to a seamstress friend in the same building).

Even though she obviously has a knack for it, Penafiel wasn’t always in the thrifting

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