Bronx Artist Chris Marche Building “Leaning Tower of Bikes” Out of Old Two-Wheelers

Bronx Artist Chris Marche Building “Leaning Tower of Bikes” Out of Old Two-Wheelers

Growing up in the Bronx, Marche found himself welding in body shops all around town. His passion grew and soon he began collecting junk from neighbors and local business. Kids would leave him their old bikes, shops would cart over pieces of scrap, and neighbors

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World’s First Roving Recyclarium Trailer Hits the Streets of New York City

World’s First Roving Recyclarium Trailer Hits the Streets of New York City

Recycling may not yet be a priority for our younger generation, but a new “Recyclarium” featuring fun interactive games that teach about sustainability has hit the streets of New York City in order to change that. The re-purposed trailer, designed by Sims Municipal Recycling, will travel from school to school in order to make learning about the importance of conserving natural resources fun for children. Among other upbeat teaching aids, the mobile education center includes wheels and doors that can be turned to reveal which materials can and can’t be recycled.

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MTA May Charge Riders a $1 Green Fee to Encourage MetroCard Recycling

MTA May Charge Riders a $1 Green Fee to Encourage MetroCard Recycling

If you’ve ever reused your MetroCard thinking it would be a waste to chuck it, you might soon be rewarded for your efforts. Word on the street is that the MTA is looking to add a $1 surcharge for all new MetroCard purchases to encourage riders to reuse their

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125 Broad St. is a Soaring LEED Silver Tower on the Manhattan Waterfront

125 Broad St. is a Soaring LEED Silver Tower on the Manhattan Waterfront

While newly constructed green buildings have been popping up all over NYC, there are many buildings that have achieved LEED-certification by retrofitting their existing structures, and lower Manhattan’s 125 Broad Street is a shining example. Owned by Mack-Cali,

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Pratt Students Present DEP Grant Proposals for a New Green Roof at Their Brooklyn Campus

Pratt Students Present DEP Grant Proposals for a New Green Roof at Their Brooklyn Campus

Starting in late May, Pratt graduate students in the green infrastructure design + build course began learning green roof and stormwater management techniques. Preliminary designs for the green roof were completed under the direction of professors Gita Nandan

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NYC’s First Sustainable Hackathon Creates Green Apps for the City

NYC’s First Sustainable Hackathon Creates Green Apps for the City

“Whether by providing more information about recycling opportunities or new apps that promote tree stewardship, we are ready to partner with the technology industry to package our environmental and sustainability data in creative new ways that residents

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The US Postal Service Plans to Plant its Second Green Roof in New York

The US Postal Service Plans to Plant its Second Green Roof in New York

The United States Postal Service has shown its dedication to green practices by planting its second green roof! The Onondaga County branch plans to install an enormous 11,300 square foot green roof on its Colvin-Elmwood post office building. The green roof

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PHOTOS: HWKN’s Giant Blue Smog-Eating Wendy Sculpture Opens at MoMA PS1

PHOTOS: HWKN’s Giant Blue Smog-Eating Wendy Sculpture Opens at MoMA PS1

In case you’re not already familiar with Wendy, the prickly, larger-than-life outdoor sculpture by local firm HWKN won this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program competition, and was debuted to the press tonight. In addition to meeting the contest’s stipulations

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Battery Park City Library Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Battery Park City Library Achieves LEED Gold Certification

1100 Architect worked with Atelier Ten to design the library’s energy-efficient lighting system. The first two stories of the library, which sits at the base of a residential building, are enclosed in glass, ensuring ample natural light year-round. The communal

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NYC Plan to Suck Manhattan Garbage Through Vacuum-Powered Trash Tubes May Not Be a “Pipe” Dream

NYC Plan to Suck Manhattan Garbage Through Vacuum-Powered Trash Tubes May Not Be a “Pipe” Dream

In the popular cartoon Futurama, a maze of vacuum-powered suction tubes is used to transport people around the city of New New York – but did you know that a similar system is currently in use under Roosevelt Island in present-day NYC? OK, so it’s far less

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Bomb-Proof Renew Recycle Bins Will Soon Bring News and Weather to New Yorkers

Bomb-Proof Renew Recycle Bins Will Soon Bring News and Weather to New Yorkers

The super-futuristic Renew recycle bins that have been popping up all over London are now coming to New York! Eco-company J.M. Ornstein is partnering with the Alliance for Downtown New York to bring the durable modules to lower Manhattan. The bins not only

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Tekserve Summer eWaste Recycling Event

Tekserve Summer eWaste Recycling Event

Tekserve has teamed up again with the Lower East Side Ecology Center to offer free eWaste recycling at convenient locations around New York City throughout the summer in 2012 and this one will be taking place in Queens. Recyclable items include computers,

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Re-fashionNYC Recycling Program Diverts 124 Tons of Clothing from Landfills in NYC

Re-fashionNYC Recycling Program Diverts 124 Tons of Clothing from Landfills in NYC

We wrote about New York City’s Re-fashionNYC textile recycling program when it first launched and now that it’s been in business for a year, we’re pleased to report on what a success it’s been. The partnership between the city and Housing Works thrift shops

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The Swap-O-Matic in Brooklyn Is a Vending Machine That Lets You Trade Old Stuff for New Wares

The Swap-O-Matic in Brooklyn Is a Vending Machine That Lets You Trade Old Stuff for New Wares

Turn all your unwanted clothes, gadgets and knick-knacks into cool new treasures with the Swap-O-Matic, a vending machine that allows users to swap and trade, rather than buy. Designed by New York City-based Lina Fenequito, the Swap-o-Matic was created as

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Justin Gingras Transforms NYC Trash into Art with his Garbage Cubes

Justin Gingras Transforms NYC Trash into Art with his Garbage Cubes

Gignac uses his Garbage cubes as a way to peek into the daily lives of New Yorkers, offering buyers around the world a piece of the great city. The “curated” garbage can range from a collection of Metrocards, theater tickets, soda bottles, or snippets

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Renegade Pop-Up Park Planned to Protest City’s Inaction in Chelsea

Renegade Pop-Up Park Planned to Protest City’s Inaction in Chelsea

What do you do when you’ve been lobbying for a neighborhood park for years to no avail? How about creating your own pop-up park in protest? That’s what a group called Friends of 20th Street Park is planning to do at an area in Chelsea on West 20th Street

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Yuki Agematsu Transforms Trash From New York’s Streets into Miniature Sculptures

Yuki Agematsu Transforms Trash From New York’s Streets into Miniature Sculptures

Over the last 25 years, the Japanese born, New York-based artist has been collecting tiny pieces of trash from the streets of New York City and recycling them into art work. A rainbow of hardened chewed gum, discarded razorblades, cigarette butts, bird skulls

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Recyclebank’s Ron Gonen Joins Department of Sanitation With Plans to Double NYC’s Recycling Rate

Recyclebank’s Ron Gonen Joins Department of Sanitation With Plans to Double NYC’s Recycling Rate

Since the word got out that New York’s recycling rate has plummeted to embarrassing numbers, the Department of Sanitation has brought in a new leader with the hope of doubling the city’s rate by 2017. Ron Gonen will take on the dauting task of transforming

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Honest Tea’s 30-Foot-Tall Recycling Bin Pops Up in Times Square

Honest Tea’s 30-Foot-Tall Recycling Bin Pops Up in Times Square

Coinciding with the recent reports that New York City’s recycling rate is dwindling, beverage company Honest Tea is bringing awareness to Times Square. In collaboration with GrowNYC, RecycleBank, Coca-Cola Live Positively, Global Inheritance, and Five-Boro

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Thousands of New Yorkers Recycle Electronics at the City’s Safe Disposal Event in Queens

Thousands of New Yorkers Recycle Electronics at the City’s Safe Disposal Event in Queens

With over 3,700 people attending the Queens SAFE Disposal event, the parking lot at St. John’s was quite the scene with everything from propane tanks to piles of computer monitors waiting to be sorted, packaged up, and shipped off to the appropriate recycling

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eWaste Recycling Event at Morningside Park

eWaste Recycling Event at Morningside Park

Tekserve & Lower East Side Ecology Center offers free electronics recycling for residents, small businesses & non-profits at locations across NYC thru May 20th. Recyclable items: computers, monitors, fax machines, copiers, DVD/VCR players, radios,

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Ten Ecotastic Earth Day Activities in New York City

Ten Ecotastic Earth Day Activities in New York City

New York Cares Day
Spend Earth Day giving back to nature, New York, and your fellow citizens. Join 5,000 other New Yorkers for the annual New York Cares Day to beautify and clean our city’s parks and get them ready for the 2012 season. You can sign up with

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Donation to Build Indoor Velodrome Field House

Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Donation to Build Indoor Velodrome Field House

photo by Jessica Dailey for Inhabitat

Yesterday, competitive cyclist Joshua P. Rechnitz single handedly made the largest monetary gift to the NYC park system and made the widely longed for dream of an indoor velodrome within NYC come true. Rechnitz, the

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SHREDability

SHREDability

Shredability is a unique secure document destruction company employing people with disabilities and working to keep our planet green by recycling all paper into post-consumer products. Shredability is a AAA NAID Certified business that understands the risks

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‘This Side of Paradise’ Transforms Abandoned Bronx Mansion into Interactive Art Exhibition

‘This Side of Paradise’ Transforms Abandoned Bronx Mansion into Interactive Art Exhibition

Abandoned since the 1980s, the Andrew Freedman Home was once a unique retirement home, funded by Freedman (who owned the NY Giants from 1894-1902) specifically for wealthy elderly people who had lost their fortunes. Having almost lost his fortune himself,

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