NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn Wants NYC Schools to Swap Textbooks for Tablets

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn Wants NYC Schools to Swap Textbooks for Tablets

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an undeclared candidate in the 2013 mayoral race, recently shared her proposal to swap textbooks for tablets in NYC public schools. Quinn reasons that the $100 million that normally goes towards buying new and updated

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Jonathan Rose’s Micro-Apartment Complex Balances Tiny Living Spaces with Ample Communal Areas

Jonathan Rose’s Micro-Apartment Complex Balances Tiny Living Spaces with Ample Communal Areas

Designed by a team led by developer Jonathan Rose Companies, this proposed a modern apartment building features three unit options of 303 square feet for small space city living. Each apartment comes with a bathroom, kitchen, convertible bed, and a balcony.

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Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Foster + Partners Designs LEED Gold-Seeking Porcelanosa Showroom in Manhattan

Porcelanosa, a premiere European manufacturer of ceramic and porcelain tile, has announced its plans to renovate its flagship showroom in the Commodore Criterion building in Midtown Manhattan. To complete the job, they brought in Foster + Partners to conceptualize

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CODA Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition with “Party Wall” Made of Skateboard Scraps

CODA Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition with “Party Wall” Made of Skateboard Scraps

The renderings for Party Wall show a series of steel poles clad in a woven skin of waste wood. Polyester bags filled with water will be suspended within the structure and, rather than build another canopy, CODA made sure that the height and spatial position

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NY Restoration Project’s Gardens for the City Applications Are Due Today

NY Restoration Project’s Gardens for the City Applications Are Due Today

If you’ve been dreaming about a community garden for your neighborhood, don’t miss your chance to have the New York Restoration Project boost your project with building materials, construction help and educational support. NYRP is looking for worthy applicants

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Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Calls for Storm Preparation, Clean Tech Innovation and Tougher Assault Weapon Legislation

Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Calls for Storm Preparation, Clean Tech Innovation and Tougher Assault Weapon Legislation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2013 State of the State address, entitled “New York Rising”, earlier this afternoon. As expected, some of the main points the governor touched upon included plans to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, how we can proactively prepare for further extreme weather events and tightening up New York State’s assault-weapon ban. Read on for a summary of Gov. Cuomo’s agenda for the year, which also includes an aggressive move towards innovation, clean tech and green initiatives.

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The People’s Recovery Summit Invites New Yorkers to Support Sustainable Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

The People’s Recovery Summit Invites New Yorkers to Support Sustainable Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

The People’s Recovery is a 3-day summit in February that invites New Yorkers to learn about and support equitable and sustainable rebuilding efforts in Hurricane Sandy-affected communities. From Friday to Sunday (Feb 1st-3rd), attendees will gather for workshops,

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Jagged-Roofed NYC DOT Maintenance Facility Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Jagged-Roofed NYC DOT Maintenance Facility Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Sunrise Yard consolidates the DOT’s maintenance programs into one facility located in a residential area of Queens. Designed by Gruzen Samton • IBI Group, the 27,000 sq. ft. building provides a home base for the carpenters, electricians, and plumbers who

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New York’s Helmsley Building Unveils Gorgeous LED Light Show Set to the Sound of Violins

New York’s Helmsley Building Unveils Gorgeous LED Light Show Set to the Sound of Violins

Built in 1929 by Warren & Wetmore, the Helmsley Building is owned by Monday Properties and is one of the only buildings in Manhattan that you can drive through. The spectacular new display covering the whole 34-story tower’s facade is crowned by its

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Get Local! Guide Launch and EcoBizNYC Grant Celebration

Get Local! Guide Launch and EcoBizNYC Grant Celebration

Support independent and green businesses by joining the East Village Community Coalition (EVCC) for the launch of the Get Local! Guide to Local Shops (6th Ed), as well as the Lower East Side Ecology Center to celebrate the Fall 2012 EcoBizNYC grant recipients.

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The Bay House is a “Smart” Eco-Luxe Home Overlooking the Long Island Shore

The Bay House is a “Smart” Eco-Luxe Home Overlooking the Long Island Shore

Sustainability, climate responsiveness and indoor/outdoor living were the core aims of The Bay House in New York, according to the designers. A five bedroom home designed for a single family, the house is comprised of two rectangular boxes arranged parallel

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The Chrysler Building Earns LEED-EB Gold Certification!

The Chrysler Building Earns LEED-EB Gold Certification!

Originally designed by William Van Alen for Walter P. Chrysler’s headquarters, the building first opened as New York’s tallest skyscraper in 1930, until it was beat out almost a year later by the Empire State Building. With managing company Tishman Speyer’s

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Staten Island’s PS 62 Will Be New York’s First Net Zero Energy School

Staten Island’s PS 62 Will Be New York’s First Net Zero Energy School

PS 62 will be located on a 3.5-acre site at the intersection of Crabtree Avenue and Bloomingdale Road in Richmond, Staten Island. The school will serve 444 primary age students and is expected to be complete and ready for use by fall 2015. Designed by SOM

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How To Make It: UncommonGoods Hosts a Panel Discussion About Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs

How To Make It: UncommonGoods Hosts a Panel Discussion About Implementing Green Practices in Your Designs

Wondering how implementing green practices into your business might help it grow? Join UncommonGoods for a design panel and networking happy hour next week to learn more about how incorporating sustainability into your designs can be beneficial for both the

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PHOTOS: New Green City Brings Solar Cooking, Poo Power, a Recyclarium and More to Union Square Park

PHOTOS: New Green City Brings Solar Cooking, Poo Power, a Recyclarium and More to Union Square Park

The GrowNYC event took residence next to Union Square’s famed Green Market, extending the spirit of sustainability from the local farmers into the southern part of the square. Speakers such as  Carter Strickland, Commissioner of NYC Department of Environmental

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Cornell Tech Releases New Renderings of Net-Zero Campus on Roosevelt Island

Cornell Tech Releases New Renderings of Net-Zero Campus on Roosevelt Island

Cornell Tech will begin construction on their new Roosevelt campus starting in 2014 and expects to have Phase I completed by 2017. The overall campus plan is being designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP and will include the first academic building,

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Warren Red About the Green Design of Pouring Ribbons Bar in the East Village

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Warren Red About the Green Design of Pouring Ribbons Bar in the East Village

Nestled in a cozy wood-clad interior above a nondescript liquor store on Avenue B, Pouring Ribbons is not trying to be a speakeasy. In fact, its oversized reclaimed brass door boasts a prominent sign that announces the drinking room’s presence proudly. Designed

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PHOTOS: 5 NYC Fantasy Lofts, Triplexes and Townhouses from Dwell’s City Modern Home Tours

PHOTOS: 5 NYC Fantasy Lofts, Triplexes and Townhouses from Dwell’s City Modern Home Tours

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From Stroudsburg to SoHo: Reclaimed Schoolhouse Wood Finds a New Home in a Manhattan Apartment

From Stroudsburg to SoHo: Reclaimed Schoolhouse Wood Finds a New Home in a Manhattan Apartment

Aged Woods’ rescued maple flooring recently found a new home is this Soho apartment where sustainability was a prime motivator in design and product selection. The batch of reclaimed 2-1/4″ “strip” maple came from East Stroudsburg Public School (which

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Barclay Tower to Be NYC’s First Intelligent Energy Storage-Powered High Rise Building

Barclay Tower to Be NYC’s First Intelligent Energy Storage-Powered High Rise Building

Glenwood Management announced last week that Manhattan’s Barclay Tower will become the first battery-based, intelligent energy storage high rise in NYC. The tower will feature the Joule.System™, developed by Demand Energy Networks, Inc., which is capable

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Foster + Partners’ Soaring and Sustainable Design Chosen for New 425 Park Avenue Tower in Manhattan

Foster + Partners’ Soaring and Sustainable Design Chosen for New 425 Park Avenue Tower in Manhattan

Image by dbox Branding & Creative for F+P

This morning, Foster + Partners sent us word that they recently won the competition to design a new tower for 425 Park Avenue. The tower, which will serve as office space, features sustainable considerations such

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PHOTOS: This Gorgeous Green-Roofed NoHo Penthouse is For Sale!

PHOTOS: This Gorgeous Green-Roofed NoHo Penthouse is For Sale!

Located on Broadway in NoHo, the open and airy apartment was built with a commitment to sustainability – the philosophy behind Blesso Properties. Complete with an original mural by artist Doze Green, the kitchen and living room are flooded with natural light

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PHOTOS: Bryant Park Gets Yarnbombed, Invaded by Sheep

PHOTOS: Bryant Park Gets Yarnbombed, Invaded by Sheep

The Campaign for Wool is a pro-wool campaign that was initiated in 2008 when the Prince of Wales noticed a decline in the wool industry. With the prevalence of synthetic (and often petroleum-based fibers), wool has been losing popularity, and as a result,

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PHOTOS: See Inside the Brooklyn Nets’ New Barclays Center Arena Before It Opens to the Public

PHOTOS: See Inside the Brooklyn Nets’ New Barclays Center Arena Before It Opens to the Public

The new Barclays Center Arena marks the return of major league sports to Brooklyn, which has had a hole in its heart since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957. It was all smiles at the press launch but long and arduous process behind the project was by

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Lower East Side Leaders Urge City Council to Keep Walmart and Big Box Stores Out of SPURA

Lower East Side Leaders Urge City Council to Keep Walmart and Big Box Stores Out of SPURA

Lower East Side leaders recently met at a City Council hearing to discuss the development of the Seward Park Extension Renewal Area, lovingly known as SPURA. Together, the local supporters gave a resounding opposition to allowing big box retailers into the

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